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

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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Episode 176 - Networking Discussion

by Sujit D'Mello April 28, 2017

Evan and Sujit talk to Jared Ross, an Azure Consultant who specializes in Networking, Compliance and Security, on why customers should be aware of the network within Azure and tips on how to protect their resources.

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode176.mp3

Yousef Khalidi's great 7-part blog post is Jared's recommended reading. The first part is listed below and you can follow along. 

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/networking-innovations-that-drive-the-cloud-disruption/

Another favorite is Olivier Martin https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/networking-to-and-within-the-azure-cloud/

 

Other resources and updates:

https://thebitcoinnews.com/microsoft-drives-forward-with-the-blockchain-btcmanagers-week-in-review-april-24/

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-azure-time-series-insights/

Today we are excited to announce the public preview of Azure Time Series Insights, a fully managed analytics, storage, and visualization service that makes it incredibly simple to interactively and instantly explore and analyze billions of events from sources such as Internet of Things.

Today, we are announcing the general availability of the new, simplified Azure management libraries for .NET for Compute, Storage, SQL Database, Networking, Resource Manager, Key Vault, Redis, CDN and Batch services.

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-management-libraries-for-net-generally-available-now


Today, we are announcing the general availability of the new, simplified Azure management libraries for Java for Compute, Storage, SQL Database, Networking, Resource Manager, Key Vault, Redis, CDN and Batch services.

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-management-libraries-for-net-generally-available-now/

 

Back in November, we announced the general availability of the Azure IoT Gateway SDK. We’ve already heard from a number of customers who are leveraging the open source Gateway SDK to connect their legacy devices or run analytics at the edge of their network. It’s great to see quick adoption! With the Gateway SDK’s modular architecture, developers can also program their own custom modules to perform specific actions. Thanks to its flexible design, you can create these modules in your preferred language – Node.js, Java, C#, or C. (NuGet, Maven etc. packages)

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-iot-gateway-sdk-packages


Azure Billing Reader role and preview of Invoice API
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Today, we are pleased to announce the addition of a new in-built role, Billing Reader role. The new Billing Reader role allows you to delegate access to just billing information with no access to services such as VMs and storage accounts. Users in this role can perform Azure billing management operations such as viewing subscription scoped cost reporting data and downloading invoices. Also, today we are releasing the public preview of a new billing API that will allow you to programmatically download subscription’s billing invoices.

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-billing-reader-role-and-preview-of-invoice-api/

 

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Episode 171 - Secure Productive Enterprise

by Cale Teeter March 24, 2017

We talk to Edward Walton, a Cloud Solution Architect @ Microsoft, about a topic that he is very passionate about - making the Enterprise Cloud Secure & Productive.

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode171.mp3

 

Other updates:

Announcing Support for Multi-member Consortium Blockchain Networks on Azure
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/multi-member-consortium-blockchain-networks-on-azure/
 
Azure AD B2C Access Tokens now in public preview
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-ad-b2c-access-tokens-now-in-public-preview/
 
Lighting up network innovation
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/lighting-up-network-innovation/
 
Announcing Azure Service Fabric 5.5 and SDK 2.5
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-azure-service-fabric-5-5-and-sdk-2-5/
 
Azure Resource Manager template reference now available
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-resource-manager-template-reference-now-available/

 

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Episode 153 - Key Vault

by Sujit D'Mello November 16, 2016

The whole gang talks to Amit Bapat, a PM in the Azure team about perhaps the most important and least known Azure service of all - Key Vault.

 

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode153.mp3

Docs  http://aka.ms/kvdocs

Blog http://aka.ms/kvblog

Feedback AzureKeyVault@microsoft.com

Community https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/forums/azure/en-US/home?forum=AzureKeyVault

 

Other updates:

  • Azure Backup already supports backup and restore of virtual machines created through the classic and Azure Resource Manager deployment models, along with Azure Premium Storage VMs.
  • Azure Backup now supports backup and restore of virtual machines encrypted through Azure Disk Encryption.
  • Azure functions GA'd this week
  • Bot as a service (uses functions + Bot framework to provide serverless compute).
  • We're excited to introduce a public preview of the DocumentDB Emulator, which provides a local development experience for the Azure DocumentDB service.
  • Today, Microsoft announced a new partnership with OpenAI, a nonprofit AI research organization co-founded by Elon Musk, Sam Altman, Greg Brockman and Ilya Sutskever.

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Episode 151 - Azure Security Center

by Evan Basalik November 3, 2016

Cale and Evan talk to Sarah Fender, a Principal Program Manager in the Azure team, about the Security Center.

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode151.mp3

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

 

Other updates

Azure Active Directory Domain Services generally available
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/active-directory-ds

Azure HDInsight introduces advanced security capabilities in public preview
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/hdinsight/

Azure Analysis Services in public preview
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/analysis-services

Microsoft Cognitive Services: Translator generally available
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/cognitive-services

 

 

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Episode 150 - DDOS Discussion

by Sujit D'Mello October 27, 2016

The guys discuss the recent DDOS attack and how we can protect ourselves and our cloud infrastructure from this type of attack.

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode150.mp3

Other updates:

Azure Certified for IoT expands to help customers choose the right IoT device
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/microsoft-expands-azure-certified-for-iot-to-help-customers-choose-the-right-iot-device/

Chain joins the Azure Ecosystem
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/bletchley-chain/

Announcing support for Files in the Storage Client Library for C++
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-support-for-files-in-the-storage-client-library-for-c/

Geo-filtering available for Akamai Standard profiles
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/geo-filtering-available-for-akamai-standard-profiles/

The most trusted Government Cloud for mission critical workloads - check the facts
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/the-most-trusted-government-cloud-for-mission-critical-workloads-check-the-facts/

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Episode 7 - Windows Azure Active Directory

by Sujit D'Mello November 27, 2013
  • Basics of the service offering
  • What gaps this can fill?
  • When to use this, when not.
  • How we got here
  • Developers?
  • Tips and Tricks

Media File: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode7.mp3

 

 

Links:

 

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/microsoft_press/archive/2013/07/26/free-ebook-rethinking-enterprise-storage-a-hybrid-cloud-model.aspx

 

 

3rd-party SaaS integration - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn308588.aspx

 

 

 

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