October 14, 2019
The team celebrates the 300th episode by speaking with Albert Greenberg, the director of development for all of Azure Networking and someone who was around when Azure was just 5 clusters of servers. Media file: Transcript:  Updates:
October 5, 2019
Harold Wong, a Principal Software Engineer in the Commercial Software Engineering team, gives us the scoop on the popular Azure Redhat OpenShift service (ARO) which gives customers a fully managed OpenShift cluster in Azure. He gives us use-cases for this service as well as tips and advice on moving to ARO. Media file: Transcript: Resources: Other updates:
September 25, 2019
Senior Azure Storage PM Art Khlobystin talks to Cynthia, Evan and Sujit about the new HA/DR features in Azure Storage. Media file: Transcript: Towards the end of the show, Art briefly talks about the new upcoming Object Replication Service which would give customers the flexibility of replicating data across any regions of choice and not just the paired regions. He asks for any feedback/questions to be send to his email or you can post to our Twitter handle @AzurePodcast and we will route it to the team. Thank you!   Other updates: Azure Media Services Video Indexer supports detection, grouping, and recognition of characters in animated content. Azure Advisor alerts are now in preview From Public Preview - Video Indexer Multilingual identification and transcription Public Preview - Video Indexer Animated Character Detection Azure CLI support for Azure HDInsight is now generally available. This enables administrators to easily manage their HDInsight clusters using simple Azure CLI commands.  
September 20, 2019
Matt Small talks to the team about KeyVault and talks about use cases and some common problems customers see. Media file: Transcript: Matt's Blog:   Other updates: Azure Files premium tier gets zone redundant storage Announcing user delegation SAS tokens preview for Azure Storage Blobs  
September 14, 2019
Azure Sphere is a set of hardware, software, and cloud services that provide an security and management platform for the IOT ecosystem. In this episode, the Josh Nash, the Principal Product Planner walks us through the platform concepts, the components, and how customers and partners are leveraging this. Media file: Transcript:   Building cloud-native applications with Azure and HashiCorp Microsoft Azure available from new cloud regions in Germany Microsoft acquires Movere to help customers unlock cloud innovation with seamless migration tools Microsoft’s connected vehicle platform presence at IAA, the Frankfurt Auto Show Satellite connectivity expands reach of Azure ExpressRoute across the globe
September 6, 2019
Azure Backup PM Geetha Lakshmi gives us a great update on the Backup Service. She gives us a refresher and focuses on the many new features in the Restore process that make it faster and easier for customers to get files recovered. Media file: Transcript: Other updates: Microsoft and Qualcomm accelerate AI with Vision AI Developer Kit Azure Cost Management updates – August 2019  
August 31, 2019
Shaloo Garg, a Director in Microsoft Startups, explains to us how Startups can leverage valuable technical and business resources from Microsoft to help make them successful in the marketplace. Resources: Media file: Transcript: Other updates: Now available is a set of APIs that primarily helps increase efficiency in copying data from any URL to Azure or inside Azure. The APIs include: • Put Block From URL • Put Page From URL • Append Block From URL These APIs enable server-side synchronous copy of data from any URL source into either a block blob, page blob or as an append blob. The benefits of these APIs include: • Server-side data transfer. The data transfer is performed server-side, meaning the data is read directly from the source by the destination server in Azure. The data is not flowing through the caller, so you do not need a VM with CPU, memory and network capacity to move the data. You can get away with using a relatively small VM that just orchestrate the data transfer. • Synchronous data transfer.  Each call is performed synchronously, meaning the data transfer is complete when the call returns. This is unlike the existing asynchronous cross-account copy blob API, which is a scheduled background process where you need to regularly check if its complete. • Any data source. The data source can be any data addressable by a URL, meaning you can copy data from inside or outside of Azure. Further it can be from any blob type to any blob, e.g. reading from a page blob and writing to a block blob. From Work more efficiently with the updated Azure Blockchain Development Kit by using our new interactive debugger.  
August 22, 2019
Faith Xu, a Senior PM in the Microsoft ML Platform team, brings us up to speed on the Open Neural Network eXchange (ONNX) specification and it's associated Runtime which can be used for running interoperable ML models in Azure. Media file: Transcript: Resources: ONNX: ONNX Runtime: ONNX Tutorials: ONNX Runtime Tutorials: ONNX Converters: ONNX Ecosystem Docker Image: ONNX Runtime in AzureML: Other updates:
August 16, 2019
Veteran guest of the show, Logic Apps Lead PM Kevin Lam is back to talk about their latest offering, Logic Apps ISE. He gives us the low-down on the unique features of this offering and when it makes sense to use it and off course, tips and tricks on how to use it. Media file: Transcript:   Other updates: The Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) service is now available for preview in the Azure Goverment (Fairfax, VA) region. We're excited to announce that IoT Edge support in Azure DevOps Project and Azure Pipelines is generally available. Developers can easily set up CI/CD pipelines for IoT Edge projects with best practices. Service Tag Discovery API is in preview. It's now possible to programmatically retrieve global IP address information for Azure and its services using the Discovery API. Announcing new AMD EPYC™-based Azure Virtual Machine Your single source for Azure best practices New for developers: Azure Cosmos DB .NET SDK v3 now available Announcing the preview of GitHub Actions for Azure  
August 8, 2019
Cale, Cynthia, Kendall, and Russell speak with Senior PM Stephanie Krieger on what Azure Data Box Edge is, how we can get our hands on one, and some use cases that have been utilizing the computing powers at the intelligent edge. Media file: Transcript: Resources Here is the link to the Intelligent Edge Patterns site that has the code and architecture for the retail out-of-stock (void detection) scenario Here is the link to the brief Olympus video about exploring AI on the Edge with Data Box Edge Data Box Edge technical docs   Other updates:   Azure Dedicated Host in Preview - A new Azure service that provides physical servers that host one or more Azure virtual machines. The server is dedicated to your organization and workloads. Network security group improvements—ICMP support and override default Azure platform considerations   Cross-tenant management is now supported in Azure Security Center    Moving your VMware resources to Azure is easier than ever   We’re making Azure Archive Storage better with new lower pricing   Improved developer experience for Azure Blockchain development kit   Introducing Azure Dedicated Host blog/introducing-azure-dedicated-host/  
August 1, 2019
Cynthia and Sujit discuss their experiences using App Service for Linux with some tips to get started and what to watch out for. Media file: Transcript: Resources: Other updates: New Analytics reports and Azure Boards app available for Slack
July 25, 2019
Cale and Sujit talk to Senior Software Engineer Eugene Chuvyrov about the partnership between HashiCorp and Microsoft and how customers can benefit by leveraging HashiCorp's products on Azure. He dives into Terraform, Consul and Vault and provides some nice tips on how and why customers should use these products on Azure. Media file: Transcript: Resources: Microsoft and HashiCorp integration announcements Terraform Registry Terraform for Azure Doc Hub Terraform for Azure Examples
July 19, 2019
Senior Software Engineer Romit Girdhar and Senior PM Tolu Agunbiade dive into the new Oracle-Azure Cloud Partnership that has opened up a world of possibilities for customers that use the benefits of both clouds for applications that run on Azure but rely on Oracle databases, software and services. Media file: Transcript: Resources: Public Announcements:   Oracle Press Release: Microsoft Press Release:   Landing pages:   Technical Content:     Other updates:  Ephemeral OS disks for Azure VMs Ephemeral OS disks are created on the local virtual machine (VM) storage and not saved to the remote Azure Storage. Ephemeral OS disks work well for stateless workloads, where applications are tolerant of individual VM failures, but are more affected by VM deployment time or reimaging the individual VM instances. With Ephemeral OS disk, you get lower read/write latency to the OS disk and faster VM reimage. The key features of ephemeral disks are: Ideal for stateless applications. They can be used with both Marketplace and custom images. Ability to fast reset or reimage VMs and scale set instances to the original boot state. Lower latency, similar to a temporary disk. Ephemeral OS disks are free, you incur no storage cost for OS disk. They are available in all Azure regions. Ephemeral OS Disk is supported by Shared Image Gallery.   Loads of announcements this week due to inspire - I've put a few below, but it's not exhaustive. Availability Zones support is now available for Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) in preview   Protect applications and data from datacenter failures with redundancies across Availability Zones.    Blob API interoperability with Azure Data Lake Storage        Gen2 is now in preview   Proximity placement groups are now in preview   New 48vCPUs sizes for the Dv3, Dsv3, Ev3, Esv3, Fsv2, and Lsv2 Azure Virtual Machines (VMs) are now available so you can better match your workload requirements.    Introducing the Microsoft Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure   The Microsoft Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure provides end-to-end guidance, best practices, documentation, and tools that cloud architects, IT professionals, and business decision makers need to successfully achieve their objectives.   Cognitive Services Form Recognizer prebuilt capability Form Recognizer learns the structure of your forms to intelligently extract text and data.   Introducing Azure Lighthouse Azure Lighthouse provides service providers with a single control plane to manage across customer estates with increased automation, efficiency, and governance.   Announcing Azure Migration Program Azure Migrati
July 12, 2019
Anna Roth, a Senior PM in the Computer Vision team and Anand Raman, Group PM of Cognitive Services, join us for all the latest and greatest updates in Azure Cognitive Services.   Media file: Transcription: Resources:   Other updates: Thanks for 10 years and welcome to a new chapter in SQL innovation Reducing overall storage costs with Azure Premium Blob Storage What’s new in Azure Firewall Previewing Azure SDKs following new Azure SDK API Standards Azure DevOps adds new features including bi-directional traceability between Releases and Jira issues
July 5, 2019
The team talks to Frank Simorjay about the importance of securing the workstations and learns why if the workstation isn’t secure, then many of the other security controls become useless. Media file: Transcript: Resources:
June 26, 2019
Sujit, Kendall, and Cynthia talk with the one and only Richard Campbell on how to tell the cloud story, the conversations to have with customers as they enter the cloud and the implications of globally distributed cloud that needs to be considered. Probably one of our favorite shows. Media file: Transcript:    
June 21, 2019
Kendall, Cynthia and Sujit talk with Abel Wang, Anthony Chu and Cecil Phillip on their respective focus areas on DevOps, Serverless and Students. Media file: Transcript:
June 13, 2019
Sujit and Cynthia talk with VS & .NET Director, Scott Hunter, on how Microsoft is shifting paradigms in the Linux world and .NET development experience with Azure. Audio file: Transcript:
June 6, 2019
Cynthia talks with Sharad Agrawal on what Azure Front Door Service is, how to choose between Azure Front Door Service, CDN, Azure Traffic Manager and App Gateway, and how to get started. Media file: Transcript:
May 29, 2019
Kendall and Cynthia talk with Sujay Talasila and Won Huh on how to think about Disaster Recovery, differences that need to be considered between Disaster Recovery and Backups, and recommended practices that users should consider. Media file: Transcript:
May 23, 2019
Cynthia talks with Satya Vel on the latest ARM template updates including an enhanced template export experience, best practices for ARM clients, and new capabilities that are now available on ARM templates. Media file: Transcript:
May 17, 2019
Kendall and Cynthia talk with Matthew Henderson on the latest updates on Azure Functions including Azure Functions on Kubernetes with KEDA, PowerShell language support, and stateful entities. Media file: Transcript:
May 10, 2019
In this first show from Build 2019, Cynthia and Kendall talk with Byron Tardif and Nitasha Verma about what is new on Azure App Service and the Azure App Service Migration Assistant to migrate sites from Windows or Linux Server to a Azure App Service. Media file: Transcript:  
May 3, 2019
Microsoft Cloud Solution Architect Nills Franssens discussed a cool approach to help customers automate the network security settings in Azure to reduce errors and improve traceability of the infrastructure. Media file: Transcript:  Resources: /NillsF/NSG-CSV-to-ARM   Other updates: Because we’re committed to delivering consistent, high performance and mission-ready solutions to Azure Government customers, we’re continually optimizing our cloud datacenter infrastructure to be more efficient and cost-effective. As part of this optimization, we’ll be retiring the Azure US Gov Iowa region on April 30, 2020, and you’ll need to migrate your resources to an alternative region to avoid service disruption. As with all changes of this type, we’re providing 12 months’ notice so you have adequate time to adjust. We operate three additional government regions, all of which provide similar or enhanced capabilities to the US Gov Iowa region, including:  · Access to a more comprehensive and growing portfolio of Azure services.  · Identical comprehensive compliance and resiliency options.  · High performance through our dedicated low-latency network. Required action Take these steps by April 30, 2020, to avoid disruptions to your applications and enjoy quality and feature updates:  1. Choose from three alternate US Gov regions, located in Virginia, Texas and Arizona, for your Azure resources. We recommend the US Gov Virginia region, as it has the greatest number of available Azure services.  2. Follow this comprehensive guidance to migrate to that region. We encourage you to review the migration guidance at your earliest convenience and plan accordingly. Monitoring enhancements for VMware and physical workloads protected with Azure Site Recovery Accelerate supercomputing in the cloud with Cray ClusterStor Azure.Source - Volume 80 Serverless automation using PowerShell preview in Azure Functions General availability: Azure Log Analytics in CENTRAL US, EAST US 2, EAST ASIA, WEST US and SOUTH CENTRAL US
April 29, 2019
Ryan Berry, an Azure Cloud Solutions Architect at Microsoft, talks about his own YouTube Channel where they distill down complex topics into bite sized chunks to make it easy for you to quickly leverage these features to address similar requirements you may have for moving something into Azure. Media file: Transcript:   Other updates: Dual Stack IPv4/IPv6 connectivity with full IPv6 support for Virtual Networks is now available. This lets you bring your private IPv6 space into Azure and enables connectivity over IPv6 within your Virtual Networks. With this, you’re able to address IPv4 depletion, meet regulatory requirements, and expand into the growing mobile and IoT markets with your Azure-based applications. Dual stack Virtual Network also:  · Builds on long-established Azure VM-to-internet IPv6 connectivity.  · Enables fully IPv6 architectures to be hosted in Azure with IPv6 connectivity between virtual machines (VMs) in a virtual network, using IPv6 network security group rules, IPv6 user-defined routes, and load balancing across VMs.   · Allows Azure you to define your own IPv6 address space to meet the needs of your applications or customers.  · Provides “dual stack upgrade-in-place” where you can add IPv6 connectivity to your existing applications without re-deploying.  · Provides maximum service deployment flexibility, so a single service instance can connect with both IPv4 and IPv6-capable internet clients. Dual Stack connectivity will preview globally in all Azure Public cloud regions—try it out in a region that’s convenient for you. IPv6 is used by:  · Government or customers in highly regulated industries.  · Internet-of-Things (IoT) applications that use the enormous number of IPv6 addresses available.  · Customers who want native (not translated) connectivity from their Azure applications to IPv6 mobile devices.   · Customers who deploy service instances in Azure with dedicated per customer connectivity.  · Customers moving to the cloud (or hybrid) struggling with the exhaustion of their IPv4 space and the inability or expense of acquiring more IPv4.  5 tips to get more out of Azure Stream Analytics Visual Studio Tools AI for Good: Developer challenge! developer-challenge/ We are excited to announce the general availability of Azure Cost Management features for all Pay-As-You-Go and Azure Government customers that will greatly enhance your ability to analyze and proactively manage your cloud costs.  These features will allow you to analyze your cost data, configure budgets to drive accountability for cloud costs, and export pre-configured reports on a schedule to support deeper data analysis within your own systems. This release for Pay-As-You-Go customers also provides invoice reconciliation support in the Azure portal via a usage csv download of all charges applicable to your invoices. From From  
April 18, 2019
Derek Martin, a Technology Solutions Principal (TSP) at Microsoft talks about his approach to ensuring that customers get the foundational elements of Azure in place first before deploying anything else. He discusses why Microsoft is getting more opinionated, as a company, when advocating for best practices. Derek's running 'notebook' of stuff he likes in Azure : Media file: Transcript:    Other updates: AzCopy Preview (v10) now supports Amazon Web Services (AWS) S3 as a data source and can copy an entire AWS S3 bucket (or even multiple buckets) to Azure Blob storage.  
April 12, 2019
David Blank-Edelman, a Senior Cloud Advocate at Microsoft, gives us some great insight into what customers should be thinking about when it comes to the reliability of their cloud applications. Media file: Transcript:   Other updates: We're excited to announce a new B-series VM size, B1ls, which has the smallest memory and lowest cost among Azure VM instances. This offering is in response to customers who were looking for entry-level offerings. B1ls has 512 MiB of memory and 1 vCPU, and it costs only $0.0052 (US East) per hour. Target workloads B1ls is best for small web servers, small databases, and development and test environments. It offers a cost-effective way to deploy workloads that don't need the full performance of the CPU continuously and burst in their performance. B1ls is available only on Linux for the best customer experience. Windows is not supported because the minimum recommended memory for the Windows OS is larger than what B1ls offers. Advanced Threat Protection for Azure Storage is now available. It provides an additional layer of security intelligence that detects unusual and potentially harmful attempts to access or exploit storage accounts. This layer of protection allows you to address concerns about potential threats to your storage accounts, without needing to be an expert in security. Enabling it is quick and simple. Sign up in the Azure portal, or with standard Azure APIs (REST/PowerShell) for specific storage accounts or subscriptions. Once enabled, security alerts are triggered when suspicious activity occurs, and you can view them listed in Azure Security Center. Security alerts provide details of suspicious activity and recommends actions to take to investigate and mitigate the potential threat. The identity experience framework orchestration platform of Azure Active Directory B2C (Azure AD B2C) is now available. This means that you can create your own user journeys and integrate with multiple identity providers and data sources, such as a customer relationship management (CRM) solution or loyalty system, to deliver first-class experiences. Use Azure AD B2C as a universal platform for gathering data feeds and applying that data to the user experience in your consumer applications to improve acquisition and retention. Azure AD B2C also offers several built-in templates for common user flows. Azure Availability Zones, a high-availability solution for mission-critical applications, is now generally available in UK South. Availability Zones are physically separate locations within an Azure region. Each Availability Zone consists of one or more datacenters equipped with independent power, cooling, and networking. With the introduction of Availability Zones, we now offer a service-level agreement (SLA) of 99.99% for uptime of virtual machines. Want to evaluate your cloud analytics provider? Here are the three questions to ask. How to accelerate DevOps with Machine Learning lifecycle management Bitnami Apache Airflow Multi-Tier now available in Azure Marketplace How Skype modernized its backend infrastructure using Azure Cosmos DB – Part 1 How Skype modernized its backend infrastructure using Azure Cosmos DB – Part 2
April 4, 2019
Rasmus Lystrøm, a Senior Microsoft consultant from Denmark, shares his thoughts and ideas around building applications that take advantage of Azure and allow developers to focus on the business problem at hand. Media file: Transcript: Other updates: Service Map: Azure SQL Database's read scale-out support in the Premium and Business Critical service tiers is now generally available.  This capability redirects the read-only client connections to one of the automatically provisioned HA replicas and effectively doubles the compute capacity of the database or elastic pool at no additional charge. This is ideal for load balancing of complex analytical workloads without affecting the primary OLTP workload. enables you to monitor and detect abnormalities in your time series data with machine learning. The Anomaly Detector API adapts by automatically identifying and applying the best-fitting models to your data, regardless of industry, scenario, or data volume/ Custom vision available Video Indexer has been enhanced with new features. It now automatically collects manual transcript edits into a new entry in the specific language model you use.  Use it to improve the accuracy of an out-of-the-box language model with manual edits over a period of time so it will align with your industry-specific vocabulary. Another new feature is the ability to segment videos by semantic scenes based on visual cues. Scenes can now be used to group together a set of insights and refer to them as insights of the same context in order to deduce a more complex meaning from them. They can also be used as a unit and extracted as a clip from a longer video. Video Indexer also now has the ability to identify rolling credits at the end of a movie or TV show, which can be used by broadcasters to identify when to recommend a new program before losing the audience. Security Center can now protect your VM scale sets.  With Security Center’s advanced threat detection capabilities, you can easily monitor the security posture of your VM scale sets with recommendations to reduce vulnerabilities and increase their overall security. Security Center automatically discovers your VM scale sets and recommends that you install the monitoring agent to get better security assessments and enable events-based threat detection. Azure Lab Services updates: GPU size, saving images, and connecting to on-premises resources Microsoft Azure portal April 2019 update
March 28, 2019
Shankar Sivadasan, a Senior Azure Product Marketing Manager, gives us all the details on how the trusty Azure Monitor service has evolved into the main monitoring solution in Azure. Media file: Transcript: Resources: Azure Monitor overview - Kusto pluralsight course - Blog post on dynamic thresholds - Other updates: Windows Virtual Desktop is the only service that delivers simplified management, multi-session Windows 10, optimizations for Office 365 ProPlus, and support for Windows Server Remote Desktop Services (RDS) desktops and apps. With Windows Virtual Desktop, you can deploy and scale your Windows desktops and apps on Azure in minutes, while enjoying built-in security and compliance. This means customers can now virtualize using multi-session Windows 10, Windows 7, and Windows Server desktops and apps (RDS) to Windows Virtual Desktop for a simplified management and deployment experience with Azure. New updates to Azure AI expand AI capabilities for developers Azure Sphere ecosystem accelerates innovation High-Throughput with Azure Blob Storage Azure Data Box family meets customers at the edge  
March 23, 2019
Azure Stack experts from Microsoft Services, Heyko Oelrichs and Rathish Ravikumar, give us an update on Azure Stack and some valuable tips and tricks based on their real-world experiences deploying it for customers. Media file: Transcript: Resources: • Overview ( • Azure Stack documentation ( ) • Download and try Azure Stack Development Kit ( ) • Free online Azure Stack course INF240x (self-paced with 40+ hours content + ASDK-based labs) ( ) • Free online (recorded) Azure Stack conference sessions ( ) • Fee-based in-classroom instructor-led Azure Stack official training course 20537B ( ) • Azure Stack Operator certification exam 70-537 ( ) • Azure Stack MSDN forum ( ) • Azure Stack Roadmap ( • Kubernetes on Azure Stack ( Other updates: In Azure Security Center, adaptive application control in audit mode is now available for Azure Linux VMs. This whitelisting solution is also available for non-Azure Windows and Linux VMs and servers that are connected to Security Center. In addition, you can now rename groups of virtual machine and server clusters in Security Center. They're still automatically named group1, group2, and so on. But you can then edit them to provide a more meaningful name to your machine cluster groups, to help you better represent those application control policy groups. The network map in Azure Security Center now supports virtual network peering. Directly from the network map, you can view allowed traffic flows between peered virtual networks and deep dive into the connections and entities. Azure Security Center can now learn the network traffic and connectivity patterns of your Azure workload and provide you with network security group (NSG) rule recommendations for your internet-facing virtual machines. This is called adaptive network hardening, and it's in public preview. It helps you secure connections to and from the public internet (made by workloads running in the public cloud), which are one of the most common attack surfaces. It can be hard to know which NSG rules should be in place to make sure that Azure workloads are available only to required source ranges. These new recommendations in Security Center help you configure your network access policies and limit your exposure to attacks. Security Center uses machine learning to fully automate this process, including an automated enforcement mechanism. These recommendations also use Microsoft’s extensive threat intelligence reports to make sure that known malicious actors are blocked. To view these recommendations, in the Security Center portal, select Networking and then Adaptive network hardening. In the Sprint 149 Update of Azure DevOps, we added the ability to navigate to Azure Boards directly from mentions in a GitHub comment as well as adding support for Azure Boards within GitHub Enterprise. For Azure Pipelines we enabled a new feature on GitHub pull requests that lets you run optional checks by mentioning /azp in the comment.  You can also require a comment on the pull request from repository contributor before the pipeline will run giving you the ability to review code from unknown users before building. Achieve more with Microsoft Game Stack https://az
March 13, 2019
Cale and Sujit talk about using a solutions-based approach when selecting Azure services instead of getting caught in the hype of new services. Media file: Resources: Transcript: Other updates: Currently, Smart Detection sends email notifications by default to the Subscription Owner, Subscription Contributor, and Subscription Reader roles. These roles often include users who are not actively involved in monitoring, which causes many of these users to receive notifications unnecessarily. To improve this experience, we're making a change so that email notifications go to only the Monitoring Reader and Monitoring Contributor roles by default. Create a transit VNet using VNet peering Stay informed about service issues with Azure Service Health AzCopy support in Azure Storage Explorer now available in public preview
March 7, 2019
To commemorate International Women's Day 2019, Cynthia and Kendall talk to Chole Condon, a Senior Cloud Developer Advocate at Microsoft, about her Azure learning journey and her experience as a woman in cloud computing. Media file: Transcript:
March 4, 2019
Paresh Mundade, a Senior PM in the Azure ExpressRoute team, gives the guys an update on the service and a glimpse into the roadmap of planned features. Media file: Transcript: Links: NPM: Global Reach: ExpressRoute Direct: Other updates: Stream Analytics now empowers every developer to easily add anomaly detection capabilities to their Stream Analytics jobs without requiring them to develop and train their own machine learning models. Ready-to-use machine learning models are provided right within the SQL language. This reduces the cost and complexity associated with building and training machine learning models to a simple single function call. Latest enhancements now available for Cognitive Services' Computer Vision Announcing Azure Integration Service Environment for Logic Apps Azure Stack laaS – part two Improving the TypeScript support in Azure Functions IPFS All Hands HoloLens 2  
February 21, 2019
Microsoft Cloud Solution Architects Gino Filicetti and Peter Laudati talk to the guys about an innovative approach to getting your team to learn Azure. They have developed a set of challenge-based hacks which allow for better retention of knowledge. Media file: Transcript: Hack content:   Other updates: More reliable event-driven applications in Azure with an updated Event Grid We have been incredibly excited to be a part of the rise of event-driven programming as a core building block for cloud application architecture. By making the following features generally available, we want to enable you to build more sophisticated, performant, and stable event-driven applications in Azure. The following features now GA: Dead lettering, Retry policies, Storage Queues as a destination, Hybrid Connections as a destination, Manual Validation Handshake Azure.Source - Volume 70 Update 19.02 for Azure Sphere public preview now available Under the hood: Performance, scale, security for cloud analytics with ADLS Gen2 BlockTalk - IPFS    
February 16, 2019
The dynamic Sean McKenna, Lead PM for AKS, gives us all the details about the service and why and when you should use it for your cloud compute needs. Russell and Kendall get together with him @ Microsoft Ready for a great show. Media file: Transcript: Other updates: Disaster recovery and storage account failover (preview) in Azure Storage From Azure Cost Management for pay-as-you-go customers is now available in preview. Azure Cost Management brings the functionality of Cloudyn right into the Azure Portal so you can get visibility into your Azure spend through easy to use dashboards, create budgets, and optimize your spend so you get more value out of Azure. Migrate from on-premises or cloud implementations of MongoDB to Azure Cosmos DB with minimal downtime by using the Azure Database Migration Service. Perform resilient migrations of MongoDB data at scale and with high reliability using Azure Database Migration Service. Provision an instance of Azure Database Migration Service from the Azure portal or via Azure CLI and create a migration project to perform the migration.  SQL Server Migration Assistant support for Azure SQL Database Managed Instance is now generally available Take advantage of generally available functionality in SQL Server Migration Assistant version 8.0 to migrate from Oracle, MySQL, DB2, and SAP ASE (Sybase) to the Azure SQL Database Managed Instance platform. The latest version of SQL Server Migration Assistant enables users to perform an assessment, convert the schema, and move data to the fully managed database service in the cloud   Update 19.02 for Azure Sphere public preview now available New features around support for more broader enablement of device capabilities; more connectivity options, more space for applications, and some samples in the github repo on how to use bluetooth, IoT, private networking, etc. Actuating mobility in the enterprise with new Azure Maps services and SDKs Some services moving to GA from Public preview - Improved map canvas, and some enhanced spatial operations services for helping with analytics solutions.  New Android and Web SDK launched for developers.  Due to partnership with TomTom updates to maps will become quicker as well, as they move their map-making compute workloads to Azure as well. Individually great, collectively unmatched: Announcing updates to 3 great Azure Data Services    
February 8, 2019
Cynthia and Evan talk to Jamie Cool, Director of Program Management at Microsoft, who gives us all the details and potential use-cases for the Azure DevOps Server in your organization. , Media file: Transcript: Other updates: Availability Zones (AZ) is a high availability offering from Azure that protects applications and data from datacenter failures. By using AZ with Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), customers will get higher reliability and resiliency for their applications running on Kubernetes.  Node auto-repair monitors nodes in a cluster and initiates a repair process if a node fails to meet health criteria. This ensures that the nodes in a cluster are always in a healthy, running state It is often useful to have different VM sizes and configurations within a single cluster to support a wide variety of workloads, including those that require specialized hardware like GPUs. With the support of multiple node pools, you can deploy applications to different types of VMs within a single cluster, from a single control plane, improving resource management and utilization.  You can also create, upgrade, and delete node pools individually without affecting the whole cluster. Stay up to date with the latest and greatest of Kubernetes and get patching and security updates automatically.  Cluster auto-upgrade simplifies the task of keeping your Kubernetes service up to date by eliminating the need to do this manually, and ensures a higher level of security by automatically deploying important security fixes on a timely basis. User-defined network policy enables secure network segmentation within Kubernetes.  It allows cluster operators to control which pods can communicate with each other and with resources outside the cluster. You can implement your network policy in AKS clusters either through Azure policy plugin or through the popular open source project, Calico. With audit logging in AKS, customers can keep a chronological record of calls that have been made to the Kubernetes API server, a.k.a. control plane. Using these logs with tools like Log Analytics, customers can investigate suspicious API requests, collect statistics, and create monitoring alerts for unwanted API calls.    Authorized IP ranges allows organization to restrict access to their Kubernetes control plane running in AKS to specific IP addresses or IP ranges. By restricting access to only trusted network locations, you can further protect your AKS cluster.   Azure Monitor for containers support for AKS-engine is now available in public preview. Customers can now monitor both Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) and AKS-engine by using Azure Monitor for containers. NuGet, npm, and other Artifacts tasks support proxies - Sprint 147 Update
February 1, 2019
The team talks to Kip Kniskern, managing editor of about his impressions of Azure after he finished migrating to Azure. Media file: Transcript: Other updates: Migrate Amazon RDS for SQL Server to Azure SQL Database with minimal downtime by using generally available functionality in the Azure Database Migration Service. To learn more about how to use the Azure  Database Migration Service to perform online migrations from Amazon RDS for SQL Server to Azure SQL Database with minimal downtime, read the tutorial Migrate SQL Server to Azure SQL Database online using  Database Migration Service. Availability Zones support is now generally available for Azure Service Bus premium and Azure Event Hubs standard in every Azure region that has zone redundant datacenters. Note that this feature won’t work with existing namespaces—you will need to provision new namespaces to use this feature. Azure HDInsight Tools for VSCode The Azure HDInsight Tools for VSCode are now generally available. They provide you with best-in-class authoring experiences for Apache Hive batch jobs, interactive Hive queries, and PySpark jobs. HDInsight Tools for VSCode feature a cross-platform, lightweight, keyboard-focused code editor which removes constraints and dependencies on a platform. It can be run smoothly on Windows, Linux and Mac. Learn more in our documentation and blog.   Spark diagnosis and debugging toolkit  A number of enhancements have been added to the rich development and debugging capabilities of HDInsight for Spark developers, including: · Job graph with playback and heatmap identifying read/write bottlenecks. · Executor usage analysis showing executors’ utilization and job execution efficiency. · Data skew detection and analysis. · Job specific data management including data preview, download, and copy. Azure Guest OS Family 6, based on Windows Server 2019, is now generally available. Windows Server 2019 is the operating system that bridges on-premises environments with Azure, adding layers of security while helping you modernize your applications and infrastructure. DNS Flag Day is February 1, 2019. On this day, DNS providers will stop supporting certain workarounds that enable name resolution for domains hosted on DNS servers that don't fully conform to EDNS standards. For more information, visit You can test domains for compliance by using tools on that page.  At this time, DNS services across Microsoft are testing as "All ok" or "Minor problems detected" on Domains that test as "Minor problems detected" will not be affected on DNS Flag Day. Azure DNS and Azure Traffic Manager fixes are currently being rolled out to resolve these minor issues. Fixes for,, and other domains are in progress. Some of these fixes will not be fully deployed until after DNS Flag Day. This is not expected to cause any impact to our customers or services. Hyperledger Fabric updates now available Microsoft Azure Cloud Features Waves’ Smart Assets and Smart Accounts Azure Security Center can detect emerging vulnerabilities in Linux Azure Marketplace new offers – Volume 30
January 24, 2019
Liz Rice, Technical Evangelist at Aqua Security and master of all things Security in Kubernetes, talks to us about her philosophy on security and gives us the some great tips-n-tricks on how to secure your container workloads in Azure, on-prem or any cloud. Media file: Transcript: @lizrice @aquasecteam Aqua web site: Aqua in the Azure marketplace: kube-hunter - open source pen testing tool for Kubernetes microscanner - free vulnerability scanning for container images. It's the same package vulnerability scanner as in the commercial product, but you can use it for free, running security scanning as part of your container image build process. Co-author with Michael Hausenblas of O'Reilly Kubernetes Security book Other updates: Azure SQL DB metrics infrastructure improvements Azure SQL Database is upgrading the infrastructure for monitoring and alerts. This upgrade will improve stability and lay the foundation for enabling next-generation alerts. The upgrade will take place from January 22, 2019 to January 28, 2019.     How will this affect me?     During this upgrade, there will be no change to metric data and charts available in the Azure portal. However, customers who are using the Azure Monitor REST API will no longer be able to query for metric data written before December 21, 2018.     What do I need to do?     If you need metric data before December 21, 2018, please make a copy of the data before January 21, 2019. Moving forward, metric history will be built up to 93 days and maintained as such.     For guidance on saving metric data to a data store, see the Azure Monitor REST API walkthrough and Microsoft Azure Monitor REST API reference.    For any questions or concerns, please contact support.  Public preview: Read replicas in Azure Database for PostgreSQL Posted on Monday, January 21, 2019 You can now replicate data from a single Azure Database for PostgreSQL server (master) to up to five read-only servers (read replicas) within the same Azure region. This feature uses PostgreSQL's native asynchronous replication. Connecting Node-RED to Azure IoT Central Azure Backup now supports PowerShell and ACLs for Azure Files  
January 19, 2019
We are fortunate to have John Kozell, a Principal Consultant at Microsoft and an expert in all things Cosmos DB, specially when it comes to the Enterprise world. He gives us some unique perspectives on what Enterprises should do in order to make effective use of Cosmos DB to and also meet their compliance and operational goals.   Media file: Transcript: • 5-Minute Quickstarts: • Global distribution: • Backup & Restore/Compliance: • Monitoring: • Performance Tips: Other updates: Microsoft announces partnership with Citrix to support Windows Virtual Desktop Questions on data residency and compliance in Microsoft Azure? We got answers! Azure Boards:  · Simplify the organization of your work using the Basic process Azure Pipelines:  · GitHub Enterprise support in the pipeline wizard  · Automatic GitHub service connections in pipelines  · Display status for each pipeline job in GitHub Checks  · Default authorization for YAML resources in GitHub  · Service containers for YAML pipelines  · Work items linked to GitHub commits in Release Summary  · New Azure App service tasks optimized for YAML  · Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) authentication support in Azure SQL task  · Grafana annotations service hook  · Query Azure Monitor alerts tasks  · Inline input of spec file in Deploy to Kubernetes task  · Docker CLI Installer task  · Java long-term support (LTS) on Microsoft hosted agents  · YAML support for Bitbucket Cloud pipelines  · Avoid triggering multiple CI builds for pull requests  · Change build numbers, upload and download artifacts in forked repository builds  · New option in Publish Test Results task to fail build on failed tests  · Updates to the Azure portal for creating an Azure DevOps project  · Use the Azure portal to set up and deploy to an Azure Cosmos DB database  · Set up builds and release pipelines for Functions in the Azure portal Azure Artifacts:  · Package usage stats Wiki:  · Monospaced font for wiki Markdown editor  · Bold wiki page titles  · Insert Markdown table  · Embed Azure Boards query results in wiki Administration: Restore deleted projects Azure Migrate is now available in Asia and Europe    
January 13, 2019
Kendall, Cale and Evan talk to Sami Kubba, a Senior PM Lead in the Azure CXP org, about how they handle communications of outages and other issues in Azure. Great insight into what goes on behind to scenes to maintain full transparency into the workings of Azure. Media file: Transcript: Resources: Understand Azure service health:  Configure service health alerts:  Configure resource health alerts Other updates for the week: Use Azure Database Migration Service to migrate PostgreSQL databases hosted on-premises, on a virtual machine, or on AWS RDS PostgreSQL, to Azure Database for PostgreSQL while the source database remains online during migration. Use Azure Database Migration Service to migrate MySQL databases hosted on-premises, on a virtual machine, or on AWS RDS MySQL, to Azure Database for MySQL while the source database remains online during migration.  Migrate SQL Server databases to Azure SQL Database with minimal downtime by using  Azure Database Migration Service. Learn how to use Azure Database Migration Service to perform online migrations from SQL Server on-premises or on virtual machines to Azure SQL Database with minimal downtime by reading  this tutorial. Over the last 12 months, Operations Management Suite (OMS) monitoring, management, and security capabilities have been incorporated into the Azure portal. We’ve also enhanced the Azure portal with many new features and capabilities. Because the Azure portal fully replaces it, the OMS portal will be retired on January 15, 2019. You can continue to use your existing services and licensing in the Azure portal. You can read more about the move from the OMS portal to the Azure portal in the documentation. If you have any questions or concerns, reach out to us at CES 2019: Microsoft partners, customers showcase breakthrough innovation with Azure IoT, AI, and Mixed Reality Streamlined development experience with Azure Blockchain Workbench 1.6.0 To infinity and beyond: The definitive guide to scaling 10k VMs on Azure
January 4, 2019
Cale, Russell and Sujit break down the Azure Sphere offering from Microsoft and what it means for the future of IoT development. Media file: Transcript: Other updates: SQL Data Warehouse integration with Informatica iPaaS on Azure Posted on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 Informatica Intelligent Cloud Services (IICS) on Azure is now generally available, enabling an intelligent discovery-driven approach to migrate legacy data warehouse workloads to Azure SQL Data Warehouse. IICS on Azure optimizes multi-cloud, hybrid environments with a streamlined experience for Azure customers, allowing them to launch IICS with a single click, directly from the Azure portal. Two key use cases enabled by IICS on Azure are data integration with prebuilt mappings and data accelerator for simplified migration to Azure SQL Data Warehouse. From Virtual Network Service Endpoints for serverless messaging and big data Virtual Networks and Firewall rules for both Azure Event Hubs and Azure Service Bus are now generally available. This feature adds to the security and control you have over your cloud environments. Take advantage of the Azure backbone network to secure access to your premium Azure Service Bus namespaces and standard and dedicated Azure Event Hubs offerings on all public regions.  Anatomy of a secured MCU Azure.Source - Volume 63 Azure Marketplace new offers – Volume 28
December 21, 2018
Developer Evangelist David Gristwood and Cloud Solution Architect Robin Lester, from Microsoft UK, are enthusiastic about the AI hacks they do with partners to help them quickly realize an application that uses Azure's AI capabilities. They discuss common patterns and tips and tricks from their various hacks.   Media file: Transcript: Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!    
December 12, 2018
We are live at KubeCon+CloudNative in Seattle where Microsoft, together with the whos-who of the tech world, are talking about Kubernetes, We are very fortunate to get Lachie Evenson, Principal PM in the Azure team, Tommy Falgout, a Cloud Solution Architect and Daniel Selman, a Kubernetes Consultant, together in a room to discuss the current state of Kubernetes and AKS.   Media file:  
December 7, 2018
Yair Tor, a Principal PM in the Azure Networking team, gives us the scoop on the newly released Firewall service. He talks to us about the use-cases where it makes sense to use the service, pricing and future plans. Media file: Azure Firewall Product Page Azure Firewall Documentation   Other updates: The Security Center network map is GA  The interactive network map in Azure Security Center provides a graphical view with security overlays, giving you recommendations and insights for hardening your network resources. Using the map, you can see the network topology of your Azure workloads, along with connections between your virtual machines and subnets. You can drill down from the map into specific resources and the recommendations for those resources. For more information, see Protect your network resources in Azure Security Center.   Azure Container Service will retire on January 31, 2020 In 2017, we introduced Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) for simplifying Kubernetes management, deployment, and operations. Because it fully replaces Azure Container Service capabilities for Kubernetes, Container Service will be retired as a standalone service on January 31, 2020. Microsoft Connect sessions are available online Session called 5 azure services every developer should know
November 30, 2018
Cynthia, Cale and Evan have a stirring discussion on the use-cases for Serverless computing and Azure Functions. They dive into scenarios when it is a good idea to use them and when it is not. Media file: Other updates: We're excited to announce enhancements to network security group (NSG) flow logs for Azure Network Watcher. These enhancements are available in version 2 of the logs. They include per-flow throughput statistics, so you can understand flow session state and the associated number of bytes and packets transferred.   Introducing Azure DevOps Server 2019 RC1     Simplifying security for serverless and web apps with Azure Functions and App Service   Improving Azure Virtual Machine resiliency with predictive ML and live migration   Three reasons why Windows Server and SQL Server customers continue to choose Azure   Considering Azure Functions for a serverless data streaming scenario
November 18, 2018
All the co-hosts are in the house for a change, having a fascinating discussion with Péter Bozsó, an Azure AppDev Consultant from Microsoft, Hungary. He gives us all the info on how to start writing Chatbots in Azure including tips and tricks, what not do to etc.   Media file: The official MS Bot Framework website: All the open source bot-related MS repositories: Community maintained repos related to the bot framework (stuff is actually getting merged from these into the official repos!): Cognitive Services: The official bot framework blog: It’s a must have, a lot of best practices and tips and tricks are posted here.   And my personal blog, which is not full of content (yet!), but I am usually posting about Microsoft bots as well since that’s what I am working with every day:   Other updates: Azure SQL Data Warehouse now enables enhanced insights into analytical workloads by integrating directly with Microsoft Azure Monitor diagnostic logs. With this new capability, developers can analyze workload behavior over an extended time period and make informed decisions on query optimization or capacity management.   Azure Monitor diagnostic logs support customizable retention periods by saving the logs to a storage account for auditing purposes, the capability to stream logs to event hubs for near real-time telemetry insights, and the ability to analyze logs by using Azure Log Analytics with log queries. Diagnostic logs consist of telemetry views of your data warehouse equivalent to the most commonly used performance troubleshooting DMVs for SQL Data Warehouse.   For this initial release, we have enabled views for the following:  · sys.dm_pdw_exec_requests  · sys.dm_pdw_request_steps  · sys.dm_pdw_dms_workers  · sys.dm_pdw_waits  · sys.dm_pdw_sql_requests      AKS now in public preview in China Announcing the general availability of Azure Event Hubs for Apache Kafka® you don’t need to run Zookeeper, manage, or configure your clusters. From Deploy, develop, and troubleshoot faster with Azure Blockchain Workbench 1.5.0 Get started in minutes: Build your own enterprise grade virtual assistant Getting started with Azure Cognitive Services in containers Holiday season is DDoS season Sprint 143 Update of Azure DevOps With container support, customers can use Azure’s intelligent Cognitive Services capabilities, wherever the data resides. This means customers can perform facial recognition, OCR, or text analytics operations without sending their content to the cloud. Custom Vision Service support for logo detection  
November 12, 2018
Cale Teeter, who was in Prague for DevCon 4, gives us a first-hand update on the latest that Microsoft is bringing to the Blockchain space in Azure. Microsoft @ DevCon4 Media file: Other updates: Automating SAP deployments in Microsoft Azure using Terraform and Ansible Announcing the general availability of Azure Event Hubs for Apache Kafka® Azure SQL Data Warehouse introduces new productivity and security capabilities  
November 1, 2018
James Baker, a Principal PM in the Azure team, talks to us about the latest offering in the Big Data space - Azure Data Lake Service - Gen 2. He gives us the low-down on what's new and why this is such a big deal for existing and new customers. Media file: Other updates: Use Azure Container Instances in a more secure way. With Virtual Network support, Azure Container Instances now supports deploying containers to new or existing Azure Virtual Networks. Azure Container Instances containers can have secure communication with other resources, such as Azure Kubernetes Service clusters, residing in the same virtual network.  Azure App Service now supports Virtual Network integration capability is general availability. The upgraded integration capability will enable apps to access resources across ExpressRoute or other connectivity technologies. It also enables apps to access resources secured with service endpoints in a similar manner as with SQL, Storage, and CosmosDB. This capability will only work with Windows Web Apps and in a limited number of regions.  PowerShell in Azure Cloud Shell is now available and adds performance improvements and features to PowerShell: 1. The PowerShell startup experience is now on par with Bash. 2. PowerShell in Azure Cloud Shell offers a consistent tooling experience, since Cloud Shell runs on a Linux Container that uses PowerShell Core. 3. PowerShell in Azure Cloud Shell is portable and equipped with tools such as Azure PowerShell, git, and common text editors. At the same time, user settings can persist across sessions for increased productivity.  Four new Azure virtual machine remoting cmdlets enable interactive connectivity to an individual or many machines for automated tasks that use PowerShell remoting.
October 26, 2018
Microsoft AppDev Consultant Stewart Viera talks to us about the power of Azure DevOps and some of the things to watch out for when using it in an Enterprise setting. Media file: DevOps information @ Azure DevOps Solutions @ Azure DevOps Documentation @ Azure DevOps Projects @ DevSecOps information @ Other updates: Azure Availability Zones expand with new services and to new region Azure Update Management: A year of great updates Public preview: Named Entity Recognition in the Cognitive Services Text Analytics API  (Sujit) ExpressRoute for Azure DevOps—now available Azure DevOps is now available over Azure ExpressRoute. See the Azure DevOps blog for more details. Connectivity to Microsoft online services like Azure Storage, Azure SQL Database, Dynamics 365, and now Azure DevOps is through the Microsoft peering configuration of ExpressRoute circuits. Route filters are a way to consume a subset of supported services through Microsoft peering. Using route filters, you can enable services you want to consume through your circuit's Microsoft peering. Azure DevOps is included in the new Azure Global Services route filter with a BGP community value of 12076:5050. For more information, see the ExpressRoute documentation for Configuring route filters for Microsoft peering.  
October 22, 2018
Azure Skills Evangelist and Cloud Solutions Architect, Daniel Baker, comes back on the show and this time he is very passionate about the resources, tips and tricks for getting skilled in Azure. Media file:   Azure Learn - Azure Labs -  Azure Interactives -  Microsoft YouTube -  Citadel -  Azuredan –  Pluralsight -    Other updates: You can now choose which sets of user accounts should be synchronized into a managed domain. You do this by selecting groups in Azure Active Directory whose members should be synchronized to the managed domain. The current experience is PowerShell based. We’ve improved the sync performance in multiple stages. For large benchmark customers, we’ve been able to bring initial sync down to a few days. Further, the virtual machine SKU on which Azure AD DS is hosted scales automatically based on the number of objects in the directory. This enables larger customers to get better sync performance—for both initial and ongoing sync from Azure AD. Accessibility and array support with Azure Blockchain Workbench 1.4.0 Sweet updates about Truffle on Azure Improved governance experience with Ethereum Proof-of-Authority 1.2 Azure IoT Reference Architecture 2.1 release Azure Cognitive Services available in new regions Wednesday, October 17, 2018 New regions are now available for Azure Cognitive Services. The Content Moderator, Computer Vision, Face, Translator Text, and Language Understanding (LUIS) Services are now generally available in US Government regions. Azure Digital Twins | Public Preview disclosure Azure Digital Twins is the first of its kind cloud service that virtually represents the physical world across people, places and devices, and will enter public preview in mid-October. Azure Digital Twins significantly reduces time and complexity for building next generation IoT solutions by automating endpoint actions based on incoming telemetry and using predefined templates that are attuned to specific industries. Azure Digital Twins enables customers to build solutions that analyze how space is used and then optimize it to better serve your needs at every level. 
October 11, 2018
Microsoft Developer Advocate Anthony Chu gives us the details on the newly released Azure SignalR Service that allows web and mobile applications to display real-time data with minimal effort, Media file: Azure SignalR Service documentation Azure SignalR Service bindings for Azure Functions documentation Develop real-time features with Azure SignalR Service Build real-time serverless apps with Azure Functions and SignalR Service Other updates: Advanced Threat Protection for Azure Storage now in public preview - Azure Storage Advanced Threat Protection detects anomalies in account activity and notifies you of potentially harmful attempts to access your account. This layer of protection allows you to address threats without the need to be a security expert   or manage security monitoring systems. Threats are surfaced by defining security alerts that trigger when anomalies in activity occur. These alerts integrate with Azure Security Center which include details of suspicious activity and recommendations on how to investigate and remediate threats. Cloud Scale Analytics meets Office 365 data – empowered by Azure Data Factory - Azure Data Factory enables you to bring the rich organizational data in your Office 365 tenant into Azure in a scalable way and build analytics applications and extract insights based on these valuable data assets. Microsoft Graph contains rich data about workers and their workplace, including information about how people work and how they communicate, collaborate, and manage their time. Microsoft Graph data connect brings this data to Microsoft Azure, which gives you access to the best development and hosting tools to work with this data. Bring Your Own Keys for Apache Kafka on HDInsight - Azure HDInsight includes Bring Your Own Key (BYOK) support for Apache Kafka. This capability lets you own and manage the keys used to encrypt data at rest. All managed disks in HDInsight are protected with Azure Storage Service Encryption (SSE). By default, the data on those disks is encrypted using Microsoft-managed keys. If you enable BYOK, you provide the encryption key for HDInsight to use and manage it using Azure Key Vault. Ephemeral OS Disk in limited preview - Ephemeral OS Disk is a new type of OS disk created directly on the host node, providing local disk performance and faster boot/reset time. Ephemeral OS Disk is supported for all virtual machines (VM) and virtual machine scale sets (VMSS). Ephemeral OS Disk is ideal for stateless workloads that require consistent read/write latency to OS disk, as well as frequent reimaging operations to reset VMs to their original state. Public preview: Azure Database for MariaDB - The Azure Database for MariaDB service is now available in preview. It offers an enterprise-ready, fully managed database service that uses the community edition of MariaDB. The service features open-source compatibility, built-in high availability, dynamic scaling, and flexible pricing. Customers can lift and shift to the cloud and use languages and frameworks of their choice, leveraging the power of MariaDB running on Azure.
October 4, 2018
The team talks to Identity PM Arturo Lucatero about Managed Identities, that help make resource access easier to manage in Azure. Media file: Other updates: Preview of AzureRM.Automation cmdlets We have released a preview version of the AzureRM.Automation cmdlets. This version contains new cmdlets for the Update Management and Source Control features. You can get the preview modules from the PowerShell Gallery. Building with blockchain on Azure Fuel My Awesome: Celebrating developers and what makes them awesome  
September 27, 2018
A whole bunch of Azure updates were announced at Ignite so Cynthia, Cale and Sujit try to cover as much as possible in 30 minutes! Media file:   Azure Policy for Azure DevOps is in preview Ensure your applications are always compliant with Azure Policy native integration with Azure DevOps. It surfaces policy violations predeployment and policy compliance assessment during post-deployment. Plus, author and create policy in Azure DevOps to take advantage of its source control and versioning capabilities for continuous iteration and improvement.      Azure Blueprints is in preview Design and build apps that meet organizational standards with Azure Blueprints, which enables quick creation of governed subscriptions. Azure Blueprints is composed of artifacts such as templates, policies, scripts, and virtual machine (VM) images. Configure Azure Blueprints to lay foundational blocks like networking and naming conventions while getting flexibility in resource selection and application design.    Azure Resource Graph is in preview Explore all your cloud resources and more effectively manage your cloud inventory with Azure Resource Graph. Access resource information across all your environments through querying capabilities for deeper insights from your resources. Get insights by using rich aggregation and parsing of detailed properties. Use Resource Graph via the Azure portal, PowerShell, or CLI.      Azure Cost Management is in preview in the Azure portal Take advantage of Azure Cost Management, which is enabled by default in the Azure portal. Use it for free to manage spend on all your Azure resources.      Azure Service Fabric and Azure Service Fabric mesh updates Focus on building mission-critical applications and let Azure solve the distributed microservices system challenges such as reliability, scalability, management, and latency with Azure Service Fabric. With this release, access multiple updates to Service Fabric (Service Fabric, Service Fabric mesh [preview], and Service Fabric standalone), which incorporate new features and improve existing functionality.      Video Indexer is generally available Take advantage of generally available Video Indexer, the artificial intelligence (AI)-based media metadata extraction service. Access additional functionality included with this release such as new machine learning models, a new RESTful API version, and a new connector version for Azure Logic Apps and Microsoft Flow. General availability (GA) pricing will be effective on November 1, 2018.      New regions are available for the Av2-series in Azure HDInsight Use Azure HDInsight for your open source analytics, and then take advantage of an increased range of VM infrastructure with the Av2-series VMs. They're available in all regions where the Av2-series Azure Virtual Machines are available. Read more about HDInsight on Azure updates.     Azure Key Vault supports new advanced key lengths Safeguard and control cryptographic keys and other secrets used by cloud apps and services with Azure Key Vault. Then, take advantage of support for new advanced key types that are now generally available in Key Vault. Pricing will be effective on November 1, 2018.    Azure SQL Data Warehouse updates Quickly implement a high-performance, globally available, and low-cost cloud data warehouse with Azure SQL Data Warehouse. Then, take advantage of these updates.   User-defined maintenance windows This new feature seamlessly integrates the Azure Service Health planned maintenance notifications with Resource Health monitor services. Choose a preferred maintenance window based on your workstreams. Plan around the scheduled maintenance events SQL Data Warehouse uses to roll out new features, upgrades, and patches.   Intelligent insights Access intelligent performance ins
September 21, 2018
Cynthia, Evan and Cale talk to Leo Giakoumakis, head of Snowflake's Seattle Development Center, about their Data warehouse platform built for the cloud (and now available on Azure). Media file:   Other updates: Troubleshoot connectivity issues in a virtual network Thursday, August 30, 2018 The Virtual Network blade in the Azure portal has been enhanced to troubleshoot connectivity and performance issues or continually monitor your network endpoints from virtual machines (VMs) in a virtual network. You can: • Check for connectivity between source (VM) and destination (VM, URI, FQDN, IP address). • Identify configuration issues that are affecting reachability. • Provide hop-by-hop paths from source to destination; hop-by-hop latency; minimum, maximum, and average latency between source and destination; and a topology (graphical) view from source to destination. From   Securing your Azure workloads has become easier with the release of Azure Security Center (ASC) official PowerShell Module!   Many organizations are looking to automate more tasks, as manual work is prone to human error and creates a potential for duplicative work. The need for automation is especially prevalent when it comes to large scale deployments that involve dozens of subscriptions with hundreds and thousands of resources – all of which must be secured from the beginning.   To streamline the security aspects of the DevOps lifecycle, ASC has recently released its official PowerShell module. This enables organizations to programmatically automate onboarding and management of their Azure resources in ASC and adding the necessary security controls. General availability: Immutable storage for Azure Blob storage Tuesday, September 18, 2018 Financial services organizations regulated by SEC, CFTC, FINRA, IIROC, FCA, etc., are required to retain business-related communications in a Write-Once-Read-Many (WORM) or immutable state to ensure that they're non-erasable and non-modifiable for a specific retention interval. The immutable storage requirement is not limited to financial organizations. It also applies to industries such as healthcare, insurance, media, public safety, and legal services. To address this requirement, immutable storage for Azure Blob storage is now generally available in all Azure public regions. Through configurable policies, users can keep Azure Blob storage data in an immutable state where blobs can be created and read, but not modified or deleted.   Deep dive into Azure Test Plans Jenkins Azure ACR Build plugin now in public preview
September 12, 2018
Last week the South Central US datacenter experienced a significant outage which resulted in many Azure services and customers being impacted. Kendall, Evan and Sujit break down the outage and try to understand how Microsoft and its customers can be better prepared from such unplanned events. Media file: Preliminary RCA:   Other updates: Azure Stack is now integrated with the Azure Government cloud, enabling connections to Azure Government identity, subscription, registration, billing, backup/DR, and Azure Marketplace. Azure Stack unlocks a wide range of hybrid cloud use cases for government customers, such as tactical edge and regulatory scenarios. Now in preview, you can migrate PostgreSQL databases to Azure Database for PostgreSQL with minimal downtime by using the Azure Database Migration Service (DMS). Use the Azure CLI to provision an instance of the DMS service to perform migrations from PostgreSQL on-premises or on virtual machines to Azure Database for PostgreSQL. Azure SQL Data Warehouse Gen2 is now available in government cloud Azure SQL Data warehouse is a fast, flexible and secure analytics platform. The Compute Optimized Gen2 tier of Azure SQL Data Warehouse is now available in US Government cloud. We recently made the service available in US Government Virginia and US Government Arizona regions. Compute Optimized Gen2 tier, using adaptive caching and instant data movement, brings at least 5x better performance for all our customers, compared to before. To find out more, go to Azure DevOps The single service that was Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) is now becoming a new set of Azure DevOps services. Throughout our documentation and websites, and in the product, you'll start to notice new icons and names for Azure DevOps and each of the services within it:  · Azure Pipelines to continuously build, test, and deploy to any platform and cloud.  · Azure Boards for powerful work management.  · Azure Artifacts for Maven, npm, and NuGet package feeds.  · Azure Repos for unlimited cloud-hosted private Git repos.  · Azure Test Plans for planned and exploratory testing. With the launch of Azure Pipelines, we've introduced a new app to the GitHub Marketplace, refreshed a number of the experiences to help you get started, and begun to offer unlimited CI/CD minutes and 10 parallel jobs for open-source projects.  
September 7, 2018
Microsoft Consultants Doug Strother and John Miller, both veterans of certifications, share some tips on getting your Azure certification. Media file:   Other updates: You can use the Azure Backup service to help protect SQL Server instances running on an Azure VM. Azure Data Factory now supports service principal and MSI authentication for Azure Blob connectors. G-series VMs are available in Azure HDInsight. Azure Data Box: Expanded availability, plus support for NFS and RBAC From Virtual network service endpoints are generally available for Azure Key Vault in all public Azure regions. Avere vFXT for Microsoft Azure now in public preview Transparent data encryption or always encrypted Azure.Source - Volume 47 Two seconds to take a bite out of mobile bank fraud with Artificial Intelligence  
August 30, 2018
Justin Luk, a PM on the Azure Compute team, breaks down ACI for us, giving advice on why and when you should consider this new service for your container workloads. Media file: Product page =  Docs =  Samples =  Pricing =  Virtual-kubelet project =   Other updates: NPR's Ask Me Another - Cross-subscription disaster recovery for Azure virtual machines Monday, August 27, 2018 Azure Site Recovery now supports cross-subscription disaster recovery (DR) for Azure virtual machines. You can configure DR for Azure IaaS applications to another region in a different subscription within the same Azure Active Directory tenant. For more information, see the detailed blog post. From Microsoft Azure Data welcomes attendees to VLDB 2018 Helping Go developers build better cloud apps faster Turn your whiteboard sketches to working code in seconds with Sketch2Code Azure.Source - Volume 46 OMS portal moving to Azure portal
August 23, 2018
Sibonay Koo, a PM in the Azure Files team, talks to us about a new service that just went GA - Azure File Sync. She gives us use-cases for using the new service as well as tips and tricks for getting the most out of it. Media file: Resources: Azure File Sync GA announcement: AFS planning guide: Answer to the question on encryption: All traffic between the server and cloud is encrypted in transport via SSL. There is also encryption at rest in the cloud that’s comparable to BitLocker. As for encryption on the server, you can essentially use whatever service you want as long as AFS can access the location. It’s fine to use BitLocker or to use RMS to encrypt individual files – because AFS does not interpret file content, we just need to see that the file exists. Also she corrected her statement - Azure File Sync’s underlying sync technology is actually completely different from One Drive’s.   Other Updates: Announcing VNet service endpoints general availability for MySQL and PostgreSQL Azure API Management – VSTS extension v2.0 release Reduce your exposure to brute force attacks from the virtual machine blade Expanded Azure Blueprint for FFIEC compliant workloads DPDK (Data Plane Development Kit) for Linux VMs now generally available Multi-member consortium support with Azure Blockchain Workbench 1.3.0 Blockchain Airlift in the UK for Partners - September 10-11, 2018 at the Sheraton Skyline Hotel in London. (Contact Russell) Update Management: Reboot control
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