Episode 371 - Cloud Native Machine Learning

by Kendall Roden April 5, 2021

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Episode 370 - What the Hack

by Cynthia Kreng March 25, 2021

The Azure co-hosts had Gino Filicetti and Peter Laudati back after two years to talk about their latest development of the What The Hack initiative that has now grown to over 30 hacks. They also talk about ways to get involve and how everyone can leverage these hack guides and learn with any group one likes. 

 

 

 

 

Media File: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode370.mp3

YouTube Video

Resources:

Homepage: https://aka.ms/wthhome

Repository: https://aka.ms/wthrepo

How To Host a WTH: https://aka.ms/wthhost

How To Author a WTH: https://aka.ms/wthauthor

MSFT Employees: Propose a new hack: https://aka.ms/wthproposal

External Folks: Send an empty PR with your idea!

Other Updates:

Testing device registration health

You can use a PowerShell script to test the Internet connectivity to the following Microsoft resources under the system context to validate the connection status between the device that needs to be connected to Azure AD as hybrid Azure AD joined device and Microsoft resources that are used during device registration process. It also, checks for SSL/TLS handshake and report as failure if any.

· https://login.microsoftonline.com

· https://device.login.microsoftonline.com

· https://enterpriseregistration.windows.net

For more information, please see…

Test Device Registration Connectivity - Code Samples | Microsoft Docs

 

Perform at-scale, agentless SQL server discovery and assessment with Azure Migrate

Learn about the latest innovations: Inside Azure Datacenter Architecture

 
 

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Episode 369 - Learn Azure SQL

by Evan Basalik March 19, 2021
The team meets with recurring guest Bob Ward and meet a new one, Anna Hoffman, to talk about their Learn Azure SQL video series.

Bob Ward Headshot

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode369.mp3

Resources:

https://aka.ms/azuresqlyt --> Data Exposed / Data Exposed Live / Azure SQL 61 video series
https://aka.ms/azuresqlbook --> Azure SQL Revealed
https://aka.ms/azuresqlfordevelopers --> Practical Azure SQL Database for Modern Developers
https://aka.ms/learnliveazuresqlfundamentals --> Learn Live Azure SQL Fundamentals (6 week live series)
https://aka.ms/azuresqlfundamentals --> Learning Path on Microsoft Learn with free hands on exercises

YouTube Video: https://youtu.be/I42ikJ1IfU8

Other updates:

Our commitment to expand Azure Availability Zones to more regions (https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/blog/our-commitment-to-expand-azure-availability-zones-to-more-regions/)

Limited-time free quantities offer for Azure Synapse Analytics
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/limited-time-free-quantities-offer-for-azure-synapse-analytics/
Do more for the National Security mission with Azure
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/do-more-for-the-national-security-mission-with-azure/

 

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Episode 368 - Azure Load Balancer

by Evan Basalik March 11, 2021

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Episode 367 - Enterprise Scale Landing Zones

by Cynthia Kreng February 28, 2021

The team talks to Azure specialists Jeff Mitchell and Rob Kuehfus about the Enterprise Scale Landing Zones that are part of the Cloud Adoption Framework. These architectural templates allow enterprises to lay down an Azure footprint that is consistent with best practices in terms of security, governance, networking and identity and can be leveraged by new and existing Azure customers.

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode367.mp3

YouTube: https://youtu.be/5xshifBaj1E

Resources:

 

Review the Enterprise-scale landing zones Architecture guidance

Review the Enterprise-scale landing zones implementation guidelines

Review and deploy a reference implementation

MS Learning Path - Create an enterprise-scale architecture in Azure

Try out the reference implementation on your own: Introduction to Enterprise Scale ‘in-a-box’ tutorial (Github)

Check out the Channel 9 series for ESLZ and WAF here

Other updates:

· Azure Defender for App Service introduces dangling DNS protection - https://azure.microsoft.com/en-in/blog/azure-defender-for-app-service-introduces-dangling-dns-protection/
· Prevent dangling DNS entries and avoid subdomain takeover - https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/security/fundamentals/subdomain-takeover

Demystifying cloud economics
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/demystifying-cloud-economics/
E-commerce on Azure increases security with Payment Card Industry Three-Domain Secure compliance
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/e-commerce-on-azure-increases-security-with-payment-card-industry-three-domain-secure-compliance/
Automating quota management with Azure Quota REST API
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/automating-quota-management-with-azure-quota-rest-api/
Microsoft plans to establish first datacenter region in Indonesia
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/microsoft-plans-to-establish-first-datacenter-region-in-indonesia/

 

 

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Episode 366 - Azure Purview

by Evan Basalik February 22, 2021

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Episode 365 - Bellhop

by Sujit D'Mello February 16, 2021

Evan and Sujit talk to Microsoft Cloud Solution Architects Matthew Garrett and Tyler Peterson about an interesting Open Source project they developed that can help customers reduce the consumption of resources in Azure. This innovative solution allows for lowering the service tiers in dev/test environments and can result in significant reduction of consumption costs.

 

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode365.mp3

Resources:

GitHub repo: https://github.com/Azure/bellhop
Documentation site: https://azure.github.io/bellhop/#/

 

Other updates:

General availability: Azure mobile app now supports Azure Government

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/features/azure-portal/mobile-app/

Today we’re announcing Microsoft Azure has increased the scope of its HITRUST CSF certification to include 172 Azure offerings across 49 Azure regions. Azure’s HITRUST certification letters are available on the Service Trust Portal and include the full list of HITRUST CSF certified Azure offerings and regions.
 
Azure has partnered with the HITRUST Alliance to deliver the HITRUST Shared Responsibility Matrix for Microsoft Azure. Azure customers can leverage Azure’s HITRUST CSF certification to inherit controls and apply them to their own assessments.
 
Azure customers can also accelerate their HITRUST CSF deployments by using Azure’s HITRUST Blueprint. This blueprint helps customers deploy a core set of policies by defining a repeatable set of standards, patterns, and requirements enforced across Azure resources.

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/compliance/offerings/offering-hitrust

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-ddos-protection-2020-year-in-review/

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Episode 364 - Virtual Networking with Functions

by Sujit D'Mello February 11, 2021

Russell, Sujit, and Cynthia chat with Michael Collier about different considerations regarding Azure Functions ranging from virtual networking, hosting, common use cases and some of the existing limitations to be aware of. 

 

Media File: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode364.mp3

Other Updates:

Availability Zones now available in South Central US and Germany West Central

Confluent Cloud Integration with Azure is now generally available

Support for more workloads, tag based policies now in Backup Center public preview

Azure Security Center—General availability updates for January 2021

Azure API-Management Updates Jan 21

More Resources:

Michael's Blog

@michaelcollier

 
 

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Episode 363 - Streaming telemetry for NVAs

by Sujit D'Mello February 4, 2021

The team gets together with an Azure Networking developer, Vishal Munde, to talk about how streaming analytics can make troubleshooting NVAs better for everybody. 

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode363.mp3

 

Other updates:

Python 3.9 in Azure Functions is now in public preview
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/python-39-in-azure-functions-is-now-in-public-preview/


Build regionally resilient cloud services using the Azure Resource Manager
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/build-regionally-resilient-cloud-services-using-the-azure-resource-manager/
Azure Cost Management and Billing updates – January 2021
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-cost-management-and-billing-updates-january-2021/

Azure Availability Zones in the South Central US datacenter region add resiliency
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-availability-zones-in-the-south-central-us-datacenter-region-add-resiliency/
4 reasons customers are asking service partners for Azure Lighthouse
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/4-reasons-customers-are-asking-service-partners-for-azure-lighthouse/

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Episode 362 - Azure VMWare Solution

by Cynthia Kreng January 26, 2021

Sujit, Kendall, and Cynthia talk with Matt Henry about what Azure VMWare Solution is, how different people can take advantage of the offering, and the position Microsoft is taking given the interesting history with VMWare in the past.

 

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode362.mp3

Resources:

Introduction - Azure VMware Solution | Microsoft Docs <-basic documentation (Microsoft)

Network & Security Insights for Azure VMware Solution - VMware Cloud Management <-Networking guidance (VMware)

Catalogs | VMware Hands-on Labs | HOL-2194-91-ISM Azure VMware Solution - Lightning Lab | Lab | VMware Learning Platform <-Hands on Lab (VMware)

How to enable your Azure VMware Solution resource - Azure VMware Solution | Microsoft Docs <- Steps to get nodes made available to you for deployment

Microsoft Mechanics: Azure VMware Solution | How to run a complete VMware environment on Azure | Ignite 2020 (libsyn.com) <- How to deploy video including at 1:59 in the video – how to self-size your AVS environment using Azure Migrate

Azure Products by Region | Microsoft Azure <-This is preselected for all Azure VMware globally. Check mark means there are nodes available, clock means pending launch date.

Other Updates:

Azure IoT Edge for Linux on Windows available for public preview

Azure and HITRUST publish shared responsibility matrix

Public preview: Automatic Cluster Upgrades in AKS

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