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Azure Synapse Link for SQL

Near-real-time analytics for transactional workloadsPart of the SQL Server 2022 blog series.Traditionally, data to serve analytical systems have been extracted from operational data stores using custom-built extract, transform, and load (ETL) processes. These processes are often long-running, exert pressure on the source ... continue reading

Intelligent Query Processing: feature family additions

Part of the SQL Server 2022 blog series.SQL Server 2022 introduces a handful of new members to the growing Intelligent Query Processing (IQP) family. These additions range from expanding and improving various query performance feedback mechanisms to adding two new featuresparameter ... continue reading
Code example of a query hint.

Query Store hints in SQL Server 2022

Part of the SQL Server 2022 blog series.Query Store is one of the most powerful database-scoped features in SQL Server for troubleshooting performance and improving the stability of your database workloads, and we have continued to make investments in this ... continue reading
Infection chain describing the usual tactics and techniques used by DEV-0270 actor group.

Profiling DEV-0270: PHOSPHORUS’ ransomware operations

Microsoft threat intelligence teams have been tracking multiple ransomware campaigns and have tied these attacks to DEV-0270, also known as Nemesis Kitten, a sub-group of Iranian actor PHOSPHORUS. Microsoft assesses with moderate confidence that DEV-0270 conducts malicious network operations, including ... continue reading
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Get more out of SQL Server Reporting Services 2022 with an improved user experience

Part of the SQL Server 2022 blog series.SQL Server 2022 introduces the new SQL Server 2022 Reporting Services (SSRS).OverviewAt Microsoft, we understand the power of technology, and that is why we continue to innovate, create, and design in a way that gives ... continue reading
NIC Certification updates in the Windows Server Catalog

NIC Certification updates in the Windows Server Catalog

Hi Everybody - Dan Cuomo, Principal PM on the Azure Edge and Platform, Core Networking team, here to talk about some changes we're making to NIC certification in the Windows Server Catalog. During OS deployment (and periodically after that), you ... continue reading
How To Linux: A Windows Administrator’s Guide to Linux for the Newbie

How To Linux: A Windows Administrator’s Guide to Linux for the Newbie

Well, it’s long overdue that I left the comfort of my Windows GUI and ventured into the world of Linux. Mind you I have dabbled a very little bit over the years, watched some training videos about 18 years ago, ... continue reading
MERCURY attack chain throughout the initial access, execution, discovery, persistence, credential theft, lateral movement, and communications stages.

MERCURY leveraging Log4j 2 vulnerabilities in unpatched systems to target Israeli organizations

In recent weeks, the Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center (MSTIC) and Microsoft 365 Defender Research Team detected Iran-based threat actor MERCURY leveraging exploitation of Log4j 2 vulnerabilities in SysAid applications against organizations all located in Israel. MSTIC assesses with high confidence ... continue reading
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Azure Data Studio August Release

Thank you to Erin Stellato (Program Manager, SQL Experiences) and Drew Skwiers-Koballa(Program Manager, SQL Experiences) for contributing to this blog.The end of summer in the Northern Hemisphere can be a quiet time for some, but the Azure Data Studio team has been ... continue reading

Register today—Free Azure Data training at Data Platform Summit 2022

Data Platform Virtual Summit 2022 (DPS 2022) is just a few weeks away, running from September 1923. A free global learning event for data professionals, DPS 2022 features a keynote from Bob Ward (Principal Architect, Microsoft) and Buck Woody (Applied ... continue reading