Episode 322 - OpenHack Program

by Sujit D'Mello April 8, 2020

Program Manager Tierney Wixted talks to us about the highly successful OpenHack program run by Microsoft which runs free, challenge-based coaching experiences for various Azure technologies. She gives us some insights into the program, how it works, and what attendees can expect to get out of it.

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode322.mp3

Transcript: https://eus2.videoindexer.ai/accounts/e0eee289-7730-4999-978b-eb7f63be8cb5/videos/80c36dae07/?location=EUS2

Resources: https://openhack.microsoft.com/


Other updates:

Azure Advisor data in Azure Resource Graph is now available
Updated: April 01, 2020
Azure Advisor data is now available in Azure Resource Graph. This release enables many at-scale scenarios for consuming the Advisor best practice recommendations. 
Query Advisor recommendations for all your subscriptions at once. Previously, it was possible to only review recommendations for up to 60 subscriptions at a single time due to Azure portal limitations. If you have more than 60 Azure subscriptions, you’ll now have an easier time optimizing your resources and staying on top of your best practices.

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/azure-advisor-data-in-azure-resource-graph-is-now-available/>


Azure Ultra Disks—Shared disk capability is now in preview
Updated: April 01, 2020
Attach an Azure managed disk to multiple virtual machines (VMs) simultaneously using the new shared disks feature of Azure Managed Disks. Deploy new or migrate existing clustered applications to Azure by attaching a managed disk to multiple VMs. Shared disks also support SCSI persistent reservation protocol.

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/azure-ultra-disks-shared-disk-capability-is-now-in-preview/>

New Azure Disk sizes and bursting support are now available
Updated: April 01, 2020
Azure Disks—block-level storage volumes managed by Azure and used with Azure Virtual Machines—now have new 4-GiB, 8-GiB, and 16-GiB sizes available on both premium and standard SSDs. The new disk sizes introduced on standard SSD disk provide the most cost-efficient SSD offering in the cloud, providing consistent disk performance at the lowest cost per GB. We’ve also increased the performance target for all standard SSD disks of 64-GiB or less (E6) to 500 IOPS and 60 MiB/second, matching that with standard HDDs. It’s an ideal replacement for HDD-based disk storage from either on-premises or cloud.
In addition, we now support bursting on Azure premium SSD disks in all Azure regions in the public cloud. With bursting, even the smallest premium SSD disks at 4-GiB can now achieve up to 3,500 IOPS and 170 MiB/second, and better accommodate spiky workloads. It can be best used for OS disks to accelerate virtual machine (VM) boot or data disks to accommodate spiky traffic. To learn more about disk bursting, read the premium SSD bursting article.

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/new-azure-disk-sizes-and-bursting-support-are-now-available/>



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Episode 321 - GitHub

by Cynthia Kreng March 28, 2020

Sasha Rosenbaum, a Senior PM from the GitHub team, is back on the show to talk to us about DevOps in the cloud and provides advice on choosing the right tools for your teams.

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode321.mp3

Transcript: https://eus2.videoindexer.ai/accounts/e0eee289-7730-4999-978b-eb7f63be8cb5/videos/77937baf29/?location=EUS2


Other updates:

ACR built-in audit policies for Azure Policy is now in preview

Updated: March 13, 2020

We are pleased to announce the public preview of Azure Container Registry support for creation of built-in audit policies for Azure Policy.  Once the built-in audit policy is available for the security control, the assessment results can be surfaced through Azure Policy’s Compliance feature.

The following 3 built in policies are planned:

  • Network: Provide an audit policy that verifies if Private Link is being used
  • Network: Provide an audit policy that checks if the firewall is enabled/ IP-based restrictions are applied
  • Data transfer: Provide an audit policy to verify if customer-managed key is used


From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/acr-builtin-audit-policies-for-azure-policy-is-now-in-preview/




Private Endpoints provide secure connectivity to Azure Storage from a Azure virtual network (VNet). On-premises networks can also securely connect to a storage account using a private endpoint when that network is to a VNet using Express Route or VPN. Private Endpoints for Azure Storage are now generally available in all Azure public regions.



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Azure Functions Premium plan regional virtual network integration

Updated: March 24, 2020

Regional virtual network integration is now generally available in the Azure Functions Premium plan. Run serverless function apps with no cold-start, virtual network connectivity, and larger instance sizes with the Premium plan. The general availability of regional virtual network integration also brings these features:

  • The ability to direct all traffic leaving an application into the virtual network.
  • Support for applying user-defined routes and network security groups to the integrated application.
  • Support for reaching private link-secured resources through a regional virtual network integration.
  • Support for non-RFC 1918 addresses in an integrated virtual network.

Regional virtual network integration is available in all public regions for function apps hosted on the Premi


From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/functions-premium-vnet/


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Episode 320 - COVID-19

by Cale Teeter March 24, 2020

The team gets together to share personal thoughts and experiences on working at home for extended periods of time and how Azure and other cloud vendors are helping the cause during this difficult time.

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode320.mp3

Transcript: https://eus2.videoindexer.ai/accounts/e0eee289-7730-4999-978b-eb7f63be8cb5/videos/f0d8448fcd/



Other updates:

Configure Azure Monitor log alert rules for recommendations and alerts exported from Security Center by taking advantage of Security Center's continuous export capabilities to Log Analytics Workspace.

How Azure Machine Learning service powers suggested replies in Outlook

New Deploy to Azure extension for Visual Studio Code


Azure Security Center—Protection for Azure Kubernetes Service is now available

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/azure-security-center-s-threat-protection-for-azure-kubernetes-service-is-now-generally-available/>

Protect your web applications from common exploits and vulnerabilities with Web Application Firewall for Azure Content Delivery Network from Microsoft. Web Application Firewall is already natively integrated with Azure Application Gateway and Azure Front Door services.
Apply the firewall policies to protect your Azure Content Delivery Network endpoints from malicious attacks. A Web Application Firewall security policy may consist of an ordered list of custom match rules, rate limit rules, or Azure-managed pre-configuration rules.

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/azure-web-application-firewall-waf-for-azure-content-delivery-network-cdn-from-microsoft-service-is-in-preview/>

How Azure Machine Learning service powers suggested replies in Outlook

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/how-azure-machine-learning-service-powers-suggested-replies-in-outlook/>

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Cognitive Services introduces new Neural Text to Speech voices for different styles
Updated: March 18, 2020
We are announcing new style voices for Neural Text to Speech. Neural Text to Speech enables fluid, natural-sounding speech that matches the patterns and intonation of human voices. New speaking styles allow you to tailor your voice for different scenarios, such as expressing different emotions, like cheerfulness or empathy. We are excited to be rolling out new speaking styles for newscast, voice assistant, and customer service scenarios for our English and Chinese neural voices.

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/cognitive-services-introduces-new-neural-text-to-speech-voices-for-different-styles/>

Azure Web Application Firewall service protects your web applications from malicious attacks. In addition to Azure Application Gateway and Azure Front Door service, Web Application Firewall is now natively integrated with Azure Content Delivery Network, protecting Content Delivery Network endpoints from common exploits such as SQL injection and cross site scripting (XSS) attacks.

Azure Shared Disks for clustered applications preview now available
Updated: March 18, 2020
Azure Shared Disks is a shared block storage offering, enabling customers to run latency-sensitive workloads without compromising on well-known deployment patterns for fast failover and high availability. Azure Shared Disks are best suited for clustered databases, parallel file systems, persistent containers, and machine learning applications.
Azure Shared Disks provide a consistent experience for applications running on Windows or Linux based clusters today. These include, Global File System 2 (GFS2), SQL Server Failover Cluster Instances (FCI), Scale-out File Servers (SoFS) which leverage SCSI Persistent Reservations (PR) to handle cluster node communication as well as write locking.
Visit the Azure Shared Disk blog
Learn More about Enable Shared Disk
Learn More about Azure Disk Storage

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/azure-shared-disks-for-clustered-applications-preview-now-available/>

Azure Database for MySQL—Connection redirection support for PHP drivers
Updated: March 18, 2020
Redirection support for the mysqlnd PHP driver used to connect to Azure Database for MySQL is now available in preview. Take advantage of the mysqlnd_azure extension to improve the connection latency between applications and Azure Database for MySQL. This new redirection support allows the gateway to return the backend database server address to the client driver. Subsequent connections then use this address to connect directly to the Azure Database for MySQL server.

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/azure-database-for-mysql-connection-redirection-support-for-php-drivers/>




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Episode 319 - Machine Learning Options

by Sujit D'Mello March 15, 2020

Evan and Sujit talk to Microsoft Cloud Solution Architect Jose Medina about the options we have to run Machine Learning workloads in Azure and provides some great tips on how to pick the right option and what development tools are available.


Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode319.mp3

Transcription: https://eus2.videoindexer.ai/accounts/e0eee289-7730-4999-978b-eb7f63be8cb5/videos/f4a096fe20/?location=EUS2





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Episode 318 - This and That

by Cynthia Kreng March 8, 2020

Cynthia and Sujit discuss a couple of things they are working on including training for the AZ-900 Azure Fundamentals exam and using Azure Files for remote software development.

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Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode318.mp3

Transcript: https://eus2.videoindexer.ai/accounts/e0eee289-7730-4999-978b-eb7f63be8cb5/videos/0c405a46ce/

Resources: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/paths/azure-fundamentals/



Other updates:

Because Azure Resource Manager now has all the infrastructure as a service (IaaS) capabilities of Azure Service Management and new advancements, we’ll retire classic IaaS VMs on March 1, 2023.
If you use IaaS resources from ASM, please complete your migration by March 1, 2023. We encourage you to make the switch sooner to take advantage of these feature enhancements in Azure Resource Manager:
• Enables deploying complex applications through templates.
• Includes scalable, parallel deployment for virtual machines into availability sets.
• Provides lifecycle management of compute, network and storage independently.
• Enables security by default with the enforcement of virtual machines in a virtual network.
How does this affect me?
Beginning today, customers who are not currently using classic IaaS VMs, will not be able to create new classic VMs.
Beginning March 1, 2023, customers who are using classic IaaS VMs will no longer be able to start any classic IaaS VMs using ASM. Any remaining VMs in a running or stopped-allocated state will be moved to a stopped-deallocated state.
The following Azure services and functionality will NOT be impacted by this retirement: Cloud Services, storage accounts NOT used by classic VMs, and virtual networks (VNets) NOT used by classic VMs.
What actions should I take?
To avoid service disruption, migrate your IaaS resources from classic IaaS VMs to Resource Manager by March 1, 2023. We recommend migrating sooner to start using the feature enhancements in Resource Manager.

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/we-re-retiring-azure-classic-vms-on-march-1-2023/>

ExpressRoute Global Reach: Building your own cloud-based global backbone

Azure Cost Management + Billing updates – February 2020

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Episode 317 - Azure Lighthouse Security

by Cale Teeter March 2, 2020
In this episode we chat with Gunnar Campo on Azure Lighthouse, which provides partners with an easy way to run managed solutions for customers, and manage this via a single plan of glass.  Gunnar talks through the various areas that Lighthouse helps here with RBAC, scaling, and monitoring of these solutions.


Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode317.mp3

Transcript: https://eus2.videoindexer.ai/accounts/e0eee289-7730-4999-978b-eb7f63be8cb5/videos/fb6da9345b/


Other updates:

Azure Monitor Log Analytics now has new, upgraded visualizations

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/azure-monitor-log-analytics-upgraded-results-visualization/>

Fileless attack detection for Linux in preview

Burst 4K encoding on Azure Kubernetes Service

A secure foundation for IoT, Azure Sphere now generally available

Preview of Active Directory authentication support on Azure Files



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Episode 316 - SAP on Azure

by Sujit D'Mello February 24, 2020

Microsoft Cloud Solution Architect, Marc Böhnke, gives us the low-down on the partnership between SAP and Azure and the technical details that that has resulted in the ERP software to be easily accessible in Microsoft's cloud platform.


Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode316.mp3

Transcript: https://eus2.videoindexer.ai/accounts/e0eee289-7730-4999-978b-eb7f63be8cb5/videos/40cb937dc4/?location=EUS2



SAP Reference architectures on Azure:

Some examples for Integrationscenarios on GitHub from my colleague Roman Broich he uses in Partner Bootcamps:

Other updates:


Extended Security Updates in Azure: Customers who migrate workloads to Azure Virtual Machines (IaaS) will have access to Extended Security Updates for both SQL Server and Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 for three years after the End of Support dates for no additional charges above the cost of running the virtual machine. For many customers, this is an easy first step before upgrading or modernizing with newer versions or services in Azure. Those that decide to move to Azure SQL Database Managed Instance (PaaS) will also have access to continuous security updates, as this is a fully managed solution. Customers do not need Software Assurance to receive Extended Security Updates in Azure.

From <https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/cloud-platform/extended-security-updates>

Azure Virtual Network—Network address translation is now in preview
Updated: February 18, 2020
Azure Virtual Network now offers network address translation (NAT) (in preview) to simplify outbound-only internet connectivity for virtual networks. All outbound connectivity uses the public IP address and/or public IP prefix resources connected to the virtual network NAT. Outbound connectivity is possible without a load balancer or public IP addresses directly attached to virtual machines. Virtual Network NAT Preview is fully managed, highly resilient.

New Azure Firewall certification and features in Q1 CY2020
SQL Server runs best on Azure. Here’s why.

Azure Offline Backup with Azure Data Box now in preview

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-offline-backup-with-azure-data-box-now-in-preview/>

Private Link:
Azure Private Link is a secure and scalable way for Azure customers to consume Azure Services (such as Storage, SQL, and Cosmos DB) or Customer Own services (for example, Partner Service and BYOS) privately from within their virtual network. Private Link brings in true private connectivity experience between services and virtual networks. The technology is based on a provider and consumer model where the provider and the consumer are both hosted in Azure. A connection is established using a consent-based call flow and, once established, all data that flows between the service provider and the service consumer is isolated from the internet and stays on the Microsoft network. There’s no need for gateways, NAT devices, or public IP addresses to communicate with this service.

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/azure-private-link-is-now-available/>

Azure Backup offline-backup with Azure Data Box
Updated: February 19, 2020
Now Azure Backup customers can take advantage of Azure Data Box to move large backups of critical enterprise data through offline mechanisms. With this preview, customers will be able to use Azure Data Box (100 TB appliance) and Azure Data Box disks (up to 8 TB each) with the Microsoft Azure Recovery Services Agent to seed large initial backups (up to 80 TB per server) offline to an Azure Recovery Services Vault. Subsequent backups will take place over the network.

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/azure-backup-offlinebackup-with-azure-data-box/>


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Episode 315 - Spot VMs

by Evan Basalik February 19, 2020

Senior Azure PM Varun Shandilya talks to the team about Spot VMs and gives us some great tips on tricks on when and how to leverage these low-cost VM SKUs.


Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode315.mp3



Other updates:

Azure Key Vault—Private endpoints now available in preview
Updated: February 07, 2020
Establish a private connection between Azure Key Vault and other Azure services by using Azure Private Link, now available in preview for all public regions.

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/key-vault-private-endpoint/>


Azure Cognitive Services Text Analytics sentiment analysis v3 now supports Korean
Updated: February 07, 2020
The sentiment analysis v3 feature of Cognitive Services Text Analytics now supports Korean in addition to English, Japanese, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Spanish, Italian, French, Portuguese, German, and Dutch. 

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/sentiment-v3-preview-updates3/>

Backup Explorer is now in preview
Updated: February 07, 2020
Azure Backup now offers a new solution called Backup Explorer (in preview). Backup Explorer is a built-in Azure Monitor Workbook enabling you to have a single pane of glass to perform real-time monitoring across your entire backup estate on Azure.

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/backup-explorer-public-preview-2/>

Azure Stream Analytics—Machine learning–based anomaly detection functions
Updated: February 06, 2020
Easily add anomaly detection capabilities to your Stream Analytics jobs without the requirement to develop and train your own machine learning models. Ready-to-use unsupervised learning ML models are provided within the SQL language

From <https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/machine-learningbased-anomaly-detection-functions-in-azure-stream-analytics-general-availability/>

Advancing safe deployment practices

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Episode 314 - Azure Sphere

by Sujit D'Mello February 11, 2020

Senior Microsoft App-Dev Consultant, Avon Gonzales, fresh from the internal Microsoft Ready conference, shares his passion and learnings about Azure Sphere and IoT in general.

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode314.mp3

Transcription: https://eus2.videoindexer.ai/accounts/e0eee289-7730-4999-978b-eb7f63be8cb5/videos/76066d068b/?location=EUS2


Other updates:

Azure Site Recovery now supports customer-managed keys

From https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/azure-site-recovery-now-supports-customer-managed-keys/

Azure Backup now supports selective disk backup and restore using Azure Virtual machine backup solution

From https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/excludediskpreview/

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Episode 313 - SQL 2019 Big Data Clusters

by Evan Basalik January 31, 2020

Principal Architect Bob Ward makes another appearance to give us the latest technical details on the advances in SQL 2019 Big Data Clusters on Azure.


Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode313.mp3

Transcript: https://eus2.videoindexer.ai/accounts/e0eee289-7730-4999-978b-eb7f63be8cb5/videos/7984c7be05/?location=EUS2



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