Episode 194 - Microservices & Containers Discussion

by Sujit D'Mello September 8, 2017

Mark Eisenberg joins us again for a spirited discussion on all things Microservices and Containers. He shares some of his insights into customers trying to go down 'The Service Fabric Way' and why they often fail.

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode194.mp3

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Other updates:

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/manage-stored-access-policies-for-storage-accounts-from-within-the-azure-portal/

Azure App Service is now generally available on Linux
An end-to-end high-productivity platform
Azure App Service is now generally available on Linux, including its Web App for Containers capability. With this, we now offer built-in image support for ASP.NET Core, Node.js, PHP and Ruby on Linux, as well as provide developers an option to bring their own Docker formatted container images supporting Java, Python, Go and more.

ark Russinovich and Seth Juarex discuss blockchain basics on Channel 9
https://channel9.msdn.com/Blogs/Seth-Juarez/An-Introduction-to-Blockchain-with-Mark-Russinovich

Windows Authentication in Service Fabric and ASP.NET Core 2.0
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/windows-authentication-in-service-fabric-and-asp-net-core-2-0/

Create flexible ARM templates using conditions and logical functions
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/create-flexible-arm-templates-using-conditions-and-logical-functions/

Bot conversation history with Azure Cosmos DB
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/bot-conversation-history-with-azure-cosmos-db/

Azure Management Libraries for .NET - v1.2
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-management-libraries-for-net-v1-2/

http://www.ey.com/gl/en/industries/financial-services/insurance/ey-blockchain-marine#section6

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Episode 193 - Handling Secrets

by Cale Teeter August 31, 2017

We talk to Chris Kent, from Hashicorp about the problem of handling secrets in cloud computing. He discusses the Vault product and we compare it to Azure Key Vault.

Chris Kent

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode193.mp3

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https://www.hashicorp.com/

 

Other updates:

Announcing the public preview of Azure Archive Blob Storage and Blob-Level Tiering
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-the-public-preview-of-azure-archive-blob-storage-and-blob-level-tiering/

New performance levels and storage add-ons in Azure SQL Database
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/new-performance-levels-and-storage-add-ons-in-azure-sql-database/

What’s brewing in Visual Studio Team Services: August 2017 Digest
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/visual-studio-team-services-august-2017-digest/

Announcing the Coco Framework for enterprise blockchain networks
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-microsoft-s-coco-framework-for-enterprise-blockchain-networks/

 

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Episode 192 - Make It Real

by Evan Basalik August 17, 2017

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Episode 191 - Just-In-Time Access

by Cale Teeter August 10, 2017

Cale and Russell talk to Microsoft Cloud Solutions Architect, Jamie Bryant, about a new feature in Azure that makes it more secure - Just-In-Time Access.

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode191.mp3

Indexed audio: https://www.videoindexer.ai/media/230c1fad19

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/security-center/security-center-just-in-time

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/security-center/security-center-intro

 

Other updates:

 

Reduce troubleshooting time with the upgraded Resource Health check in Azure SQL Data Warehouse. 

 

This upgrade considers the health status of all components of the SQL Data Warehouse architecture, which includes each SQL database distribution and the SQL Data Warehouse engine on each compute node. Login and heartbeat signals of each component are emitted at least once every 2 minutes, providing you a low-latency, holistic view of the health status of your data warehouse. If your instance is Unavailable, we will provide the reason along with recommended actions that you should perform.

 

The Resource Health check can detect unavailability reasons, such as when your instance is pausing, scaling, or upgrading. This feature also detects when there are any connection issues, whether they are user connections or inner SQL database connections.

You check the health of SQL Data Warehouse by signing in to the Azure portal and clicking the Resource Health blade.

 

Azure AD authentication extensions for Azure SQL DB and SQL DW tools

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-ad-authentication-extensions-for-azure-sql-db-and-sql-dw-tools/

 

Operating Azure Stack

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/operating-azure-stack/

 

Root cause analysis and time exploration updates to Azure Time Series Insights

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/root-cause-analysis-and-time-exploration-updates-to-azure-time-series-insights/

 

Azure Active Directory Pass-through authentication (Azure AD as a service – Highly available, secure, easy to deploy, great user experience) - doesn’t yet allow MFA.

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/connect/active-directory-aadconnect-pass-through-authentication

 

Announcing deploy to Azure app service Jenkins plugin and more

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/annoucing-jenkins-deploy-to-azure-app-service-plugin-and-new-managed-disk-support-for-azure-storage-plugin/

 

Automate Application Insights processes with the connector for Flow and Logic Apps

(Using connectors for Microsoft Flow to query and visualise App Insights data and send by email/raise work items in TFS)

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Episode 190 - MSSQL Scripter

by Evan Basalik August 3, 2017

The guys talk to Tara Raj, a PM in the SQL for Linux team about an open source tool called MSSQL Scripter that allows easy scripting of SQL and SQL Azure databases from any platform and integrates it into your DevOps flow.

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode190.mp3

Indexed file: https://www.videoindexer.ai/media/306174b9d0 

You can now use mssql-scripter, an open-source command-line interface, to generate database scripts. Mssql-scripter is a multi-OS command-line equivalent of the widely used Generate and Publish Scripts Wizard experience in SQL Server Management Studio.
You can use mssql-scripter on Linux, macOS, and Windows to generate data definition language (DDL) and data manipulation language (DML) T-SQL scripts for database objects in SQL Server (running anywhere), Azure SQL Database, and Azure SQL Data Warehouse. You can save the generated T-SQL script to a .sql file or pipe it to standard *nix tools (for example, sed, awk, grep) for further transformations. You can edit the generated script or check it into source control. Then, you can execute the script in your existing SQL Database or SQL Data Warehouse deployment processes and DevOps pipelines with standard multiplatform SQL command-line tools such as sqlcmd.
Mssql-scripter is built using Python and incorporates the usability principles of the new Azure CLI 2.0 tools. The source code is on GitHub, and we welcome your contributions and pull requests. An installation and quick start guide is available.

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/mssqlscripter

http://www.github.com/Microsoft/sql-xplat-cli

 

Other updates:

Introducing Enterprise Smart Contracts
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/introducing-enterprise-smart-contracts/

Announcing the preview of App Service domain

More resource policy aliases

Azure Backup has expanded its service to cover all Azure Government regions.


What it is about:
Azure has a lot of VM families (A, D, E, F, G, … v1/v2/v3, etc). They all launched with a given set of purpose. Though in the end we have a lot of options to choose from. As I got the question to “Find the appropriate VM size” on a regular basis, I decided to write a small tool for this that could assist anyone with finding the cheapest & matching VM t-shirt size!
 Azure VM Chooser
 https://aka.ms/VMchooser

 

Instant recovery of files from Azure VM backups is generally available.
Protect your Azure VM with Azure Backup and recover files, disks, VMs from a recovery point. With instant restore, immediately validate your backups or mount application files to your application to retrieve items without having to download the entire data.
For more information, see the Azure documentation and the Azure VM file recovery blog.

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/general-availability-instant-file-recovery-from-azure-vm-backups/

 

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Episode 189 - Partner Spotlight - CloudMonix

by Sujit D'Mello July 26, 2017

We talk to Igor Paripov about CloudMonix, an Azure (and soon on AWS) cloud monitoring service provider.

Igor Papirov

http://cloudmonix.com

@ipapirov

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode189.mp3

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Episode 188 - Ready

by Russell Young July 20, 2017

Cale, Russell and Sujit talk to Raphael Dominguez, an Azure Technical Specialist about a variety of topics he sees with customers.

(Note this episode was recorded at a Microsoft conference venue so there is a bit of background noise)

http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode188.mp3

 

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Episode 187 - CosmosDB

by Cale Teeter July 13, 2017

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Episode 186 - Azure Mobile App

by Sujit D'Mello July 6, 2017

Jakub Jedryszek, a Software Engineer in the Azure Team, gives us the inside scoop about the Azure Mobile app currently available for iOS and Android and coming soon for Windows devices.

blog: jj09.net

twitter: @JakubJedryszek

User feedback: aka.ms/azuremobilefeedback

Under the hood of the Azure Mobile App: https://jj09.net/under-the-hood-of-the-azure-mobile-app/

Download iOS app: aka.ms/azureapp/ios

Download Android app: aka.ms/azureapp/droid

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode186.mp3

 

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Other updates:

Announcing new set of Azure Services in the UK
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-new-set-of-azure-services-in-the-uk/

Enhanced app usage monitoring and investigative features in Azure Application Insights
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/enhanced-app-usage-monitoring-and-investigative-features-in-azure-application-insights/ 

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Episode 185 - The Azure TAM

by Sujit D'Mello June 29, 2017

The guys (yes Cale as well) talk to Joe Losinski who is a Microsoft Technical Account Manager that focusses on Azure customers. He gives us the inside scoop on this critical customer-facing role and how he works with customers to make their journey to Azure a successful one. Along the way he provides some great insights and advice on moving to the cloud.

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode185.mp3

http://www.linkedin.com/in/JoeLosinski

 

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Other updates:

Accounting Coalition Moves to Work with Regulators on Blockchain Innovation
http://www.coindesk.com/accounting-coalition-moves-to-work-with-regulators-on-blockchain-innovation/
Power to the User: Accenture & Microsoft Are Changing Identity with Ethereum
http://www.coindesk.com/power-to-the-user-accenture-and-microsoft-are-changing-identity-with-ethereum/
Petya ransomware prevention & detection in Azure Security Center
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/petya-ransomware-prevention-detection-in-azure-security-center/
Event Hubs Capture (formerly Archive) is now Generally Available
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/event-hubs-capture-formally-archive-is-now-generally-available/

Azure Site Recovery now supports Ubuntu
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/business-continuity-for-ubuntu-workloads-with-asr/

http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/markets/move-over-bitcoin-ether-is-the-rising-digital-currency/ar-BBCUjfq?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartanntp

Azure SQL Data Warehouse now supports the IDENTITY property.
Azure SQL Database will be accessible only through the Azure portal from July 1, 2017.
Mssql-scripter is the multiplatform command-line equivalent of the widely used Generate Scripts Wizard experience in SQL Server Management Studio.

 

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