Episode 242 - Azure FastTrack

by Cynthia Kreng August 17, 2018

Principal PM Alex Uy gives us the inside scoop into the Azure FastTrack program that helps companies move their workloads to Azure with support from the Engineering teams. 

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode242.mp3

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/programs/azure-fasttrack

 

Other updates:

Microsoft Azure at SIGGRAPH 2018
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/microsoft-azure-at-siggraph-2018/

#Contest Microsoft AI Idea Challenge - AI’s next breakthrough is you!
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/contest-microsoft-ai-idea-challenge-ai-s-next-breakthrough-is-you/

Azure.Source - Volume 44
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-source-volume-44/

Azure Data Factory Visual tools now supports GitHub integration
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-data-factory-visual-tools-now-supports-github-integration/

How Microsoft drives exabyte analytics on the world’s largest YARN cluster
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/how-microsoft-drives-exabyte-analytics-on-the-world-s-largest-yarn-cluster/

https://github.com/Azure/app-service-announcements/issues/129

https://gotcosmos.com - Awesome Cosmos DB one-stop learning resource

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Episode 241 - Service Fabric & Service Fabric Mesh

by Cynthia Kreng August 8, 2018

Deep Kapur, a Microsoft PM on the Azure team, gives us an great refresher on Service Fabric and breaks down the new Service Fabric Mesh offering for us.

 

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode241.mp3

Some links:
http://aka.ms/servicefabricdocs - learn more about Service Fabric
http://aka.ms/servicefabricmesh - learn more about Mesh
http://aka.ms/tryservicefabric - free clusters to party on!
https://github.com/microsoft/service-fabric - our GitHub codebase

https://twitter.com/deepkkapur

 

Other updates:

Azure HDInsight Interactive Query: Ten tools to analyze big data faster
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-hdinsight-interactive-query-ten-tools-to-analyze-big-data-faster/

Ethereum Proof-of-Authority on Azure
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/ethereum-proof-of-authority-on-azure/

Microsoft Ignite – now with more code
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/microsoft-ignite-now-with-more-code/

Azure.Source – Volume 43
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-source-volume-43/


Interested in deploying your Linux or containerized web app in an Azure Virtual Network? The Azure App Service team is excited to announce the general availability of Linux on Azure App Service…
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/linux-on-azure-app-service-environment-now-generally-available/

Windows Server Containers in Web App are now available in public preview! Web App for Containers is catered towards developers who want to have more control over what is installed in their containers.

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-the-public-preview-of-windows-container-support-in-azure-app-service/

Instance size flexibility for Azure Reserved VM Instances is now generally available. Instance size flexibility is a new feature that is applicable to all new and existing Azure Reserved VM Instance purchases.
Instance size flexibility can:
 • Simplify the management of Azure Reserved VM Instances
 • Avoid the need to exchange or cancel a reserved VM instance to apply its benefit to other virtual machines within the same Azure RI VM group and region
 • Help further reduce costs in many scenarios
 • Automatically apply Azure RI benefits that have been purchased to other VMs within the same group and region
This feature applies to both Windows and Linux Azure Virtual Machines. For general information regarding this new Azure RI feature please visit the Azure Reserved VM Instances Webpage.

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/reserved-vm-instances/

 

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Episode 240 - Extreme Azure Automation

by Cale Teeter August 2, 2018

Gautam Shah, an Azure Architect with Applied Information Sciences, talks to us about how Azure Automation can be used in Enterprises to automate almost anything.

 

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode240.mp3

My go to source for Azure Automation is none other than Azure Docs.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/automation/

For folks just starting out on Azure Automation
https://www.edx.org/course/infrastructure-as-code-0

https://www.appliedis.com/

 

Other updates:


General availability: Start/Stop VMs during off-hours in Azure Automation

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/general-availability-start-stop-vms-during-off-hours-in-azure-automation/>


Top feature requests added with Azure Blockchain Workbench 1.2.0
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/top-feature-requests-added-with-azure-blockchain-workbench-1-2-0/

R3 on Azure: Launch of Corda Enterprise v3.1
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/corda-enterprise-launch-on-azure/

Orchestrating production-grade workloads with Azure Kubernetes Service
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/orchestrating-production-grade-workloads-with-azure-kubernetes-service/

Ansible 2.6: What’s new for Azure
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/ansible-2-6-what-s-new-for-azure/

 

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Episode 239 - Kubernetes Developer Tooling

by Sujit D'Mello July 26, 2018

We talk to Azure Engineer Michelle Noorali about her passion with the Cloud Native Computing Foundation and the work she does to enable Developers to work easily with Kubernetes in Azure and any cloud.

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode239.mp3

Resources:

https://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/kubecon-cloudnativecon-north-america-2018/program/call-for-proposals-cfp/

https://github.com/helm/community/blob/master/helm-v3/000-helm-v3.md

https://www.helm.sh/blog/bringing-helm-home/index.html

 

Other updates:

http://www.eweek.com/database/microsoft-sharpens-sql-operations-studio-s-job-management-tools

Microsoft PowerShell now available on Linux as an Ubuntu snap

From <https://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-powershell-now-available-on-linux-as-an-ubuntu-snap/>

 

Learn KQL (the query language used in Application Insights and Log Analytics). Go from a beginner to a pro in just a few hours through a free, exercise-driven course.
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/free-query-language-course-la-ai/

 

Visual Studio IntelliCode – Python Support in VS Code in Public Preview
When writing Python code, the IntelliSense code completion in VS Code speeds up your productivity by providing suggestions as you type. However, there can be hundreds of completions to scroll through and you typically need to type the first few characters out before you can get close to the right result. Using our machine learning algorithm, we can infer the most relevant completions based on the current code context
https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/visualstudio/2018/07/24/visual-studio-intellicode-expands-ai-assisted-coding-to-python-in-visual-studio-code/

 

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Episode 238 - Serial Console

by Evan Basalik July 21, 2018

Evan and Kendall talk to Craig Wiand, a Principal Engineer in the Azure team, about the new Serial Console feature available for VMs.

Craig Wiand

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode238.mp3

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/linux/serial-console

Other updates:

https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/devtestlab/2018/07/03/save-time-by-leveraging-auto-filled-fields-at-virtual-machine-creation/


Azure Data Box Disk, an SSD-disk based option for offline data transfer to Azure, is now in preview.


In Azure SQL Database, auto-failover groups are now generally available. They extend active geo-replication with the following capabilities: 
• Geo-replication of a group of databases
• Transparent manual or automatic group failover
• Independent routing to secondary databases for load balancing of read-only workloads
For more information, see the blog post. 

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/general-availablity-sql-database-auto-failover-groups/>

 

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/lightning-fast-query-performance-with-azure-sql-data-warehouse/

 

General availability: Azure DevOps Projects
Friday, July 13, 2018
Back in November, we introduced Azure DevOps Projects. It helps you get up and running with a full DevOps pipeline on Azure, from code through monitoring, in just a few minutes.
We've added services along the way and incorporated a lot of your feedback. It's now generally available.

Public Preview- Azure Monitor Container Health Monitoring Capability
We released a public preview of the Azure Monitor container health monitoring capability at the //build conference. The Azure Monitor container health capability enables you to track the health and performance of your Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) cluster. Based on customer feedback, we're releasing new features and updates to onboarding and the portal experience.  

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/updatecontainerhealth71518/>

 

https://buildazure.com/2018/07/17/new-microsoft-azure-certification-paths-coming-in-2018/  - Kendall

Azure NetApp files now in public preview

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-netapp-files-now-in-public-preview/>

Microsoft has teamed up with NetApp to enable enterprises to overcome the challenge of deploying file-based workloads to the cloud. Today we're pleased to announce the public preview of Azure NetApp Files, an Azure native service powered by NetApp's leading ONTAP technology, which has been long trusted by enterprises to meet their requirements for performance, scalability, data management, security, and hybrid capability.

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-netapp-files-now-in-public-preview/>

Pluralsite course on Kusto Query Language which is used for Azure services
https://www.pluralsight.com/courses/kusto-query-language-kql-from-scratch
Azure tips and tricks: https://www.michaelcrump.net/azure-tips-and-tricks-sorted-list/

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Episode 237 - DevOps with AKS

by Sujit D'Mello July 14, 2018

A great in-person discussion with two of my colleagues at Microsoft, Daniel Selman who is a Kubernetes Consultant and Razi Rais who focusses on DevOps and Blockchain. We talk about how a Developer can quickly go through the motions to package and deploy applications to AKS and monitor them as they run.

Media File: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode237.mp3

Their blog: http://www.razibinrais.com/k8s-devops-part-1/

 

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Episode 236 - Where to run my app?

by Sujit D'Mello July 4, 2018

Barry Luijbregts, a very well-known and respected Azure Developer, author and Pluralsight instructor, talks to us about the universal issue in Azure - which service should you use to run your app?

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode236.mp3

https://aka.ms/azurefordotnetdevs    Azure Quick Start Guide for .NET Developers
 
https://aka.ms/devsguide  The Developer’s Guide to Azure

 

Other updates:


Maven Plugin on Azure Web Apps
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/maven-deploy-java-apps-to-azure-with-tomcat-on-linux/


https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-event-hubs-and-service-bus-vnet-service-endpoints-in-preview/

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/spoken-language-identification-in-video-indexer/

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-search-announcing-the-general-availability-of-synonyms/

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Episode 235 - AI, Blockchain and Big Data discussion

by Cale Teeter June 29, 2018

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Episode 234 - Migrations

by Evan Basalik June 22, 2018

Longtime guest on the show, Bill Zack joins us along with colleague Aaron Ebertowski to talk about Azure Migrations.

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/episode234.mp3

http://www.stratum-tech.com/
https://www.movere.io/
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/migrate/migrate-overview

Bill's Blog post: Is Azure Adoption too easy? https://cloudyinnashville.com/2018/03/11/is-azure-adoption-too-easy/

 

Other updates:

Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) GA – New regions, more features, increased productivity
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-kubernetes-service-aks-ga-new-regions-new-features-new-productivity/

Event trigger based data integration with Azure Data Factory
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/event-trigger-based-scheduling-in-azure-data-factory/

Immutable storage for Azure Storage Blobs now in public preview
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-immutable-blob-storage-now-in-public-preview/

Disaster Recovery solution for Azure IaaS applications
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/disaster-recovery-for-azure-virtual-machines-using-azure-site-recovery/

Column-Level Security is now supported in Azure SQL Data Warehouse
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/column-level-security-is-now-supported-in-azure-sql-data-warehouse/

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/windows/run-command
https://www.marketplace.org/2018/06/05/tech/make-me-smart-kai-and-molly/67-bitcoin-runs-network-trust


CryptoKitties  https://twitter.com/Windozer/status/996196708374761473?s=17

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Episode 233 - Live from Build 2018 - Serverless & IoT with Jeff Hollan

by Evan Basalik June 14, 2018

In this last of the shows recorded by our team at BUILD 2018, the guys talk to Senior Azure PM Jeff Hollan on all things IoT & Serverless.

Jeff Hollan

 

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode233.mp3

 

 

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