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Virtualization-Based Security: Enabled by Default

Virtualization-based Security (VBS) uses hardware virtualization features to create and isolate a secure region of memory from the normal operating system. Windows can use this "virtual secure mode" (VSM) to host a number of security solutions, providing them with greatly ... continue reading
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Analysis of a targeted attack exploiting the WinRar CVE-2018-20250 vulnerability

In early March, we discovered a cyberattack that used an exploit for CVE-2018-20250, an old WinRar vulnerability disclosed just several weeks prior, and targeted organizations in the satellite and communications industry. A complex attack chain incorporating multiple code execution techniques ... continue reading
Monitoring Hyper-V Replica using System Center Operations Manager

Monitoring Hyper-V Replica using System Center Operations Manager

First published on TECHNET on Sep 13, 2013 Customers asked us if they can have a monitoring mechanism for Hyper-v Replica in a rainy day scenario. With System Center Operations Manager 2012 SP1, customers can now monitor Hyper-V Replica using ... continue reading

Use Windows Server 2016 to secure a jump server

First published on TECHNET on Feb 02, 2017 When talking to customers about the security features in Windows Server 2016, a common question keeps coming up, how do I secure my jump server? Recently, I worked with a Microsoft internal ... continue reading
Overview of Device Guard in Windows Server 2016

Overview of Device Guard in Windows Server 2016

First published on TECHNET on Sep 20, 2016 With thousands of new malware released every day, it may not be sufficient to only use signature-based detection to fight against malware. Device Guard on Windows Server 2016 changes from a mode ... continue reading
Using PowerShell script make any application highly available

Using PowerShell script make any application highly available

First published on MSDN on Jun 06, 2016 Author: Amitabh Tamhane Senior Program Manager Windows Server Microsoft OS releases: Applicable to Windows Server 2008 R2 or later Now you can use PowerShell scripts to make any application highly available with ... continue reading
SQL Agent Job Discovery not working?

SQL Agent Job Discovery not working?

First published on TECHNET on Jun 04, 2009 The SQL Server Management Pack includes an option to discover and monitor SQL Server Agent Jobs for SQL 2000/2005/2008. The Discovery for this is disabled by default: I ran into an issue ... continue reading
Monitoring a service for State and StartMode

Monitoring a service for State and StartMode

First published on TECHNET on Aug 09, 2008 I recently had a customer that wants to get an alert when a specific service is not Disabled and/or not Stopped. I used the following steps to accomplish this using a "Timed ... continue reading
Confidential computing using Always Encrypted with secure enclaves in SQL Server 2019 preview

Confidential computing using Always Encrypted with secure enclaves in SQL Server 2019 preview

SQL Server 2019 preview brings encryption technology to a broader set of scenarios by enabling rich confidential computing capabilities with the enhanced Always Encrypted feature, Always Encrypted with secure enclaves. Always Encrypted with secure enclaves allows rich computations on encrypted ... continue reading

Security baseline (FINAL) for Windows 10 v1809 and Windows Server 2019

Microsoft is pleased to announce the final release of the security configuration baseline settings for Windows 10 October 2018 Update (a.k.a., version 1809, “Redstone 5” or “RS5”), and for Windows Server 2019. Download the content from the Microsoft Security Compliance ... continue reading