Windows Server

Manage the latest versions of Azure Stack HCI with SCVMM

Azure Stack HCI is a hybrid cloud solution that lets you run virtualized workloads on-premises with direct access to Azure services. It combines the performance, security, and scalability of hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) with the flexibility and innovation of Azure.  As a datacenter scale customer, to take full advantage of these new capabilities, you need a […]

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Protecting Tier 0 the Modern Way

How should your Tier 0 Protection look like? Almost every attack on Active Directory you hear about today – no matter if ransomware is involved or not – (ab)uses credential theft techniques as the key factor for successful compromise. Microsoft’s State of Cybercrime report confirms this statement: “The top finding among ransomware incident response engagements

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Windows Server Advanced Auditing Policies

Security auditing is a methodical examination and review of activities that may affect the security of a system. In the Windows Server and Active Directory environments, security auditing is the features and services that log and review events for specified security-related activities. Hundreds of events occur as the Windows operating system and the applications that

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How SQL developers can maximize savings

Whether you build applications for SQL Server on-premises or in Azure, there are several options for you to develop or test for free, or with substantial cost savings. Some of these options you may be familiar with, but this post will help explain details and answer some questions Microsoft often gets to provide you a

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More Speaking in Ciphers and other Enigmatic Tongues with a focus on SCHANNEL hardening.

Hi! Jim Tierney here again to talk to you about Cryptographic Algorithms, SCHANNEL and other bits of crypto excitement. I have elucidated at length on this topic in this post which had been updated a few years back to the aptly titled, Speaking in Ciphers and other Enigmatic tongues…update! I am creating this brand-new piece

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PowerShell and OpenSSH team investments for 2024

Steve Lee PowerShell 7.5 We continue to follow our yearly release schedule for PowerShell 7 and the next version will align with .NET 9. Pseudo-terminal support PowerShell currently has a design limitation that prevents full capture of output from native commands by PowerShell itself. Native commands (meaning executables you run directly) will write output to

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Reflecting on 2023—Azure Storage

The beginning of a new year often prompts reflection along with planning for the future. At the forefront of our priorities lies the commitment to enhance the Azure platform and its ecosystem, fuel groundbreaking AI solutions, and facilitate seamless migrations to the cloud. We achieve this through purpose-built storage solutions tailored to meet the unique

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Reducing costs for Windows workloads on Azure Kubernetes Service with Azure Hybrid Benefits

Happy new year everyone! What better way to get the year started than saving some money, right? Last year, as customers continued to move their Windows workloads to Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) and evolve these deployments, they started to explore cost saving strategies. Granted, there are many ways to save costs when running in the

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Renew Certificate Authority Certificates on Windows Server Core. No Problem!

Hi there!  Rob and Jim are here from the Directory Services team.  Today’s blog strives to clearly elucidate an administrative procedure that comes along more frequently with PKI Hierarchies being deployed to Windows Server Core operating systems. Installing the Certificate Services Role on Windows Server Core will not be covered in this blog, but this

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