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Five essential skills for today’s database administrators

DevOps, the cloud, and new database technologies mean our jobs as database administrators (DBAs) are changing at an ever-faster pace. If you're fascinated by data and all the things you can do with it, it's a thrilling time to be ... continue reading
Microsoft Cloud Security solutions provide comprehensive cross-cloud protection

Microsoft Cloud Security solutions provide comprehensive cross-cloud protection

The infrastructure, data, and apps built and run in the cloud are the foundational building blocks for a modern business. No matter where you are in your cloud journey, you likely utilize every layer of the cloud—from infrastructure as a ... continue reading

Guarding against supply chain attacks—Part 1: The big picture

Every day, somewhere in the world, governments, businesses, educational organizations, and individuals are hacked. Precious data is stolen or held for ransom, and the wheels of “business-as-usual” grind to a halt. These criminal acts are expected to cost more than ... continue reading
How does the PXE boot process work?

How does the PXE boot process work?

Within the IT department imaging devices for end users is something that we’ve probably all had to do at some point, either manually or with an automation product such as Windows Deployment Services (WDS), Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) or System ... continue reading
System Center Configuration Manager – All Servers and All Workstations Collections with ProductType

System Center Configuration Manager – All Servers and All Workstations Collections with ProductType

First published on TECHNET on May 10, 2016Authored by Cameron CoxWhen I go out to customers, I always like to see how the top collections are populated (All Servers or All Workstations).This is something most customers do immediately after setting ... continue reading
Collection Evaluation - One tool, One Report

Collection Evaluation – One tool, One Report

First published on TECHNET on Jul 31, 2015Authored by Santos MartinezHello, ConfigNinja here writing you about Collection Evaluation and information on how to review the current collection performance. Collection performance is often one of those questions I get when working ... continue reading

Visual Studio Code: Develop PySpark jobs for SQL Server 2019 Big Data Clusters

Today were announcing the support in Visual Studio Code for SQL Server 2019 Big Data Clusters PySpark development and query submission. It provides complementary capabilities to Azure Data Studio for data engineers to author and productionize PySpark jobs after data ... continue reading

Visual Studio Code: Develop PySpark jobs for SQL Server 2019 Big Data Clusters

Today were announcing the support in Visual Studio Code for SQL Server 2019 Big Data Clusters PySpark development and query submission. It provides complementary capabilities to Azure Data Studio for data engineers to author and productionize PySpark jobs after data ... continue reading
Azure Blueprint configuration screen.

New PCI DSS Azure Blueprint makes compliance simpler

I’m excited to announce our second Azure Blueprint for an important compliance standard with the release of the PCI-DSS v3.2.1 blueprint. The new blueprint maps a core set of policies for Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standards (DSS) compliance ... continue reading

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

Microsoft is pleased to announce the final release of the security configuration baseline settings for Windows 10 version 1903 (a.k.a., “19H1”), and for Windows Server version 1903. Download the content from the Microsoft Security Compliance Toolkit (click Download and select ... continue reading