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Dec

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

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/on-premises-data-gateway-december-update-is-now-available/Source: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/on-premises-data-gateway-december-update-is-now-available/           We are happy to announce that we have just released the December update for the On-premises data gateway.     This month’s Gateway update includes an updated version of the Mashup Engine,…

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Dec

New Alerts (preview) in Azure Monitor
New Alerts (preview) in Azure Monitor

This blog post was co-authored by Kiran Madnani, Principal PM Manager, AIM India.

Alerts are an important mechanism for customers to get notified about issues early and to take automated actions to resolve them quickly. With Azure Monitoring Services, you can set up alerts to monitor the metrics and log data for the entire stack across your infrastructure, application, and platform. Given how integral it is to the monitoring experience, we are excited to announce the preview of a new re-imagined user interface to create and manage alerts for any resource from a single location in the Azure Monitor blade in the Azure portal.

You can access the new Alerts (preview) experience by visiting the Azure portal. You will see:

1. A single consolidated view with an aggregated summary of fired alerts triggered by metrics and logs at a glance.

 

2. A single consolidated view for viewing and managing the underlying alert rules across metrics and logs across multiple subscriptions.

 

3. A single simplified authoring experience for creating an alert across resources.

In addition to the new alerting experience, we are also pleased to announce the preview of alerting on log search in Azure. Log

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20

Dec

How Azure Security Center detects vulnerabilities using administrative tools

This blog post is authored  by Dotan Patrich, Senior Software Engineer, Azure Security Center and by Yossi Weizman, Security Software Engineer Intern, Azure Security Center.

Earlier this year, Rob Mead wrote a great article on the techniques used at scale by Azure Security Center to detect threats. In this post, we’ll go into the details on one such example, enabling Azure Security Center to detect usage of backdoor user account creation.

Backdoor user accounts are those accounts that are created by an adversary as part of the attack, to be used later in order to gain access to other resources in the network, open new entry points into the network as well as achieve persistency. MITRE lists the create account tactic as part of the credentials access intent of stage and lists several toolkits that uses this technique.

While it might seem at first glance that detecting such malicious account creation actions is easy, it is not often the case as creation of new accounts are mostly part of a legitimate administrative operation. Therefore, security products usually won’t alert on it as most organizations will have hard time coping with the volume of alerts to be triaged. This makes the

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20

Dec

Azure HDInsight Performance Benchmarking: Interactive Query, Spark, and Presto

Fast SQL query processing at scale is often a key consideration for our customers. In this blog post we compare HDInsight Interactive Query, Spark, and Presto using the industry standard TPCDS benchmarks. These benchmarks are run using out of the box default HDInsight configurations, with no special optimizations. For customers wanting to run these benchmarks, please follow the easy to use steps outlined on GitHub.

Summary of the results HDInsight Interactive Query is faster than Spark. HDInsight Spark is faster than Presto. Text caching in Interactive Query, without converting data to ORC or Parquet, is equivalent to warm Spark performance. Interactive query is most suitable to run on large scale data as this was the only engine which could run all TPCDS 99 queries without any modifications at 100TB scale. Interactive Query preforms well with high concurrency. About TPCDS

The TPC Benchmark DS (TPC-DS) is a decision support benchmark that models several generally applicable aspects of a decision support system, including queries and data maintenance. According to TPCDS, the benchmark provides a representative evaluation of performance as a general purpose decision support system. A benchmark result measures query response time in single user mode, query throughput in multi-user mode and

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20

Dec

New connectors available in Azure Data Factory V2
New connectors available in Azure Data Factory V2

We keep enriching the breadth of connectivity in Azure Data Factory to enable customers to ingest data from various data sources into Azure when building modern data warehouse solutions or data-driven SaaS applications. Today, we are excited to announce that Azure Data Factory newly enabled copying data from the following data stores using Copy Activity in V2. You can always find the full supported connector list from supported data stores, and click into each connector topic there to learn more details.

Amazon Marketplace Web Service (Beta) Azure Database for PostgreSQL Concur (Beta) Couchbase (Beta) Drill (Beta) Google BigQuery (Beta) Greenplum (Beta) HBase Hive HubSpot (Beta) Impala (Beta) Jira (Beta) Magento (Beta) MariaDB Marketo (Beta) Oracle Eloqua (Beta) Paypal (Beta) Phoenix Presto (Beta) QuickBooks (Beta) SAP Cloud for Customer (C4C) ServiceNow (Beta) Shopify (Beta) Spark Square (Beta) Xero (Beta) Zoho (Beta)

If you are using PowerShell or .NET/Python SDK to author, make sure you upgrade to the December version to use these new features. And for hybrid copy scenario, note these connectors are supported since Self-hosted Integration Runtime version 3.2.

You are invited to give them a try and provide us feedback. We hope you find them helpful in your scenario.

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19

Dec

The December release of SQL Operations Studio is now available
The December release of SQL Operations Studio is now available

This post is authored by Alan Yu, Program Manager, SQL Server.

We are excited to announce the December release of SQL Operations Studio is now available.

Download SQL Operations Studio and review the Release Notes to get started.

SQL Operations Studio is a data management tool that enables you to work with SQL Server, Azure SQL DB and SQL DW from Windows, macOS and Linux. To learn more, visit our GitHub.

SQL Operations Studio was announced for Public Preview on November 15th at Connect(), and this December release is the first major update since the announcement.

The December release includes several major repo updates and feature releases, including:

Migrating SQL Ops Studio Engineering to public GitHub repo Azure Integration with Create Firewall Rule Windows Setup and Linux DEB/RPM installation packages Manage Dashboard visual layout editor “Run Current Query with Actual Plan” command

For complete updates, refer to the Release Notes.

Migrating SQL Ops Studio Engineering to public GitHub repo

To provide better transparency with the SQL Operations Studio community, we have decided to migrate the Github internal branch to the public repo. This means any bug fixes, feature developments, or even test builds can be publicly viewed before an

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19

Dec

How We Share the Latest AI & ML Developments Within Microsoft
How We Share the Latest AI & ML Developments Within Microsoft

We recently concluded the Fall 2018 edition of the Machine Learning, AI & Data Science (MLADS) conference, Microsoft’s largest internal gathering of employees focused specifically on these areas. This latest edition was the eighth in a popular series that we launched back in 2014. Over 3,500 employees tuned into the sold-out conference, both in person in Redmond and over livestream throughout the world, and thousands more will tune into MLADS session recordings over coming weeks and months.

As application of AI and ML explode both within Microsoft and in our external products and services, the growth of our community interest groups catering to these areas has been very rapid. The MLADS conference itself is unique in that it is almost entirely driven by enthusiastic community volunteers – a band of employees unified in its passion for AI and ML, and a desire to network and learn from one another. The “call for content” that goes out for this conference series routinely gets several hundreds of submissions, and our volunteer team helps triage these submissions and curate the best ones for our event.

The fall 2018 conference featured over 95 talk sessions, 20 tutorials and 65 poster/demo sessions covering a gamut of

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19

Dec

Announcing the preview release of subscription level budgets via ARM APIs

Azure customers manage budgets at a workload level and need granular controls on monitoring the spend on cloud services. Workloads sometimes share a subscription and yet need to be budgeted for individually. As a first step in making these granular controls available we are previewing an ARM API to set and manage a budget at the subscription scope. Current EA customers have a similar capability in the EA portal, at the department level. This release is the first step towards making the same set of capabilities work for you across the hierarchy of your management plane.

The budgets API enables you to setup a budget for a subscription, and also setup multiple notification thresholds. To illustrate, you might have a subscription where you setup a budget of $1,000 and setup notifications at 25%, 50%, 75%, and 100%. These notifications would be triggered when your usage costs exceed $250, $500, $750, and $1,000 respectively.

Subscription budget API

The API documentation provides detailed guidance on the operations supported and the payloads. The API supports multiple budgets to be created for a subscription over the duration of the budget. At the end of the duration the budget resets and starts over. For this

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Dec

Participate in the Developer Economics Survey
Participate in the Developer Economics Survey

The Developer Economics Q4 2017 survey is here in its 14th edition to shed light on the future of the software industry. Every year more than 40,000 developers around the world participate in this survey, so this is a chance to be part of something big, voice your thoughts, and make your own contribution to the developer community.

Is this survey for me?

The survey is for all developers engaging in the following software development areas: cloud, mobile, desktop, IoT, AR/VR, machine learning, data science, web, backend, and gaming.

What questions am I likely to be asked?

The survey asks questions about the status and the future of the software industry.

What’s going up and what’s going down in the software industry? Are you working on the projects you would like to work on? Where do you think development time should be invested? Which are your favorite tools and platforms? What’s in it for me?

There are some perks to go with your participation. Have a look at what you can get our hands on:

Amazing prizes up for grabs:  A Pixel 2 phone, an iPhone X, a Windows Acer MR headset, a Nintendo Switch, Raspberry Pi 3’s, and more

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19

Dec

Reference Architecture and automation for Financial Services web applications

Today we are pleased to announce the release of a new Azure Financial Services Regulated Workloads Blueprint.

The Azure Security and Compliance Blueprint Program provides automated solutions and guidance for rapid deployment of Azure services that meet specific regulatory requirements from weeks to a few hours. The new Financial Services Regulated Workloads Blueprint gives you an automated solution that will help guide you in storing and managing sensitive financial information such as payment data in Azure. The Financial Services Blueprint is designed to help customers meet compliance requirements outlined in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) SOC 1 and SOC 2 standards, the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) version 3.2, as well as the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC), and Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA).

Using the Financial Services Blueprint, you can deploy and securely configure an Azure SQL Database, a web application protected by security services such as Azure App Service Environment (ASE), the Web Application Firewall (WAF), and Azure Security Center (ASC). Automated templates and reference architectures are provided to help you implement the technical controls required to achieve a trusted and more secure end to end compliant deployment.

The Financial Services

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