Category Archives : Management

02

Apr

Microsoft Azure portal April 2019 update
Microsoft Azure portal April 2019 update

This month’s updates include improvements to IaaS, Azure Data Explorer, Security Center, Recovery Services, Role-Based Access Control, Support, and Intune.

Sign in to the Azure portal now and see for yourself everything that’s new. Download the Azure mobile app to stay connected to your Azure resources anytime, anywhere.

Here’s the list of April updates to the Azure portal: IaaS Improved create experience for Managed Disks Use non-ASCII characters for virtual machine names Azure Data Explorer New full-screen Create Cluster experience Security Center Public preview: Adaptive network hardening in Azure Security Center Azure Security Center adaptive application control updates Support for virtual network peering in Azure Security Center Azure Security Center: Secure score impact changes Azure Site Recovery Replication to managed disks Role-Based Access Control New Classic administrators tab Support Updated support request experience Other Updates to Microsoft Intune IAAS Improved create experience for Managed Disks

Managed disks now have the latest UI pattern for creating resources in Azure. This updated flow eliminates horizontal scrolling during the creation workflow and follows the same UI patterns that we use in other popular services like VM, Storage, Cosmos DB and AKS, resulting in easier to learn and better customer experiences.

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28

Mar

Get an official service issue root cause analysis with Azure Service Health

After you experience a Microsoft Azure service issue, you likely need to explain what happened to your customers, management, and other stakeholders. That’s why Azure Service Health provides official incident reports and root cause analyses (RCAs) from Microsoft.

Azure Service Health helps you stay informed and take action when Azure service issues like incidents and planned maintenance affect you by providing a personalized health dashboard, customizable alerts, and expert guidance. In this blog, we’ll cover how you can use Azure Service Health’s health history to review past health issues and get official root cause analyses (RCAs) to share with your internal and external stakeholders.

Review past health issues and get official root cause analyses (RCAs)

You can see 90 days of history about past incidents, maintenance, and health advisories in Azure Service Health’s “Health history” section. This is a tailored view of the Azure Activity Log provided by Azure Monitor.

If you experienced downtime, your internal or external stakeholders might expect an official report or RCA. As soon as they become available, RCAs can be found under any incident. Meanwhile, you can download and share Microsoft’s issue summary as a PDF.

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20

Mar

Windows Virtual Desktop now in public preview on Azure

We recently shared the public preview of the Windows Virtual Desktop service on Azure. Now customers can access the only service that delivers simplified management, multi-session Windows 10, optimizations for Office 365 ProPlus, and support for Windows Server Remote Desktop Services (RDS) desktops and apps. With Windows Virtual Desktop, you can deploy and scale your Windows desktops and apps on Azure in minutes, while enjoying built-in security and compliance.

This means customers can now virtualize using multi-session Windows 10, Windows 7, and Windows Server desktops and apps (RDS) to Windows Virtual Desktop for a simplified management and deployment experience with Azure. We also built Windows Virtual Desktop as an extensible solution for our partners, including Citrix, Samsung, and Microsoft Cloud Solution Providers (CSP).

Access to Windows Virtual Desktop is available through applicable RDS and Windows Enterprise licenses. With the appropriate license, you just need to set up an Azure subscription to get started today. You can choose the type of virtual machines and storage you want to suit your environment. You can optimize costs by taking advantage of Reserved Instances with up to a 72 percent discount and using multi-session Windows 10.

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14

Mar

Microsoft Azure portal March 2019 update
Microsoft Azure portal March 2019 update

This month’s updates include an improved “All services” view, Virtual Network Gateway overview updates, an improved DNS Zone and Load Balancer creation experience, Management Group integration into Activity Log, redesigned overview screens for certain services within Azure DB, an improved creation experience for Azure SQL Database, multiple changes to the Security Center, and more updates to Intune.

Sign in to the Azure portal now and see for yourself everything that’s new. Download the Azure mobile app to stay connected to your Azure resources anytime, anywhere.

Here’s the list of March updates to the Azure portal: Shell Improved “All services” view IaaS Virtual network gateway overview updates New full-screen DNS zone and Load Balancer create blades Management experiences Management Group integration into Activity Log SQL Redesigned overview blade for Azure Database for MySQL, PostgreSQL, and MariaDB services Improved creation experience for Azure SQL Database Azure Security Center Secure score added as a dashboard KPI New regulatory compliance dashboard Updated security policies Updated security recommendations Other Updates to Microsoft Intune Shell

Improved “All services” view

We have improved the “All services” view, the view that shows all available services and resources in Azure:

The entire screen’s real estate is now utilized to

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20

Feb

Class schedules on Azure Lab Services
Class schedules on Azure Lab Services

Classroom labs in Azure Lab Services make it easy to set up labs by handling the creation and management of virtual machines and enabling the infrastructure to scale. Through our continuous enhancements to Azure Lab Services, we are proud share that the latest deployment now includes added support for class schedules.

Schedules management is one of the key features requested by our customers. This feature helps teachers easily create, edit, and delete schedules for their classes. A teacher can set up a recurring or a one-time schedule and provide a start, end date, and time for the class in the time zone of choice. Schedules can be viewed and managed through a simple, easy to use calendar view.

Students virtual machines are turned on and ready to use when a class schedule starts and will be turned off at the end of the schedule. This feature helps limit the usage of virtual machines to class times only, thereby helping IT admins and teachers manage costs efficiently.

Schedule hours are not counted against quota allotted to a student. Quota is the time limit outside of schedule hours when a student can use the virtual machine.

With schedules, we are also

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12

Feb

Benefits of using Azure API Management with microservices

The IT industry is experiencing a shift from monolithic applications to microservices-based architectures. The benefits of this new approach include:

Independent development and freedom to choose technology – Developers can work on different microservices at the same time and choose the best technologies for the problem they are solving. Independent deployment and release cycle – Microservices can be updated individually on their own schedule. Granular scaling – Individual microservices can scale independently, reducing the overall cost and increasing reliability. Simplicity – Smaller services are easier to understand which expedites development, testing, debugging, and launching a product. Fault isolation – Failure of a microservice does not have to translate into failure of other services.

In this blog post we will explore:

How to design a simplified online store system to realize the above benefits. Why and how to manage public facing APIs in microservice-based architectures. How to get started with Azure API Management and microservices. Example: Online store implemented with microservices

Let’s consider a simplified online store system. A visitor of the website needs to be able to see product’s details, place an order, review a placed order.

Whenever an order is placed, the system needs to process the order details

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05

Feb

Microsoft Azure portal February 2019 update
Microsoft Azure portal February 2019 update

This month we’re bringing you updates to several compute (IaaS) resources, the ability to export contents of lists of resources and resource groups as CSV files, an improvement to the layout of essential properties on overview pages, enhancements to the experience on recovery services pages, and expansions of setting options in Microsoft Intune.

Sign in to the Azure portal now and see for yourself everything that’s new. You can also download the Azure mobile app.

Here is a list of February updates to the Azure portal: Compute (laaS) Add a new virtual machine (VM) directly to an application gateway or load balancer Migrate classic virtual machines (VMs) to Azure Resource Manager Virtual machine scale sets (VMSS) password reset Shell Export as CSV in All resources and Resource groups Layout change for essential properties on overview pages Site Recovery Azure Site Recovery UI updates Other Updates to Microsoft Intune

Let’s look at each of these updates in detail.

Compute (laaS) Add a new VM directly to an application gateway or load balancer

We learned from you that a common scenario involves adding a new VM to a load balanced set such as setting up a SharePoint form or putting together a

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25

Oct

What’s new in PowerShell in Azure Cloud Shell
What’s new in PowerShell in Azure Cloud Shell

At Microsoft Ignite 2018, PowerShell in Azure Cloud Shell became generally available. Azure Cloud Shell provides an interactive, browser-accessible, authenticated shell for managing Azure resources from virtually anywhere. With multiple access points, including the Azure portal, the stand-alone experience, Azure documentation, the Azure mobile app, and the Azure Account Extension for Visual Studio Code, you can easily gain access to PowerShell in Cloud Shell to manage and deploy Azure resources.

Improvements

Since the public preview in September 2017, we’ve incorporated feedback from the community including faster start-up time, PowerShell Core, consistent tooling with Bash, persistent tool settings, and more. 

Faster start-up

At the beginning of PowerShell in Cloud Shell’s public preview, the experience opened in about 120 seconds. Now, with many performance updates, the PowerShell experience is available in about the same amount of time as a Bash experience.

PowerShell Core

PowerShell is now cross-platform, open-source, and built for heterogeneous environments and the hybrid cloud. With the Azure PowerShell and Azure Active Directory (AAD) modules for PowerShell Core, both now in preview, you are still able to manage your Azure resources in a consistent manner. By moving to PowerShell Core, the PowerShell experience in Cloud Shell can now run on

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16

Oct

Apache Spark jobs gain up to 9x speed up with HDInsight IO Cache

Today, we are pleased to reveal the preview of HDInsight IO Cache, a new transparent data caching feature of Azure HDInsight that provides customers with up to a 9x performance improvement for Apache Spark jobs. We know from our customers that when it comes to analytics cost efficiency of managed cloud-based Apache Hadoop and Spark services is one of their major attractors. HDInsight IO Cache allows us to improve this key value proposition even further by improving performance without a corresponding increase in costs.

Architecture

Azure HDInsight is a cloud platform service for open source analytics that aims to bring the best open source projects and integrate them natively on Azure. There are many open source caching projects that exists in the ecosystem: Alluxio, Ignite, and RubiX to name a few prominent ones.

HDInsight IO Cache is based on RubiX. RubiX is one of the more recent projects and has a distinct architecture. Unlike other caching projects, it doesn’t reserve operating memory for caching purposes. Instead, it leverages recent advances in SSD technology to their fullest potential to make explicit memory management unnecessary. Modern SSDs routinely provide more than 1GB per second of bandwidth. Coupled with automatic operating system in-memory

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26

Sep

Announcing the EA preview release of management group cost APIs

We are excited to preview a set of Azure Resource Manager Application Program Interfaces (ARM APIs) to view cost and usage information in the context of a management group for Enterprise Customers. Azure customers can utilize management groups today to place subscriptions into containers for organization within a defined business hierarchy. This allows administrators to manage access, policies, and compliance over those subscriptions. These APIs expand your cost analysis capabilities by offering a new lens through which you can attribute cost and usage within your organization.

Calling the APIs

The APIs for management group usage and cost are documented in the Azure rest docs and support the following functions:

Operations supported List usage details by management group for native Azure resources Get the aggregate cost of a management group Preview limitations

The preview release of the management group cost and usage APIs has several limitations, listed below:

Cost and usage data by management group will only be returned if the management group is comprised of exclusively Enterprise Agreement subscriptions. Cost views for a management group are not supported if the group contains Web Direct, Pay-As-You-Go or Cloud Service Provider subscriptions. This functionality will be offered in a future release. Cost

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