Episode 129 - Azure Backup & Site Recovery

by Evan Basilik May 26, 2016

The guys talk to Manoj Parvathaneni, a senior support escalation engineer in the Azure Backup team, about the service. He gives us use-cases for using Backup and some valuable tips to make Backup work seamlessly in both on-premises and cloud scenarios.

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode129.mp3

 

Other updates:

Speaker Recognition API for Microsoft Cognitive Services in public preview


Microsoft Cognitive Services is a collection of APIs available to developers to make their applications more intelligent and engaging. This set of services expands on our evolving portfolio of machine learning APIs and lets developers easily add intelligent features to their solutions. Speaker Recognition API is now in public preview, and its features include:
 
• Speaker verification, using voice for authentication. The API can be used to power applications with an intelligent verification tool; for example, if the speaker claims a certain identity, you can use their voice to verify this claim.
• Speaker identification, to recognize who is speaking. The API can be used to determine the identity of an unknown speaker. Input audio of the unknown speaker is compared to a group of selected speakers and if a match is found, the speaker’s identity is returned.

Speaker Recognition API is available as a standalone service, and public preview pricing went into effect on May 2, 2016.


Support deprecation for Create Affinity Group and Create Storage Resource using affinity groups in the Azure classic portal

Affinity groups is a legacy concept originally intended to improve virtual-machine-to-virtual-machine network performance in early Azure network designs and to support the initial release of virtual networks limited to a small set of hardware in a region. The current Azure network within a region is designed so affinity groups are no longer required. Due to these improvements, we no longer recommend that customers use affinity groups. The use of an affinity group will unnecessarily associate your virtual machines to specific hardware, limit the choice of virtual machine sizes available to you, and may lead to capacity-related errors when attempting to add new virtual machines.

Affinity group features are already deprecated in Azure Resource Manager and in the Azure portal. In the upcoming release, we will deprecate support for creating affinity groups and creating storage resources pinned to an affinity group from the Azure classic portal. Existing cloud services using an affinity group don’t need to be modified. New cloud services shouldn’t use affinity groups unless recommended by an Azure support professional.


Azure Backup generally available in the Azure portal
Pricing | Azure Backup webpage
Customers are finding it easier than ever to leverage Microsoft Operations Management Suite for diverse data protection needs on-premises and in Azure. With the release of Azure Backup on the Azure portal, customers can seamlessly back up Azure Resource Manager-based virtual machines, as well as virtual machines created from the Azure classic portal, under the newly introduced recovery services vault. Customers can use this Azure resource to back up their on-premises Windows Server machines and tier backups to the cloud from Azure Backup Server and System Center Data Protection Manager machines. The vault will form the bedrock for unified data protection and management, including disaster recovery and hybrid backup scenarios.

SharePoint Server 2016 dev/test farm in Azure
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/sharepoint-2016-devtest-farm/

Announcing general availability of Azure DevTest Labs
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-general-availability-of-azure-devtest-labs/

Continuous integration and delivery of web apps from Atlassian Bitbucket
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/continuous-integration-delivery-of-web-apps-from-atlassian-bitbucket/

Migrating, managing and more: Real IT pros. Real advice.
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/migrating-managing-and-more-real-it-pros-real-advice/

Use Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines to run large-scale parallel MATLAB workloads
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/create-matlab-clusters-using-azure-virtual-machines/

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Episode 128 - Azure Functions

by Sujit D'Mello May 20, 2016

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Episode 127 - Tales from the field

by Sujit D'Mello May 12, 2016

The guys talk to Neil Mackenzie, a Cloud Solution Architect @ Microsoft. He gives us advice from his engagements helping customers do 'lift-n-shift' migrations to Azure.

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode127.mp3

 

Other updates:

Platform supported migration of IaaS resources from Classic to Azure Resource Manager
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/virtual-machines-windows-migration-classic-resource-manager/

Azure in Canada generally available

Azure SQL Database elastic pools generally available

Azure Content Delivery Network from Akamai now available in the Azure portal

Test-drive feature now available on Azure Marketplace

Announcing Azure Mobile Services transition to Azure App Service
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/transition-of-azure-mobile-services/

Microsoft Cloud accelerates in Canada and expands to South Korea
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/microsoft-cloud-accelerates-in-canada-and-expands-to-south-korea/

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Episode 126 - Behind the scenes in Azure support

by Evan Basilik May 5, 2016

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Episode 125 - Cloud IPs Web API

by Evan Basilik April 28, 2016

Evan rolls his own Azure API to fill a gap and allow ARM templates to query the range of Azure IP addresses when setting NSGs. Cale talks about his upcoming Blockchain Hackathon in NYC.

 

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode125.mp3

 MS Cloud IPs Web API

List all the O365 services:
http://mscloudips.azurewebsites.net/api/office365ips/operation/listservices


List all the Azure regions:
http://mscloudips.azurewebsites.net/api/azureips/operation/listregions


List the O365 IPv4 addresses for a given service:
http://mscloudips.azurewebsites.net/api/office365ips/service/EXO/addresstype/ipv4
 

List the O365 URLs for a given services:
http://mscloudips.azurewebsites.net/api/office365ips/service/LYO/addresstype/url


List the Azure IP addresses for a given region:
http://mscloudips.azurewebsites.net/api/azureips/region/europenorth


The timestamp of the last time the site updated the IPs:

http://mscloudips.azurewebsites.net/api/office365ips/operation/update
http://mscloudips.azurewebsites.net/api/azureips/operation/update

 

Other Updates

Azure DevTest Labs now available in six more regions
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-devtest-labs-available-in-six-more-regions/

Azure Services SSL/TLS cipher suite update and removal of RC4
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-services-ssl-tls-cipher-suite-update-and-removal-of-rc4/

Customer success stories with Application Insights Analytics
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/customer-success-stories-with-application-insights-analytics-2/

Azure SQL Database now supports powerful geo-replication features for all service tiers
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-sql-database-now-supports-powerful-geo-replication-features-on-all-service-tiers/

10 things to know about DocumentDB Partitioned Collections
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/10-things-to-know-about-documentdb-partitioned-collections/

Building Blocks Hackathon
http://www.coindesk.com/events/consensus-2016/hackathon/

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/storage-create-storage-account/#blob-storage-accounts

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/storage-blob-storage-tiers/

 

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Episode 124 - Azure Container Service

by Cale Teeter April 21, 2016

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Episode 123 - VM Scale Sets

by Cale Teeter April 14, 2016

The guys talk about VM Scale Sets - a neat new feature that let you scale up/down/autoscale your Windows and Linux VMs.

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-vm-scale-sets-public-preview/

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode123.mp3

Charlotte Azure Bootcamp - 4/16
http://www.meetup.com/Charlotte-Microsoft-Cloud/events/229276524/

Other updates:

DocumentDB: Everything you need to know about using the new pricing options
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/documentdb-use-the-new-pricing-options-on-your-existing-collections/

Tableau Server in the Azure Marketplace
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/tableau-server-in-the-azure-marketplace/

Bot Framework made better with Azure
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/bot-framework-made-better-with-azure/

Blockchain: the catalyst for a collaborative economy
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/blockchain-the-catalyst-for-a-collaborative-economy/


New Entry point for blockchain info!
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/solutions/blockchain/

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Episode 122 - Premier Architecture Services

by Sujit D'Mello April 7, 2016

We talk to Prashant Nayak about the Microsoft Premier Architecture Services program which gives customers that have never ventured to the cloud a quick 5-day workshop to get them started on their Azure journey. He discusses common blockers to adopting the cloud and how customers can prepare themselves to make the (eventual) move. Customers should talk to their TAMs about this cost-effective offering.

 

 

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode122.mp3

 

Other resources and updates:

 

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/privatecloud/2016/02/26/tool-arm-template-checker-for-microsoft-azure-stack/

http://www.nvidia.com/object/deep-learning-system.html

http://www.nvidia.com/object/tesla-p100.html

http://www.cntk.ai/

 

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Episode 121 - Live from Build 2016

by Cale Teeter March 31, 2016

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Episode 120 - Decentralized Reality with Blockchains

by Cale Teeter March 24, 2016

 

WARNING - GEEK episode! Cale takes us into the futuristic world of Blockchains and explains the technology to us mere mortals. We also explore what this means to host this technology on Azure.

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode120.mp3

Resources:

https://ethereum.github.io/solidity/
https://www.ethernodes.org/network/1
https://bitnodes.21.co/
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/marketplace/partners/consensys/blockapps-strato/
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/search/blog/?q=blockchain

Other resources and updates:

Microservices: An application revolution powered by the cloud
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/microservices-an-application-revolution-powered-by-the-cloud/

Developer's introduction to Azure IoT
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/developer-s-introduction-to-azure-iot/

Application Packages and Task Dependencies now available on Azure Batch
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/application-packages-and-task-dependencies-now-available-on-azure-batch/

Full text search of audio and video files
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/full-text-search-of-audio-and-video-files/

Transitioning to the Resource Manager model
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/transitioning-to-the-resource-manager-model/

 

 

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