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Apr

Week of 4/2 two great webinars: Practical DAX for Power BI and Power BI Embedding -The April 2018 Update

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/week-of-4-2-two-great-webinars-practical-dax-for-power-bi-and-power-bi-embedding-the-april-2018-update/Source: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/week-of-4-2-two-great-webinars-practical-dax-for-power-bi-and-power-bi-embedding-the-april-2018-update/           This, 4/2/2018 brings you two free great Power BI Webinars: Practical DAX for Power BI with Phil Seamark and Developing with Power BI Embedding – The April 2018 Update by Ted Pattison!

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02

Apr

Azure.Source – Volume 25
Azure.Source – Volume 25

One of the biggest news items out of last week was the arrival of Virtual Machine Serial Console access in public preview in all global regions. This is something customers have wanted for some time and the team was ecstatic to finally deliver it. Down below, you’ll find a blog post and episodes of Tuesdays with Corey and Azure Friday that go into all the details and show how it works.

Now in preview

Virtual Machine Serial Console access – Virtual machine serial console enables bidirectional serial console access to your virtual machines. The preview is available in global Azure regions. To try it, look for Serial console (Preview) in the Support+Troubleshooting section of your virtual machine. Serial Console access requires you to have VM Contributor or higher privileges to the virtual machine. This will ensure connection to the console is kept at the highest level of privileges to protect your system.

Preview: SQL Database Transparent Data Encryption with Azure Key Vault configuration checklist – Azure SQL Database and Data Warehouse offer encryption-at-rest by providing Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) for all data written to disk, including databases, log files and backups. The TDE protector is by default managed by the

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02

Apr

Unique identities are hard: How I learned to stop worrying and love the ID scope

Behold the ID scope, one of the most nuanced concepts in the IoT Hub Device Provisioning Service. It is both reviled and lauded for its name-spacing characteristics in device provisioning. It throws a wrench in complex provisioning scenarios, but it’s also necessary for secure zero-touch device provisioning. This blog post is a culmination of several hours worth of conversations and design discussions in the engineering team, and it may take you several reads to fully understand. Understanding ID scopes is a journey, not a destination. If you don’t care about the details, just know that ID scopes are necessary to ensure identity uniqueness in the device supply chain. If you want to know why, read on.

On device uniqueness

Device uniqueness is made up of two pieces, a unique registration ID (not assumed private) and a key (assumed private). For shorthand, each device is represented within a single DPS as (X, Y) where X = registration ID and Y = key. This has been used for what feels like eons in computing, and the concept of a GUID is nothing new. It turns out that there are a couple of unique things about IoT scenarios that make this insufficient for

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02

Apr

Ingest, prepare, and transform using Azure Databricks and Data Factory

Today’s business managers depend heavily on reliable data integration systems that run complex ETL/ELT workflows (extract, transform/load and load/transform data). These workflows allow businesses to ingest data in various forms and shapes from different on-prem/cloud data sources; transform/shape the data and gain actionable insights into data to make important business decisions.

With the general availability of Azure Databricks comes support for doing ETL/ELT with Azure Data Factory. This integration allows you to operationalize ETL/ELT workflows (including analytics workloads in Azure Databricks) using data factory pipelines that do the following:

Ingest data at scale using 70+ on-prem/cloud data sources Prepare and transform (clean, sort, merge, join, etc.) the ingested data in Azure Databricks as a Notebook activity step in data factory pipelines Monitor and manage your E2E workflow

Take a look at a sample data factory pipeline where we are ingesting data from Amazon S3 to Azure Blob, processing the ingested data using a Notebook running in Azure Databricks and moving the processed data in Azure SQL Datawarehouse.

You can parameterize the entire workflow (folder name, file name, etc.) using rich expression support and operationalize by defining a trigger in data factory.

Get started today!

We are excited for you

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02

Apr

New Microsoft Azure regions available for Australia and New Zealand

Two new Microsoft Azure regions in Australia are available to customers, making Microsoft the only global provider to deliver cloud services specifically designed to address the requirements of the Australian and New Zealand governments and critical national infrastructure, including banks, utilities, transport and telecommunications.

We build our cloud infrastructure to serve the needs of our customers by delivering innovation globally and listening locally. To support the mission-critical work of crucial organizations in Australia and New Zealand, we’re delivering our global cloud platform through a unique partnership with Canberra Data Centres.

A key to our new Australia Central regions is the ability for customers to deploy their own applications and infrastructure within Canberra Data Centres directly connected via Azure ExpressRoute to Microsoft’s global network. This offers a great deal of flexibility and surety on network performance and security, making these regions ideally suited to the complex challenge of modernising mission-critical applications over time. Australian federal government customers can leverage their Intra Government Communications Network (ICON) for direct connectivity.

With heightened scrutiny of supply chain assurance in government and critical national infrastructure, we are proud to deliver these services in partnership with Australian-owned Canberra Data Centres. They are the premier data centre

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30

Mar

Essential tools and services for building mobile apps
Essential tools and services for building mobile apps

This blog post was co-authored by Rajen Kishna, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Azure Marketing – App Development.

Azure, Visual Studio, Xamarin, and Visual Studio App Center give you the flexible, yet robust tools and services to build, test, deploy, and continuously improve Android and iOS apps that your users will love. Use your favorite language and tools, to tap into robust cloud services, and quickly scale to millions of users on demand.

Cloud services for mobile developers

Azure provides many services to help you build cloud-connected mobile apps, including Mobile Backend as a Service, Data, and Artificial Intelligence (outlined below), as well as services to support additional functionality, including Search, Identity, and Communication.

Mobile Backend as a Service

Azure Functions is a serverless backend for your mobile apps, where you just enter your code (whether C#, JavaScript, Python, or any other supported language) and it executes on demand, triggered by events you can define. It is a fast way to get backend code up and running.

If you need a more complete solution, the Mobile Apps feature of Azure App Service provides you with a backend that can be written in C# or Node.js, giving you features such as

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30

Mar

BigDL Spark deep learning library VM now available on Microsoft Azure Marketplace

This blog was co-authored by Sergey Ermolin, Intel and Patrick Butler, Microsoft

BigDL deep learning library is a Spark-based framework for creating and deploying deep learning models at scale. While it has previously been deployed on Azure HDInsight and Data Science VM, it is now also available on Azure Marketplace as a fixed VM image, representing a further step by Intel to reduce deployment complexity for users.

Because BigDL is an integral part of Spark, a user does not need to explicitly manage distributed computations. A BigDL application provides high-level control “knobs”, such as the number of compute nodes, cores, and batch size, a BigDL application also leverages stable Spark infrastructure for node communications and resource management during its execution. BigDL applications can be written in either Python or Scala and achieve high performance through both algorithm optimization and taking advantage of close integration with Intel’s Math Kernel Library (MKL).

For more information about BigDL features and capabilities, refer to the GitHub BigDL overview and Intel BigDL framework.

What is the Microsoft Azure Marketplace? The Azure Marketplace is an online applications and services marketplace that enables start-ups, independent software vendors (ISVs), and MSP/SIs to offer their Azure-based solutions or services

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30

Mar

Azure Availability Zones now available for the most comprehensive resiliency strategy

We introduced Azure Availability Zones during Microsoft Ignite as part of our continuing expansion of Azure’s support for the most demanding, mission-critical workloads. Today I’m excited to announce the general availability of Availability Zones beginning with select regions in the United States and Europe.

With Availability Zones, in addition to the broadest global coverage, Azure now offers the most comprehensive resiliency strategy in the industry from mitigating rack level failures with availability sets to protecting against large scale events with failover to separate regions. Within a region, Availability Zones increase fault tolerance with physically separated locations, each with independent power, network, and cooling.

For many companies, especially those in regulated industries, who are increasingly moving their mission-critical applications to the cloud, resiliency and business continuity have become a crucial focus. From online commerce systems in retail to customer-facing applications in financial services, the stakes are high for organizations and enterprises to deliver for their customers. Even a minor issue can have a major impact on a company’s brand reputation, customer satisfaction, and bottom line. In this environment, it’s imperative to develop applications with the highest operations standards anchored by a multi-layered resiliency approach.

“Availability Zones give us the combination of

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29

Mar

Secure your backups, not just your data!

In today’s digital world where data is the new currency, protecting this data has become more important than ever before. In 2017, attackers had a huge impact on businesses as we saw a large outbreak of ransomware attacks like WannaCry, Petya and Locky. According to a report from MalwareBytes, ransomware detections were up 90 and 93 percent for businesses and consumers respectively in 2017. When a machine gets attacked by ransomware, backups are usually the last line of defense that customers resort to.

With increasing innovations in the ransomware space, attackers are no longer restricting themselves to only data corruption. Backups are becoming the next line of attack for ransomware tools and when you are in a situation with no data or its backups you end up being hostage to the ransomware attacker. This month saw the advent of a new ransomware, Zenis (found by the MalwareHunterTeam) which not only encrypts your files but also purposely deletes your backups.

Combating these attacks requires more than just taking the backup. Taking a backup is only the first step in your protection, it becomes important to safe guard those backups in this model.

Ask these questions to check how secure your

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29

Mar

On-premises data gateway March update is now available
On-premises data gateway March update is now available

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/on-premises-data-gateway-march-update-is-now-available/Source: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/on-premises-data-gateway-march-update-is-now-available/           We are excited to announce that we have just released the March update for the On-premises data gateway. Here are some of the things that we would like to highlight with this month’s READ MORE

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