Tip of the Day

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  • Tip of the Day: Cross-Release Save-Restore

    Today’s Tip…. A few tips ago (actually a few months ago) I mentioned the Cross Version Live Migration in Windows Server 2012 R2.  This allows virtual machines to be live migrated from Windows Server 2012 to Windows Server 2012 R2.  Another use of this...
  • Tip of the Day: WAAD Premium

    Today’s (Cloud) Tip…WAAD Premium We recently started Previewing Windows Azure Active Directory Premium. Starting out, we are providing the following features: Self-service password reset for users: Whenever employees forget their password, Windows Azure...
  • Tip of the Day: Express Route

    Today’s (Cloud) Tip…Express Route Microsoft and AT&T are working together to deliver a highly-secure and reliable cloud solution that will allow enterprise customers to connect to Microsoft’s public cloud platform using a private network. Who is the...
  • Tip of the Day: Check the health of your Office 365 service on the go

    Today’s (Cloud) Tip…Check the health of your Office 365 service on the go Office 365 service administrators can connect to their organization's Office 365 service status from wherever they are with the Office 365 Admin app. The new app enables administrators...
  • Tip of the Day: Windows Azure Import/Export Service for Moving Large Amounts of Data to Blob Storage

    Today’s (Cloud) Tip…Windows Azure Import/Export Service for Moving Large Amounts of Data to Blob Storage You can use the Windows Azure Import/Export service to transfer large amounts of file data to Windows Azure Blob storage in situations where uploading...
  • Tip of the Day: Calendar and Folder Delegation in OWA

    Today’s (Cloud) Tip…Calendar and Folder Delegation in OWA Let's say you're about to go on vacation and you don't want to distract yourself from your fun, so you've decided to turn work email off on your phone and leave your laptop at home...
  • Tip of the Day: Lync Online Sign-in Guided Walkthrough

    Today’s Tip…. This week, we will focus on guided walkthroughs available for Office 365. Now, the Office 365 mail flow Guided Walkthrough and the Office 365 Outlook Connectivity Guided Walkthrough have been out for a while. The Lync Online Sign-in Guided...
  • Tip of the Day: Office 365 Outlook Connectivity guided walkthrough

    This week, we will focus on guided walkthroughs available for Office 365. One of the highest call drivers in Office 365 is around Outlook connectivity. Users cannot connect to their user mailbox, archive mailbox, or shared mailbox in Office 365. We've...
  • Tip of the Day: Office 365 mail flow guided walkthrough

    Today’s Tip… This week, we will focus on guided walkthroughs available for Office 365. One of the highest call drivers in Office 365 is around mail flow. Either users cannot send or receive email. We've made it easy to allow Office 365 and on-premises...
  • Tip of the Day: Better Malware Resistance in Windows 8.1

    Today’s Tip… Windows Defender, which was included in Windows 8, in Windows 8.1 includes network behavior monitoring to help detect and stop the execution of known and unknown malware.  Internet Explorer scans binary extensions using the antimalware solution...
  • Tip of the Day: Windows 8.1 and WTG

    Today’s Tip… With Windows To Go (WTG) in Windows 8.1, the Windows Store is now enabled by default. Windows To Go users may roam to any number of machines and access the Windows Store and use Windows Store apps.
  • Tip of the Day: Work Folders

    Today’s Tip… Work Folders allows a user to sync data to their device from their user folder located in the corporation’s data center. Files created locally sync back to the file server in the corporate environment. This syncing is natively integrated...
  • Tip of the Day: RDP over VMBUS

    Today’s Tip…. Windows Server 2012 R2 includes an “enhanced mode” that delivers a high fidelity experience over VMConnect by using RDP to deliver the expected user experience. High fidelity implies getting audio, clipboard support, USB and other redirection...
  • Tip of the Day: Printing and PINs

    Today’s Tip… Windows 8.1 provides a common framework to support PIN printing (a.k.a. secure printing) in-box. Two primary goals are accomplished with this functionality. Users are presented with a universal easily discoverable UI. IHV's will no longer...
  • Tip of the Day: Azure Podcast

    Today’s (Cloud) Tip…Azure Podcast I got the opportunity last night to help out with some of our colleagues who are on the front lines trying to get customers to adopt Azure. Sujit D’Mello and Cale Teeter produce a weekly podcast on Windows Azure. Much...
  • Tip of the Day: IP and Domain Restricted Supported with Windows Azure Web Sites

    Today’s (Cloud) Tip… IP and Domain Restricted Supported with Windows Azure Web Sites In September we also enabled the IP and Domain Restrictions feature of IIS to be used with Windows Azure Web Sites. This provides an additional security option that can...
  • Tip of the Day: FedRAMP JAB P-ATO for Windows Azure

    Today’s (Cloud) Tip…FedRAMP JAB P-ATO for Windows Azure If you are in the Federal space, you probably know the above acronyms, but someone not in that space might be more interested in the longer descriptions: Windows Azure, has been granted Provisional...
  • Tip of the Day: Azure Penetration Testing

    Today’s (Cloud) Tip…Azure Penetration Testing Did you know that we conduct regular penetration testing to improve Windows Azure security controls and processes? In addition, we understand that security assessment is also an important part of our customers'...
  • (SQL) Tip of the Day: Where's SQL Profiler?

    Today’s (SQL) Tip… As you know from previous tips, performance issues drive a lot of the Windows Azure SQL Database case volume. Customers who are accustomed to doing some of their own troubleshooting almost instantly ask, “Where is SQL Profiler?” In...
  • (SQL) Tip of the Day: BACPAC and Data Inconsistency

    Today’s (SQL) Tip… Windows Azure SQL Databases do not support SQL native backup formats. Thus, there are no “full,” “differential,” or “transaction log” backups or restores. Instead, there are exports. Data can be exported to Windows Azure Blob Stores...
  • (SQL) Tip of the Day: Automatic Exports: What, Where, and Why

    Today’s (SQL) Tip… Did you know that SQL Azure doesn’t include a SQL Agent? Without a scheduling tool, how then can someone schedule automatic, recurring backups of their databases? Enter the “Automatic Export” feature. This feature, as available through...
  • (SQL) Tip of the Day: Waits and Queues

    Today’s (SQL) Tip… SQL Server has long used a multi-threaded programmatic style based upon a “waits and queues” methodology. Everything from pages in memory, time on the CPU, and even locks are based upon sequential request and access. In an on-site environment...
  • (Cloud): Finding primes in the clouds

    Today’s (Cloud) Tip…Finding primes in the clouds Got some spare compute hours in your MSDN subscription? If so, you should consider checking out the Prime Challenge. This is an effort to leverage the computing power of the cloud to find additional prime...
  • (SQL) Tip of the Day: A handful of simple steps

    Today’s (SQL) Tip… Did you know that most of our Windows Azure SQL Database cases have historically been how-to and performance related? Of those, a significant percentage of the performance problems are resolved by doing a handful of simple steps. So...
  • (Cloud) Tip of the Day: Azure achieves PCI DSS compliance

    Today’s (Cloud) Tip…Azure achieves PCI DSS compliance As of January 16th, Windows Azure has been validated for compliance with the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standards (DSS) by an independent Qualified Security Assessor (QSA). The PCI DSS...