Category Archives : Management

31

Jul

Azure management groups now in general availability

I am very excited to announce today general availability of Azure management groups to all our customers. Management groups allow you to organize your subscriptions and apply governance controls, such as Azure Policy and Role-Based Access Controls (RBAC), to the management groups. All subscriptions within a management group automatically inherit the controls applied to the management group. No matter if you have an Enterprise Agreement, Certified Solution Partner, Pay-As-You-Go, or any other type of subscription, this service gives all Azure customers enterprise-grade management at a large scale for no additional cost.

With the GA launch of this service, we introduce new functionality to Azure that allows customers to group subscriptions together so that you can apply a policy or RBAC role to multiple subscriptions, and their resources, with one assignment. Management groups not only allow you to group subscriptions but also allows you to group other management groups to form a hierarchy. The following diagram shows an example of creating a hierarchy for governance using management groups.

By creating a hierarchy like this you can apply a policy, for example, VM locations limited to US West Region on the group “Infrastructure Team management group” to enable internal compliance and

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17

Jul

Announcing the Azure Cloud Shell editor in collaboration with Visual Studio Code

Last year at the //Build conference we launched the Azure Cloud Shell in the Azure portal, providing our users with a cloud-native command-line environment from any device, anywhere in the world. Over the last year, we’ve seen incredible adoption, with thousands of users logging in every day.

We’ve added some incredible integrations that make Cloud Shell even more powerful. We added automatic authorization for pre-installed open source tools like Terraform, Ansible, and InSpec. We’ve also partnered with other Microsoft teams to enable the Try It experiences for Azure and .NET documentation. Additionally, we worked with the Visual Studio Code team to embed Cloud Shell inside of Visual Studio Code and the Azure mobile app team to integrate Cloud Shell into the Azure mobile app for easy access from mobile devices everywhere.

Overall, the feedback we received from our active user base demonstrates the utility and value of Cloud Shell to our users. As we looked at the ways that people are using Cloud Shell, we realized early on that providing our users with easy-to-use choices for managing their cloud infrastructure via the web browser was critical to success.

Since launch, we have provided a variety of editors (vi, emacs, nano)

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17

Jul

Announcing the Azure Cloud Shell editor in collaboration with Visual Studio Code

Last year at the //Build conference we launched the Azure Cloud Shell in the Azure portal, providing our users with a cloud-native command-line environment from any device, anywhere in the world. Over the last year, we’ve seen incredible adoption, with thousands of users logging in every day.

We’ve added some incredible integrations that make Cloud Shell even more powerful. We added automatic authorization for pre-installed open source tools like Terraform, Ansible, and InSpec. We’ve also partnered with other Microsoft teams to enable the Try It experiences for Azure and .NET documentation. Additionally, we worked with the Visual Studio Code team to embed Cloud Shell inside of Visual Studio Code and the Azure mobile app team to integrate Cloud Shell into the Azure mobile app for easy access from mobile devices everywhere.

Overall, the feedback we received from our active user base demonstrates the utility and value of Cloud Shell to our users. As we looked at the ways that people are using Cloud Shell, we realized early on that providing our users with easy-to-use choices for managing their cloud infrastructure via the web browser was critical to success.

Since launch, we have provided a variety of editors (vi, emacs, nano)

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20

Jun

Disaster Recovery solution for Azure IaaS applications

On June 4th 2018, Corey Sanders announced the general availability of Disaster Recovery (DR) for Azure Virtual Machines (VMs) using Azure Site Recovery (ASR) in his blog post about why you should bet on Azure for your infrastructure needs today and in the future. Azure is the first public cloud to offer native Disaster Recovery solution for applications running on IaaS. With this offering, you can make your applications resilient to even region level failures by replicating VMs into another region. Along with Availability Sets and Availability Zones, Azure Site Recovery completes the resiliency continuum for applications running on Azure Virtual Machines.

Key benefits No infrastructure required: You do not need any additional software infrastructure (VMs or appliances) in your Azure subscription to enable this functionality. You avoid all the complexity and cost associated with deploying, monitoring, patching and maintaining any DR infrastructure.

“By using ‘Azure to Azure DR’, Microsoft’s Universal Store Team (UST), who develops and operates Microsoft’s core commerce Store and systems, was able to use its previously DR validated platform on-premises to perform the equivalent on Azure. Without ASR, the Universal Store team would have spent substantial resources deploying a new instance of the legacy

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20

Jun

Disaster Recovery solution for Azure IaaS applications

On June 4th 2018, Corey Sanders announced the general availability of Disaster Recovery (DR) for Azure Virtual Machines (VMs) using Azure Site Recovery (ASR) in his blog post about why you should bet on Azure for your infrastructure needs today and in the future. Azure is the first public cloud to offer native Disaster Recovery solution for applications running on IaaS. With this offering, you can make your applications resilient to even region level failures by replicating VMs into another region. Along with Availability Sets and Availability Zones, Azure Site Recovery completes the resiliency continuum for applications running on Azure Virtual Machines.

Key benefits No infrastructure required: You do not need any additional software infrastructure (VMs or appliances) in your Azure subscription to enable this functionality. You avoid all the complexity and cost associated with deploying, monitoring, patching and maintaining any DR infrastructure.

“By using ‘Azure to Azure DR’, Microsoft’s Universal Store Team (UST), who develops and operates Microsoft’s core commerce Store and systems, was able to use its previously DR validated platform on-premises to perform the equivalent on Azure. Without ASR, the Universal Store team would have spent substantial resources deploying a new instance of the legacy

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10

Apr

Achieving GDPR compliance in the cloud with Microsoft Azure

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) officially goes into effect on May 25. Will your organization be ready?

Very soon, the GDPR will replace the Data Protection Directive as the new global standard on data privacy for all government agencies and organizations that do business with European Union (EU) citizens. When it does, all organizations that control, maintain, or process information involving EU citizens will be required to comply with strict new rules regarding the protection of personal customer data. For companies that store and manage data in the cloud, assuming existing infrastructure will remain compliant with new regulatory requirements might result in significant fines.

It’s important to understand that the differences between the new GDPR and the Data Protection Directive could impact your cloud data and security controls. For example, GDPR’s broad interpretation of what constitutes personal information leaves relevant agencies and organizations responsible for providing “reasonable” protection for a wider range of data types, including genetic and biometric data. More than ever, this regulatory transition highlights the importance of implementing a comprehensive cloud security strategy for your company.

According to a recent GDPR benchmarking survey, although 89 percent of organizations have (or plan to have) a formal

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27

Mar

Azure Monitor–General availability of multi-dimensional metrics APIs

In September of last year we announced the public preview of multi-dimensional metrics in Azure Monitor, Microsoft’s built-in platform monitoring service for Azure. Today we are pleased to announce the general availability of the APIs that support this capability. Now you can explore your Azure metrics through their dimensions and unlock deeper insights. Dimensions are name value pairs, or attributes, that can be used to further segment a metric. These additional attributes can help make exploring a metric more meaningful. Azure Monitor has also increased our metric retention period from 30 days to 93 days, so you can access data for longer, and do meaningful comparisons across months.

You can access and explore metrics, multi-dimensional and otherwise, via the following:

Metric Definitions and Metrics REST APIs, see this sample walkthrough. Azure Portal preview, see this sample walkthrough. Azure CLI commands. .NET SDK, try out these samples. Java SDK, try out these samples.

In the next few weeks we will also be adding support for multi-dimensional metrics in PowerShell.

In addition to using the above methods to access and explore your metrics, we also recently announced the general availability of the next generation of metric alerts, which allow you create alerts

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26

Mar

Announcing Azure Service Health general availability – configure your alerts today

Today I am excited to announce the general availability (GA) of Azure Service Health, a personalized dashboard that provides guidance and support when issues in Azure services affect you. Unlike our public status page which provides general status information, Azure Service Health provides tailored information for your resources. It also helps you prepare for planned maintenance and other changes that could affect the availability of your resources. With Azure Service Health, you can easily configure alerts to ensure that your relevant teams are notified of service health events affecting their resources.

We launched the preview of Azure Service Health in July 2017. We have been evolving the service based on your feedback – including the integration of Service Health alerts. If you haven’t already, set up your Service Health alerts.

Watch this short video to see Azure Service Health in action:

From your personalized dashboard in Azure Service Health, you can view:

Service issues – ongoing issues in Azure services that are impacting your resources. Quickly understand when the issue began and what services, regions, and specific resources are impacted. Share a link referencing the issue with your team or download a PDF summary to share with people who

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02

Feb

Azure #CosmosDB and Microsoft’s Project Olympus honored in InfoWorld’s 2018 Technology of the Year Awards

The word is out, and the industry is taking notice. Azure Cosmos DB is the world’s first globally distributed, multi-model database service with native NoSQL support. Designed for the cloud, Azure Cosmos DB enables you to build planet-scale applications that bring data to where your users are with SLA guarantees low latency, throughput, and 99.99% availability.

The experts at IDG’s InfoWorld recently recognized Azure Cosmos DB in the InfoWorld Technology of the Year Awards, zeroing in on its “innovative approach to the complexities of building and managing distributed systems,” which includes recognition for leveraging the work of Turing Award winner Leslie Lamport to deliver multiple consistency models. Azure Cosmos DB was also recognized for delivering a globally distributed system where users anywhere in the world can see the same version of data, no matter their location.

In addition, InfoWorld complimented the flexibility and variety of use cases with Azure Cosmos DB, from JSON-based document stores to support for MongoDB APIs and a SQL query option for Azure’s Table Storage.

 

“Do you need a distributed NoSQL database with a choice of APIs and consistency models? That would be Microsoft’s Azure Cosmos DB.”—InfoWorld, Technology of the Year 2018: The best hardware, software,

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24

Jan

ITSM Connector for Azure is now generally available
ITSM Connector for Azure is now generally available

This post is also authored by Kiran Madnani, Principal PM Manager, Azure Infrastructure Management and Snehith Muvva, Program Manager II, Azure Infrastructure Management.

We are happy to announce that the IT Service Management Connector (ITSMC) for Azure is now generally available. ITSMC provides bi-directional integration between Azure monitoring tools and your ITSM tools – ServiceNow, Provance, Cherwell, and System Center Service Manager.

Customers use Azure monitoring tools to identify, analyze and troubleshoot issues. However, the work items related to an issue is typically stored in an ITSM tool. Instead of having to having to go back and forth between your ITSM tool and Azure monitoring tools, customers can now get all the information they need in one place. ITSMC will improve the troubleshooting experience and reduce the time it takes to resolve issues. Specifically, you can use ITSMC to:

Create or update work-items (Event, Alert, Incident) in the ITSM tools based on Azure alerts (Activity Log Alerts, Near Real-Time metric alerts and Log Analytics alerts) Pull the Incident and Change Request data from ITSM tools into Azure Log Analytics.

You can setup ITSMC by following the steps in our documentation. Once set up, you can send Azure alerts to ITSM

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