Windows Server

The Twelve Days of Blog-mas: No.12 – Copilot(s) – Your AI Assistant(s)

Tally ho! Now, you didn’t really think I would go for 12 without one about Copilot, did you?  Our AI/ML efforts have been on-going for a long time, but very recently, they’ve gone mainstream -and SUCH a cool logo/icon.  Be aware, though, for now, this space changes frequently, varies by region/market and software version (Windows, […]

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The Twelve Days of Blog-mas: No.11 – The Kitchen Sink

Hi folks! I am running out of days for my “Twelve Days” timeframe, so I’m dropping a pile of topics here that I feel are important/helpful but less-known. Apologies in advance for the brevity and link-breadcrumbs. On-prem App Provisioning + MIM Connector Re-use For a loooong time, we have been waiting for the ability to

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The Twelve Days of Blog-mas: No.10 – It’s a Multi-Tenant and Cross-Platform World: Part II

In Part I of this mini-series, I discussed some of the new hotness around multi-tenant capabilities in our Entra ID space.  In Part II, I’ll cover cross-platform support across several of our cloud services.  The cloud era ushered in mainstream cross-platform support from many Microsoft services.  Like the title of this post says, anymore, it’s

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The Twelve Days of Blog-mas: No.9 – It’s a Multi-Tenant and Cross-Platform World: Part I

Greetings!  Before the cloud, when on-prem Active Directory was the hub of many enterprise architectures, business needs often drove the requirement to expand single-domain AD forests into multi-domain AD forests.  Even in the NT days, one might have ‘Account Domains’ and ‘Resource Domains’ – connected via one-ways trusts.  As was often the case, multiple existing

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The Twelve Days of Blog-mas: No. 8 – The Evolution of Windows Server Management

Aloha and Happy Friday! As was discussed previously, our Endpoint Management modernization story is compelling.  The server team overheard that good news and is curious – but the Server Management discipline is quite different than Endpoint management. Server teams manage/operate systems that are usually locked away in datacenters – either their own and/or a cloud

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Active Directory Hardening Series – Part 2 – Removing SMBv1

Hi All!  Jerry Devore back again with another hardening Active Directory topic.  Before we jump into the technical stuff, I would like to briefly share some tips for structuring a protocol hardening project.  I picked up these suggestions from working with customers who have been successful in their protocol hardening efforts. Tip #1 – Collaborate

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SMB over QUIC now available in Windows Server Insider Datacenter and Standard editions

Heya folks, Ned here again. Starting with Windows Server Insider Preview Build 25997, the SMB over QUIC server feature is now available in Datacenter and Standard editions. This changes the previous behavior, where it was only available in Windows Server Azure Edition. SMB over QUIC SMB over QUIC introduced an alternative to TCP and RDMA, supplying secure connectivity to

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SMB alternative ports now supported in Windows Insider

Heya folks, Ned here again. Starting with Windows 11 Insider preview Build 25992 (Canary) and Windows Server Preview Build 25997, the SMB client now supports connecting to an SMB server over TCP, QUIC, or RDMA using alternative network ports. Today I’ll explain how to configure this and talk about the near future of this in Windows and Windows Server Insiders a

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SMB alternative ports now supported in Windows Insiders

Heya folks, Ned here again. Starting with Windows 11 Insider preview Build 25992 (Canary), the SMB client now supports connecting to an SMB server over TCP, QUIC, or RDMA using alternative network ports. Today I’ll explain how to configure this and talk about the near future of this in Windows and Windows Server Insiders a bit. Previous port behaviors

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