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Azure Weekly Issue 342: 26th September 2021

Following on from last week's OMIGOD vulnerability, Bruno Gabrielli highlights a Azure Monitor OMI Vulnerabilities Rapid Check Workbook.

It's been a long wait, but Azure Functions runtime 4.0 is now in public preview, and Mark Heath has a good blog post delving into the isolation model in "Is it time to start creating C# Azure Functions in isolated mode?". While we're on the subject of previews, Radu Vunvulea has published a usefil post on the differences between GA, Private and Public Preview on Azure Services and Features. Staying with Serverless, AzureServerlessConf - is running online Sep 29-30, each day targeting a different time zone.

Other interesting articles this week are: Azure Cosmos DB: autoscale, session state, monitoring, and more Azure Friday, Real-Time Streaming using Power BI Streaming Dataset, a re-badging of various high level AI / ML / Cognitive services is outlined in All you need to know about Azure Applied AI Services. Andreas Wolter has a nice post on Security concepts: Audit Trail, and something that will help anyone managing an Azure Virtual Desktop Environment - General Availability of Azure AD-joined VMs support. There is an interesting announcement in the IoT space: enable industrial device connectivity with thousands of partner-provided Azure IoT Plug and Play device profiles. Hopefully this will make as big an impact is PnP had in the consumer space (if anyone can remember how painful peripherals were before USB & PnP).

Finally, this week marked the end of endjin's summer internship programme. We had over 300 applications and whittled the candidates down to a cohort consisting of Amy, Klaudia, Charlotte and Thea. While Charlotte is studying Computer Science, the rest of the cohort are studying a mixture of Biomedical Engineering and Electronics Engineering. I encouraged them to keep a journal throughout the internship to document their internship, and while they started with no cloud experience and a tiny bit of exposure to data any python (most Universities seem to teach Python courses), their progress over the two months was impressive. They delivered huge amounts of value, and I would highly recommend running your own summer internship programme, if you need convincing, read their write-ups: Amy's summer as an intern endjineer, My internship experience, Charlotte's Internship Blog, From start to finish: my internship at endjin.

AI + Machine Learning

Covering: Anomaly detector, Azure Bot Service, Azure Machine Learning, Azure Open Datasets, Bing APIs, Cognitive Services, Computer Vision, Content moderator, Custom vision, Data Science Virtual Machines, Face, Form Recogniser, Immersive Reader, Ink Recogniser, Language Understanding (LUIS), Machine Learning Studio, Microsoft Genomics, ML.NET, Personaliser, Project Cortex, QnA Maker, Speaker Recognition, Speech-to-Text, Speech translation, Text Analytics, Text to Speech , Translator Speech, Translator Text


Covering: Apache Spark for HDInsight, Apache Storm for HDInsight, Azure Analysis Services, Azure Data Explorer, Azure Data Share, Azure Databricks, Azure Stream Analytics, Azure Synapse Analytics, Data Catalog, Data Factory, Data Lake Analytics, Event Hubs, HDInsight, .NET for Apache Spark, R Server for HDInsight, Azure Purview


Covering: Azure CycleCloud, Azure Dedicated Host, Azure Functions, Azure VMware Solution by CloudSimple, Batch, Cloud Services, Linux Virtual Machines, SAP HANA on Azure Large Instances, Service Fabric, Virtual Machines, Virtual Machine Scale Sets


Covering: Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), Azure Red Hat OpenShift, CNAB, CNCF, Container Instances, Container Registry, Porter, WSL, Web App for Containers


Covering: Azure Cosmos DB, Azure Database for MariaDB, Azure Database for MySQL, Azure Database for PostgreSQL, Azure SQL Database, Azure SQL Database Edge, Azure Cache for Redis, SQL Data Warehouse, SQL Server on virtual machines, SQL Server Stretch Database, Table storage

Developer Tools

Covering: App Configuration, Azure Lab Services, CLIs, Developer tool integrations, SDKs, Visual Studio, Visual Studio Code, Visual Studio Online


Covering: Azure Artifacts, Azure Boards, Azure DevOps, Azure Pipelines, Azure Repos, Azure Test Plans, Azure DevTest Labs, DevOps tool integrations


Covering: Azure Active Directory (AD), Azure Active Directory B2C, Azure Active Directory Domain Services


Covering: Azure API for FHIR, Event Grid, Logic Apps, Service Bus

Internet of Things

Covering: Azure Digital Twins, Azure IoT Central, Azure IoT Edge, Azure IoT Hub, Azure IoT solution accelerators, Azure Maps, Azure Sphere, Azure Time Series Insights, IoT DevKit, WildernessLabs, Windows 10 IoT Core Services


Covering: Microsoft Certifications, Azure Certifications, Microsoft Learning Paths, Certification Pathway Information

Management and Governance

Covering: Automation, Azure Advisor, Azure Backup, Azure Blueprints, Azure Lighthouse, Azure Managed Applications, Azure mobile app, Azure Monitor, Azure Policy, Azure Resource Manager, Azure Service Health, Azure Site Recovery, Cloud Shell, Cost Management, Microsoft Azure portal, Scheduler, Azure Purview


Covering: Azure Media Player, Content Protection, Encoding, Live and On-Demand Streaming, Media Analytics, Media Services, Video Indexer


Covering: Azure Database Migration Service, Azure Migrate, Data Box


Covering: App Service (Mobile), Mobile apps, Notification Hubs, Visual Studio App Centre, Xamarin


Covering: Application Gateway, Azure Bastion, Azure DNS, Azure ExpressRoute, Azure Firewall, Azure Firewall Manager, Azure Front Door, Azure Internet Analyzer, Azure Private Link, Content Delivery Network, Load Balancer, Network Watcher, Traffic Manager, Virtual Network, Virtual WAN, VPN Gateway, Web Application Firewall


Covering: Azure DDoS Protection, Azure Information Protection, Azure Sentinel, Key Vault, Security Center


Covering: Archive Storage, Avere vFXT for Azure, Azure Data Lake Store, Azure FXT Edge Filer, Azure HPC Cache, Azure NetApp Files, Blob Storage, Disk Storage, File Storage, Managed Disks, Queue Storage, Storage Accounts, Storage Explorer, StorSimple


Covering: API apps, API Management, App Service (Web), Azure Cognitive Search, Azure SignalR Service, Azure Spring Cloud, Web apps

Azure Virtual Desktop

Covering: Azure Virtual Desktop

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