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Demystifying Ransomware Attacks Against Microsoft Defender Solution

Hi IT Pros, As you have known it, Ransomware is in aggravated assault mode at this time of year 2020, the joint cybersecurity advisory comes from the Cybersecurity Infrastructure and Security Agency (CISA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and ... continue reading
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HOW TO: Create a Windows Server 2019 NAS / FileServer from the command line

My old Synology NAS for home use had started to show signs of wear and was in need of replacement. It had plenty of disk space and performed well enough - but the version I had lacked any real power ... continue reading
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Why Is It So Ridiculously Slow To Remove My Query Resolution Policies!?

Hi Team, Eric Jansen here - I'm a Platforms Customer Engineer with some interesting scenarios that I'll be sharing over the coming months, mostly revolving around the topic of On-Premises DNS. Today's topic will be a very specific scenario regarding ... continue reading
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How to Automate a PKI Configuration for an Existing Azure VM in Microsoft Azure

Jessica, our (fictitious) cloud engineer at our (fictitious) Adatum consulting firm, has just built an Azure development lab environment using Infrastructure-As-Code, and feels quite pleased, but now her team lead Jason is asking her what their plan is for development ... continue reading

Hosting SSRS databases in Azure SQL Managed Instance

Hosting SSRS databases in Azure SQL Managed Instance   This article outlines the spectrum of options available for migrating your solutions based on the SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) to Microsoft cloud, with focus on the newly-introduced support for hosting ... continue reading
New Windows Server 2019 and Azure Stack HCI instructor-lead courses

New Windows Server 2019 and Azure Stack HCI instructor-lead courses

Search for training on Windows Server and you're likely to find that the top results are about Windows Server virtual machines on Azure. But we also know that many organizations run Windows Server on-premises: in a server room in their ... continue reading
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How To: Create a Windows Server 2019 CORE image for Microsoft Azure

I was asked to make up a short demo video about creating a custom image for deployment in Microsoft Azure the other week to support some new content going into Microsoft Learn. Since this involves making an on-prem virtual machine ... 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
Creating a traditional Windows Server Failover Cluster in Azure

Creating a traditional Windows Server Failover Cluster in Azure

Hello Folks, As we announced last month (Announcing the general availability of Azure shared disks and new Azure Disk Storage enhancements) Azure shared disks are now generally available. Shared disks, is the only shared block storage in the cloud that ... continue reading

Changing default MAXDOP in Azure SQL Database

Executive Summary To improve customer workload performance and reduce unnecessary resource utilization, the default MAXDOP setting for new databases in Azure SQL Database is changing from the previous default of 0 (unlimited) to 8. Why MAXDOP matters The “max degree ... continue reading