Episode 404 - When Windows is nowhere to be found - Making Azure better with CBL Mariner

by Evan Basalik December 7, 2021

The team learns about CBL Mariner, a Microsoft-maintained Linux distribution that runs underneath a number of Azure services.

 

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode404.mp3

YouTube:  https://youtu.be/Q_F5xQo5u6w

GitHub repo - https://github.com/Microsoft/CBL-Mariner

 

Other updates:

Public preview: New SAP HANA telemetry in AMS

 

Azure Load Testing now available in public preview

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/azure-load-testing-now-available-in-public-preview/

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Episode 403 - GitHub and Azure

by Cynthia Kreng November 17, 2021

Cynthia and Sujit talk to Gopinath C H about the synergies between GitHub and Azure for Enterprise and OSS developers.

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode403.mp3

YouTube: https://youtu.be/AOQtfVuxN6Y

Resources:

 

 

Other updates:

Generate automated configuration files used with Terraform to automate provisioning and configuration on your Flexible Server for Azure Database for MySQL.

General availability: Azure API Management updates- October 2021

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/azure-api-management-updates-october-2021/

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/azure-functions/functions-bindings-azure-sql

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/windows/run-command

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/storage/files/files-nfs-protocol

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Episode 402 - Azure Chaos Studio

by Sujit D'Mello November 11, 2021

Cale, Sujit and Cynthia speak with Senior Program Manager John Engel-Kemnetz about Azure Chaos Studio, a new service announced during Ignite to help customers emulate chaos situations that applications might run into. John also gives us some insight into some approaches to take on testing both the application and the live site responses from the support teams. 

Media File: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode402.mp3

YouTube: https://youtu.be/SxHe-XfM3Hg

Resources:

Getting Started - https://aka.ms/chaosstudiogetstarted

Docs - https://aka.ms/AzureChaosStudio

Blog Announcement - https://aka.ms/chaosstudioblog

 

Updates:

5 reasons to attend the Azure IaaS Day digital event

Discover what’s new to Microsoft database services—recap from Microsoft Ignite

Azure high-performance computing at Supercomputing 2021

Azure App Service support for .Net 6 now generally available

Preview: Pay-as-you-go plan for Power Apps

Application Insights auto-instrumentation for .NET6 App Services

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Episode 401 - Ignite 2021 Wrap-Up

by Sujit D'Mello November 5, 2021

Kendall, Evan and Sujit each discuss their favorite Azure announcements from Ignite 2021.

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode401.mp3

YouTube: https://youtu.be/6UjsEtzclJo

 

Correction The new Dapr feature with AKS is actually considered an extension and there is new documentation around the add-on vs. extension model: Cluster extensions for Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) (preview) 

Resources:

https://news.microsoft.com/ignite-november-2021-book-of-news/

DaprCon: DaprCon - YouTube

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Episode 400 - A view from Azure's Core

by Evan Basalik October 27, 2021

On this special milestone of the Azure Podcast, we have none other than Girish Bablani, the CVP of Azure Core, to give us insights into the Core platform and provide some perspectives on the past and future of Azure.

 

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode400.mp3

YouTube: https://youtu.be/VMkHHMgUoKI

 

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Episode 399 - Chain of blocks evolution

by Sujit D'Mello October 22, 2021

We talk to our very own Cale Teeter about the current state of Blockchain technology and how it is changing the way we deploy these networks in Azure and build applications.

 

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode399.mp3

YouTube: https://youtu.be/_biNB9p5_Fw

Resources:

Migration announcement to QBS -> https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/action-required-migrate-your-azure-blockchain-service-data-by-10-september-2021/

QBS Preview -> https://consensys.net/quorum/qbs/

Quickstart for Developers -> https://consensys.net/quorum/developers/

NFT sidechain -> https://docs.palm.io/

Azure SQL Ledger -> https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/azure-sql/database/ledger-overview

Confidential Consortium Framework -> https://microsoft.github.io/CCF/main/overview/concepts.html

 

Other updates:

SpaceCows – using AI, space technology and cloud to protect the Top End – Microsoft Australia News Centre

 

Computer Vision Read API for Optical Character Recognition (OCR), part of Cognitive Services, announces its public preview with new languages including Russian, Bulgarian, other Cyrillic and more Latin languages. This release also highlight handwritten OCR support for many languages, along with enhancements for digital PDFs and Machine Readable Zone (MRZ) text in identity documents.

 

Join us on Azure IaaS Day: Learn to increase agility and resiliency of your infrastructure

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/join-us-on-azure-iaas-day-learn-to-increase-agility-and-resiliency-of-your-infrastructure/

5 reasons to join the Modernize Apps and Data with Azure and Power Apps free virtual event

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/5-reasons-to-join-the-modernize-apps-and-data-with-azure-and-power-apps-free-virtual-event/

 

The Enclave Device Blueprint for confidential computing at the edge

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/the-enclave-device-blueprint-for-confidential-computing-at-the-edge/

 

Public preview: Azure Spring Cloud RBAC config server and registry access and Nginx logs and metrics | Azure updates | Microsoft Azure

General availability: Azure Spring Cloud application health monitoring and end-to-end TLS/SSL | Azure updates | Microsoft Azure

Public preview: Visual Studio Code for the Web | Azure updates | Microsoft Azure

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Episode 398 - Hear ye! Hear ye!

by Sujit D'Mello October 16, 2021

Evan and Sujit catch up on the flurry of Azure updates from the past week.

 

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode398.mp3

YouTube: https://youtu.be/J0Vq3IGlTFY

 

Updates:


Azure Automation Hybrid Worker Extension for Azure and Arc-enabled servers now in public preview

 

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/automation-user-hybrid-extension-support/>

 

SpaceCows – using AI, space technology and cloud to protect the Top End – Microsoft Australia News Centre

 

 

AKS Related

Public preview: HTTPS proxy configuration support | Azure updates | Microsoft Azure

Public preview: AKS support for WebAssembly System Interface (WASI) workloads | Azure updates | Microsoft Azure

Enable Cloud Controller Manager (Preview) - Azure Kubernetes Service | Microsoft Docs

Public preview: IPv6 for Kubenet | Azure updates | Microsoft Azure

General availability: Azure Monitor container insights for Azure Arc enabled Kubernetes | Azure updates | Microsoft Azure

 

Microsoft says it mitigated the largest DDoS attack ever recorded (msn.com)

 

 

Networking

Utilize the Service Tag Discovery API to retrieve a list of Service Tags and corresponding IP ranges to easily configure on-premises firewalls and Azure resources.

 

Public preview: Customize Azure Static Web Apps authentication with a serverless function

Published date: October 13, 2021

You can now define a serverless function that is invoked whenever a user successfully logs in to your static web app. This function can assign custom roles to the logged in user. You can use these roles to configure route-based authorization rules; and other serverless functions in your app can also access these roles. 

 

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/public-preview-customize-azure-static-web-apps-authentication-with-a-serverless-function/>

 

 

SQL

 

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/azure-sql-public-preview-updates-for-october-2021/

 

Private Link is now available in preview for Hyperscale (Citus) on Azure Database for PostgreSQL, a managed service running the open-source Postgres database on Azure.

 

New centralized management experience for Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server in public preview

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/new-centralized-management-experience-for-azure-hybrid-benefit-for-sql-server-in-public-preview/>

 

General availability: Azure Monitor application insights in Azure Spring Cloud | Azure updates | Microsoft Azure

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Episode 397 - Capacity Reservation

by Evan Basalik October 7, 2021

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Episode 396 - How Vattenfall uses Azure

by Evan Basalik October 4, 2021

The team meets Vattenfall's Marcus Melin and Mikael Söderström to learn how they are leveraging Azure to help enable the use of renewable energy 24x7 by their customers

Also, be sure to go back and listen to the Sustainability solutions in Azure episode where the team first heard about Vattenfall from Conor Kelly.

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode396.mp3

YouTube: https://youtu.be/SgULg_YJT4k

Resources:

https://vattenfall.se/24-7

 

Other updates:

Govern your data wherever it resides with Azure Purview

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/govern-your-data-wherever-it-resides-with-azure-purview/

Azure Cost Management and Billing updates – September 2021

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-cost-management-and-billing-updates-september-2021/

Building a digital guide dog for railway passengers with impaired vision

https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/ai-customer-engineering-team/building-a-digital-guide-dog-for-railway-passengers-with/ba-p/2749612

 

Azure IoT middleware for FreeRTOS in general availability | Azure updates | Microsoft Azure

General availability: Azure Sphere OS version 21.09 | Azure updates | Microsoft Azure

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Episode 395 - SAP on Azure

by Evan Basalik September 23, 2021

The team spends time with fellow podcaster Ravi Kashyap to learn more about running SAP on Azure and how to be successful doing so. 

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode395.mp3

YouTube: https://youtu.be/6fnmW845OA4

 

Resources:

Ravi's book on SAP on Azure https://SAPonMicrosoftAzure.com  (special 15% discount code for our listeners MAAA15)

If you want to learn more about the book https://open.spotify.com/episode/4PQbtdLHB4eDWjJUHi4Hhy

Ravi's and Nathan's Podcast on SAP on Azure https://www.saponazuretalk.com/

 

Other updates:

Azure Backup provides packaged pre-post scripts for Oracle VMs that can be used to instantly backup, create instant clones, reduce backup storage cost, and performance impact.

 

Announcing the private preview of the Configuration and SAP Installation for the SAP Deployment Auto

https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/running-sap-applications-on-the/announcing-the-private-preview-of-the-configuration-and-sap/ba-p/2760059

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