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IoT Device Security

IoT is a huge topic, especially for enterprises. Many have been doing it for years, and many more are interested in doing it for the first time. Companies like Target have proven that it is often these smaller and non-obvious machines that are being used to penetrate systems and cause havoc or steal information. Utilizing an air-gap or analog segregations only make manipulations more difficult to detect. Microsoft has created a very robust set of Azure services to mitigate any qualms about using their cloud services, but what about their connected devices? Could an infiltrator access these to penetrate the system, or modify their programming to cause malicious damage?

Carl Schweitzer by Carl Schweitzer

Expand / Resize Windows Azure VM OS / Data Disk

While working on a Microsoft Azure Virtual Machine (classic) recently, I noticed that the OS disk was almost out of disk space along with an additional data disk that was attached to this Windows VM. This post will help with steps to make the process of resizing your disks in the VM painless with the help of some tools.

Steve Borgwardt by Steve Borgwardt

Comparing Extended Events in SQL Server and Azure SQL Database

An exciting new feature of Azure SQL Database is the implementation of Extended Events (XEvents). I use XEvents in SQL Server to track information about many things – query performance, deadlocks, Availability Group status, and more. Until October, they were missing from SQL Database, but they are now in preview!

Kim Claditis by Kim Claditis