Azure Weekly Issue 99: 6th November 2016
We started Azure Weekly because the team @ endjin were finding & sharing interesting links on our yammer portal, then I started writing a monthly blog post to collate all these links.
This process started becoming a little onerous, so I built a text classification framework to categorize the content automatically; we extended that with a modern data pipeline (using Azure Data Factory) to ingest, cleanse and classify the various feeds we monitor and then we added email & Twitter integration and that enables us to produce the newsletter in a few hours rather than a whole day.
It's been fascinating watching our global community of subscribers grow week by week, but I would appreciate any community involvement to help spread the word!
As I mentioned previously we're running a prize draw to celebrate issue #100 - we've selected the winners and will be contacting them this week; taking a lesson from the last time we did a prize draw, we're going to let the winner select a prize best suited to them (pick a particular book, pick a particular IOT package).
Future Decoded 2016 ran for two days last week in London; the first day was the "business day", the second day was the "technical day", which also included a TechDays Online track; one particularly interesting session to draw your attention to is "Evolving ASOS to Azure Microservices" - a conversation with Bob Strudwick from CTO at ASOS about their adoption of Azure.
This week on the Azure blog, Lily Kim shares new Azure Government Documentation and Paul Bouwer announces automated notifications from Azure Monitor for Atlassian JIRA.
Kirill Gavrylyuk unveils Azure DocumentDB updates, including quick start experience, backup and restore, and firewall support.
Alexander Nosov reveals the Azure SQL Database supports up to 10 years of Backup Retention, while Michael Hauss writes about the general availability of Azure cool blob storage in additional regions.
Finally, Clemens Vasters discusses Azure Relay and cross-platform, open-protocol connections.
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 Azure blog, Kirill Gavrylyuk (@kirillg_msft) shares Azure DocumentDB updates, including quick start experience, backup and restore, and firewall support.
Paul Bouwer announces automated notifications from Azure Monitor for Atlassian JIRA.
On MSDN, Holger Linke shares a sample for running a T-SQL Code in multiple databases.
Parikshit Savjani (@talktosavjani) writes about an issue with .Net 4.6.2. framework client driver for Always Encrypted.
Covering: Virtual Machines, Functions, Batch, Service Fabric, Virtual Machine Scale Sets, Cloud Services, Linux Virtual Machines, SAP HANA on Azure Large Instances
Simon J.K. Pedersen writes about using custom http routes in Azure Functions and using Azure Functions to create a Microsoft Teams Webhook Connector.
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 TechNet, Dishan Francis (@rebeladm) writes about enabling the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol on an Azure AD managed domain.
Michael S. Collier (@MichaelCollier) explains how to connect to the Azure SQL Database by using Azure AD authentication.
Covering: Service Bus, Logic Apps, Event Grid
On the Azure blog, Clemens Vasters (@clemensv) discusses Azure Relay and cross-platform, open-protocol connections.
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
On the Azure blog, Christine Avanessians reveals Blockchain has come to the Azure Marketplace.
On MSDN, Derek Strausbaugh announces the general availability of Virtual Cloud Defense.
Lily Kim shares new Azure Government Documentation.
Thomas W Shinder (@tshinder) explains how to close common security holes with Azure Security Center.
Nate Johnson looks into Azure Blueprint taking on DoD Level 4.
Stuart Leeks (@stuartleeks) writes about including Headers for Request Events with Application Insights.
On Code Project, Brandon H (@bc3tech) shows you how to get on-schedule and on-demand Azure VMs using Runbooks and Microsoft Flow.
James van Den Berg (@JamesvandenBerg) shows you how to learn JSON with Resource Manager and Visual Studio.
Covering: Media services, Encoding, Live and On-Demand Streaming, Azure Media Player, Content Protection, Media Analytics, Video Indexer
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: 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
Alexander Nosov reveals the Azure SQL Database supports up to 10 years of Backup Retention.
Chelsea Carter announces that Azure Search and Backup is available in Canada.
Michael Hauss writes about the general availability of Azure cool blob storage in additional regions.
Pallavi Joshi explains how Azure Backup supports encrypted Azure virtual machines using Portal and PowerShell.
On the Tallan blog, Anthony Dinh talks about using AzCopy as a workaround for Microsoft Azure File Storage Connector.
Covering: App Service (Web), API Management, Content Delivery Network, Azure Search, Web apps, Azure SignalR Service
On MSDN, Ben Perkins (@csharpguitar) talks about memory metrics for an Azure Web App and App Service Plan, looks at moving an Azure App Service and covers the port limit for an Azure App Service.
On TechNet, Christi Jastram writes about planning, building and operating your Azure app.
On MSDN, Jeff Sanders (@jsandersrocks) tells you how to determine the installed .NET version in Azure App Services.
On Code Project, Hady Allam explores the Azure App Service.
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