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Microsoft: Schedule Azure VM Startup and Shutdown

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As you might know, Azure VMs cost money per hour when they are on. Have you ever wanted to shutdown or startup Azure VMs automatically? You could do it using Azure Automation service in about 28 easy steps by writing a script. Or you could simply use VMPower, a service that I stumbled upon which makes the […]

Microsoft: how to upload a machine cert to Azure

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When you’re creating a VM with the Azure Resource Manager (“new Azure portal”) and want to connect to it through WinRM/PowerShell with the HTTPS protocol, you have to provide a machine certificate for it. In the old Azure it was easier, it would generate a cert on its own and would let you download its […]

Microsoft: Cluster size recommendations for ReFS and NTFS

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Microsoft’s file systems organize storage devices based on cluster size. Also known as the allocation unit size, cluster size represents the smallest amount of disk space that can be used to hold a file. Both ReFS and NTFS support multiple cluster sizes, as different sized clusters can offer different performance benefits, depending on the deployment. […]

Microsoft: SQL Server 2016 – No Performance Cliff – MSSQL Tiger Team

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SQL product team has made significant improvements in columnstore index functionality, supportability and performance during SQL Server 2016 based on the feedback from customers. This blog series focuses on the performance improvements done as part of SQL Server 2016. Customers will get these benefits automatically with no changes to the application when they upgrade the application […]

Microsoft acquires deep learning startup Maluuba; AI pioneer Yoshua Bengio to have advisory role

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Today is an exciting day for the advancement of AI at Microsoft. We have agreed to acquire Maluuba, a Montreal-based company with one of the world’s most impressive deep learning research labs for natural language understanding. Maluuba’s expertise in deep learning and reinforcement learning for question-answering and decision-making systems will help us advance our strategy […]

Microsoft: Managing Favorites for Edge and Internet Explorer in Windows 10 Preview – We know IE!

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With the next release of Windows 10, which is already available through the Insider Preview Program on Build 14986 , we received a new way policy “Keep favorites in sync between Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge” to configure the favorites in IE and Edge.The new GPO is located under: User ConfigurationAdministrative TemplatesWindows ComponentsMicrosoft Edge “Keep favorites […]

Microsoft’s Brad Anderson’s Lunch Break Video / s3 e10 / Brad Strock, CIO, PayPal

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Today’s episode is part 2 of my chat with Brad Strock, the CIO of PayPal. Brad and I talk about why de-stigmatizing failure is such a valuable approach to IT innovation, as well as our first jobs (both of us started out as mechanical  engineers), and writing code on punchcards. Read the entire article here, […]

Microsoft Azure Cloud–GPU for DataScience and Academic Activities such as Cloud Rendering

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I am really excited in the way some UK Universities are using Azure GPU Cloud services, back in Dec 2016 we announced the general availability of the Azure N-Series. GPU Cloud Compute services.  The availability of Cloud GPU was certainly a interest point for students, academics and researchers and I had a number of UK […]

Microsoft SQL Server R Services – Why we built it?

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This is the first post in a series of blog posts about SQL Server R Services. We want to take you behind the scenes and explain why we have built this feature and deep dive into how it works. Future posts will include details about the architecture, highlighting advanced use cases with code examples to […]

Microsoft & Citrix

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Ever since Microsoft and Citrix announced a significant reinvigoration to our long-standing partnership at Citrix Synergy in May, things have been very busy. At today’s Citrix Summit event, Scott Guthrie (the EVP of Microsoft’s Cloud + Enterprise organization and my boss) and Kirill Tatarinov (Citrix CEO and President) shared an update on the status of […]
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