Episode 118 - Azure Stack Update

by Sujit D'Mello March 10, 2016

Charles Joy from the Azure Stack team, joins us again for an update on the technical preview release of the product. He shares feedback received from customers and tips and tricks for getting ready for and testing Azure Stack.

Charles Joy

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode118.mp3

Azure Stack resources recommended by Charles:

http://aka.ms/AzureStackakaGuide
https://channel9.msdn.com/Shows/TechNet+Radio/TNR1635
https://channel9.msdn.com/events/TechNetVirtualConference/TechNetVC2016/Day-3-Azure-Stack-QA-with-Matt--Charles-and-Closing-Remarks
https://channel9.msdn.com/Shows/Mechanics/An-early-look-at-Azure-Stack-and-what-it-means-for-IT-with-Jeffrey-Snover

Other updates and resources:

http://buildazure.com/2016/02/10/free-ebook-building-cloud-apps-with-microsoft-azure-devops-availability-storage-more

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/azure-app-service-supports-v2-virtual-networks/

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/app-service-advisor-recommendations/

Announcing SQL Server on Linux
http://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2016/03/07/announcing-sql-server-on-linux/


Transitioning Mobile Apps from Application Insights to HockeyApp
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/transitioning-mobile-apps-from-application-insights-to-hockeyapp/

Using the Azure WebJobs SDK to create custom Slack integrations
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/using-the-azure-webjobs-sdk-to-create-custom-slack-extensions/

Migrating your CDN resources from the classic Azure portal to the new Azure portal
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/migrating-your-cdn-resources-from-the-classic-azure-portal-to-the-new-azure-portal/

Deploy Java Web Apps to Azure using Eclipse
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/deploy-java-web-apps-to-azure-using-eclipse/

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Episode 117 - Migrating Sharepoint to Azure

by Evan Basalik March 3, 2016

We have a nice technical chat with Brian Laws, a Cloud Architect with Summit 7 Systems, about how he migrated Sharepoint for a major customer to Azure.

 

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode117.mp3

Introducing the CloudPro: http://summit7systems.com/introducing-the-cloudpro/

Performance Impact of Premium Storage on Microsoft Azure: http://summit7systems.com/the-performance-impact-of-premium-storage-in-microsoft-azure/

 

Other updates:

New hybrid offerings deliver bottomless capacity for today's data explosion
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/microsoft-s-new-hybrid-offerings-deliver-bottomless-capacity-to-manage-today-s-data-explosion/

Azure Search introduces new lower cost tier in preview
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-search-introduces-new-lower-cost-tier-in-preview/

Announcing general availability of the StorSimple Virtual Array
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-general-availability-of-the-storsimple-virtual-array/

Anatomy of a breach: How hackers break in
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/anatomy-of-a-breach-how-hackers-break-in/

Microsoft first global CSP to receive the Cloud Security Mark (Gold) accreditation
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/microsoft-first-global-csp-to-receive-the-cloud-security-mark-gold-accreditation/

Guidance for running Elasticsearch on Azure
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/elasticsearch-on-azure-guidance/

Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection
http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/2016/03/01/microsoft-announces-windows-defender-advanced-threat-protection-for-enterprise-customers/

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Episode 116 - Machine Learning & Data Science

by Evan Basalik February 24, 2016

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Episode 115 - Azure SQL Data Warehouse

by Sujit D'Mello February 18, 2016

The guys have a great chat with Matt Usher, a Senior PM in the Azure team, on the Azure SQL Data Warehouse. Matt gives us the low-down on the  service and also provides some deep insights into the MPP technology used in the service. 

Azure SQL Data Warehouse Overview: http://aka.ms/sqldw
Create a new SQL Data Warehouse: http://aka.ms/newsqldw
Matt's Twitter: http://twitter.com/two_under

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode115.mp3

Other updates for the week:

New Storage Explorer http://storageexplorer.com - cross platform tool and actively maintained.

Announcing more open options and choice on Microsoft Azure
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/more-open-source-innovation-azure/

Build an Azure App Service to record Raspberry Pi Sensor Data
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/build-an-azure-app-service-to-record-raspberry-pi-sensor-data/

Guidance for enterprises looking to take their application portfolio to the cloud
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/guidance-for-enterprises-looking-to-take-their-application-portfolio-to-the-cloud/

Azure welcomes Parse developers
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-welcomes-parse-developers/

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/ssl-connection-pricing-changes/
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/swagger-support-for-azure-mobile-apps-net-server-sdk/

 

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Episode 114 - SendGrid - You have mail

by Sujit D'Mello February 11, 2016

Cale and Sujit talk to Sam Gabor, who owns Advanced Trading Solutions, and discuss his foray into Azure, especially the SendGrid service for sending email. He offers valuable advice and tips for developers that want to incorporate sending email into their applications.

 

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode114.mp3

Sam's tips on using SendGrid:

  1. CAN-SPAM Act Info: https://www.ftc.gov/tips-advice/business-center/guidance/can-spam-act-compliance-guide-business Pay close attention to this part: “Each separate email in violation of the CAN-SPAM Act is subject to penalties of up to $16,000” In a bulk e-mail scenario, that can be disastrous!

  2. SendGrid API Docs: https://sendgrid.com/docs/API_Reference/

  3. Mail tester site: https://www.mail-tester.com/

  4. Some pointers on increasing e-mail deliverability:

    1. White-label domains that send e-mail through SendGrid (https://support.sendgrid.com/hc/en-us/articles/200548228-All-You-Need-to-Know-About-Whitelabeling )

    2. Use http://mail-tester.com to score e-mails transmitted through SendGrid

    3. Always check SPAM reports in the SendGrid dashboard and act on them promptly.

 

 

Other updates:

You can transfer a subscription to a colleague
https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/azure/mt130656.aspx

 

Export Band Data
http://winsupersite.com/microsoft-band/xportband-export-microsoft-band-data-gpx-file-format

 

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/price-reduction-for-azure-media-indexer/

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-search-indexer-for-azure-blob-storage-now-in-public-preview/ 

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-premium-storage-available-in-more-regions/

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-early-preview-of-azure-paas-services-and-devops-tools-for-azure-stack/

 

 

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Episode 113 - Azure's People Services

by Sujit D'Mello February 1, 2016

The guys chat with Russell Young, who has joined Microsoft as a Principal PFE specializing in supporting customers with Azure Development. Russell’s passion is helping customers with their cloud and mobile strategies, as well as planning, designing and architecting modern software solutions. He shares some of his experiences with Azure. 

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode113.mp3

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoftservices/premier_support_developers.aspx

 

Big news from last week - Azure Stack is now available in Preview:

List of related links - http://aka.ms/azurestackakaguide

Help Forum - http://aka.ms/azurestackforum
Suggestions for Azure Stack - http://aka.ms/azurestackuservoice

 

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Episode 112 - High Speed Networking

by Evan Basalik January 28, 2016

Evan talks about his favorite topic, networking. Specifically high-speed networking within IaaS VMs for gaming and financial markets scenarios.

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode112.mp3

http://www.ageofascent.com/azure-cloud-high-speed-networking/

Other resources:

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/new-t-sql-programmability-features-in-azure-sql-database/

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Episode 111 - Azure Resource Health

by Cale Teeter January 21, 2016

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Episode 110 - Using DocumentDB & Search

by Sujit D'Mello January 14, 2016

Cale talks about his project and how he leveraged Azure Search and DocumentDB to get a project off the ground quickly.

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode110.mp3

Azure Automation: Graphical and textual runbook authoring
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-automation-graphical-and-textual-runbook-authoring/

Azure Blockchain as a Service Update #3
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-blockchain-as-a-service-update-3/

API Management: Advanced caching and throttling policies
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/api-management-advanced-caching-and-throttling-policies/

Notifying users of data received from sensors or other systems
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/notifying-users-of-data-received-from-sensors-or-other-systems/

Azure Automation Desired State Configuration generally available
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/automation-dsc-overview/?WT.mc_id=azurebg_email_Trans_981_MOSP#what-is-azure-automation-dsc

Azure Premium Storage generally available in additional region
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/storage/premium-storage/?WT.mc_id=azurebg_email_Trans_981_MOSP

Microsoft Operations Management Suite alert notification and remediation in public preview
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/operations-management-suite/overview.aspx?WT.mc_id=azurebg_email_Trans_981_MOSP

Azure Role-Based Access Control with custom roles generally available
http://blogs.technet.com/b/ad/archive/2015/12/10/custom-roles-in-azure-rbac-is-now-ga.aspx?WT.mc_id=azurebg_email_Trans_981_MOSP

Classic NSGs now supported in Ibiza

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Episode 109 - 2015 In Review

by Sujit D'Mello December 31, 2015

Cale and Sujit review the podcasts in 2015 and discuss some of the highlights of the year that defined Azure.

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode109.mp3

Other updates:

Introducing a simplified configuration experience for SQL Server in Azure Virtual Machines
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/new-configuration-experience-sql-server-virtual-machines/

Load data to Azure Data Lake Store with high throughput
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/yingqin/archive/2015/12/29/load-data-to-azure-data-lake-store-with-high-throughput.aspx

Azure WebJobs with Storage Queue and Exceptions
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/mustafakasap/archive/2015/12/26/azure-webjobs-with-storage-queue-and-exceptions.aspx

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/support/guids-migration-documentdb/

 

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