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PowerShell Direct – Running PowerShell inside a virtual machine from the Hyper-V host

First published on TECHNET on May 14, 2015 Official PS Direct documentation is located here ( https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/virtualization/hyperv_on_windows/user_guide/vmsession.html ). At Ignite we announced PowerShell Direct, and briefly demoed it’s capabilities in the “What’s New in Hyper-V” session .  This is a follow up so you can get started using PowerShell Direct in your own environment. What […]

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Getting started with Azure Monitor Dynamic Thresholds

For IT Operations teams, performance metrics are essential to monitoring server health. They give you an early warning of potential problems and some quantifiable data over “the computers are running slow”. They also give you data to back up a recommendation to upgrade a system. This monitoring basic has around ever since server operating systems

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Installing the Failover Cluster Feature and Tools in Windows Server 2012

First published on MSDN on Apr 06, 2012 In this blog we will discuss the changes in Windows Server 2012 as well as the different options for installing the Failover Clustering feature.  This applies to Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, and Windows Server 2016. Windows Server 2012 continues with the Roles and Features model. All

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The evolution of Microsoft Threat Protection, RSA edition part 1

Last week, the Microsoft Security team attended the RSA conference in San Francisco, California. We made several key announcements about Microsoft Threat Protection, the solution which provides end users optimal security from the moment they log in, use email, work on documents, or utilize cloud applications and offers security professionals the benefit of minimal complexity

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Update and Recommendation feature supports Management Packs from SCOM Management Pack partners!

First published on TECHNET on Feb 06, 2018 Update and Recommendation feature was introduced in SCOM 2016  for Microsoft owned Management Packs  . This feature was introduced to alleviate the challenges involved in discovering the appropriate Management Packs for various workloads running in the customer’s environment from different websites on the internet and staying up to

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Recommendations for deploying the latest Attack surface reduction rules for maximum impact

The keystone to good security hygiene is limiting your attack surface. Attack surface reduction is a technique to remove or constrain exploitable behaviors in your systems. In this blog, we discuss the two attack surface reduction rules introduced in the most recent release of Windows and cover suggested deployment methods and best practices. Software applications

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Azure IoT Edge runtime available for Ubuntu virtual machines

Azure IoT Edge is a fully managed service that allows you to deploy Azure and third-party services—edge modules—to run directly on IoT devices, whether they are cloud-connected or offline. These edge modules are container-based and offer functionality ranging from connectivity to analytics to storage—allowing you to deploy modules entirely from the Azure portal without writing

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Simplify Always On availability group deployments on Azure VM with SQL VM CLI

Always On availability groups (AG) provide high availability and disaster recovery capabilities to your SQL Server database, whether on-premises, in the cloud, or a combination of both. Manually deploying an availability group for SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines (VM) is a complex process that requires understanding of Azure’s infrastructure, but new enhancements have greatly

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Best practices to consider before deploying a network virtual appliance

A network virtual appliance (NVA) is a virtual appliance primarily focused on network functions virtualization. A typical network virtual appliance involves various layers four to seven functions like firewall, WAN optimizer, application delivery controllers, routers, load balancers, IDS/IPS, proxies, SD-WAN edge, and more. While the public cloud may provide some of these functionalities natively, it

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Step-by-Step: How to configure a SQL Server 2008 R2 Failover Cluster Instance in Azure

Introduction If you are reading this article you probably are still using SQL Server 2008/2008 R2 and want to take advantage of the extended security updates that Microsoft is offering if you move your SQL Server 2008/2008 R2 into Azure. I previously wrote about this topic in this blog post. You may be wondering how

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