Category Archives : Updates

11

Jun

Taking advantage of the new Azure Application Gateway V2

We recently released Azure Application Gateway V2 and Web Application Firewall (WAF) V2. These SKUs are named Standard_v2 and WAF_v2 respectively and are fully supported with a 99.95% SLA. The new SKUs offer significant improvements and additional capabilities to customers:

Autoscaling allows elasticity for your application by scaling the application gateway as needed based on your application’s traffic pattern. You no longer need to run application gateway at peak provisioned capacity, thus significantly saving on the cost. Zone redundancy enables your application gateway to survive zonal failures, offering better resilience to your application Static VIP feature ensures that your endpoint address will not change over its lifecycle Header Rewrite allows you to add, remove or update HTTP request and response headers on your application gateway, thus enabling various scenarios such as HSTS support, securing cookies, changing cache controls etc. without the need to touch your application code. Faster provisioning and configuration update time Improved performance for your application gateway helps reduce overall cost

We highly recommend that customers use the V2 SKUs instead of the V1 SKU for new applications/workloads.

Customers who have existing applications behind the V1 SKUs of Application Gateway/WAF should also consider migrating to the V2

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30

May

Unlock new features in the MT3620 MCU with the Azure Sphere 19.05 release

Each quarter, the Azure Sphere team works to open new scenarios to customers through new features on-chip and in the cloud.  The Azure Sphere 19.05 release continues this theme by unlocking the real-time capable cores that reside on the MT3620. Co-locating these cores within the same SOC enables new, real-time scenarios on the M4 cores while continuing to support connectivity scenarios on the high-level core. This release also introduces support for DHCP-based Ethernet connections to the cloud.

We are also pleased to announce that the Azure Sphere hardware ecosystem continues to expand with new modules available for mass production and new, less expensive development boards. Finally, new Azure Sphere reference solutions are available to accelerate your solution’s time to market.

To build applications that take advantage of this new functionality, please download and install the latest Azure Sphere SDK Preview for Visual Studio. All Wi-Fi connected devices will automatically receive an updated Azure Sphere operating system that contain support for these new features.

Enabling new MT3620-based features Real-time core preview—The OS and SDK support development, deployment, and debugging SPI, I2C, GPIO, UART and ADC real-time capable apps on the MT3620’s two M4 cores. GitHub sample apps show GPIO, UART, and

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07

May

What’s new in Azure Monitor
What’s new in Azure Monitor

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/what-s-new-in-azure-monitor/

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24

Apr

Azure Notification Hubs and Google’s Firebase Cloud Messaging Migration

When Google announced its migration from Google Cloud Messaging (GCM) to Firebase Cloud Messaging (FCM), push services like Azure Notification Hubs had to adjust how we send notifications to Android devices to accommodate the change.

We updated our service backend, then published updates to our API and SDKs as needed. With our implementation, we made the decision to maintain compatibility with existing GCM notification schemas to minimize customer impact. This means that we currently send notifications to Android devices using FCM in FCM Legacy Mode. Ultimately, we want to add true support for FCM, including the new features and payload format. That is a longer-term change and the current migration is focused on maintaining compatibility with existing applications and SDKs. You can use either the GCM or FCM libraries in your app (along with our SDK) and we make sure the notification is sent correctly.

Some customers recently received an email from Google warning about apps using a GCM endpoint for notifications. This was just a warning, and nothing is broken – your app’s Android notifications are still sent to Google for processing and Google still processes them. Some customers who specified the GCM endpoint explicitly in their service configuration

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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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02

Apr

Azure Sphere Retail and Retail Evaluation feeds
Azure Sphere Retail and Retail Evaluation feeds

Azure Sphere developers might have noticed that we now have two Azure Sphere OS feeds where once there was only one. The Azure Sphere Preview feed that delivered over-the-air OS updates has been replaced by feeds named Retail Azure Sphere OS and Retail Evaluation Azure Sphere OS. What’s the difference and what does it mean for you?

The Retail feed provides a production-ready OS and is intended for broad deployment to end-user installations. The Retail Evaluation feed provides each new OS for 14 days before we release it to the Retail feed. It is intended for backwards compatibility testing.

At the 19.02 release, both feeds delivered the same OS. The 19.03 quality update was released to the Retail Evaluation feed on March 14, 2019 and was promoted to the Retail feed on March 28, 2019. Future releases will similarly be made available on the Retail Evaluation feed for 14 days before they are promoted to the Retail feed.

What’s the value to you?

We’ve designed Azure Sphere for easy updates so that new versions of the OS can be deployed to customer sites without manual intervention. However, we recognize that you want an opportunity to verify your existing applications before

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25

Mar

Clean up files by built-in delete activity in Azure Data Factory

Azure Data Factory (ADF) is a fully-managed data integration service in Azure that allows you to iteratively build, orchestrate, and monitor your Extract Transform Load (ETL) workflows. In the journey of data integration process, you will need to periodically clean up files from the on-premises or the cloud storage server when the files become out of date. For example, you may have a staging area or landing zone, which is an intermediate storage area used for data processing during your ETL process. The data staging area sits between the data source stores and the data destination store. Given the data in staging areas are transient by nature, you need to periodically clean up the data in the staging area after the ETL process has being completed.

We are excited to share ADF built-in delete activity, which can be part of your ETL workflow to deletes undesired files without writing code. You can use ADF to delete folder or files from Azure Blob Storage, Azure Data Lake Storage Gen1, Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2, File System, FTP Server, sFTP Server, and Amazon S3.

You can find ADF delete activity under the “Move & Transform” section from the ADF UI to get

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25

Mar

Incrementally copy new files by LastModifiedDate with Azure Data Factory

Azure Data Factory (ADF) is the fully-managed data integration service for analytics workloads in Azure. Using ADF, users can load the lake from 80 plus data sources on-premises and in the cloud, use a rich set of transform activities to prep, cleanse, and process the data using Azure analytics engines, while also landing the curated data into a data warehouse for getting innovative analytics and insights.

When you start to build the end to end data integration flow the first challenge is to extract data from different data stores, where incrementally (or delta) loading data after an initial full load is widely used at this stage. Now, ADF provides a new capability for you to incrementally copy new or changed files only by LastModifiedDate from a file-based store. By using this new feature, you do not need to partition the data by time-based folder or file name. The new or changed file will be automatically selected by its metadata LastModifiedDate and copied to the destination store.

The feature is available when loading data from Azure Blob Storage, Azure Data Lake Storage Gen1, Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2, Amazon S3, File System, SFTP, and HDFS.

The resources for this feature are

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21

Mar

Data integration with ADLS Gen2 and Azure Data Explorer using Data Factory

Microsoft announced the general availability of Azure Data Lake Storage (ADLS) Gen2 and Azure Data Explorer in early February, which arms Azure with unmatched price performance and security as one of the best clouds for analytics. Azure Data Factory (ADF), is a fully-managed data integration service, that empowers you to copy data from over 80 data sources with a simple drag-and-drop experience and operationalize and manage the ETL/ELT flows with flexible control flow, rich monitoring, and continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) capabilities. In this blog post, we’re excited to update you on the latest integration in Azure Data Factory with ADLS Gen2 and Azure Data Explorer. You can now meet the advanced needs of your analytics workloads by leveraging these services.

Ingest and transform data with ADLS Gen2

Azure Data Lake Storage is a no-compromises data lake platform that combines the rich feature set of advanced data lake solutions with the economics, global scale, and enterprise grade security of Azure Blob Storage. Our recent post provides you with a comprehensive insider view on this powerful service.

Azure Data Factory supports ADLS Gen2 as a preview connector since ADLS Gen2 limited public preview. Now the connector has also reached general availability along

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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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