Episode 200 - SQL on Linux

by Evan Basalik October 19, 2017

Episode 200! We made it!

For this special landmark, Bob Ward, Principal Architect on the SQL Server Team, joins us again to talk about a topic we never thought we'd hear - the release of SQL Server on Linux - available in Azure and on-premises.

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode200.mp3

http://aka.ms/sqldev

https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/bobsql

Indexed video: https://www.videoindexer.ai/media/b52d5370d4/

 

Other resources:

New Log Analytics query language
The new Log Analytics query language is available, and you can upgrade your workspace to take advantage of it with the following benefits:

✔ More extensive piping capabilities than the legacy language
✔ Advanced runtime calculated fields
✔ Advanced joins, including the ability to join tables on multiple fields, use inner and outer joins, and join on extended fields
✔ Advanced date/time functions


Azure Data Lake Tools for Visual Studio Code (VSCode) October Updates
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-data-lake-tools-for-visual-studio-code-vscode-october-updates/

Microsoft Cosmos DB in Azure Storage Explorer – public preview
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/microsoft-cosmos-db-in-azure-storage-explorer-preview/

Announcing new Azure Government capabilities for classified mission-critical workloads
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-new-azure-government-capabilities-for-classified-mission-critical-workloads/

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Episode 199 - Blockchain Update

by Cale Teeter October 11, 2017

Cale Teeter gives us the latest scoop on all the things Microsoft is doing in the Blockchain space.

(Cale in Kiev talking about Blockchain)

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode199.mp3

Indexed video: https://www.videoindexer.ai/media/102578ea8b/

Other updates:

 Announcing Azure Files share snapshots public preview
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/blog/announcing-azure-files-share-snapshots-public-preview/

Get alerts faster with near real-time alerting for Azure platform metrics
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/blog/get-alerts-faster-with-near-real-time-alerting-for-azure-platform-metrics/

Embed Stunning Visuals into your Apps with Power BI Embedded- Generally Available
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/blog/embed-stunning-visuals-into-your-apps-with-power-bi-embedded-generally-available/

Today we’re excited and honored to be recognized for three Developer Satisfaction awards from SlashData, a leading analyst firm in the developer community.
https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/microsoft-s-azure-sql-database-ranked-1-database-as-a-service-for-developer-satisfaction-by-slashdata/

Accelerated Networking is now in an expanded preview.
General availability (Windows) and preview (Linux): Accelerated Networking

Public preview: Azure subscription cost reporting and analysis for enterprise customers
Azure EA users can view and analyze their subscription costs across different pivots in the Azure portal
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/cost-reporting-for-enterprise-preview/

Announcing support for X.509 CA on Azure IoT Hub
Announcing support for X.509 Certificates Authorities (X.509 CA) on Azure IoT Hub. Simplifies creation of initial unique IoT device identities enabling IoT at scale. Ready for provisioning using DPS.

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Episode 198 - IoT Hub in Action

by Sujit D'Mello October 5, 2017

Michael Stark, a Senior Consultant from Microsoft, gives us a Developer view on a customer POC he recently did using IoT Hub. 

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode198.mp3

Indexed Video: https://www.videoindexer.ai/media/b1f4b13104/

Other updates:

Embed Stunning Visuals into your Apps with Power BI Embedded- Generally Available

Announcing new Azure VM images: SQL Server 2017 on Linux and Windows
02 October 2017
We are excited to announce that SQL Server 2017 images on Linux and Windows are now available in the Azure Marketplace! Deploying SQL Server in Azure VMs combines the industry-leading performance and security, built-in artificial intelligence, and business intelligence of SQL Server, now available on both Linux and Windows, with the flexibility, security, and hybrid connectivity of Azure.

Get started with Monitoring in Azure
27 September 2017
We’re happy to announce the public preview of a new overview landing page in Azure Monitor. This landing page is designed to help you understand the monitoring capabilities offered by Azure, and to…

Announcing Preview of Azure Storage Firewalls and Virtual Networks
27 September 2017
The Azure Storage team is excited to announce the preview of Firewalls and Virtual Networks for Azure Storage.  With this preview, the authorization capabilities of Azure Storage are expanded to allow administrators to also control which networks have access to their data.

Announcing Virtual Network integration for Azure Storage and Azure SQL
You can now secure Azure Storage and Azure SQL Database to only your virtual networks, by using virtual network service endpoints. Endpoints provide a direct connection from your virtual network to the Azure services, extending your virtual network's private address space and identity to the services. Traffic from your virtual network to the services will always remain on the Microsoft Azure network backbone.

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/public-preview-virtual-network-service-endpoints-for-azure-storage-and-azure-sql/>


AZURE LOAD BALANCER
Azure Load Balancer introduces a HA Ports, a capability that enables you to load balance internal virtual network traffic on all ports for all supported protocols. The single rule configuration for all ports reduces the configuration complexity and removes the rule limits for Load Balancer.
This capability is especially useful for scenarios that involve network virtual appliance (NVA) high availability. You can configure an HA Port rule on an Azure internal load balancer, and deploy the NVAs in n-Active mode for reliability and scale. You can also use HA Ports to enable load balancing on a range of ports by adding some NSG configuration on top.
HA Ports is available in public preview in:
• US East 2
• US Central
• US West Central
• Europe West
• Europe North
• Asia Southeast
To get information on configuration and scenarios, see the Azure Load Balancer documentation.

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/public-preview-ha-ports/>


Public preview: application security groups, service tags, augmented security rules
Monday, September 25, 2017
The following features for network security groups (NSGs) are in public preview:
• Application security groups
You can use application security groups to configure network security as natural extension of an application’s structure, by arbitrarily grouping VMs and defining network security policies based on those groups. You can reuse your security policy and scale without manual maintenance of explicit IP addresses. The platform handles the complexity of explicit IP addresses and multiple rule sets, so you can focus on your business logic. For more information, see the documentation. 
• Service tags for NSGs
Service tags simplify security for Azure Virtual Machines and Azure Virtual Networks by enabling you to easily restrict network access to just the Azure services that you use. You can use service tags in your NSG rules to allow or deny traffic to a specific Azure service globally or per Azure region. Azure provides the maintenance of IP addresses underlying each tag. This preview includes Storage, Sql, and AzureTrafficManager tags. For more information, see the documentation.
• Augmented security rules for NSGs
Augmented rules for NSGs simplify the security definition for Virtual Networks, so you can define larger, more complex network security policies with fewer rules. Multiple ports, multiple explicit IP addresses, service tags, and application security groups can all be combined into a single, easily understood security rule. For more information, see the documentation. 

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/public-preview-features-for-nsgs/>

PowerShell in Azure Cloud Shell is available in public preview. It provides an alternative to the existing Bash experience (also in public preview) while retaining the benefits of Cloud Shell.

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Episode 197 - Azure Automation

by Evan Basalik September 28, 2017

We talk to Azure Automation expert Matthew Hofacker (a.k.a. Hellboy) from the Microsoft Azure Support team about the service and what you can do to make your scripts run efficiently.

 

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode197.mp3

Indexed video: https://www.videoindexer.ai/media/de10e219df/

Limitations/ Capacities : https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/azure-subscription-service-limits#automation-limits

 

Canned/Start Stop VM solution : https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/automation/automation-solution-vm-management

 

Main link: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/automation/automation-intro

 

Other updates:

Public preview: SQL Vulnerability Assessment 

Monday, September 25, 2017 

SQL Vulnerability Assessment is now available for public preview. 

You can use Vulnerability Assessment to track and monitor your database security settings, so that you can maintain compliance and ensure visibility and control of potential risks to the safety of your data. 

Vulnerability Assessment offers a scanning service built into the Azure SQL Database service. The service employs a knowledge base of rules that identify security vulnerabilities and deviations from best practices, such as misconfigurations, excessive permissions, and exposed sensitive data. Results of the assessment include actionable steps to resolve each issue and customized remediation scripts where applicable. The assessment report can be customized for each environment and tailored to specific requirements.

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/public-preview-sql-vulnerability-assessment

 

AZURE LOAD BALANCER 

You can use Azure Load Balancer Standard to create public and internal load-balanced deployments with much greater scale, resiliency, and ease of use for all your virtual machine instances inside a virtual network. The preview includes the following key scenarios: 

Any virtual machine in a virtual network can now be part of the back-end pool, including up to 1,000 instances for virtual machine scale sets and multiple virtual machine scale sets. The backend pool is no longer limited to a single availability set. 

Advanced analytics through Azure Monitor are available, including continuous in-band measurements for data plane health, per-endpoint health probe status, and counters for packets, bytes, connection attempts, and outbound connections. 

Load balance across availability zones with zone-redundant and zonal public and internal Azure Load Balancer front ends and cross-zone load balancing for the back-end pool, as well as zone-redundant outbound connections. 

HA Ports is available on an internal load balancer, enabling more resilience and scalability for network virtual appliance scenarios and other applications. A single rule can be configured to load-balance TCP and UDP flows irrespective of layer 4 port and allows faster failover and n-Active scale-out. 

Network Security Groups are required for new public IP standard and any back-end instances for greater security and control. 

A new model for outbound SNAT connections provides greater resiliency and scale. 

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/public-preview-load-balancer-standard 

 

Preview: Azure Data Box 

The Azure Data Box service is available in preview. You can use it to move hundreds of terabytes of data into Azure with high speed, by using secure transfer appliances. We accelerate the movement of your data by shipping you a proprietary, secure, and tamper-resistant transfer appliance, and by handling the end-to-end logistics. 

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/azure-data-box-preview

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Episode 196 - Serverless Computing and Event Grid

by Sujit D'Mello September 21, 2017

We talk to Sasha Rosenbaum, an Azure Cloud Infrastructure Specialist @ Microsoft, about her passion in serverless cloud computing, which she has documented in her new book.

Her book: https://www.amazon.com/Serverless-computing-Azure-Sasha-Rosenbaum/dp/1787288390

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode196.mp3

Indexed audio: https://www.videoindexer.ai/media/97e9fce696

Other updates:

Microsoft Azure expands with two new regions for Australia
Last month, we announced two new regions for Microsoft Azure located in Canberra, Australia and specifically designed to meet the needs of the Australian government. This increases the number of Azure regions announced across the globe to 42, more than any other major cloud provider.​ The two new regions, available in the first-half of 2018, are intended to be capable of handling sensitive Unclassified data as well as Protected data for the Australian government. Protected is a data classification for the first level of national security classified information in Australia. This is being achieved through a strategic partnership with the Australian-owned firm Canberra Data Centres (CDC). CDC are the preeminent specialist datacenter provider for secure government data in Australia with four modern Canberra-based facilities that hold the accreditations and security controls to handle even Top Secret classified data.

Announcing larger, higher scale storage accounts
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-larger-higher-scale-storage-accounts/

Servicing Azure Stack using the Update resource provider
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/servicing-azure-stack-using-the-update-resource-provider/

More and more fun with Terraform on Azure
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/more-and-more-fun-with-terraform-on-azure/

Keep credentials out of code: Introducing Azure AD Managed Service Identity
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/keep-credentials-out-of-code-introducing-azure-ad-managed-service-identity/

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Episode 195 - ML & AI

by Sujit D'Mello September 14, 2017

Evan and Sujit have a very insightful discussion about getting ramped up on Machine Learning and AI related workloads in Azure, with Azure RD, MVP and Architect - Vishwas Lele.

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode195.mp3

Indexed audio: https://www.videoindexer.ai/media/519f272f27

https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Microsoft-Azure/AzureCon-2015/ACON314

https://blog.appliedis.com/2017/01/18/pattern-matching-vs-deep-learning/

 

Other Updates:

Azure Active Directory Domain Services supports virtual networks created through the Resource Manager deployment model. This feature is in public preview.

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/azure-ad-domain-services-support-for-resource-manager-virtual-networks-in-public-preview/

 


Announcing Default Encryption for Azure Blobs, Files, Table and Queue Storage
From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-default-encryption-for-azure-blobs-files-table-and-queue-storage/

 


Microsoft Azure expands with two new regions for Australia
Last month, we announced two new regions for Microsoft Azure located in Canberra, Australia and specifically designed to meet the needs of the Australian government. This increases the number of Azure regions announced across the globe to 42, more than any other major cloud provider.​ The two new regions, available in the first-half of 2018, are intended to be capable of handling sensitive Unclassified data as well as Protected data for the Australian government. Protected is a data classification for the first level of national security classified information in Australia. This is being achieved through a strategic partnership with the Australian-owned firm Canberra Data Centres (CDC). CDC are the preeminent specialist datacenter provider for secure government data in Australia with four modern Canberra-based facilities that hold the accreditations and security controls to handle even Top Secret classified data. ​

 

Accelerate Mission Critical database migrations
Migrating data to a modern Data Estate can be a painful, expensive and time-consuming effort. Fortunately, there is a new offering from Microsoft and Attunity to ease the pain. Attunity Replicate for Microsoft Migrations ingests data in the most popular commercial and open source databases to the Microsoft data platform. So, no matter where our customers data resides, they can now migrate it quickly, easily and securely to SQL Server on premises or in the Azure cloud.
Invite your customers to join experts from Microsoft and Attunity on a live webinar on September, 21st to learn how to:
 · Save time with an easy-to-use solution
 · Migrate data continuously with zero downtime
 · Lower the cost of data migration
 

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Episode 194 - Microservices & Containers Discussion

by Sujit D'Mello September 8, 2017

Mark Eisenberg joins us again for a spirited discussion on all things Microservices and Containers. He shares some of his insights into customers trying to go down 'The Service Fabric Way' and why they often fail.

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode194.mp3

Indexed audio: https://www.videoindexer.ai/media/8824fd49ac/

@CloudBizAndTech

 

Other updates:

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/manage-stored-access-policies-for-storage-accounts-from-within-the-azure-portal/

Azure App Service is now generally available on Linux
An end-to-end high-productivity platform
Azure App Service is now generally available on Linux, including its Web App for Containers capability. With this, we now offer built-in image support for ASP.NET Core, Node.js, PHP and Ruby on Linux, as well as provide developers an option to bring their own Docker formatted container images supporting Java, Python, Go and more.

ark Russinovich and Seth Juarex discuss blockchain basics on Channel 9
https://channel9.msdn.com/Blogs/Seth-Juarez/An-Introduction-to-Blockchain-with-Mark-Russinovich

Windows Authentication in Service Fabric and ASP.NET Core 2.0
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/windows-authentication-in-service-fabric-and-asp-net-core-2-0/

Create flexible ARM templates using conditions and logical functions
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/create-flexible-arm-templates-using-conditions-and-logical-functions/

Bot conversation history with Azure Cosmos DB
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/bot-conversation-history-with-azure-cosmos-db/

Azure Management Libraries for .NET - v1.2
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-management-libraries-for-net-v1-2/

http://www.ey.com/gl/en/industries/financial-services/insurance/ey-blockchain-marine#section6

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Episode 193 - Handling Secrets

by Cale Teeter August 31, 2017

We talk to Chris Kent, from Hashicorp about the problem of handling secrets in cloud computing. He discusses the Vault product and we compare it to Azure Key Vault.

Chris Kent

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode193.mp3

Indexed audio: https://www.videoindexer.ai/media/e1c71ec187

https://www.hashicorp.com/

 

Other updates:

Announcing the public preview of Azure Archive Blob Storage and Blob-Level Tiering
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-the-public-preview-of-azure-archive-blob-storage-and-blob-level-tiering/

New performance levels and storage add-ons in Azure SQL Database
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/new-performance-levels-and-storage-add-ons-in-azure-sql-database/

What’s brewing in Visual Studio Team Services: August 2017 Digest
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/visual-studio-team-services-august-2017-digest/

Announcing the Coco Framework for enterprise blockchain networks
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-microsoft-s-coco-framework-for-enterprise-blockchain-networks/

 

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Episode 192 - Make It Real

by Evan Basalik August 17, 2017

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Episode 191 - Just-In-Time Access

by Cale Teeter August 10, 2017

Cale and Russell talk to Microsoft Cloud Solutions Architect, Jamie Bryant, about a new feature in Azure that makes it more secure - Just-In-Time Access.

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode191.mp3

Indexed audio: https://www.videoindexer.ai/media/230c1fad19

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/security-center/security-center-just-in-time

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/security-center/security-center-intro

 

Other updates:

 

Reduce troubleshooting time with the upgraded Resource Health check in Azure SQL Data Warehouse. 

 

This upgrade considers the health status of all components of the SQL Data Warehouse architecture, which includes each SQL database distribution and the SQL Data Warehouse engine on each compute node. Login and heartbeat signals of each component are emitted at least once every 2 minutes, providing you a low-latency, holistic view of the health status of your data warehouse. If your instance is Unavailable, we will provide the reason along with recommended actions that you should perform.

 

The Resource Health check can detect unavailability reasons, such as when your instance is pausing, scaling, or upgrading. This feature also detects when there are any connection issues, whether they are user connections or inner SQL database connections.

You check the health of SQL Data Warehouse by signing in to the Azure portal and clicking the Resource Health blade.

 

Azure AD authentication extensions for Azure SQL DB and SQL DW tools

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-ad-authentication-extensions-for-azure-sql-db-and-sql-dw-tools/

 

Operating Azure Stack

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/operating-azure-stack/

 

Root cause analysis and time exploration updates to Azure Time Series Insights

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/root-cause-analysis-and-time-exploration-updates-to-azure-time-series-insights/

 

Azure Active Directory Pass-through authentication (Azure AD as a service – Highly available, secure, easy to deploy, great user experience) - doesn’t yet allow MFA.

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/connect/active-directory-aadconnect-pass-through-authentication

 

Announcing deploy to Azure app service Jenkins plugin and more

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/annoucing-jenkins-deploy-to-azure-app-service-plugin-and-new-managed-disk-support-for-azure-storage-plugin/

 

Automate Application Insights processes with the connector for Flow and Logic Apps

(Using connectors for Microsoft Flow to query and visualise App Insights data and send by email/raise work items in TFS)

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