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Open sourcing the R and Python language extensions for SQL Server

For the past decade, data science has become integral to many enterprise applications. Languages such as R and Python have left the realm of data scientists and are being used more frequently by data engineers supporting them. R and Python ... continue reading
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Microsoft Defender Application Guard for Office

  Introduction   This is John Barbare and I am a Sr Customer Engineer at Microsoft focusing on all things in the Cybersecurity space. In this blog I will focus on a future release of Microsoft Defender Application Guard for Office available in limited preview for Windows 10 20H2. Windows 10 20H2 is now available for commercial customers to ... continue reading
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Achieve faster backups using tiered storage with DPM and MABS!

Hi Everyone! Sujay here from the Program Management team for System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) and Microsoft Azure Backup Server (MABS)    While talking to DPM and MABS customers I come across many questions around the tiered storage requirement ... continue reading
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Az Update: Azure Cloud Shell enhancements, Azure DB security enhancements and more

Lots of news surrounding Azure security and hybrid offerings this week. Here are a couple of the news items we are covering this week: Azure Database for PostgreSQL Data encryption enhancements announced, New Microsoft Learn Modules for Azure and Windows Server IT Pros, Exchange ... continue reading
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Why is Update Installation Failing: Eliminating the Usual Suspects

Hi all – Jeremy here with an interesting case where Windows Server 2016 systems in one of my customer’s enterprise environments couldn’t complete installation of the Latest Cumulative Update (LCU). As a Premier Field Engineer, it’s my responsibility to troubleshoot/diagnose ... continue reading

Backup Compression, TDE, and MaxTransferSize

This blog describes enhancement in SQL 2019 for TDE enabled databases in which MaxTransferSize is no longer required. Backup Compression and Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) have been two valuable features for customers using SQL Server. In version of SQL Server ... continue reading
Manage Hyper-V VMs using PowerShell Direct

Manage Hyper-V VMs using PowerShell Direct

PowerShell Direct lets you remotely connect to a Virtual Machine running on a Hyper-V host, without any network connection inside the Virtual Machine. PowerShell Direct uses the Hyper-V VMBus to connect inside the Virtual Machine. This feature is convenient if ... continue reading
How to Defend Users from Interception Attacks via SMB Client Defense

How to Defend Users from Interception Attacks via SMB Client Defense

Hey folks, Ned here again with another guest post. Today we discuss hardening the SMB protocol in Windows against interception attacks, previously referred to as “Man-in-the-Middle” attacks. As you know, interception attacks involve manipulating communications between client and server. An ... continue reading
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Endpoint Configuration Manager – Site Server High Availability

Overview Endpoint Configuration Manager (Current Branch), supports high availability configurations through various options, which include but are not limited to the following: Any standalone primary site can now have an additional passive mode.* site server Remote content library* SQL Server ... continue reading
Desired State Configuration code: How to troubleshoot the extension

Desired State Configuration code: How to troubleshoot the extension

Hello folks! If you have made it this far, know I think you’re amazing and one of a kind! If you are just tuning in now and would like to see the full blog series daisy chained together, take note ... continue reading