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Meltdown & Spectre

The big news in the past week is two new vulnerabilities that affect nearly all computers - Meltdown and Spectre.  Here we'll cover what they are, how they work, and how to protect against them.  Since these are complicated exploits, this email will not go into great technical depth.

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Netsh Packet Captures

A common troubleshooting step is collecting a packet capture to see what's happening at the network level.  Perhaps you're trying to track down a port blocked by a firewall or a connection that just isn't working right.  For this, many people would install Wireshark, Microsoft Network Monitoring (netmon), or Microsoft Message Analyzer.  However, Server 2008 R2 and newer includes the ability to collect packet captures using the native netsh tool without any additional installations.  With many environments under strict change control, this is a quick and easy way to get what you need.  Here, we'll cover the process for collecting and analyzing a packet capture with netsh.

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Striping Disks in Azure

Azure disks.  You can do this by using Storage Spaces in Windows Server 2012 or 2016.  Storage Spaces is similar to RAID or the old dynamic disk technology in Windows and allows you to combine multiple disks into a single volume.  Doing so will aggregate the size and performance of the Azure disks.

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Remote Server Troubleshooting

With complex and constantly expiring admin passwords, too many RDP sessions, and too many server IPs to keep track of, managing and troubleshooting issues across multiple servers can be troublesome.  Today, we will look at a few tips to help make it easier to stay organized and work more efficiently.

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Azure Updates

Ignite 2017, held late last month, contained many exciting announcements for Azure.  Here, we'll highlight some of the best new and updated features.  There are many more than can be listed here so be sure to check out this blog post for a complete rundown.

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Project Honolulu

Currently in technical preview, Project Honolulu is a web-based server management platform developed by Microsoft.  It provides a simple web interface that allows you to manage multiple Windows servers from a single place. 

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Azure Resource Management

Within Azure, there are two primary ways to organize deployed resources.  Subscriptions are the top-level organizational boundary and provide complete isolation between resources.  Resource Groups are the next tier of separation and only provide a logical organization of resources. 

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