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SMB over QUIC and Azure Server: empowering secure and lightning fast file sharing

SMB over QUIC is a network protocol used by Windows. It allows secure, shared use of resources such as files on the network. To use SMB (Server Message Block) without QUIC, TCP port 445 is required. Some Internet providers block TCP port 445 for security reasons. Therefore, it is not possible to connect to a file share on Azure by SMB successfully.

To bypass the blocking of TCP port 445, there are several options to choose from, including the following:

  • VPN (Virtual Private Network), e.g. AlwaysOnVPN
  • Third party software, e.g. MyWorkDrive
  • SMB over QUIC (Quick UDP Internet Connection)

Create proximity placement groups in Azure

Low network latency between virtual machines generally contributes to optimized performance. The proximity placement group feature in Azure ensures that virtual machines within the same proximity placement group are physically located in the same datacenter.

Proximity placement groups in Azure are particularly suitable for services and workloads (ERP, databases, real time services) with low latency requirements.

Azure Arc and Windows Server: The perfect pair for the hybrid cloud

Microsoft Azure Arc is a solution that enables resources to be centrally managed and monitored across multiple environments. Azure Arc extends the management capabilities of Azure to on-premises resources or other cloud providers such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Google Cloud Platform (GCP).

Resources integrated into Azure Arc are administered via the unified Azure Portal. Regardless of where they are physically or geographically located. Overall, Azure Arc provides consistent, centralized and simplified management of resources.

This guide describes how to deploy a Windows Server hosted outside the Azure Cloud step-by-step using the Azure Connected Machine Agent in Azure Arc.

Seamless Upgrade of Windows Server on Azure: Best Practices and Step-by-Step Guide

Microsoft Azure supports in-place upgrade to Windows Server 2019 and Windows Server 2022. All data, server roles and settings are taken over in the process. For a successful in-place upgrade there are a few requirements.

This guide shows how to successfully perform a direct upgrade to a newer Windows Server version.

Show First Contact Safety Tip in Email

First Contact Safety Tip is a feature in Microsoft Office 365 to better protect users from phishing attacks. First Contact Safety Tip is part of Microsoft Defender for Office 365 or Exchange Online Protection and helps users detect fake or fraudulent mails.

If a suspicious email is received, the email will have a warning in the header informing the user that it may be phishing email. The warning is shown in one of the following cases:
– the sender sends an email to the mailbox for the first time
– the sender very rarely sends an email to this mailbox

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