Episode 238 - Serial Console

by Evan Basalik July 21, 2018

Evan and Kendall talk to Craig Wiand, a Principal Engineer in the Azure team, about the new Serial Console feature available for VMs.

Craig Wiand

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode238.mp3

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/linux/serial-console

Other updates:

https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/devtestlab/2018/07/03/save-time-by-leveraging-auto-filled-fields-at-virtual-machine-creation/


Azure Data Box Disk, an SSD-disk based option for offline data transfer to Azure, is now in preview.


In Azure SQL Database, auto-failover groups are now generally available. They extend active geo-replication with the following capabilities: 
• Geo-replication of a group of databases
• Transparent manual or automatic group failover
• Independent routing to secondary databases for load balancing of read-only workloads
For more information, see the blog post. 

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/general-availablity-sql-database-auto-failover-groups/>

 

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/lightning-fast-query-performance-with-azure-sql-data-warehouse/

 

General availability: Azure DevOps Projects
Friday, July 13, 2018
Back in November, we introduced Azure DevOps Projects. It helps you get up and running with a full DevOps pipeline on Azure, from code through monitoring, in just a few minutes.
We've added services along the way and incorporated a lot of your feedback. It's now generally available.

Public Preview- Azure Monitor Container Health Monitoring Capability
We released a public preview of the Azure Monitor container health monitoring capability at the //build conference. The Azure Monitor container health capability enables you to track the health and performance of your Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) cluster. Based on customer feedback, we're releasing new features and updates to onboarding and the portal experience.  

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/updatecontainerhealth71518/>

 

https://buildazure.com/2018/07/17/new-microsoft-azure-certification-paths-coming-in-2018/  - Kendall

Azure NetApp files now in public preview

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-netapp-files-now-in-public-preview/>

Microsoft has teamed up with NetApp to enable enterprises to overcome the challenge of deploying file-based workloads to the cloud. Today we're pleased to announce the public preview of Azure NetApp Files, an Azure native service powered by NetApp's leading ONTAP technology, which has been long trusted by enterprises to meet their requirements for performance, scalability, data management, security, and hybrid capability.

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-netapp-files-now-in-public-preview/>

Pluralsite course on Kusto Query Language which is used for Azure services
https://www.pluralsight.com/courses/kusto-query-language-kql-from-scratch
Azure tips and tricks: https://www.michaelcrump.net/azure-tips-and-tricks-sorted-list/

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Episode 127 - Tales from the field

by Sujit D'Mello May 12, 2016

The guys talk to Neil Mackenzie, a Cloud Solution Architect @ Microsoft. He gives us advice from his engagements helping customers do 'lift-n-shift' migrations to Azure.

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode127.mp3

 

Other updates:

Platform supported migration of IaaS resources from Classic to Azure Resource Manager
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/virtual-machines-windows-migration-classic-resource-manager/

Azure in Canada generally available

Azure SQL Database elastic pools generally available

Azure Content Delivery Network from Akamai now available in the Azure portal

Test-drive feature now available on Azure Marketplace

Announcing Azure Mobile Services transition to Azure App Service
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/transition-of-azure-mobile-services/

Microsoft Cloud accelerates in Canada and expands to South Korea
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/microsoft-cloud-accelerates-in-canada-and-expands-to-south-korea/

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Episode 19 - Special guest Bill Zack

by Sujit D'Mello March 12, 2014

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Episode 16 - Troubleshooting IaaS

by Sujit D'Mello February 5, 2014
  • My VM disappeared!
  • I've been pwned!
  • My VM won't work!
  • I cannot access my VM!

 

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode16.mp3

 

Links: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windowsazure/archive/2014/01/24/storage-price-match.aspx

 

Two new compute-intensive instances are now generally available for use with Windows Azure Cloud Services: 

  • A8: 8 virtual cores with 56 GB of RAM
  • A9: 16 virtual cores with 112 GB of RAM

 

Configuring of MIME types for dynamic and static content compression is now enabledfor Windows Azure Web Sites.

 

A great resource Script Centerat Windows Azure site.

 

Some of the scripts the library currently includes:

  • Create/Deploy a Windows Azure Virtual Machine with Two Data Disks
  • Quickly create dev-test VM on Azure running Visual Studio 2013 Pro|Premium|Ultimate, SQL Server 2012 Developer edition SP1 and SharePoint 2013 trial (MSDN subscription required).
  • Deploy Windows Azure VMs to an Availability Set and Load Balanced on an Endpoint
  • Create Two Windows Azure VMs (IIS Frontend and SQL Backend) & Deploy a Web App
  • Create Windows Azure VMs & Deploy in the Same Windows Azure Virtual Network
  • Stop Windows Azure Virtual Machines on a Schedule

 

WAAD White Papers: 

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36391&ocid=aff-n-we-loc--ITPRO40886&WT.mc_id=aff-n-we-loc--ITPRO40886

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windowsazure/dn547038.aspx


Endpoints and ACLs - Scripting
Endpoint and ACLs:
 
http://blogs.technet.com/b/heyscriptingguy/archive/2013/08/31/weekend-scripter-creating-acls-for-windows-azure-endpoints-part-1-of-2.aspx
http://blogs.technet.com/b/heyscriptingguy/archive/2013/08/31/weekend-scripter-creating-acls-for-windows-azure-endpoints-part-2-of-2.aspx
http://blogs.technet.com/b/heyscriptingguy/archive/2013/09/18/creating-acls-for-windows-azure-endpoints.aspx

 

Powershell
Export-AzureVM - http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windowsazure/jj152899.aspx
Get-AzureVNetConfig - http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windowsazure/dn495309.aspx

 

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Episode 5 - Infrastructure As a Service

by Sujit D'Mello November 14, 2013
  • What is IAAS
  • Basics of why IAAS is available/what gaps do they fill
  • How much does this cost?
  • How are these useful (scenarios)
  • Management tools
  • Tips/Tricks to using VMs effectively?
  • Special guest Evan Basalik - Azure Support Specialist from Microsoft!

 

Media file: http://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode5.mp3

 

Links

Hot off the press - announced today - Visual Studio Online lets you edit an Azure Website directly from any modern browser (on any platform).
1) Go to the Azure Portal.

2) Pick a Site and click on the Configure tab.

3) Open the Dashboard - you will have the Edit in Visual Studio Online option.

WAAD - http://blogs.technet.com/b/ad/archive/2013/11/08/creating-and-managing-multiple-windows-azure-active-directories.aspx

'Capturing' Windows Server VMs - http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/manage/windows/how-to-guides/capture-an-image/

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