Category Archives : DevOps



New Deploy to Azure extension for Visual Studio Code
New Deploy to Azure extension for Visual Studio Code

Organizations and teams that adopt DevOps methodologies are consistently seeing improvements in their ability to deliver high-quality code, with faster release cycles, and ultimately achieve higher level of satisfaction for their own customers, whether they’re internal or external. Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) is one of the pillars of DevOps, consisting in automatically building, testing and deploying applications, but setting up a full CI/CD pipeline can be a complex task.

Today, we’re sharing the launch of the Deploy to Azure extension for Visual Studio Code. This new extension allows developers working in Visual Studio Code to seamlessly create, build, and deploy their apps in a continuous manner to the cloud, without leaving the editor.

Deploy to Azure extension

The Deploy to Azure extension works with both GitHub Actions and Azure Pipelines. It helps developers by auto-generating a CI/CD pipeline definition that takes care of building and deploying your app to the cloud with Azure. You can use Deploy to Azure extension to deploy application code present in your local system, or in Azure Repos or GitHub. We plan to expand the scope to other Git repositories in future.

You can use this extension to set up CI/CD pipeline for




Burst 4K encoding on Azure Kubernetes Service

Burst encoding in the cloud with Azure and Media Excel HERO platform.

Content creation has never been as in demand as it is today. Both professional and user-generated content has increased exponentially over the past years. This puts a lot of stress on media encoding and transcoding platforms. Add the upcoming 4K and even 8K to the mix and you need a platform that can scale with these variables. Azure Cloud compute offers a flexible way to grow with your needs. Microsoft offers various tools and products to fully support on-premises, hybrid, or native cloud workloads. Azure Stack offers support to a hybrid scenario for your computing needs and Azure ARC helps you to manage hybrid setups.

Finding a solution

Generally, 4K/UHD live encoding is done on dedicated hardware encoder units, which cannot be hosted in a public cloud like Azure. With such dedicated hardware units hosted on-premise that need to push 4K into the Azure data center the immediate problem we face is a need for high bandwidth network connection between the encoder unit on-premise and Azure data center. In general, it’s a best practice to ingest into multiple regions, increasing the load on the network connected between the




Building Xbox game streaming with Site Reliability best practices

Last month, we started sharing the DevOps journey at Microsoft through the stories of several teams at Microsoft and how they approach DevOps adoption. As the next story in this series, we want to share the transition one team made from a classic operations role to a Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) role: the story of the Xbox Reliability Engineering and Operations (xREO) team.

This transition was not easy and came out of necessity when Microsoft decided to bring Xbox games to gamers wherever they are through cloud game streaming (project xCloud). In order to deliver cutting-edge technology with top-notch customer experience, the team had to redefine the way it worked—improving collaboration with the development team, investing in automation, and get involved in the early stages of the application lifecycle. In this blog, we’ll review some of the key learnings the team collected along the way. To explore the full story of the team, see the journey of the xREO team.

Consistent gameplay requirements and the need to collaborate

A consistent experience is crucial to a successful game streaming session. To ensure gamers experience a game streamed from the cloud, it has to feel like it is running on a nearby




Sharing the DevOps journey at Microsoft
Sharing the DevOps journey at Microsoft

Today, more and more organizations are focused on delivering new digital solutions to customers and finding that the need for increased agility, improved processes, and collaboration between development and operation teams is becoming business-critical. For over a decade, DevOps has been the answer to these challenges. Understanding the need for DevOps is one thing, but the actual adoption of DevOps in the real world is a whole other challenge. How can an organization with multiple teams and projects, with deeply rooted existing processes, and with considerable legacy software change its ways and embrace DevOps?

At Microsoft, we know something about these challenges. As a company that has been building software for decades, Microsoft consists of thousands of engineers around the world that deliver many different products. From Office, to Azure, to Xbox we also found we needed to adapt to a new way of delivering software. The new era of the cloud unlocks tremendous potential for innovation to meet our customers’ growing demand for richer and better experiences—while our competition is not slowing down. The need to accelerate innovation and to transform how we work is real and urgent.

The road to transformation is not easy and we believe that




Enabling Diagnostic Logging in Azure API for FHIR®
Enabling Diagnostic Logging in Azure API for FHIR®

Access to Diagnostic Logs is essential for any healthcare service where being compliant with regulatory requirements (like HIPAA) is a must. The feature in Azure API for FHIR that makes this happen is Diagnostic settings in the Azure Portal UI. For details on how Azure Diagnostic Logs work, please refer to the Azure Diagnostic Log documentation.

At this time, service is emitting the following fields in the Audit Log: 

Field Name 


Notes TimeGenerated DateTime Date and Time of the event.


String   CorrelationId   String   RequestUri   String The request URI. FhirResourceType   String The resource type the operation was executed for. StatusCode   Int   The HTTP status code (e.g., 200). ResultType   String   The available value currently are ‘Started’, ‘Succeeded’, or ‘Failed.’ OperationDurationMs Int   The milliseconds it took to complete the request. LogCategory   String The log category. We are currently emitting ‘AuditLogs’ for the value. CallerIPAddress   String The caller’s IP address. CallerIdentityIssuer   String   Issuer CallerIdentityObjectId   String   Object_Id CallerIdentity   Dynamic   A generic property bag containing identity information. Location   String The location of the server that processed the request (e.g., South Central US). How do




October 2019 unified Azure SDK preview
October 2019 unified Azure SDK preview

Welcome back to another release of the unified Azure Data client libraries. For the most part, the API surface areas of the SDKs have been stabilized based on your feedback. Thank you to everyone who has been submitting issues on GitHub and keep the feedback coming.

Please grab the October preview libraries and try them out—throw demanding performance scenarios at them, integrate them with other services, try to debug an issue, or generally build your scenario and let us know what you find.

Our goal is to release these libraries before the end of the year but we are driven by quality and feedback and your participation is key.

Getting started

As we did for the last three releases, we have created four pages that unify all the key information you need to get started and give feedback. You can find them here:

.NET Java JavaScript and TypeScript Python

For those of you who want to dive deep into the content, the release notes linked above and the changelogs they point to give more details on what has changed. Here we are calling out a few high-level items.

APIs locking down

The surface area for Azure Key Vault and Storage




Building cloud-native applications with Azure and HashiCorp

With each passing year, more and more developers are building cloud-native applications. As developers build more complex applications they are looking to innovators like Microsoft Azure and HashiCorp to reduce the complexity of building and operating these applications. HashiCorp and Azure have worked together on a myriad of innovations. Examples of this innovation include tools that connect cloud-native applications to legacy infrastructure and tools that secure and automate the continuous deployment of customer applications and infrastructure. Azure is deeply committed to being the best platform for open source software developers like HashiCorp to deliver their tools to their customers in an easy-to use, integrated way. Azure innovation like the managed applications platform that power HashiCorp’s Consul Service on Azure are great examples of this commitment to collaboration and a vibrant open source startup ecosystem. We’re also committed to the development of open standards that help these ecosystems move forward and we’re thrilled to have been able to collaborate with HashiCorp on both the CNAB (Cloud Native Application Bundle) and SMI (Service Mesh Interface) specifications.

Last year at HashiConf 2018, I had the opportunity to share how we had started to integrate Terraform and Packer into the Azure platform. I’m incredibly




Preview of custom content in Azure Policy guest configuration

Today we are announcing a preview of a new feature of Azure Policy. The guest configuration capability, which audits settings inside Linux and Windows virtual machines (VMs), is now ready for customers to author and publish custom content.

The guest configuration platform has been generally available for built-in content provided by Microsoft. Customers are using this platform to audit common scenarios such as who has access to their servers, what applications are installed, if certificates are up to date, and whether servers can connect to network locations.

Starting today, customers can use new tooling published to the PowerShell Gallery to author, test, and publish their own content packages both from their developer workstation and from CI/CD platforms such as Azure DevOps.

For example, if you are running an application on an Azure virtual machine that was developed by your organization, you can audit the configuration of that application in Azure and be notified when one of the VMs in your fleet is not compliant.

This is also an important milestone for compliance teams who need to audit configuration baselines. There is already a built-in policy to audit Windows machines using Microsoft’s recommended security configuration baseline.  Custom content expands the



Aug support for Azure Functions is now generally available and ready to host your production workloads across data science and machine learning, automated resource management, and more. You can now develop Python 3.6 apps to run on the cross-platform, open-source READ MORE




Announcing the preview of Azure Actions for GitHub

On Thursday, August 8, 2019, GitHub announced the preview of GitHub Actions with support for Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery (CI/CD). Actions makes it possible to create simple, yet powerful pipelines and automate software compilation and delivery. Today, we are announcing the preview of Azure Actions for GitHub.

With these new Actions, developers can quickly build, test, and deploy code from GitHub repositories to the cloud with Azure.

You can find our first set of Actions grouped into four repositories on GitHub, each one containing documentation and examples to help you use GitHub for CI/CD and deploy your apps to Azure.

azure/actions (login): Authenticate with an Azure subscription. azure/appservice-actions: Deploy apps to Azure App Services using the features Web Apps and Web Apps for Containers. azure/container-actions: Connect to container registries, including Docker Hub and Azure Container Registry, as well as build and push container images. azure/k8s-actions: Connect and deploy to a Kubernetes cluster, including Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS). Connect to Azure

The login action (azure/actions) allows you to securely connect to an Azure subscription.

The process requires using a service principal, which can be generated using the Azure CLI, as per instructions. Use the GitHub Actions’ built-in secret store for