TechNet Flash - Volume 20, Issue 2: January 17, 2018

Top News Worldwide

Security: How to disrupt attacks caused by social engineering

Windows 7 vs. Windows 10: How Windows 10 proved resilient against ransomware in 2017

Download: PowerShell Core 6.0 is now generally available (for Windows, macOS, and Linux)

Special offer: Save up to 60% on SQL Server 2017 learning resources from Microsoft Press

Top Downloads

Windows 10 Enterprise

Windows Server 2016

Project “Honolulu”

Windows Server 2016 Essentials

System Center 2016

Hyper-V Server 2016

System Center Configuration Manager and Endpoint Protection

Create an Azure free account

Azure Stack Development Kit

SQL Server 2017

Microsoft Intune 30-day trial

Windows Azure Pack

Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics

Spectre and Meltdown: A look at mitigations and the impact on performance on Windows systems
The tech industry recently learned of new vulnerabilities in the hardware chips that power phones, PCs, and servers. Learn more about the vulnerabilities, get details about what you can do to help protect systems, and find out what impact these fixes could have on performance.

IT Showcase: An architectural overview of serverless in supply chain
See how the Devices Supply Chain Engineering team at Microsoft migrated its B2B integration platform from on-premises servers to a serverless architecture, leveraging Azure Functions, API Management, API Apps, Traffic Manager, Logic Apps, Event Hubs, Microsoft Azure Service, and Cosmos DB.

Hybrid cloud workload protection with Azure Security Center
Take this free course to find out how you can improve your organization’s security posture with Azure Security Center. Learn about the threat landscape for cloud and hybrid environments, explore threat detection and response, and discover how to implement security policies and workload protection.

Video: Updates to Azure Advisor
Matt Wagner and Scott Hanselman talk about Azure Advisor, your personalized cloud service for Azure best practices. Watch to learn about the latest improvements to Azure Advisor.

Automatically apply labels to sensitive files in cloud apps
Integration between Azure Information Protection and Microsoft Cloud App Security enables enhanced data protection in cloud apps. Now you can scan cloud apps for sensitive data and automatically apply Azure Information Protection labels through policies. Learn more.

Now available: Maximize VM performance with Accelerated Networking
Accelerated Networking (now available for Windows and the latest distributions of Linux) provides consistent ultra-low network latency by moving much of Azure’s software-defined networking stack off the CPUs and into FPGA-based SmartNICs. Learn more.

How to: Designing, building, and operating microservices on Azure
Microservices require a different approach to designing and building applications. Read this new guidance to learn about building and running a microservices architecture on Azure, using Kubernetes as a container orchestrator.

White paper: Selecting the right secure hardware for your IoT deployment
What secure hardware should you use? How can you measure the level of security in your environment? How much security do you really need? The IoT Security Lifecycle white paper will help you better understand risk assessment, architectural considerations, and other factors when selecting hardware.

On demand: Watch the Government Tech Summit
Listen to public-sector leaders and technology experts share insights about the digital transformations that are reshaping every aspect of government, from the daily interactions agencies have with citizens to how agencies respond to cyberattacks and large-scale disasters.


Enabling data source discovery with Azure Data Catalog
In this free self-paced course, you begin with an overview of Azure Data Catalog and what it can do. You then move on to adoption and creating a Data Catalog. Enroll to discover how this serverless metadata repository can help your organization get more value from its existing data sources.

Automating Azure workloads
Microsoft Azure can help you automate manual, long-running, error-prone, and frequently repeated administrative tasks. Learn how to automate operational and management tasks to save time, increase reliability, and improve accuracy.


IT Expert Roundtable: Machine Learning Server improves data quality
January 18, 2018
Register now to hear how Microsoft Machine Learning Server helped Microsoft improve its sales and marketing data quality by distinguishing fake names in the data, providing better leads for its marketing and sales professionals.

Webinar: SQL Server on Linux tools
January 25, 2018
Join this webinar, where experts will explore two interactive Python-based tools: mssql cli and mssql-scripter. Learn how these two handy tools can enable DBAs and developers to use SQL Server anywhere.

Microsoft Tech Summit: Build your skills with the latest in Azure and Microsoft 365
Through April 25, 2018, worldwide
Register today for Microsoft Tech Summit, a free event for IT pros and developers. Attend an event in a city near you to learn about the latest trends, tools, and product roadmaps, and meet with the experts who build and run Microsoft’s cloud services.

Planning and Deploying Windows 10 in the Enterprise
January 25, 2018, Bellevue, WA
January 25, 2018, San Francisco, CA
January 26 or February 22, 2018, Irvine, CA

Learn about the architectural changes to the Windows deployment and servicing model, Microsoft’s operating system deployment strategy, and gain hands-on experience with System Center Configuration Manager and the new Windows 10 Deployment tools.

Build your skills at the free Microsoft Tech Summit
February 1, 2018, Los Angeles, CA
February 6, 2018, Bellevue, WA
February 21, 2018, Portland, OR

Connect with experts from Microsoft and the community, and learn how to get the most from the cloud. Ask your toughest questions, learn best practices, and share strategies.