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Demystifying Schannel

Demystifying Schannel

Hello all! Nathan Penn here to help with some of those pesky security questions that have lingered for years. Recently I have been fielding several questions on “How do I make sure that I am only using the TLS 1.2 ... continue reading

System Center 2016 now supports TLS1.2 security protocols

TLS 1.2 is the secure way of communication suggested by Microsoft with best-in class encryption. SSL and early TLS are not considered strong cryptography and cannot be used as a security control. Microsoft has added official support for TLS1.2 security ... continue reading
New Storage Management, Optimization, and Security Features in DPM 2016 UR4

New Storage Management, Optimization, and Security Features in DPM 2016 UR4

System Center 2016 Data Protection Manager can backup key workloads such as SQL, SharePoint, Exchange, file servers, clients and VMs running on Hyper-V or VMware. With Modern Backup Storage and RCT based Hyper-V VM backups, DPM 2016 goes a step ... continue reading

Frequently Asked Questions About HGS Certificates

The Host Guardian Service uses public key cryptography extensively to protect shielded VMs from attackers. Any time certificates with public-private key pairs come into play, there are bound to be many questions about how to properly set up and protect ... continue reading
New IIS functionality to help identify weak TLS usage

New IIS functionality to help identify weak TLS usage

This post is authored by Andrew Marshall, Principal Security Program Manager, TwC Security, Yanbing Shi, Software Engineer, Internet Information Services Team, and Sourabh Shirhatti, Program Manager, Internet Information Services Team. As a follow-up to our announcement regarding TLS 1.2 support ... continue reading
Delivering Safer Apps with Windows Server 2016 and Docker Enterprise Edition

Delivering Safer Apps with Windows Server 2016 and Docker Enterprise Edition

Windows Server 2016 and Docker Enterprise Edition are revolutionizing the way Windows developers can create, deploy, and manage their applications on-premises and in the cloud. Microsoft and Docker are committed to providing secure containerization technologies and enabling developers to implement ... continue reading
SDN Troubleshooting: UDP Communication failures and changing the Network Controller Certificate

SDN Troubleshooting: UDP Communication failures and changing the Network Controller Certificate

With this blog post, I wanted to highlight a couple of issues that we have encountered recently with Software Defined Networking (SDN) customer deployments in Windows Server 2016. Issue #1: UDP communication isn’t working when outbound NAT is configured Customer ... continue reading

Core Network Stack Features in the Creators Update for Windows 10

By: Praveen Balasubramanian and Daniel Havey This blog is the sequel to our first Windows Core Networking features announcements post. It describes the second wave of core networking features in the Windows Redstone series. The first wave of features is ... continue reading

HTTPS Client Certificate Request freezes when the Server is handling a large PUT/POST Request

HTTPS Client Certificate Request freezes when the Server is handling a large PUT/POST Request There is a class of problems that may occur when using client-side certificates in HTTPS. Sometimes, the server’s request for a client certificate will freeze (until ... continue reading

TLS 1.2 support at Microsoft

This post is authored by Andrew Marshall, Principal Security Program Manager, Trustworthy Computing Security. In support of our commitment to use best-in-class encryption, Microsoft’s engineering teams are continually upgrading our cryptographic infrastructure. A current area of focus for us is ... continue reading