Azure Weekly Issue 63: 14th February 2016
This week, there's a timely guide to checking for potential leap year issues on the Azure blog.
There's been a lot of talk about Azure Stack, following the release of the Technical Preview last week, including a 10 minute video on Azure Stack and what it means for IT from Jeffrey Snover (Chief Architect, Enterprise Cloud).
A new Load feature is available for Azure CDN. Load lets users pre-cache files across all CDN POPs, to support scenarios such as a worldwide marketing campaign where you need need to make a file simultaneously available to a large set of geographically distributed users.
Finally, registration is now open for Microsoft Ignite 2016 which takes place on 26–30 September in Atlanta.
AI + Machine Learning
Covering: Azure Batch AI, Azure Bot Service, Microsoft Genomics, Machine Learning services, Machine Learning Studio, Cognitive Services, Bing APIs, Computer Vision API, Content moderator, Custom Services, Emotion API, Face API, Language Understanding (LUIS), Linguistic Analysis API, QnA Maker API, Speaker Recognition API, Text Analytics API, Translator Speech API, Translator Text API, Web Language Model API
Covering: Azure Databricks, HDInsight, Data Factory, Stream Analytics, Data Lake Analytics, Event Hubs, Power BI, Azure Analysis Services, Apache Spark for HDInsight, Apache Storm for HDInsight, R Server for HDInsight, Data Catalog
On the endjin blog, Jess Panni shares a tip for running U-SQL scripts locally by changing the Local Data Folder
On MSDN, Jason H discusses encoding the Hive query file in Azure HDInsight
On the Stream Analytics Team Blog, Siddhika Nevrekar writes 'Notify users of data received from sensors or other systems', 'Azure Streaming Units - how do I monitor how do I scale', 'Learn more about Azure Stream Analytics Time Skew Policies', 'Why aren't my Azure Stream Analytics job results showing up in Azure SQL Server table' and 'Why did my Azure Stream Analytics services get into Degrade status'
On MSDN, Jason H Azure describes exporting from SQL Server into flat files, to create a Hive external table
On TechNet, Gavin Payne asks is SQL Server Agent missing in Azure SQL Database?
Gunnar Peipman (@gpeipman) shares Beer IoT: Using Stream Analytics to save data from IoT Hub to SQL database
On the Database Journal site, Marcin Policht writes an introduction to Azure SQL Database Elastic Database Pools
On the Gibraltar Software blog, there's a post about migrating SQL Server to SQL Azure as part of the Loupe Service's migration to Azure
Covering: Virtual Machines, Functions, Batch, Service Fabric, Virtual Machine Scale Sets, Cloud Services, Linux Virtual Machines, SAP HANA on Azure Large Instances
On TechNet, Sharon Bennett writes a step by step guide to Azure RemoteApp QuickBooks Domain Configuration
On MSDN, Koushik Biswas writes about some of the recent Open Source achievments on Azure
Covering: Container Registry, Container Instances, Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), Web App for Containers
Covering: Azure SQL Database, Azure Cosmos DB, SQL Data Warehouse, Redis Cache, SQL Server Stretch Database, SQL Server on virtual machines, Table storage, Azure Database for PostgreSQL, Azure Database for MySQL
Covering: Visual Studio, Visual Studio Code, SDKs, Developer tool integrations, CLIs, Blockchain Workbench
Covering: Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS), Azure DevTest Labs, DevOps tool integrations, Azure DevOps Projects, Azure Lab Services
Covering: Azure Active Directory, Multi-factor Authentication, Azure Active Directory Domain Services, Azure Active Directory B2C
On the Identity and Access Management Support Team blog, Tim Macaulay talks about how to create a custom AADSync Synchronization Rule for attribute flow
On TechNet, Steve Peschka discusses the New Azure Converged Auth Model and Office 365 APIs
Covering: Service Bus, Logic Apps, Event Grid
On the Azure blog, there's an early look at Azure Stack and what it means for IT
On TechNet, Larry Zhang L. explains how to deploy Azure Stack Technical Preview 1 on NVMe drives
On the Kloud blog, Tom Bromby writes 'Microsoft Azure Stack is the New Hybrid Cloud'
Internet of Things
Covering: IoT Hub, IoT Suite, IoT Edge, IoT Central, IoT solution accelerators, Time Series Insights, Azure Maps, Azure Sphere
Management and Governance
Covering: Backup, Site Recovery, App Insights, Azure Advisor, Sceduler, Automation, Log Analytics, Azure Monitor, Security & Compliance, Protection & Recovery, Automation & Control, Insight & Analytics, Azure Service Health, Microsoft Azure portal, Azure Resource Manager, Cloud Shell, the Azure mobile app, Azure Policy, Cost Management, Azure Managed Applications
Sandrino Di Mattia explains how to create advanced webhooks for Azure Automation with a Webtask
On Channel 9, Haishi Bai, Chris Risner and Ross Gardler talk about the Azure Container Service, covering Docker, Docker Swarm, Apache Mesos and how they work with the Container Service
On the Visual Studio Blog, there's a post about the free Visual Studio Dev Essentials Program which now includes $300 in Azure credits and Exclusive Xamarin University access
On TechNet, Luke Brennan describes how to use Puppet on-premises to deploy resources into Azure
Covering: Media services, Encoding, Live and On-Demand Streaming, Azure Media Player, Content Protection, Media Analytics, Video Indexer
On the Azure blog, Manling Zhang, Program Manager - Azure Media Services, announces that a new feature Load is available for Azure CDN. Load lets users pre-cache files across all CDN POPs.
Microsoft Azure Stack
Covering: Azure Stack
Covering: Azure Database Migration Service, Azure Migrate, Data Box
Covering: App Service (Mobile), Notification Hubs, Mobile apps, API apps, Visual Studio App Centre, Xamarin
Covering: ExpressRoute, Azure DNS, Virtual Network, Traffic Manager, Load Balancer, VPN Gateway, Application Gateway, Network Watcher
On MSDN, Stefano Gagliardi, Pedro Perez, Telma Oliveira, and Leonid Gagarin blog about Azure networking - Public IP addresses in Classic vs ARM
Also on TechNet, Pierre Roman writes a step by step guide to Multi-Site Azure VPN in the Resource Manager Model.
On the Falafel blog, Rachel Hagerman writes part 2 of a series on using the Azure Resource Manager, covering Networking Templates
John Savill (@NTFAQGuy) explains how to solve connectivity when two virtual networks use the same address space and answers the question can I move an Azure VM between virtual network?
Covering: Azure Information Protection, Key Vault, Security Center, Azure DDoS Protection, Azure Advanced Threat Protection
Covering: Storage, StorSimple, Data Lake Store, Blob Storage, Disk Storage, Managed Disks, Queue Storage, File Storage, Storage Explorer, Archive Storage
On Code Project, Duncan Edwards Jones writes about how to use an Azure Storage Table as an event store for Command Query Responsibility Segregation
On TechNet, Katerina Kiselyova shares some guidance about supported Hyper-V VMs for Azure Site Recovery
John Savill (@NTFAQGuy) describes the replication partnerships for India Azure regions
Also on MSDN, the Onecode Team shares a sample for how to convert the metadata of Azure storage analytics logs to .csv files
On the Falafel blog, Rachel Hagerman explains how to protect and Restore your Azure VMs using Azure Backup Vault
Covering: App Service (Web), API Management, Content Delivery Network, Azure Search, Web apps, Azure SignalR Service
On the Azure blog, Matt Johnson shares a reminder - 'is your code ready for the leap year?', with a guide to some of the code constructs that can cause leap year bugs and some suggestions for catching them
On MSDN, the APGC DSI Team explains how to capture and analyze dumps for intermittent High Memory on Azure Web Apps
Also on Channel 9, Jeremy Foster and SamGeorge talk about IoT Suite and IoT Hub
Also on Channel 9, Donovan Brown and Thiago Almeida talk about Continuous Deployment and Release Management DevOps Fundamentals
On the Daily Dot Net Tips blog, Abhijit Jana talks about using Application Insights for your iOS Apps with Visual Studio 2015
On the Falafel blog, Carey Payette discusses Azure Logic Apps : Orchestrating business processes and systems integration
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