Category Archives : Management

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Oct

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

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02

Oct

Azure Cost Management updates – September 2019
Azure Cost Management updates – September 2019

Whether you’re a new student, thriving startup, or the largest enterprise, you have financial constraints and you need to know what you’re spending, where, and how to plan for the future. Nobody wants a surprise when it comes to the bill, and this is where Azure Cost Management comes in!

We’re always looking for ways to learn more about your challenges and how Cost Management can help you better understand where you’re accruing costs in the cloud, identify and prevent bad spending patterns, and optimize costs to empower you to do more with less. Here are a few of the latest improvements and updates based on your feedback:

Reconcile invoiced charges with the new invoice details view Automate reporting across subscriptions with management group exports What’s new in Cost Management Labs Download charts to share views outside the Azure portal New ways to save money with Azure! Documentation updates

Let’s dig into the details.

 

Reconcile invoiced charges with the new invoice details view

Have you ever had to compare your PDF invoice with raw cost and usage details? The process can be a bit daunting. Detailed usage data is critical for analysis and reporting, but can be overkill for

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26

Sep

Stay on top of best practices with Azure Advisor alerts
Stay on top of best practices with Azure Advisor alerts

To get the most out of your Azure investment and run as efficiently as possible, we recommend that you regularly review and optimize your resources for high availability, security, performance, and cost. That’s why we created Azure Advisor, a free Azure service that helps you quickly and easily optimize your Azure resources with personalized recommendations based on your usage and configurations.

But with so many priorities vying for your attention, it can be easy to miss remediating your Advisor recommendations. So, what’s a good way to stay on top of these critical optimizations that can save you money, boost performance, strengthen your security posture, and increase uptime?

Get notified about new recommendations with Advisor alerts

Advisor now offers user-configurable alerts so you can get automatically notified as soon as your best practice recommendations become available. Advisor alerts will allow you to act more quickly and efficiently to optimize your Azure resources and stay on top of your new recommendations.


You can configure these alerts to be triggered based on several factors:

Recommendation category – high availability, performance, or cost. Business impact – high, medium, or low. Recommendation type – for example, right-size or shutdown underutilized virtual machines (VMs,) enable

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23

Sep

Hot patching SQL Server Engine in Azure SQL Database
Hot patching SQL Server Engine in Azure SQL Database

In the world of cloud database services, few things are more important to customers than having uninterrupted access to their data. In industries like online gaming and financial services that experience high transaction rates, even the smallest interruptions can potentially impact the end-user’s experience. Azure SQL Database is evergreen, meaning that it always has the latest version of the SQL Engine, but maintaining this evergreen state requires periodic updates to the service that can take the database offline for a second. For this reason, our engineering team is continuously working on innovative technology improvements that reduce workload interruption.

Today’s post, in collaboration with the Visual C++ Compiler team, covers how we patch SQL Server Engine without impacting workload at all.

Figure 1 – This is what hot patching looks like under the covers. If you’re interested in the low-level details, see our technical blog post.

The challenge

The SQL Engine we are running in Azure SQL Database is the very latest version of the same engine customers run on their own servers, except we manage and update it. To update SQL Server or the underlying infrastructure (i.e., Azure Service Fabric or the operating system), we must stop the SQL Server

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10

Sep

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

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03

Sep

Azure Cost Management updates – August 2019

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/azure-cost-management-updates-august-2019/Whether you’re a new student, thriving startup, or the largest enterprise, you have financial constraints and you need to know what you’re spending, where, and how to plan for the future. Nobody wants a surprise when it comes to the READ MORE

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22

Aug

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

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22

Aug

Plan migration of your Hyper-V servers using Azure Migrate Server Assessment

Azure Migrate is focused on streamlining your migration journey to Azure. We recently announced the evolution of Azure Migrate, which provides a streamlined, comprehensive portfolio of Microsoft and partner tools to meet migration needs, all in one place. An important capability included in this release is upgrades to Server Assessment for at-scale assessments of VMware and Hyper-V virtual machines (VMs.)

This is the first in a series of blogs about the new capabilities in Azure Migrate. In this post, I will talk about capabilities in Server Assessment that help you plan for migration of Hyper-V servers. This capability is now generally available as part of the Server Assessment feature of Azure Migrate. After assessing your servers for migration, you can migrate your servers using Microsoft’s Server Migration solution available on Azure Migrate. You can get started right away by creating an Azure Migrate project.

Server Assessment earlier supported assessment of VMware VMs for migration to Azure. We’ve now included Azure suitability analysis, migration cost planning, performance-based rightsizing, and application dependency analysis for Hyper-V VMs. You can now plan at-scale, assessing up to 35,000 Hyper-V servers in one Azure Migrate project. If you use VMware as well, you can discover and

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13

Aug

Your single source for Azure best practices

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/your-single-source-for-azure-best-practices/Optimizing your Azure workloads can feel like a time-consuming task. With so many services that are constantly evolving it’s challenging to stay on top of, let alone implement, the latest best practices and ensure you’re operating in a cost-efficient manner READ MORE

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12

Aug

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/6-ways-were-making-azure-reservations-even-more-powerful/Our newest Azure reservations features can help you save more on your Azure costs, easily manage reservations, and create internal reports. Based on your feedback, we’ve added the following features to Azure reservations: Azure Databricks pre-purchase plan AppService Isolated Stamp READ MORE

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