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PowerShell Test-NetConnection cmdlet

How to Troubleshoot Windows Server Network connectivity issues via PowerShell

We all have been there, we want to set up a new application or agent which needs network access and needs to reach an endpoint using a specific port, but it simply doesn't work. So as a server admin, we ... 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
Diagram of a high-level view of the global Azure.com architecture.

How Azure.com operates on Azure part 2: Technology and architecture

When you’re the company that builds the cloud platforms used by millions of people, your own cloud content needs be served up fast. Azure.com—a complex, cloud-based application that serves millions of people every day—is built entirely from Azure components and ... continue reading
Failover Clustering Networking Basics and Fundamentals

Failover Clustering Networking Basics and Fundamentals

My name is John Marlin and I am with the High Availability and Storage Team here and today I want to talk about Failover Clustering and Networking. Networking is a fundamental key with Failover Clustering that sometimes is overlooked but ... continue reading
Deploy a Windows Server container on Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)

Deploy a Windows Server container on Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)

The Windows Container team announced an update to the Container extension for Windows Admin Center with a couple of new features like pushing Container images to an Azure Container Registry. In this blog post, I want to provide you with ... continue reading
PARINACOTA ransomware attack chain

The science behind Microsoft Threat Protection: Attack modeling for finding and stopping evasive ransomware

The linchpin of successful cyberattacks, exemplified by nation state-level attacks and human-operated ransomware, is their ability to find the path of least resistance and progressively move across a compromised network. Determining the full scope and impact of these attacks is ... continue reading
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Beyond the Edge: How to Secure SMB Traffic in Windows

Hiya folks, Ned here again. Organizations are good at firewalling the network edge to stop inbound intruders. We need to move on to preventing outbound and lateral network communications. With the rise of mobile computing and ease of phishing users, ... continue reading
Windows Insiders can now test DNS over HTTPS

Windows Insiders can now test DNS over HTTPS

If you have been waiting to try DNS over HTTPS (DoH) on Windows 10, you're in luck: the first testable version is now available to Windows Insiders! If you haven’t been waiting for it, and are wondering what DoH is ... continue reading
diagram showing different attack stages and techniques in each stage that various ransomware groups use

Ransomware groups continue to target healthcare, critical services; here’s how to reduce risk

At a time when remote work is becoming universal and the strain on SecOps, especially in healthcare and critical industries, has never been higher, ransomware actors are unrelenting, continuing their normal operations. Multiple ransomware groups that have been accumulating access ... continue reading