Episode 181 - AAD DS

by Evan Basalik June 1, 2017

Good technical chat with Azure PM Arturo Lucatero about Azure Active Directory Domain Services.

Arturo Lucatero

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode181.mp3

Experimental Cognitive Indexed file: https://www.videoindexer.ai/media/664d29ee13/

Other Updates:

Storage accounts available only in the Azure portal from May 15
 
portal Effective May 15, 2017, storage accounts will be available only in the Azure. Access from the classic portal to storage accounts will no longer be supported. Azure resources that are in classic portal and that depend on storage accounts will continue to be accessible from the classic portal.

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/azure-batch-updates-may-2017/

We continue to add new capabilities to our lightweight R package, doAzureParallel, built on top of  Azure Batch that allows you to easily use Azure's flexible compute resource right from your R session. Combined with the recently announcedlow-priority VMs on Azure Batch, you can now run your parallel R jobs at a fraction of the price. We also included other commonly requested capabilities to enable you to do more, and to do it more easily, with doAzureParallel.

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/run-massive-r-jobs-in-azure-directly-from-r-studio-at-a-fraction-of-the-price/>

I am excited to announce the public preview of disaster recovery for Azure IaaS virtual machines (VMs) using Azure Site Recovery (ASR). You can now easily replicate and protect IaaS based applications running on Azure to a different Azure region of your choice without deploying any additional infrastructure components or software appliances in your subscription. This new capability, along with Azure Backup for IaaS virtual machines, allows you to create a comprehensive business continuity and disaster recovery strategy for all your IaaS based applications running on Azure.

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-disaster-recovery-for-azure-iaas-vms-using-asr/>

One of the key endeavors of the cloud-first approach of Azure Backup is to empower enterprises to recover from security attacks, corruptions, disasters, or data loss situations quickly, securely, and reliably.  Restoring servers efficiently in the wake of evolving IT threats involves going beyond recovering data alone from backups. Our customers have expressed varying degrees of complexity in how their operating systems and applications are configured. Restoring this dynamic configuration captured in the form of the Windows Server System State, in addition to data, with minimum infrastructure, forms a critical component of disaster recovery.
Today we are extending the data backup capabilities of the Azure Backup agent to enable customers to perform comprehensive, secure, and reliable Windows Server recoveries. We are excited to preview the support for backing up Windows Server System State directly to Azure with Azure Backup.

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/windows-server-system-state-backup-azure/>

Announcing the preview of Azure’s Largest Disk sizes
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
At Build Conference, we announced the addition of new Azure Disks sizes – which provide up to 4TB of disk space. These new sizes allow you to perform up to 250 MBps of storage throughput and 7,500 IOPS. The details of the announcement are captured in the build session here.

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

Earlier this month at BUILD 2017, we announced the public preview of Video Indexer as part of Microsoft Cognitive Services. Video Indexer enables customers with digital and audio content to automatically extract metadata and use it to build intelligent innovative applications. You can quickly sign up for Video Indexer from https://vi.microsoft.com/ and try the service out for free during our preview period.
On top of using the portal, developers can easily build custom apps using the Video Indexer API. In this blog, I will walk you through an example of using the Video Indexer API to do a search on a keyword, phrase, or detected person’s name across all videos in your account as well as sample videos and then to get the deep insights from one of the videos in the search results.

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/gettingstartedwiththevideoindexerapi/>

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/cognitive-services/video-indexer/


Azure BizTalk Services: Simplifying our Azure offerings

To simplify the customer experience across our enterprise integration services, we have incorporated the Azure BizTalk Services capabilities into Logic Apps and Azure App Service Hybrid Connections. Effective May 31, 2017, Microsoft has removed Azure BizTalk Services as an option for new subscribers.
For existing customer subscriptions, BizTalk Services will be retired on May 31, 2018. All existing subscriptions should transition to Logic Apps and App Service Hybrid Connections before this date. To get started, please follow the guidance in the documentation. If you have questions or need help, contact logicappsemail@microsoft.com.
Note that BizTalk Services Hybrid Connections is in preview status, and these capabilities are generally available as part of Azure App Service Hybrid Connections. Customers who are using these capabilities should transition to Azure App Service Hybrid Connections to access GA functionality. 
This consolidation is not changing the BizTalk Server product.

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Episode 33 - Azure Authentication

by Sujit D'Mello June 18, 2014

 Summary:  As the cloud services offering in Azure have continued to evolve, so to have the options for authentication to leverage these services.  There is quite a matrix of options possible with our current tooling, and even more in the third party side: 

 

  • Windows Azure Active Directory - What is it?  How is it different from Windows Server Active Directory?
  • ADFS - What is it?  How can it be leveraged?  What problems does it solve?  When is it appropriate for use?
  • DirSync - What is it?  When should it be used?  What problems does it solve?
  • MultiFactor Authentication - When is this needed?  How can I enable in o365 and/or Azure

 

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode33.mp3

 

LINKS: 

 

http://azure.microsoft.com/blog/2014/06/18/announcing-the-0-3-0-beta-preview-of-microsoft-azure-webjobs-sdk/

 

http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/campaigns/machine-learning/

 

The Azure Qualification Guidelines is available at Microsoft Life Sciences page (scroll down all the way or use the direct link )

 

A blog post by Azure Networking Sr. PM Yu-Shun Wang to walk you through the configuration steps and examples of how you can connect your virtual networks together using the VNet-to-VNet feature.

 

Azure Security 101 session on the best practices designing for a cloud platform, clarifying the breakdown of responsibilities between Azure platform and Azure consumer - by Security Program Manager Ben Ridgway 

 

Red vs. Blue – presentation on Azure internal security penetration testing by Principal Security Manager John Walton

 

Azure Automation: Monitoring and Troubleshooting Your Runbook Jobs :http://azure.microsoft.com/blog/2014/06/12/azure-automation-monitoring-and-troubleshooting-your-runbook-jobs-2/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=organic&utm_term=BlogAutomation&utm_campaign=61314

 

Getting started with Azure Automation: http://www.nullsession.com/index.php/2014/05/getting-started-with-azure-automation/

Azure Automation – Using the assets : http://www.nullsession.com/index.php/2014/05/azure-automation-using-the-assets/

 

A blog post by Azure Networking Sr. PM Ganesh Srinivasan describing Why Azure used non-US IPv4 addresses in US regions

 

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