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)



Globally replicated data lakes with LiveData using WANdisco on Azure

The recent announcement of Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2 preview and its support on Azure HDInsight is already leading partners to innovate at a global scale. WANdisco enables globally replicated data lakes on Azure for analytics over the freshest data. This blog explains how.

The modern business landscape is ruled by data. Analytics and AI are now essential for driving key business transformation. Customers have benefited tremendously from the performance, flexibility, and low cost offered by Azure for analytics and AI workloads.

Hybrid made easy with a single-click!

For many organizations, however, the process of making their data available in the cloud has been a challenge. The sheer scale of modern data sets combined with the expectations from users of continued system availability make it difficult to use standard tooling for copying data just to get data to Azure. They cannot suffer the business cost of system downtime, nor the potential for inconsistent or unavailable data that produces incorrect analytics results.

The organizations that are maximizing their Azure opportunities are using WANdisco Fusion to ensure they have always accurate and consistent data.  Let’s look at an example of how a customer was able to leverage WANdisco on Azure HDInsight and



Azure AD Managed Service Identity updates
Azure AD Managed Service Identity updates

This post is authored by Arturo Lucatero, Program Manager, Azure Identity Services.

Azure AD Managed Service Identity has been in preview for several months now, so we wanted to give you an update on what has been happening.

Two types of managed identities

There are now two types of managed identities:

System Assigned: This is the type of managed identity we introduced back in September. It has a 1:1 relation with an Azure resource (e.g., VM) and shares the same life-cycle. When you delete the resource, we automatically clean up the identity.

User Assigned: This new type of managed identity is a standalone Azure resource with its own life-cycle. It enables you to have an identity which can be used by one or more Azure resources. A few notes worth mentioning:

As of today, user assigned managed identities can only be used on Virtual Machines and Virtual Machine Scale Sets. Other resource types are onboarding soon.

The API to assign user assigned managed identities to a resource is going change in the near future. Today, the assigned identities are listed in an array property in Azure Resource Manager. This will be changing to be



Webinar 7/17/2018 July 2018 Update for Power BI Embedded with Ted Pattison

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/webinar-7-17-2018-july-2018-update-for-power-bi-embedded-with-ted-pattison/Source: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/webinar-7-17-2018-july-2018-update-for-power-bi-embedded-with-ted-pattison/           Join Charles Sterling and Ted Pattison as they walk through what is new and coming for Power BI Embedding in July 2018.



Azure Security Center is now integrated into the subscription experience

Securing your resources is important, which is why we’ve made it even simpler for you to do. Azure Security Center is available in public preview in the subscription experience. In just a few clicks, you can enable Security Center and quickly assess the security state of your resources, get actionable recommendations, and mitigate risks.

Azure Security Center gives you visibility into your security state across hybrid cloud workloads, gives you adaptive protections to reduce your exposure to attacks, and intelligent threat detection that helps you keep pace with rapidly evolving attacks.
The newly added Security tab provides a quick view into the security posture of your subscription, enabling you to discover and assess the security of your resources in that subscription and take action. The built-in dashboard provides instant insights into security alerts and vulnerabilities that require attention.

To make sure you can address the most important issues first, we provide a list of prioritized security recommendations and prioritized alerts. These recommendations and alerts are ranked from high severity to low severity to help you quickly respond and reduce the surface area in your environment susceptible to attack.

For further investigation or to respond to a detected issue, you



Azure Service Fabric Mesh is now in public preview
Azure Service Fabric Mesh is now in public preview

Azure Service Fabric is a highly-scalable distributed systems platform to build and manage scalable microservices and container-based applications for Windows and Linux. Service Fabric is a foundational technology powering core Azure infrastructure, as well as other Microsoft cloud services such as Skype for Business, Azure Cosmos DB, Azure SQL Database, Dynamics 365, and many more.

At Build 2018, we shared the Service Fabric product roadmap and demonstrated Azure Service Fabric Mesh, a fully-managed service that enables developers to deploy and operate containerized applications without having to manage VMs, storage or networking configuration, while keeping the enterprise-grade reliability, scalability, and mission-critical performance of Service Fabric. Service Fabric Mesh supports both Windows and Linux containers, so you can develop with the programming language and framework of your choice.

Today, after a couple of months of private preview, we are excited to open the preview of Service Fabric Mesh to everyone. We invite you to try it and give us feedback. Thank you to all the participants for the invaluable feedback during our private preview! The public preview of Service Fabric Mesh is available in three Azure regions – US West, US East, and Europe West. We will expand the service to other



Azure.Source – Volume 40
Azure.Source – Volume 40


New Azure innovation advances customer success for the cloud- and AI-powered future – In preparation for Microsoft Inspire in Las Vegas this week (where partners and Microsoft meet to connect, learn, and collaborate to accelerate the digital transformation and success of our customers), Jason Zander (Executive Vice President, Microsoft Azure) highlighted new offers and technologies that will help organizations navigate their own digital transformation and build the critical foundations for cloud and AI. He showcases momentum from businesses and partners who are investing in intelligent tech from the cloud to the edge. This roundup post provides an overview of news items included below, including Azure Data Box Disk, Azure Virtual WAN, Azure Firewall, Azure SQL Data Warehouse performance, an offer for customers of Windows Server and SQL Server 2008/2008 R2, Azure Stack, and more.

Announcing new offers and capabilities that make Azure the best place for all your apps, data, and infrastructure – Windows Server and SQL Server 2008/2008 R2 are nearing the end of support in January 2020 and July 2019, respectively. Julia White (Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Azure) explains how you can migrate to Azure with free Windows Server and SQL Server 2008 extended security updates for



Spring Data Gremlin for Azure Cosmos DB Graph API

We are pleased to announce that Spring Data Gremlin is now available on Maven Central and source code on GitHub. This project provides Spring Data support for Graph databases that use Gremlin as a traversal language. For Azure users, it provides a delightful experience to interact with Azure Cosmos DB using Graph API. Java developers can now use Spring annotations to map with database entities, such as Vertex and Edge. It also allows developers to create their own database queries based on Spring Data Repository.

Key features

Spring Data Gremlin supports annotation-oriented programming model to simplify the mapping to the database entity. It also provides supports to create custom queries.

Mapping with database entities, including annotations.

@Id to map a filed in the domain class with id field of an entity.
@Vertex and @VertexSet map to Vertex. @Edge, @EdgeSet, @EdgeFrom and @EdgeTo to map with Edge

Advanced operations with Vertex, Edge and Graph.

findVertexById and findEdgeById to find data by specific field. vertexCount and edgeCount for counting Vertex and Edge numbers.

Spring Data CRUD functionality.

Custom database queries based on Spring Data Repository. Getting started

You can follow this tutorial to create a Graph database instance in



Enabling partner success at Microsoft Inspire 2018

Next week in Last Vegas, we will be meeting with thousands of partners from all over the world at Microsoft Inspire. The event is a forum to reinforce our commitment to making partner business opportunities the centerpiece of our investments. We continue to extend our cloud marketplace, Azure Marketplace and AppSource, capabilities to make it the best place for partners of any type to be discovered, evaluated, and ultimately have their offerings purchased and deployed by our customer base. The event also gives us the opportunity to showcase the investments we’re making to enable these same capabilities within our channel ecosystem both now and in the future. 

Empowering partner-to-partner joint selling

Next year, for the first time in Microsoft’s history, we will be putting partner solutions, applications as well as consulting and managed service offers, in our product catalog alongside our Microsoft products and services. This means our direct salesforce and partner ecosystem will be able to sell first and third-party solutions individually or combined.

For partners with applications and solutions listed in one of our marketplaces, this will enable joint selling opportunities connecting them with thousands of Cloud Solution Providers around the world. In turn, Cloud Solution Providers will



SQL Server 2008 end of support is the first step to tomorrow’s database

Today, Takeshi Numoto blogged about the upcoming SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 end of support. If youve been thinking about what to do with your SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 databases, youre not alone. These databases reach end of support on July 9, 2019, and many organizations have started planning in earnest for this milestone.

Which brings us to Will, a database admin at that development shop downtown. Bucking the job-hopping trends of today, Wills been a stalwart for his company, wrangling data for them since the mid-2000s. He remembers leading the installation of SQL Server 2008. Back then, connections were speedy, requests processed swiftly. Security, efficiency, and good clean design existed in abundancethere was a place for every byte and every byte was in its place. App developers loved Will because he made sure their data was right where they needed it, when they needed it. What an idyllic, peaceful time!

A lot has happened in the decade since. Over the years, Wills information transfer network has grown and evolvedforking and pooling and spidering as it has had to make new, less-efficient references. The schema, once so clear, is now muddied and confusing, obscuring paths for formerly