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Turning to a new chapter of Windows Server innovation

Today, January 14, 2020, marks the end of support for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Customers loved these releases, which introduced advancements such as the shift from 32-bit to 64-bit computing and server virtualization. While support for ... continue reading

The NcHostAgent Service Cannot be Located on the Computer

Hello everyone, my name is John Clyburn and I am a Sr. consultant in MCS. I’ve recently been working with Software Defined Networking (SDNv2). I’ve been primarily working with Windows Server 2019 and VMM 2019, deploying the solution using VMM ... continue reading
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Protect workloads still running on Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2

Over the last couple of years, we havesharedwhy it is business critical to migrate and upgrade apps and services running on Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2. As you are aware, on January 14th, 2020, support for Windows Server 2008 ... continue reading

Improvements to machine learning capabilities in SQL Server 2019

Many organizations seek to do more with their data than pump out dashboards and reports. Applying advanced analytical approaches such as machine learning is an essential arena of knowledge for any data professional. While database administrators (DBAs) don't necessarily have ... continue reading

Install ConfigMgr CB 1902 using PowerShell

Introduction The document outlines the steps required to install SCCM CB 1902 with SQL 2017 using PowerShell. These steps can be used on a disconnected network. The scripts included in this document can also be added to MDT to automate ... continue reading

Tools and commands for running SQL Server 2019 on Linux

Organizations that embraced the option to run Microsoft SQL Server 2017 on Linux have been looking forward to the release of SQL Server 2019. Regardless of which operating system (OS) you choose, it's the same SQL Server database code, and ... continue reading

Easier management of PolyBase and relational data through SQL Server 2019

The days when a database administrator (DBA) could specialize solely in a single database technology are rapidly ending. Today, we're much more likely than ever before to be asked to bring together many types of data from diverse sources. Although ... continue reading
Step-By-Step: Building a Hyper-V Lab in Azure with Windows Server 2019

Step-By-Step: Building a Hyper-V Lab in Azure with Windows Server 2019

I was recently challenged with having to create technical demos for a Microsoft Ignite the tour session called “Migrating to Windows Server 2019” (watch the recording here - awesome session). The demos for this talk centered around taking a bunch ... continue reading

How to configure persistent memory for SQL Server on Linux

With the release of SQL Server 2019 on Linux, Microsoft introduced persistent memory (PMEM) support on Linux. This is an exciting development, as previous versions of SQL Server on Linux didn't support PMEM. Let's look at how to configure the ... continue reading
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Faster and cheaper: SQL on Azure continues to outshine AWS

Over a million on-premises SQL Server databases have moved to Azure, representing a massive shift in where customers are collecting, storing, and analyzing their data. Modernizing your databases provides the opportunity to transform your data architecture. SQL Server on Azure ... continue reading