Episode 343 - Virtual WAN

by Evan Basalik August 20, 2020

Dr. Reshmi Yandapalli, a Principal Program Manager in the Azure Networking group, helps us understand the Virtual WAN service. She provides an overview of Virtual WAN and gives use-cases when it should be considered.


Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode343.mp3


Virtual WAN New Pricing Changes & Concepts 

Virtual WAN Routing Concepts 

How to configure routing 

Virtual WAN Routing Scenarios 

Virtual WAN Effective Routes 

Virtual WAN User VPN DNS configuration How-to 

FQDN Based Site Connectivity 

Custom BGP IP/APIPA Configuration 

Virtual WAN overview 

Virtual WAN FAQ 

Virtual WAN CPE Partners 

Azure Firewall in Virtual WAN


Other Recent helpful documentation updates


Other updates:

Advancing the outage experience—automation, communication, and transparency


Build resilient applications with Kubernetes on Azure



PowerShell support in Durable Functions is in public preview



Serverless offer for Azure Cosmos DB now in preview



Public preview: CSI storage driver support in Azure Kubernetes Service



Azure Data Share in-place sharing for Azure Data Explorer now generally available




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Episode 342 - Azure Digital Twins

by Cynthia Kreng August 12, 2020

We had a chance to talk with Ines Khelifi, the Principal PM Manager for Azure Digital Twins on the different use cases she has seen, the latest preview, and how Azure Digital Twins can be utilized in the times of COVID-19.

Media File: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode342.mp3


Other Updates:



Azure Advisor Quick Fix is now available

Published date: August 05, 2020

Azure Advisors new Quick Fix feature makes optimization at scale faster and easier by allowing users to remediate recommendations for multiple resources simultaneously and with only a few clicks. Users can now multi-select resources to take the recommended Advisor actions on all selected resources as a bulk operation instead of having to remediate each resource individually. Quick Fix also creates a consistent, streamlined, and more automated experience for Advisor recommendation remediation. At launch, Quick Fix is enabled for a subset of Advisor recommendations in the Azure portal, with more on the way.



New Azure SQL Learning Tools help reduce the global technology skills gap



The Azure Cloud Shell tools image is now open sourced

Published date: August 10, 2020

Azure Cloud Shell is a browser-based, authenticated shell experience to manage your cloud resources.  The Cloud Shell experience contains common command line tools to manage resources across both Azure and M365, and can now be found on GitHub. You can now file issues or pull requests directly to the tools image, and any changes that occur there will be reflected in the next release of Cloud Shell.  You can use this container image in other management scenarios, with many tools already installed and updated regularly, removing the concern about updating your cloud management tools. 



Encryption of backup data using customer managed keys is in public preview

Published date: August 12, 2020

When backing up your Azure Virtual Machines, you can now encrypt your data using keys owned and managed by you. Azure Backup lets you use your RSA keys stored in the Azure Key Vault for encrypting your backups. The encryption key used for encrypting backups may be different from the one used for the source. The data is protected using an AES 256 based data encryption key (DEK), which is, in turn, protected using your keys stored in the Key Vault. This gives you full control over the data and the keys.

This feature is in public preview for new vaults in all Azure regions.



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Episode 341 - What are CSAs

by Cynthia Kreng August 5, 2020

Microsoft Senior Cloud Solutions Architect, Levi Romandine, shares his experiences working with Hi-tech customers in Silicon Valley. He explains the role of the CSA and talks about some of the challenges these customers encounter when moving to Azure.

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode341.mp3


Other updates:





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Episode 340 - Messaging Services

by Sujit D'Mello July 28, 2020

Azure has a number of top-notch messaging services in Event Grid, Event Hubs, Service Bus, IoT Hub, Relay etc. It can be confusing at times as to which one is the right one for the job. Luckily for us we have the expert in the field, Principal Azure Architect Clemens Vasters, to help us sort through the various options. He gives is very clear guidance on which service should be used for various use-cases in this very insightful episode.

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode340.mp3


Other updates:

Migrate to the cloud with confidence
MS Inspire!



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Episode 339 - Durable Functions

by Sujit D'Mello July 25, 2020

Chris Gillum, an Engineering Manager in the Azure Serverless team, talks to us about the value of Durable Functions in serverless computing. He explains the underlying architecture of the Azure Serverless Architecture and how and why Durable Functions play a role in an application design. 

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode339.mp3

Resources: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/azure-functions/durable/


Other updates:

Azure Data Factory Managed Virtual Network
Announcing the general availability of Azure shared disks and new Azure Disk Storage enhancements
AMD-based memory-optimized Azure virtual machines now available in more regions

Introducing the Microsoft Azure Well-Architected Framework




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Episode 338 - ADLS Gen 1 to Gen 2

by Evan Basalik July 20, 2020

Principal PM in the Azure PG, Rukmani Gopalan joins us on the continuing discussion on ADLS. This time we focus on migration from Gen 1 to Gen 2. Rukmani gives us the background behind the two services and how and why you should migrate.

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode338.mp3

Here are some resources that help you learn more about ADLS Gen1 to ADLS Gen2 migrations.

Plan your data lake migration from ADLS Gen1 to ADLS Gen2

ADLS Gen1 to ADLS Gen2 migrations – samples with step by step instructions


Other updates:

Revocation of non-compliant Certificate Authorities potentially impacting customer’s Azure service(s).
Published date: July 15, 2020
Certificate Authority (CA) Browser members recently published reports detailing multiple certificates issued by CA vendors that are used by Microsoft customers, as well as the greater technology community, that were out of compliance with industry standards for publicly trusted CAs. The reports regarding the non-compliant CAs can be found here: 
1. Bug 1649951
2. Bug 1650910
As per standard compliance requirements, CA vendors began revoking non-compliant CAs and issuing compliant CAs which require customers to re-issue their certificates. Microsoft is partnering closely with these vendors to minimize the potential impact to Azure Services, however self-issued certificates or certificates used in “Bring Your Own Certificate” (BYOC) scenarios are still at risk of being unexpectedly revoked. 

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

Azure Partner Zone brings new resources and special events for Partners
Azure Monitor for SAP Solutions is now in preview
Azure Maps Power BI visual now in preview

Powerful Devs Conference


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Episode 337 - Azure Data Lake Storage - Multi-Protocol Access

by Cynthia Kreng July 10, 2020

The team is joined by Stephen Wu from ADLS to talk about how the ADLS Gen 2 team is working to simplify the Storage conversation for Azure customers by driving for feature parity with Blob Storage.


Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode337.mp3

Resources: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/static-website-for-azure-data-lake-storage-now-in-public-preview/


Other updates:

Azure Monitor for Key Vault is now in preview
Published date: June 24, 2020
Get comprehensive monitoring of your key vaults along with a unified view of your Azure Key Vault performance, requests, failures, and latency by using Azure Monitor for Key Vault (in preview).
Built on the Azure Monitor Workbooks platform, Key Vault insights offers:
• At-scale perspective displaying a snapshot view of performance based on the requests, breakdown of failures, and an overview of the operations and latency.
• Drill-down analysis of a particular key vault to perform detailed analysis.
• The ability to customize—Change which metrics you want to see, modify or set thresholds that align with your limits, and save your own workbook.
• The ability to pin charts in the workbook to Azure dashboards.
• Integration with Azure Monitor Logs for additional data on your Azure Key Vault activity.

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

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Azure Storage 200 TB block blob size is now in preview
Published date: June 30, 2020
Azure Blob storage provides massively scalable object storage for workloads including application data, HPC, backup, and high-scale workloads. We’ve increased the maximum size of a single blob from 5 TB to 200 TB, now available in preview.
The increase in blob size better supports use cases from seismic data processing to genomics that require support for multiple object sizes.
To support the 200 TB blob size, we’re increasing the maximum allowable block size from 100 MB to 4,000 MB and maintaining support for up to 50,000 blocks in a single blob. The 200 TB blob size is available for preview in all Azure public regions with hot, cool, and premium tiers. There are no billing changes. 

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/azure-storage-200-tb-block-blob-size-is-now-in-preview/>


Azure AI: Build mission-critical AI apps with new Cognitive Services capabilities

Reimagining virtual collaboration for the future of work and learning

Easily add voice commands to your apps with Custom Commands
Form recognizer GA

Azure LB insights using azure monitor for networks

Azure firewall manager GA



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Episode 336 - Microsoft Q&A

by Evan Basalik June 28, 2020

Ryan Hill, a Software Engineer in the Azure CXP group, shares details of the new Microsoft Q&A website which serves as a one-stop for getting questions answered around Azure and other Microsoft technologies.

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode336.mp3


Supported services in QnA: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/answers/products/#supported-products

How to write quality question: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/answers/articles/24951/how-to-write-a-quality-question.html

Job postings: https://careers.microsoft.com/us/en/search-results?keywords=%23MicrosoftATL


Other updates:

Azure Storage account failover is now generally available
Published date: June 17, 2020
Customer-initiated Storage account failover is now generally available, allowing you to determine when to initiate a failover instead of waiting for Microsoft to do so. When you perform a failover, the secondary replica of the Storage account becomes the new primary, and the DNS records for all Storage service endpoints—blob, file, queue, and table—are updated to point to this new primary. Once the failover is complete, clients will automatically begin reading from the Storage account and writing data to it in the new primary region, with no code changes.
Customer initiated failover is available for GRS, RA-GRS, GZRS, and RA-GZRS accounts. To learn more, read the documentation.

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/azure-storage-account-failover-ga/>

Azure Container Registry: Securing container workflows
Simplifying declarative deployments in Azure



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Episode 335 - Azure Data Explorer

by Sujit D'Mello June 18, 2020

LaBrina Loving, a Cloud Architect and Software Engineer in the Commercial Software Engineering division at Microsoft, shares her recent passion with the Data Explorer service. Using a couple of real-world use-cases, she explains the rational behind the service and how developers can utilize it for a wide variety of data processing needs.

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode335.mp3


Azure Data Explorer Overview - https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/data-explorer/data-explorer-overview

Azure Data Explorer Ingestion - https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/data-explorer/ingest-data-overview
Getting started with KQL Queries - https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/data-explorer/write-queries

SQL to KQL Cheatsheet - https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/data-explorer/kusto/query/sqlcheatsheet


Other updates:

Azure Quota REST APIs to manage service limits (quota) are now available in preview


Introducing live video analytics from Azure Media Services—now in preview
Town of Cary innovates flood prediction with IoT
Advancing Microsoft Teams on Azure—operating at pandemic scale

Azure responds to COVID-19




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Episode 334 - Windows Containers in AKS

by Kendall Roden June 12, 2020

Mikkel Hegnhoj, a Principal PM in the AKS team, shares the details about running Windows Containers in AKS, which is now GA. He gives us guidance on how to design an AKS cluster than run Windows workloads and advice on how to go about migrating our applications to this platform.

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode334.mp3




Other updates:

Azure Cosmos DB Java SDK 4.0 for Core (SQL) API release now in general availability
Published date: June 10, 2020
Azure Cosmos DB Java SDK for Core (SQL) API enables interaction with Azure Cosmos DB from Java applications. This latest SDK version 4.0 allows sending requests to Azure Cosmos DB via the recommended Core (SQL) API. The release of Azure Cosmos DB Java SDK 4.0 for Core (SQL) API includes improvements to performance, bundles Sync and Async APIs, and incorporates Paged Flux APIs. It also has built-in support for autoscale containers and analytical containers, and supports DISTINCT queries.

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/azure-cosmos-db-java-sdk-40-for-core-sql-api-release-now-in-general-availability/>


Azure Policy support for Azure Cosmos DB is now available
Published date: June 10, 2020
Azure Cosmos DB resource governance can now be implemented with Azure Policy. Use this capability to create Azure Policy assignments based on built-in or custom policy definitions to enforce rules and effects on Azure Cosmos DB resources.
Example policy assignments include—requiring features such as Advanced Threat Protection to be enabled on Azure Cosmos DB accounts; auditing Azure Cosmos DB resources for compliance with organizational standards on throughput or other properties; or securing data by enforcing network access safeguards such as IP filter rules, virtual network endpoints, or limiting the amount of throughput (RU/s) that can be provisioned.

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/azure-policy-support-for-azure-cosmos-db-is-now-available/>

Azure Kubernetes Service—Integrated application gateway feature now available
Published date: June 10, 2020
The Application Gateway ingress controller (AGIC) is now available in  preview as an add-on in Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS). Use it to easily create or attach an existing Application Gateway instance to your AKS clusters.  Use the standard Kubernetes ingress API to define your routing rules, then implement those rules using the managed Application Gateway service. Application Gateway is a scalable, reliable, and secure L7 load balancer. By using Application Gateway as the entry point to the AKS applications you won’t have to self-manage a networking tool like Nginx.

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/azure-kubernetes-service-integrated-application-gateway-feature-now-available/>


Azure Kubernetes Service upgrade improvements are now in preview
Published date: June 10, 2020
Upgrading is a common operation required for all Kubernetes workloads. Two new Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) upgrade capabilities that will improve the granularity and efficiency of regular Kubernetes upgrade operations are now in preview.
• Node image upgrade enables you to update node-level components such as the container runtime or OS updates without going through a full Kubernetes upgrade. Use this capability to initiate a targeted upgrade to agent nodes for a given node pool to pull the latest available node updates and patches without requiring a full cluster upgrade.
• Max surge enables faster upgrades by taking advantage of multiple new buffer nodes to concurrently replace older nodes. Instead of replacing a single node at a time, you can now customize your own max surge value per node pool to define how many concurrent replacements occur.

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/azure-kubernetes-service-upgrade-improvements-are-now-in-preview/>

Plan ahead! Starting June 15, 2020, the Windows Virtual Desktop service will reject connections from unsupported clients and unsupported versions of supported clients.
Make sure your users are using the following versions or newer of each client.
 · Windows Desktop Client (MSRDC): 1.2.247
 · Android: 10.0.6
 · macOS:
 · iOS: 10.1.0
Unsupported clients that will be blocked starting June 15th:
 · Remote Desktop Connection (MSTSC)
 · RemoteApp and Desktop Connections (RADC)


ION – Booting up the network

Azure Spring Cloud updates



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