DNS

Windows Server 101: Configuring Split-Brain DNS on Windows Server

Organizations that use a public DNS zone name, such as tailwindtraders.net, for their organization’s internal host names, perhaps even using it with their organization’s Active Directory instance, generally have to configure what is known as split-brain DNS. Split-Brain or Split-Horizon DNS provides different information about the contents of a DNS zone based on the location […]

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Reduce the number of admins on your servers with Just Enough Administration

First published on TECHNET on Aug 29, 2016 Least Privilege As part of your information security strategy, you are probably familiar with the principle of least privilege . The concept itself is simple — give your IT staff and end-users as few permissions as necessary to get their jobs done. This helps shrink your attack surface and limit

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Overview of Host Guardian Service (HGS) Diagnostics

First published on TECHNET on May 04, 2016 [This post is authored by Jim Hughes, Software Engineer for the Windows Server Team] The Host Guardian Service (HGS) is a principal component in enabling Hyper-V to host Shielded VMs in Windows Server 2016 . Shielded VMs are your typical Hyper-V virtual machines, but protected from tampering and inspection by platform

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Step by Step: Configuring Host Guardian Service in Windows Server 2016

First published on TECHNET on Mar 16, 2016 For the most up-to-date installation instructions, check out our official documentation at Guarded fabric and shielded VMs [This post is authored by Amitabh Tamhane, Senior Program Manager and Ryan Puffer, Program Manager for the Windows Server Product Team] The “Host Guardian Service” (HGS) is a new server

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Failover Clustering and IPv6 in Windows Server 2012 R2

First published on MSDN on Mar 24, 2014 In this blog, I will discuss some common questions pertaining to IPv6 and Windows Server 2012 R2 Failover Clusters. What network protocol does Failover Clustering default to? If both IPv4 and IPv6 are enabled (which is the default configuration), IPv6 will be always used by clustering. The

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How to Configure an Alias for a Clustered SMB Share with Windows Server 2012

First published on MSDN on Apr 08, 2012 Starting with Windows Server 2008, SMB file shares on a Failover Cluster are scoped so that they are only accessible by valid UNC paths associated with the network name they are bound to.  See this blog for more information: http://blogs.technet.com/b/askcore/archive/2009/01/09/file-share-scoping-in-windows-server-2008-failover-clusters.aspx File Share Scoping delivered improved functionality that

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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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Step-By-Step: Connect your AWS and Azure environments with a VPN tunnel – Updated

Hello Folks, Three years ago, I was working with a customer that wanted to connect their VPC on AWS to their virtual network in Azure so they could move data around and migrate some workloads. Lately I’ve been receiving some messages from folks all over the place (some internal and some external to Microsoft) about

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Windows Networking for Kubernetes

First published on TECHNET on Apr 04, 2017A seismic shift is happening in the way applications are developed and deployed as we move from traditional three-tier software models running in VMs to “containerized” applications and micro-services deployed across a cluster of compute resources. Networking is a critical component in any distributed system and often requires

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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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