Best Practice

New experience for alerts generated by monitors in SCOM 2019

The existing alert closure experience for the alerts generated by monitors has been revamped to be more meaningful and provide better value. If the alert was generated by a monitor, as a best practice, you should allow the monitor to auto-resolve the alert when the health state returns to healthy or close the alert manually […]

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Performance troubleshooting using new Azure Database for PostgreSQL features

At Ignite 2018, Microsoft’s Azure Database for PostgreSQL announced the preview of Query Store (QS), Query Performance Insight (QPI), and Performance Recommendations (PR) to help ease performance troubleshooting, in response to customer feedback. This blog intends to inspire ideas on how you can use features that are currently available to troubleshoot some common scenarios. A

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Azure Backup and VMware VMs: Backup, Restore, Repeat!

With two cities now completed, Microsoft Ignite the Tour is well underway and the “Ask the Experts” area has provided a plethora of questions for our team to research and answer.  In São Paulo, our team received a lot of questions surrounding backing up VMware VMs via Azure Backup. Namely best practices surrounding secure backup and restoring

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Best practices for queries used in log alerts rules

Queries can start with either a table name like “search” or “union *” operators. These commands are useful during data exploration and for searching terms over the entire data model. However, these operators are not efficient for productization in alerts. Log alerts rules queries in Log Analytics and Application Insights should always start with table(s),

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Step-By-Step: Setting up AD FS and Enabling Single Sign-On to Office 365

This post will walk you through a typical highly available setup into Office 365. Ideally this server will be installed as virtual servers on multiple Hyper-V hosts. Think about redundancy, not only in the virtual servers, but in the Hyper-V servers as well. Install one AD FS and one AD FS Proxy on one Hyper-V

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Best practices for naming your Microsoft Azure resources

When talking about Cloud infrastructure, you might have come across the phrase “Pets versus cattle.” It appeared around 2012 when Bill Baker used it to differentiate between servers that can never be down and servers that are easily replaceable (e.g. part of a cluster, built with automated tools etc). Traditionally, we’ve know our “pet” servers

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How to Protect your Azure resources from Distributed Denial of Service attacks

  Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks are some of the largest availability and security concerns facing customers that are moving their applications to the cloud. A DDoS attack attempts to exhaust an application’s resources, making the application unavailable to legitimate users. DDoS attacks can be targeted at any endpoint that is publicly reachable through

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Best practices for migrating to Configuration Manager current branch

This week’s video tutorial focuses on best practices for migrating to Configuration Manager current branch.  There are several scenarios where you’ll consider migration: The video linked below was prepared by Steven Rachui, a Principal Premier Field Engineer focused on manageability technologies. In it he discusses and demos migration from ConfigMgr 2007 and ConfigMgr 2012 to

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New HCI industry record: 13.7 million IOPS with Windows Server 2019 and Intel Optane DC

Written by Cosmos Darwin, Senior PM on the Core OS team at Microsoft. Follow him on Twitter @cosmosdarwin. Hyper-converged infrastructure is an important shift in datacenter technology. By moving away from proprietary storage arrays to an architecture built on industry-standard interconnects, x86 servers, and local drives, organizations can benefit from the latest cloud technology faster

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