Windows 10 is coming!

Hello folks, as I’m sure you already know, Windows 10 will be available tomorrow, July 29th.  With that said, we will be blogging some of the new features that our team will be supporting in this new OS. We will also blog about features that some of other teams support.  Namely, how to manage Windows…

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The New and Improved CheckSUR

One of the most used and arguably most efficient tools that we utilize when troubleshooting Servicing issues, prior to Windows 8/Windows 2012, is the System Update Readiness tool(also known as CheckSUR). However, as we continue to improve our operating systems, we must continue to improve our troubleshooting tools as well. Thus, I want to introduce…

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Azure SNAT

  This post was contributed by Pedro Perez. Azure’s network infrastructure is quite different than your usual on-premises network as there are different layers of software abstraction that work behind the curtains. I would like to talk today about one of these layers and why you may want to take it into account when troubleshooting…

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Supported IP Protocols for Azure Cloud Services

As of today, June 2015, the supported IP protocols for Azure cloud services are TCP (protocol number 6) and UDP (protocol number 17) only.  All TCP and UDP ports are supported.  This applies to both cloud service VIPs as well as instance level public IPs.  Additional IP protocols may work in some scenarios (for example…

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Building Windows Server Failover Cluster on Azure IAAS VM – Part 2 (Network)

Hello, cluster fans. In my previous blog, I talked about how to work around the storage block in order to implementing Windows Server Failover Cluster on Azure IAAS VM. Now let’s discuss another important part – Network in cluster on Azure. Before that, you should know some basic concepts of Azure networking. Here are a…

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Windows Server Failover Cluster on Azure IAAS VM – Part 1 (Storage)

Hello, cluster fans. This is Mario Liu. I’m the Support Escalation Engineer in Windows High Availability team in Microsoft CSS Americas. I have a good news for you that starting in April, 2015, Microsoft supports Windows Server Failover Cluster on Azure IAAS VMs. Here is the supportability announcement for Windows Server on Azure VMs as…

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Walkthrough on Session hint / TSVUrl on Windows Server 2012

Hello Askperf, my name is Naresh and today we are going to discuss how we can connect to a Windows 2012 Remote desktop collection from thin clients or other clients that are not session hints aware. You might be thinking what are “Session hints”, so let us right away dig into the need for session…

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Invitation to provide feedback through UserVoice

I am not sure if everyone is aware of UserVoice but I am here to tell you about it.  UserVoice is where you can provide feedback to the Microsoft Product Groups who are now monitoring these forums.  Do you have idea or suggestion on how to make Windows Server 2016 better or a feature you…

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Use Azure custom routes to enable KMS activation with forced tunneling

Previously, if customers enabled forced tunneling on their subnets, OS activations prior to Windows Server 2012 R2 would fail as they could not connect to the Azure KMS server from their cloud service VIP.  However, thanks to the newly released Azure custom route feature this is no longer the case.  The custom route feature can…

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