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Microsoft upgraded its Windows Admin Center, with a focus on protecting the vendor's Azure Stack hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) service from outside threats.

The latest features include default admin policies to push back against lateral network attacks, network segmentation, and support for managing clusters that include the Kerberos network authentication protocol. 

Azure Stack HCI clusters host both virtualized Windows and Linux workloads, plus storage, in a hybrid cloud environment that includes on-premises infrastructure and Azure cloud services. Microsoft introduced Azure Stack 2017 as its response to the rise of hyperconverged infrastructure. It has since evolved to become Redmond's hybrid cloud contender and competes with efforts from Amazon Web Services (Outposts) and Google Cloud (Anthos, now part of the Google Distributed Cloud portfolio).