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SQL Server 2017 achieves top TPC benchmarks for OLTP and DW on Linux and Windows

Once again, SQL Server 2017 has led the pack with three new TPC benchmarks published in April 2019, ranking SQL Server 2017 as the fastest database for online transaction processing (OLTP) and data warehouse (DW) workloads on Windows and Linux ... continue reading
Troubleshooting Kubernetes Networking on Windows: Part 1

Troubleshooting Kubernetes Networking on Windows: Part 1

We’ve all been there: Sometimes things just don’t work the way they should even though we followed everything down to a T. Kubernetes in particular, is not easy to troubleshoot – even if you’re an expert. There are multiple components ... continue reading

It’s all the buzz! HCI in your Windows Server environment

This blog post was authored by Dianna Marks, Product Marketing Manager, Windows Server Marketing. HCI is all the buzz nowadays! What exactly is HCI? Spelled out its hyperconverged infrastructure, also referred to as the software defined data center (SDDC). It ... continue reading
Synthetic Accelerations in a Nutshell – Windows Server 2016

Synthetic Accelerations in a Nutshell – Windows Server 2016

Hi folks, Dan Cuomo back for our next installment in this blog series on synthetic accelerations. Windows Server 2016 marked an inflection point in the synthetic acceleration world on Windows, so in this article we’ll talk about the architectural changes, ... continue reading
How to Migrate Windows Server 2008 R2 FSMO roles to Windows Server 2019

How to Migrate Windows Server 2008 R2 FSMO roles to Windows Server 2019

With the "end of support" on the horizon for Windows Server 2008 R2 coming January 2020, folks are looking around for resources to help them check off some high ticket items from their "to do" list. While coming back from ... continue reading
SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) 18.0 released for general availability

SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) 18.0 released for general availability

When I joined the SQL Tools team as a PM back in October 2018, my top priority was to release SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) 18. I expected a fair amount of work but didnt realize how complicated the process ... continue reading
How to configure Azure Hybrid Services in Windows Admin Center

How to configure Azure Hybrid Services in Windows Admin Center

Windows Admin Center is not just the management control panel for your Windows Server environment, your hyper-converged infrastructure and your Azure Stack HCI solutions. It is also your gateway when it comes to connecting Azure Hybrid Cloud services with your ... continue reading
Synthetic Accelerations in a Nutshell - Windows Server 2012 R2

Synthetic Accelerations in a Nutshell – Windows Server 2012 R2

Hi Folks, Dan Cuomo back for our next installment in this blog series on synthetic accelerations. This time we’ll cover Windows Server 2012 R2. If you haven’t already read the first post on Server 2012, I’d recommend reviewing that before ... continue reading

Security baseline (DRAFT) for Windows 10 v1903 and Windows Server v1903

Microsoft is pleased to announce the draft release of the security configuration baseline settings for Windows 10 version 1903 (a.k.a., “19H1”), and for Windows Server version 1903. Please evaluate these proposed baselines and send us your feedback via blog comments ... continue reading
Does Your Organization Have Plans to Upgrade from Windows Server 2008 R2?

Does Your Organization Have Plans to Upgrade from Windows Server 2008 R2?

Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 reach end of support on January 14 2020. This means that unless you have a custom support agreement with Microsoft, or unless you’ve migrated VMs running these operating systems to Azure, you ... continue reading