March 17, 2017
Evan and Sujit talk to Gino Filicetti & Jim Priestley, both Cloud Solution Architects @ Microsoft about how they help customers realize the potential of the cloud by starting with Disaster Recovery using OMS and implementing a DevOps mentality.
Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode170.mp3
Last year, we introduced Azure App Service certificates, a certificate lifecycle management offering. The Azure portal provides a user-friendly experience for creating App Service certificates and deploying them through Azure Key Vault to App Service apps. But customers have been asking for the ability to use these certificates outside the App Service platform, say with Azure Virtual Machines.
You can now create a local PFX copy of an App Service certificate so that you can use it anywhere you want. For more information, read our blog post.
You can now use SELECT..INTO in your SQL code when you want to persist the results of a SELECT statement into a table.
The SELECT..INTO syntax is streamlined. With very little effort, your results will be stored in a round_robin clustered columnstore. From there, you can conduct further analysis as required. Azure SQL Data Warehouse also continues to support CREATE TABLE AS SELECT (CTAS).
CTAS affords greater control on the structure of the resulting table but requires a little more effort on your part. To compare SELECT..INTO to CTAS, please refer to the recent blog post and product documentation, which highlight the differences between these approaches.
March 1, 2017
Evan, Russell, Alex and Sujit talk to Barry Luijbregts, an Independent Azure Architect from the Netherlands, about building apps that span the globe using the right Azure PaaS offerings.
Barry is an independent software architect and developer with a passion for the cloud. He is also a Pluralsight author. He has worked for lots of companies throughout the last decade and is keen to share his knowledge with the community. He has a broad and deep knowledge of the Microsoft stack with a special interest on web technology and the cloud. He co-runs a usergroup focused on technology and soft-skills called .NET Zuid (South) and currently teaches people about the benefits of the cloud. He lives in the Netherlands with his beautiful wife and baby girl and loves to play with their two Siberian huskies.
Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode168.mp3
Announcing new Azure Functions capabilities to accelerate development of serverless applications
Azure Command Line 2.0 now generally available
Microsoft MPI v8.0 release
Azure Data Sync update
Azure IoT Suite adds device management capability updates
VS2017 launch – Tues 7th - free training on 8th Azure SQL Database enables the direct load of files stored in Azure Blob storage by using BULK INSERT and OPENROWSET commands.
February 15, 2017
Russell, Cale and Sujit talk to Mike Becker and Marcel Bindseil from Microsoft Germany about an innovative solution they developed for a customer, that uses App Service to build a complete EAI integration solution.
Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode166.mp3
Ruby support is available on Web Apps on Linux
Public preview: Cross-subscription virtual network peering
Virtual networks that are created through the Azure Resource Manager deployment model and classic deployment model—but that belong to different subscriptions—can now be peered through this preview release. Read the Create a virtual network peering using Azure PowerShell article for further details.
Note that you can peer virtual networks that exist in two different subscriptions as long as a privileged user of both subscriptions authorizes the peering and the subscriptions are associated with the same Active Directory tenant. You can find more information in the Virtual network peering article.
Key updates to Azure Backup Server
What’s new in Azure Active Directory B2C
Adding #AzureSearch to #DocumentDB collections with a click of a button
Bletchley – The Cryptlet Fabric & Evolution of blockchain Smart Contracts
10 GitHub samples with Azure DocumentDB you shouldn’t miss!
February 4, 2017
Evan and Sujit have a great discussion with Kevin Loh, a Director with Worldwide Licensing and Pricing @ Microsoft on what customers should be thinking about and how they can get the best value when migrating to Azure.
Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode164.mp3
Get early access to the newest Azure portal features
Try https://preview.portal.azure.com and let us know what you think by sending a smile in the portal to provide feedback or by posting your ideas on the Azure portal feedback forum. You can go back to the public portal anytime. Check back in to see what else is in the works (and follow @AzurePortal on Twitter for more updates).
Connect to DocumentDB by using BI analytics tools with the ODBC driver
You can use the Azure DocumentDB ODBC driver to connect to DocumentDB by using BI analytics tools such as SQL Server Integration Services, Power BI Desktop, and Tableau. You can then analyze and create visualizations of your DocumentDB data in those solutions.
The driver offers rich features to help you renormalize data in DocumentDB. By using the driver, you can represent data in DocumentDB as tables and views. The driver enables you to perform SQL operations against the tables and views, including grouping by queries, inserts, updates, and deletions. To learn more, see the documentation page.
Azure DevTest Labs: Set expiration date for new VMs from Azure portal
In Azure DevTest Labs, you can now set VMs to expire on a specific date.
Although the ability to set an expiration date has been available through Azure Resource Manager templates, there's now a counterpart to set expiration on the Azure portal. When you set an expiration date, the VM will be deleted on the specified day. If you want to use DevTest Labs for a hackathon or class, this feature can help control costs and clean-up if you set the VMs to expire shortly after the events are over.
You can set the expiration date when you provision a new VM in the lab. From the Create lab blade, select Advanced settings and select a date.
January 26, 2017
The guys discuss some interesting topics around VMs taken from these series of blog posts:
January 20, 2017
Evan, Russell and Cale talk to Mat Clothier of Cloudhouse Technologies, an Azure partner.
Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode162.mp3
January 12, 2017
Evan and Sujit talk to Vishwas Lele, an Azure MVP and Microsoft Regional Director, about his role in the community, his Azure projects and his views on Azure services, specifically Hybrid scenarios.
Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode161.mp3
Company website www.appledis.com
Azure courses on Pluralsight Courses - https://www.pluralsight.com/authors/vishwas-lele
Channel 9 Videos - https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Speakers/vishwas-lele
Azure SQL Database is increasing read and write performance
Azure Virtual Machine Internals – Part 1
HDInsight tools for IntelliJ & Eclipse December Updates
Azure Storage Queues New Feature: Pop-Receipt on Add Message
Av2-Series now generally available for Azure Cloud Services
Av2-Series instances for Azure Cloud Services are now available in all regions where Av2 virtual machines are currently offered. Av2-Series Cloud Services are up to 36 percent less expensive than the current A-Series Standard Cloud Services. For more information about pricing, please visit the internal pricing website. Av2-Series are available in standard memory options in 1, 2, 4, and 8 cores with memory ranging from 2 GB to 16 GB, and in higher memory options in 2, 4, and 8 cores with memory ranging from 16 GB to 64 GB. To learn more about this service, please visit the Cloud Services webpage.
January 5, 2017
We have a great discussion with Mark Eisenberg, who is an Application Development Manager at Microsoft, about a topic that he is very opinionated about - Service Fabric & Microservices. He lays out his thinking on what constitutes the Service Fabric Way of building Microservices.
Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode160.mp3
End-to-end cloud experiences for developers at Node.js Interactive North America
General Availability: Larger Block Blobs in Azure Storage
December 24, 2016
As part of our Tales from the Field series, we talk to Yunus Emre Alpozen, an Azure Architect at Microsoft, who helps customers migrate their workloads to Azure. He gives us tips and tricks to ensure a seamless migration path.
Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode158.mp3