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Azure Weekly Issue 457: 10th March 2024

In order to tackle the increasing volumes of spam and phishing emails, various email providers are increasing their requirements for DMARC, as we produce both Azure Weekly and Power BI Weekly, we had to ensure we made those changes before the February deadline. It wasn't a painful process, but it did take a bit of research and testing. There are four really good posts on this subject in case you still need to make these changes for your own organisations: Microsoft Defender for Office 365-Configure SPF email authentication for Microsoft 365 domains Configure DKIM email authentication for Microsoft 365 Custom domains, Configure DMARC email authentication for Microsoft 365 Custom Domains, and finally Configure trusted ARC sealers email authentication for Microsoft 365 Custom domains.

In Analytics, Jonathan George provides an Introduction to Python Logging in Synapse Notebooks, and following on from last week' post: Reading Data from Event Hubs into Eventstream and a Lakehouse Table - Part 2. Coupling Data Flows: Data Pipelines and Orchestration - Data Engineering Process Fundamentals and Mastering Azure SQL Encryption for Better Data Protection, and Load Test Emulation for Azure Database for MySQL - Flexible Server using mysqlslap.

Two posts around AI: Store and query embeddings in Azure Cosmos DB for PostgreSQL with pgvector, and a useful guide to Optimizing Azure OpenAI: A Guide to Limits, Quotas, and Best Practices.

In DevOps and Cloud Native App Dev: Managing your Azure Resources with Deployment Stacks, Azure Storage Actions vs. Lifecycle Management, the Azure Container Apps Newsletter – March 2024 (which has a bit of a focus on Java), and Azure Verified Modules - Monthly Update February.

Around Management, Governance and security, there are two interesting posts: Designing Network Security To Combat Modern Threats and the Public Preview of Change Actor.

Finally, James Broome has written a great set of thoughts, reflecting on spending the last few years building no code/low code solutions solutions, with his Director of Engineering hat on:No-code/Low-code is software DIY - how do you avoid DIY disaster?. If you don't want to read, there's a good audio version available too.

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, Azure Analysis Services, Azure Data Explorer, Azure Data Share, Azure Databricks, Azure Stream Analytics, Azure Synapse Analytics, Data Factory, Event Hubs, HDInsight, Microsoft Purview, Microsoft Fabric


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

Hybrid + Multicloud

Covering: Azure Arc, Azure Stack


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: 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: 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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