Microsoft Mechanics

A weekly show that covers your favorite tech and news across Microsoft, including Office, Azure, Data Platform, Windows, and Surface. It focuses on demos, how-tos and insights from Microsoft's tech leaders and engineers - Mark Russinovich, Corey Sanders, Julia White, Jeffrey Snover and more.
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Nov 16, 2016

Lead engineer, Travis Wright demonstrates SQL Server on Linux, including how you can: download and install SQL Server on a Linux Virtual Machine; run your SQL Server-based apps inside of Docker containers and improve the performance of your applications using powerful features such as Column Store in SQL Server.

Nov 15, 2016

Corey Sanders from the Azure compute engineering team, explores what is now possible with high-performance computing and Microsoft Azure. He'll go over how you can use it for enabling powerful visual simulations and engineering scenarios. As well as dynamic rendering for GPU intensive work, and compute scenarios for deep learning.

Nov 7, 2016

Corey Sanders from the Azure compute engineering team, demonstrates just how fast it is to spin up containers with pre-installed apps using ACS and how to configure and manage an app on the service to meet scale requirements dynamically using a Linux-based environment. If you are a developer, this gives you an agile way to package and deploy your apps; if you are an IT admin, you get a simple infrastructure solution to manage your IT environment and easily spin up or spin down resources as required. As outlined in the show, to try out just go to the Azure Portal and select ACS under containers in the Gallery.

Oct 25, 2016

A look at how to upgrade any Windows Server 2012 R2 Cluster to Windows Server 2016 with minimal or no downtime or need for additional hardware. You'll see how it works, get a demonstration on the steps it takes to upgrade, and how you can automate the process with Virtual Machine Manager.

Oct 7, 2016

In watching this episode, you'll get a first look at how you can use operations management and security, the unified management of your Linux and Windows server environments at scale, with Microsoft Azure. You'll see configuration management in your hybrid environment, applications using resource manager templates and PowerShell DSC applying your IT policy with OMS. Also, a look at orchestrating operational tasks using PowerShell and graphical Runbooks.

Sep 25, 2016

From advances in graphics performance that improve the experience of GPU intensive apps. To how you can overcome the 9am log-on storm with new enhancements to the connection broker for up 10,000 concurrent log-ons.  And keep watching as we show you how you can optimize your deployment for the Cloud with Azure.

Sep 12, 2016

A look at the latest updates to software-defined storage with Storage Spaces Direct, new with Windows Server 2016. Watch as Elden Christensen (Principal Program Manager, Windows Server) explains the advantages in terms of cost, performance and reliability.

Also, find out what your deployment options are from hyper-converge or branch offices to converge for enterprise scale workloads. Finally, you'll see how this applies to disaster recovery.

Sep 7, 2016

Find out how you can use Azure AD Identity Protection for continuous and real-time risk assessment of logins and users to prevent against threats at the point of authentication. Learn how to reduce your attack surface by managing and restricting the exposure of privileged identities with Privileged Identity Management.

Finally, we'll wrap up with what's coming next and how to get started now.

Aug 22, 2016

Lead engineer Sarah Fender offers a demo-rich tour of the new Operations Management Suite Security & Audit Solution. Part of Operations Management Suite, it provides deep and actionable insights into the security of your hybrid cloud environments, helping you to quickly understand the security state of your resources and identify vulnerabilities and investigate malicious activities.

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