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1/16/2018 - YT: Microsoft Azure - [0:19:32]
Gaurav Malhotra shows Donovan Brown how you can now visually build pipelines for Azure Data Factory V2 and be more productive by getting pipelines up & running quickly without writing any code. For more information, see: ADF v2: Visual Tools enabled in public preview (blog) -...
StreamSets on Azure HDInsight
1/16/2018, Data Exposed [0:07:06]
Creating custom applications on Azure HDInsight
1/16/2018, Data Exposed [0:07:58]
How to use Tableau with SQL Server, R and Python
1/13/2018, Data Exposed [0:19:04]
Azure Friday | Remote debug Azure Functions written in Java using VS Code
1/12/2018, YT: Microsoft Azure [0:11:40]
Remote debug Azure Functions written in Java using VS Code
1/12/2018, Azure Friday [0:11:39]
Corey is all in on Azure Policy
1/11/2018, Tuesdays with Corey [0:07:35]
Building High Performance Extensions Part 2
1/11/2018, Ch9: VS Toolbox [0:30:16]
Building High Performance Extensions Part 1
1/11/2018, Ch9: VS Toolbox [0:30:26]
Azure Friday | Apache Spark Connector for Azure Cosmos DB
1/10/2018, YT: Microsoft Azure [0:12:14]
Apache Spark Connector for Azure Cosmos DB
1/10/2018, Azure Friday [0:12:13]

Official News

Every second counts when you are under attack. Azure Security Center (ASC) uses advanced analytics and global threat intelligence to detect malicious threats, and the new capabilities empower you to respond quickly. This blog post showcases how an analyst can leverage the Investigation and Log Search capabilities in Azure Security Center to determine whether an alert represents a security breach, and to understand the scope of that breach. To learn more about the ASC Investigation feature in detail see the article Investigate Incidents and Alerts in Azure Security Center (Preview)....
There’s a revolution underway that is positioning companies to take operational efficiency to new levels and inform the next generation of products and services. This revolution of course, is the Internet of Things (IoT). Here at Microsoft, we’re committed to helping our customers harness the power of IoT through our Azure IoT solutions. We’re also committed to helping customers take the first steps through our IoT in Action series. Our next delivery is coming February 13, 2018 in San Francisco, which I’d encourage you to attend. But first, I’d like to introduce you to some...
Database Compatibility Level 140 is now the default for new databases created in Azure SQL Database across almost all regions. At this point in time, there are already 539,903 databases in Azure SQL Database already running in Compatibility Level 140. Frequently asked questions related to this announcement: Why move to database Compatibility Level 140? The biggest change is the enabling of the adaptive query processing feature family, but there are also query processing related fixes and batch mode improvements as well. For details on what Compatibility Level 140 specifically...
Categories: Azure - SQL Database
Azure Security Center monitors operating system (OS) configurations using a set of 150+ recommended rules for hardening the OS, including rules related to firewalls, auditing, password policies, and more. If a machine is found to have a vulnerable configuration, a security recommendation is generated. Today, we are pleased to preview a new feature that allows you to customize these rules and add additional rules to exactly match your desired Windows configurations. The new custom security configurations are defined as part of the security policy, and allow you to: Enable and...
Since being generally available in April 2017, Azure Analysis Services has quickly become the clear choice for enterprise organizations delivering corporate BI in the cloud.
Azure IP Advantage now covers workloads deployed to Azure Stack. As customers rely on Azure Stack to enable hybrid cloud scenarios and extend the reach of Azure to their own data centers or in hosted…
Categories: Azure - Azure Stack
We continue to expand the Azure Marketplace ecosystem. In December 2017, seven new offers successfully met the onboarding criteria and went live.
Categories: Azure - Azure Marketplace
Wouldn’t it be nice to have IoT Hub just automatically scale up to a higher capacity when a certain threshold of messages is met, before your chosen limit is reached? While at this point, IoT Hub does not have this capability built into the service, we have published a sample solution for...
Categories: Azure - IoT - IoT Hub

Updates and Roadmap

1/15/2018 - Service Updates
Service tags for NSGs are generally available.
1/12/2018 - Azure Roadmap
We recently made several exciting announcements about Azure HDInsight, including a price reduction of up to 52 percent on all workloads on HDInsight, and added an additional 80 percent price reduction for Microsoft R Server add-on.

Other News

1/16/2018 -
  When I speak with organizations we often discuss scenarios such as having an onboarding process that is in need of a front-end utility and automation.  Many organizations have cloud services and on premises applications where the user onboarding process in some cases is still a manual procedure.  To assist with these processes and many...
Categories: Azure - IaaS - PaaS - Azure AD
1/16/2018 -
Have you ever tried the following: You push an Azure Resource Manager template to GitHub and try to deploy using the GitHub URL. Unfortunately, you had a bug or typo in your template and you get an error. You quickly fix the error and push a revised version and try again, but the Resource Manager...
1/16/2018 -
Sample code here: https://github.com/knethteo/SQLAzuretoCosmosDB This sample does the following: Create SQL DB Table.txt That will create the initial database in SQL Server or SQL Azure The main Program will read the database, parse the data and store them in Cosmos DB Before you start the program, you will have to do step 1, and edit...
Categories: Azure - SQL Server - Cosmos DB
1/16/2018 - Power BI Blog
Hi everyone, after a short break for the holidays we are back with the latest updates for Power BI Developer community. Don’t forget to check out the November blog post, if you haven’t done so…
1/16/2018 -
ADF v2 public preview was announced at Microsoft Ignite on Sep 25, 2017.
Categories: Azure - Big Data
1/16/2018 -
An app-consistent snapshot is a point-in-time snapshot of the application data inside the VM. Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) ensures that app on the VM are in a consistent state when the snapshot is taken.  This article details some of the common causes for No latest App Consistent Snapshot issue for Hyper-V to Azure when...
1/16/2018 -
Power BI and Azure Data Lake Store outputs are now supported in Visual Studio tools. Previously users can only create or view jobs with these types of outputs in the Azure portal. Now all these actions can also be performed in Visual Studio tools. With this capability, developers can enjoy the same powerful developer experience...
1/16/2018 - Stream Analytics Blog
Power BI and Azure Data Lake Store outputs are now supported in Visual Studio tools. Previously users can only create or view jobs with these types of outputs in the Azure portal. Now all these actions can also be performed in Visual Studio tools. With this capability, developers can enjoy the same powerful developer experience...
1/16/2018 -
Azure Data Lake Analytics recently announced advanced job tracking and management features that make it easy to work with pipelines and recurring jobs. Releases after version 2.3.0000.1 of Azure Data Lake Tools for Visual Studio, introduce new features that simplify analyzing and troubleshooting such jobs. Troubleshooting issues in recurring job is a...
1/16/2018 - ADL & HDI Blog
Azure Data Lake Analytics recently announced advanced job tracking and management features that make it easy to work with pipelines and recurring jobs. Releases after version 2.3.0000.1 of Azure Data Lake Tools for Visual Studio, introduce new features that simplify analyzing and troubleshooting such jobs. Troubleshooting issues in recurring job is a...
1/16/2018 -
Microsoft is aware of a new publicly disclosed class of vulnerabilities, called "speculative execution side-channel attacks," that affect many operating systems and modern processors, including processors from Intel, AMD, and ARM. On the MSVC team, we’ve reviewed information in detail and conducted extensive tests, which showed the performance impact of...
Categories: Azure - IaaS - PaaS - Resource Manager
1/15/2018 -
This article was published by the University of Cambridge Engineering department at www.eng.cam.ac.uk/news/department-engineering-increases-student-learning-open-source-azure-service and has been reposted for sharing of best practice within academia. As the pace of global innovation continues to accelerate, the University of Cambridge is evolving...
1/15/2018 -
Discovering Cloud Administration with the Microsoft Professional Program (MPP) Discovering and learning more about Azure and AI has been on my technical training To-Do list for some time. After returning to work from a short leave of absence, I've made it a priority to devote the time needed discover more about both and Azure is...
1/15/2018 -
To provide complete solution to maintain you Azure SQL DB statistics and maintenance we provide our maintenance script here In this article, we will explain step by step how to automate this maintenance on Azure (You can also use that to automate your own T-SQL tasks) General steps: Create Azure automation account Import SQLServer module...
1/15/2018 -
The week of Jan 22nd, we hosted a workshop tour in five cities across Canada focused on database options on Azure, not including SQL. As you may notice from the event title, the workshop dug into providing an overview of use cases and scenarios, along with hands-on experience of working with the community editions of...
1/15/2018 -
SQL Server 2008 R2 Management Studio – Darker Shades of Blue Theme SSMS 2008 R2 套用Visual Studio色彩佈景主題環境設定檔 SQL 2012 SSMS以上才支援匯出與匯入環境設定檔 SQL 2008 R2 SSMS需自行調整字型與色彩,以下方法可以直接套用已經設定好的色彩佈景主題   1.Download: CurrentSettings-2016-07-12.vssettings 2.覆蓋以下檔案 預設路徑 C:Documents and Settings{user name}DocumentsSQL Server Management StudioSettings...
Categories: SQL Server - Visual Studio
1/15/2018 -
As of November 2017, you’re no longer limited to an operational expenditure model in Azure. By using Azure Reserved Virtual Machine Instances (known as RIs) you can change your cloud payment model to a capital expenditure model.
1/15/2018 -
Summary Handling data from Azure Storage blobs is not straightforward. The return value is binary (application/octet-stream) at first and needs to be casted into a data type you want to process; in our case into application/json. This write-up is an easy to follow and real walk through of errors beginners may encounter handling Azure Storage blobs...
1/15/2018 -
Initial Update: Monday, January 15th 2018 09:21 UTC We're investigating performance issues with Visual Studio Team Services in North Central US region. Customers may experience slow and failed commands while using VSTS.We are actively engaged on this and will provide more information as it becomes available. Next Update: Before Monday, January 15th 2018...
1/14/2018 - TechNet Gallery
This script lets you destory/nuke all Azure RM resources in an Azure Subscription asynchronously. You can only run this script remotely from your local machine or elsewhere, but not from within the Azure Subscription which you want to nuke.You need to be already logged into you
1/14/2018 - TechNet Gallery
This Runbook asynchronously Stops either all Azure RM VMs in an Azure Subscription, or all Azure RM VMs in one or more specified Resource Groups, or one or more VMs in a specific Resource Group, or any number of Random VMs in a Subscription. The choice around which VMs to stop
1/14/2018 - TechNet Gallery
This Runbook asynchronously Starts either all Azure RM VMs in an Azure Subscription, or all Azure RM VMs in one or more specified Resource Groups, or one or more VMs in a specific Resource Group, or any number of Random VMs in a Subscription. The choice around which VMs to star
1/14/2018 - TechNet Gallery
This Runbook lets you Scale down any Azure RM VM from its current Size to a new size that you specify. By default, the new size to scale is Immediately before the current size in the Size Table published by Microsoft, which means the     SizeStep parameter with value -1. However
1/14/2018 - TechNet Gallery
This Runbook lets you Scale Up any Azure RM VM from its current Size to a new size that you specify. By default, the new size to scale is Immediately after the current size in the Size Table published by Microsoft, which means the SizeStep parameter with value 1. However, if yo
1/14/2018 - TechNet Gallery
This Runbook lets you Increase the Data Disk size for a VM. Data Disk Size reduction is not supported by Azure. It supports Data Disk resizing for both Managed and Unmanaged disks. It lets you increase the size only for one Data Disk at a time, and not for all Data Sisks atta
1/14/2018 - TechNet Gallery
This Runbook lets you Increase the OS Disk size for a VM. OS Disk Size reduction is not supported by Azure. It supports OS Disk resizing for both Managed and Unmanaged disks as the approach of changing disk sizes for Managed Disks is significantly different from that for Unmana
1/14/2018 - TechNet Gallery
This Runbook sets up and remotely executes Inline Powershell scripts on one/more/all Azure ARM virtual machines in your Azure Subscription. It enables you to traverse through all resource groups and corresponding VMs in your Azure Subscription, check the current state of VMs (a
Categories: Azure - IaaS - PaaS - Resource Manager
1/14/2018 -
I recently encountered an issue with Azure Functions on Linux, which is in preview right now (https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/appserviceteam/2017/11/15/functions-on-linux-preview/) while trying to use an open-source library that had some additional dependencies to be able to run successfully, namely wkhtmltopdf...
1/14/2018 -
It's been around 4 months since we release our official hardware and SDK as v1.0 last September right on Ignite 2017. In that event, the MXChip IoT DevKit was used on a couple of Azure IoT break-out and keynote sessions for demonstrations and together with announcement with new services released such as IoT Hub Device...
Categories: Azure - IoT - IoT Hub
1/14/2018 -
When we create an Azure Function App from Azure Portal on a Consumption plan we don't have the control over which Consumption plan to use. In other words, if we want to put all of the azure functions under the same Consumption plan it doesn't seem to be possible. However, it is possible but only...
Categories: Azure - Azure Portal
1/13/2018 -
A post outlining the recent updates to the Office 365 Planned Service Changes series:   Office 365 Planned Service Changes for 2017 | Updated: January 13, 2018 Moved Yammer notes to Word Online conversion to Office 365 Planned Service Changes for 2018 - action required by January 26, 2018 Moved DirSync and Azure AD Sync...
Categories: Azure - IaaS - PaaS - Azure AD
1/13/2018 -
Between Friday, 13 January 2018 02:20 UTC  and Tuesday 17 January 2018 02:00 UTC, we are improving our reliability of SCOM GSM service due to which all new registrations aren't functional. For any urgent requests, please engage Microsoft support team. We apologize for any inconvenience.-Vishal Suram
1/12/2018 -
In February 2017, Fireye documented a sophisticated spear phishing campaign targeting individuals within the Mongolian government. In the initial part of this attack, they were bypassing AppLocker restrictions by using Regsrv32.exe, which enables the attacker to run untrusted code. This technique was used in many others attack campaigns.  By using...
1/12/2018 -
I spent some time on working with Azure Batch for a customer, and what struck me that it was not so easy for an IT Pro to create a meaningful testing setup. The stumbling point is that you need to have an application doing meaningful work. So what is Azure Batch? It is the PaaS...
Categories: Azure - IaaS - Azure Batch
1/12/2018 -
This is the second and final part of a blog series with a walkthrough for Azure Batch. The first part is here: Azure Batch for the IT Pro - Part 1 In the first part I showed you how to create an Azure Batch Account, the corresponding Storage Account, a test application based on Powershell,...
Categories: Azure - IaaS - Azure Batch
1/12/2018 -
Jeff Mitchell, Cloud Solution Architect, One Commercial Partner Citrix builds on their long-standing partnership with Microsoft to offer multiple Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) deployment options for Citrix solutions on Microsoft Azure—including virtual apps, desktops, data and networking. Microsoft Cloud Solution Architect Jeff Mitchell shares...
1/12/2018 -
Initial Update: Friday, 12 January 2018 20:20 UTCWe are aware of issues within Application Insights and are actively investigating. Some customers may experience Alerting failure. The following data types are affected: Availability. Work Around: None Next Update: Before 01/12 21:30 UTC We are working hard to resolve this issue and apologize for any...
1/12/2018 -
I've had such a long, great history with the PASS Summit, Community, and all the great people that have run this organization. I owe a great debt to this community to help me build a brand and reputation for my passion and talks on SQL Server. Social Media was never really part of the equation...
1/12/2018 -
Join Business Analysts, Data Professionals & Power BI Users at the inaugural Data & BI Summit, located in Dublin, Ireland 24-26 April 2018 at the Convention Centre Dublin. Microsoft Deep Drive Track Enhance your Model with Power BI Desktop presented by Will Thompson    Advanced Data Visualization with Power BI Desktop presented by Amanda Cofsky...
1/12/2018 -
In this post, App Dev Manager Adlène Sifi demonstrates innovation at your fingertips by building a real-time earthquake reporting system using Power BI and without writing any code.  You can view a French version of this article on LinkedIn. Innovation usually involves ideation, rapid prototyping, validation with users, measurement (feedback) and...
1/12/2018 -
On Friday, January 12 2018, we began to deploy a regular service update. We upgrade production services in batches, and it takes about a week for the update to complete. Below are the new features shipped in this release: New functionality We are pleased to announce the general availability of Versions & Revisions in Azure...
1/12/2018 - MS DevOps Blog
Happy new year to all Wiki lovers. We are learning a lot with each passing day and in this blog I will share our learning and value that we delivered in the past few sprints. Link work items and Wiki pages In October, we had enabled the referencing work items to a wiki page, now... Read More
1/12/2018 -
On June 8, 2015, the White House Office of Management and Budget issued memorandum M-15-13, “A Policy to Require Secure Connections across Federal Websites and Web Services” (https.cio.gov). This policy requires that federal agencies make all existing websites and services accessible through a secure connection (HTTPS-only, with HTTP Strict Transport...
1/12/2018 -
A question I get regularly asked is how to manage Windows 10 updates via System Center Configuration Manager. In this blog post I will explain the different options as well as the basic configuration of these options. The assumption is made that you are familiar of the ConfigMgr update deployment functionalities. Before explaining how to...
1/12/2018 - Power BI Blog
Join Business Analysts, Data Professionals & Power BI Users at the inaugural Data & BI Summit, located in Dublin, Ireland 24-26 April 2018 at the Convention Centre Dublin. www.databisummit.com/
1/12/2018 -
Here are top stories we found in our streams this week related to DevOps, VSTS, TFS and other interesting topics. TOP STORIES What I learned about Microsoft doing DevOps: Part 7 – How to shift quality left in a cloud and DevOps world - The Art Of Coding - Wouter de KortQuality and testing is...
1/12/2018 - MS DevOps Blog
Here are top stories we found in our streams this week related to DevOps, VSTS, TFS and other interesting topics. TOP STORIES What I learned about Microsoft doing DevOps: Part 7 – How to shift quality left in a cloud and DevOps world – The Art Of Coding – Wouter de KortQuality and testing is... Read More
1/12/2018 -
In this article, I will walk you through creating a custom application using the spring initializr, and then access the Azure media service and finally deploy to Azure Web app. In order to access Azure media service in a spring boot application, we can leverage azure-mediaservices-spring-boot-starter, though it is not available in Spring Initializr yet,...
1/12/2018 -
Well it’s been a long time since part one of this blog and much has changed with OMS Log Analytics. Namely, the query language has transitioned to Kusto and the webhook format that OMS sends to Azure Automation has changed. The webhook payload change is very different if the Log Analytics workspace has been upgraded...
1/12/2018 - TechNet Gallery
The GDPR imposes many requirements and obligations. This white paper attempts to illustrate the benefits of Microsoft products and cloud services on the path to compliance with the GDPR, in terms of the technical aspects of implementing appropriate security controls.
1/12/2018 -
This article describes the symptoms, cause and resolution for an issue that occurs on MARS Agent installations within Azure Virtual Machines. Symptoms Scheduled or adhoc backups on the MARS Agent installed in Azure Virtual Machines fail with the following error: The backup could not be started because of an unexpected error in the virtual disk...
Categories: Azure - Virtual Machines
1/12/2018 -
Recently, we have observed a number of cases where DBAs or application developers are complaining about out-of-memory errors or even machine not responding (hangs) despite the fact that there is plenty of available memory on the system. Frequently this is on systems where SQL Server is running and the issue occurs after increasing the 'max server...
1/11/2018 -
Today, we at pleased to announce the general availability of Versions & Revisions in Azure API Management. This feature lets customers: Present groups of related APIs to your developers. Versions differentiate themselves through a version number (which is a string of any value you choose), and a versioning scheme (path, query string or header). Make...
Categories: Azure - PaaS - API Management
1/11/2018 -
Posted over at https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/intunesupport/2018/01/11/support-tip-intune-app-protection-requires-modern-authentication-enabled-for-skype-for-business/ In May 2017, a Skype for Business Server 2015 Cumulative Update was released, enabling "Hybrid Modern Authentication" for Hybrid and On-Premises Skype for Business customers. Modern...
Categories: Azure - IaaS - PaaS - Azure AD
1/11/2018 -
In May 2017, a Skype for Business Server 2015 Cumulative Update was released, enabling "Hybrid Modern Authentication" for Hybrid and On-Premises Skype for Business customers. Modern Authentication allows customers to enable many modern security features, such as Azure Active Directory Conditional Access or multi-factor authentication. It also enables...
Categories: Azure - IaaS - PaaS - Azure AD
1/11/2018 - Azure Podcast
Cale and Sujit talk about one of the unsung heroes of Azure, the Monitor service. Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode211.mp3 https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/monitoring-and-diagnostics/monitoring-get-started   Other updates: Augmented rules for network security groups (NSGs) simplify the security definition for...
1/11/2018 -
In this post, App Dev Manager Priti Kalani shares insight toward optimizing the services you deploy and manage in the Microsoft cloud. Azure tools to optimize and manage your cloud spending Azure has made deploying cloud infrastructure and applications convenient and productive for organizations. Azure also provides tools to help you with managing the...
1/11/2018 -
In Azure Security Center you can use the Events dashboard to see the security events (including Windows Firewall) collected over time: The visualization of security events over time can be very useful for you to observe some patterns, and to have a snapshot of the environment. You can also use this information when performing an...
1/11/2018 -
Update: Thursday, January 11th 2018 19:28 UTC We've made a change to the way we manage authorization calls to the central VSTS authorization service. The change has caused an increase in the volume of calls which in turn has slowed down performance. The central auth service is used by VSTS scale units around the world....
1/11/2018 -
We have been working hard to improve the integration between VSTS Analytics and Power BI. We are happy to announce we've released the first step in doing so. The VSTS Power BI Desktop Connector has been updated to provide additional options for historical trend and bug analysis.   Please refer to our guidance on connecting...
1/11/2018 - MS DevOps Blog
We have been working hard to improve the integration between VSTS Analytics and Power BI. We are happy to announce we’ve released the first step in doing so. The VSTS Power BI Desktop Connector has been updated to provide additional options for historical trend and bug analysis.   Please refer to our guidance on connecting... Read More
1/11/2018 -
Problem: During a site collection export, we received the nebulous SQL Server error “String or binary data would be truncated.” Based off some research and experience in the past, this is normally caused by a URL somewhere in the site exceeding the 260 character limit. We queried the AllDocs table in the content database to...
1/11/2018 -
In this series on DevOps for Data Science, I’ve explained the concept of a DevOps “Maturity Model” – a list of things you can do, in order, that will set you on the path for implementing DevOps in Data Science. The first thing you can do in your projects is to implement Infrastructure as Code...
1/11/2018 -
In this two part series, I am joined by Omer Raviv, co-creator of OzCode, a Visual Studio extension that makes debugging much easier. Omer educates us on how to build high performance extensions. Part 1 can be found here Resources: The slides for the presentation OzCode open-source sample for writing a Visual Studio Extension Integration...
1/11/2018 -
Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) hosts the largest Git repository in the world: the Windows source code. Keeping a primary copy of the code available in the cloud and having it be performant while being updated by over 4000 users at the same time is a monumental achievement, but it is only useful if engineers...
1/11/2018 - MS DevOps Blog
Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) hosts the largest Git repository in the world: the Windows source code. Keeping a primary copy of the code available in the cloud and having it be performant while being updated by over 4000 users at the same time is a monumental achievement, but it is only useful if engineers... Read More
1/11/2018 -
The BOTs registered under the dev.botframework.com are to be migrated to  Azure Bot service as the dev.botframework.com will be retired on March 31, 2018. Sometimes,while migrating from dev.botframework.com to azure Bot service, we are seeing the below error.   This error occurs if the website , dev.botframework.com , is logged in with an account which...
1/11/2018 -
Unit Testing is crutial in software development which helps you proofing your development efforts and delivery in regards to desired functionality. I'm not going to explain step by step how to create a Unit Test project in Visual Studio but focus on some remarkable topics. In Dynamics 365 plugin development I have been using Moq...
1/11/2018 - TechNet Gallery
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1/11/2018 -
SQL Server 2017 was released in October last year with many new and interesting capabilities. For further information, please take a look at the product information at this location: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sql/sql-server/what-s-new-in-sql-server-2017. Over the last few months, the Dynamics NAV team has been testing compatibility with this new...
Categories: SQL Server - SQL Server 2017
1/11/2018 - MS DevOps Blog
Last year we released Deployment Groups in Public Preview during the May 2017 timeframe, which enabled customers to deploy software to their IaaS machines.  One of the big pieces of feedback we received was that this only partially addressed the scenario of customers sharing their IaaS machines (deployment targets) across multiple applications. For...
1/11/2018 -
This article details some of the more common error messages encountered when replicating on-premises Hyper-V virtual machines using Azure Site Recovery and explains in detail the troubleshooting steps to resolve them. Enable protection failed Ensure your configuration adheres to support matrix (supported/not-supported configurations) and prerequisites...
1/11/2018 -
Since I support Azure App Services and there is a influx of customers who want to use the Azure App on Linux stack, I felt it prudent to get my feet wet with Ubuntu.  Learning some #Bash too while I’m at it.  #Linux The instructions on how to do this already exist here, so I...
1/11/2018 -
Hello All, Saw this video from Ignite and thought I would do a dive on Azure Information Protection and show you some of the great things it can do.  Remember organizations no longer operate within their own perimeter. Data is traveling between users, devices, apps, and services more than ever before. And protecting your perimeter,...
1/11/2018 -
An app-consistent snapshot is a point-in-time snapshot of the application data inside the VM. Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) ensures that app on the VM are in a consistent state when the snapshot is taken.  This article details some of the common causes for No latest App Consistent Snapshot issue for VMWare to Azure when...
1/11/2018 -
In the previous blog post we discussed how the C# compiler transforms asynchronous methods. In this post, we'll focus on extensibility points the C# compiler provides for customizing the behavior of async methods. There are 3 ways how you can control the async method's machinery: Provide your own async method builder in the...
Categories: .net - C#
1/11/2018 -
Running Data Science VM on Azure for your data science and deep learning lab resources Create the lab infrastructure as follows Use a shared pool of Ubuntu Data Science VMs (with GPUs if doing deep learning) with each student getting a separate account. Recommendation is  allocate about 5 students per VM for our deep learning...
Categories: Azure - Virtual Machines
1/11/2018 -
This is the 3rd post in a series focused on leveraging DevTest labs to automate the creation of Custom Images in Azure.  Please refer to the 1st post for an overview of the solution, Introduction: Get VMs ready in minutes by setting up an image factory in Azure DevTest Labs and the 2nd post, Image...
Categories: Azure - DevTest Labs
1/10/2018 -
Final Update: Wednesday, 10 January 2018 23:08 UTCWe've confirmed that all systems are back to normal with no customer impact as of 01/10 22:10 UTC. Our logs show the incident started on 01/10 21:35 UTC and during that 35 minutes window ~4% customers might have seen data access issues. Root Cause: The failure was due to...
Categories: Azure - Azure Portal
1/10/2018 -
PowerShell Core 6.0 is a new edition of PowerShell that is cross-platform (Windows, macOS, and Linux), open-source, and built for heterogeneous environments and the hybrid cloud. First and foremost, thank you to all of our amazing community, especially our open-source contributors (the most recent of which you can find on our community dashboard at...
1/10/2018 -
Microsoft Intune Device Categories In this blog post, I am going to cover how to use Device Categories in Microsoft Intune.  Device Categories can help with managing devices using Microsoft Intune and Azure Active Directory. This post will build upon my last two blog post on Dynamic Groups...
Categories: Azure - IaaS - PaaS - Azure AD
1/10/2018 -
SQL Server 2017 gives you the power to build modern applications using the language of your choice, on-premises and in the cloud, on Windows, Linux, and Docker containers. In two new titles from Microsoft Press, explore the concepts and methodologies of managing SQL Server databases with hands-on practice to become a more experienced—and more...
1/10/2018 -
We've made a few changes to the C++ static analysis feature that should make it faster and easier to use. The behavior has changed slightly, and the menus have been moved around a bit, but we think that the new experience is faster and more consistent. Let's take a quick look at the changes. Single...
1/10/2018 -
Ever thought of Azure SQL/ SQL Server Input Trigger for the Function app? There is no predefined input trigger for SQL in Azure functions. Which means there is no way to trigger an Azure function on any change in the SQL data. Triggers mainly at present are Blob, Queue, Table, Eventhub, Http, Timer etc. In...
Categories: Azure - SQL Server
1/10/2018 -
In Part 3 of this 3 part series, App Dev Manager, Herald Gjura describes how to incorporate these libraries into an existing .NET application. Part 1: Migrating the libraries and project files Part 2: Upgrading the Continuous Delivery and Build/Release pipeline in VSTS Part 3: Integrating .NET Standard Class Libraries into existing projects In Part...
1/10/2018 -
The 3rd cumulative update release for SQL Server 2017 RTM is now available for download at the Microsoft Downloads site. Please note that registration is no longer required to download Cumulative updates. To learn more about the release, please visit: CU3 KB Article: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4052987 Starting with SQL Server 2017, we are...
Categories: SQL Server - SQL Server 2017
1/10/2018 -
If the registrant of the domain contact information has changed  and needs to be updated , follow the guidance below to make the necessary changes to make sure there is continuity of your use of the domain or any certificates associated with that domain. Follow these steps to update the contact information of your domain:...
Categories: Azure - PaaS - App Service
1/10/2018 - App Service Blog
If the registrant of the domain contact information has changed  and needs to be updated , follow the guidance below to make the necessary changes to make sure there is continuity of your use of the domain or any certificates associated with that domain. Follow these steps to update the contact information of your domain:... Read more
Categories: Azure - PaaS - App Service
1/10/2018 - Cloud Platform Blog
This is a blog post for a new, ongoing series of consolidated updates from the Cloud Platform team. We’re here to help you embrace the cloud. Realize your true potential with our unique innovations, comprehensive mobile solutions, and developer tools across the breadth of our product portfolio. To help you stay current, here are our... Read more
Categories: Azure - Microsoft Azure
1/10/2018 -
Database compatibility level 140 is now the default for new databases created in Azure SQL Database across almost all public regions.    As of this writing, there are already 539,903 databases in Azure SQL Database running in compatibility level 140. Questions related to this announcement: Why move to database compatibility level 140? The biggest change...
Categories: Azure - SQL Database
1/10/2018 -
Late last year,  we announced that H-Series virtual machines were coming to Azure Government to support high performance computing (HPC)  workloads. I'm excited to announce that H-Series VMs are now in preview in US Gov Arizona . Customers can leverage this new capability for any unclassified workload including ITAR and FedRAMP High. These VMs support...
1/10/2018 - ML Blog
This post is authored by Gopi Kumar, Principal Program Manager, and Paul Shealy, Senior Software Engineer at Microsoft. With the rise of Artificial Intelligence, the need to rapidly train a large number of data scientists and AI developers has never been more urgent. Microsoft is always looking for efficient ways to educate employees and customers......
Categories: Azure - Machine Learning - Azure ML
1/10/2018 -
Due to the News about IT Security in the beginning of 2018, I would like to share the information regarding SharePoint collected by my colleague Stefan Goßner. https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/stefan_gossner/2018/01/09/sharepoint-security-fixes-released-with-january-2018-pu-and-offered-through-microsoft-update/
1/10/2018 - TechNet Gallery
This PowerShell Workflow runbook connects to Azure using an Automation Credential and Starts/Stops a VM/a list of VMs/All VMs in a Subscription in-parallel.
Categories: Azure - IaaS - Azure Automation
1/10/2018 -
Today, we are releasing the November 2018 Security and Quality Rollup. See .NET Framework 4.7.1 is available on Windows Update, WSUS and MU Catalog! for separately available reliability updates for the .NET Framework 4.7.1. Security CVE-2018-0786 – Security Feature Bypass in X509 Certificate Validation Microsoft is aware of a security vulnerability in...
1/10/2018 -
Today, we are releasing the .NET for UWP January 2018 Update. This post includes the fix included and instructions on how to update your applications. Security CVE-2018-0786 – Security Feature Bypass in X509 Certificate Validation Microsoft is aware of a security vulnerability in the public versions of .NET Core where an attacker could present a...
1/10/2018 -
When creating an Azure App Service .NET Core is already pre-installed. However, only the 32 bit .NET runtime is installed. In this post we will look at a  few ways that you can get a 64 bit runtime on Azure App Service During the 2.1 timeframe we are hoping to have both 32 and 64...
1/9/2018 -
Edward Walton, Cloud Solution Architect Be sure to join the January 16 Modern Workplace: Security Partner Community call for part 2 of our presentation on Microsoft funded security assessments, previewed below. Miss part one? Read the overview and watch the community call on-demand. Continuing our community call series on Microsoft funded security...
1/9/2018 -
StorSimple appliances are closed systems designed specifically for the single purpose of being a storage appliance. As such, they do not expose any exploitable vulnerability related to Intel Meltdown and Intel Spectre issues. This applies to all StorSimple appliances including: 5000 series, 7000 series, 8000 series, and Virtual Array 1200.
Categories: Azure - StorSimple
1/9/2018 -
Today, we are happy to announce the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.7.1 is available on Windows Update, Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) and Microsoft Update (MU) Catalog. This includes reliability fixes based on your early feedback on the release. .NET Framework 4.7.1 is available for the following client and server platforms: Client platforms: Windows...
1/9/2018 -
During the great Windows Server 2003 content purge on TechNet in the summer of 2016 a lot of valuable documentation was lost. Part of it was recovered in the infamously huge PDF download with 2003 support content, and other content was ported to the new documentation site on https://docs.microsoft.com, but the rest was just gone....
Categories: Azure - IaaS - Azure AD
1/9/2018 -
Today, we are releasing the .NET Core January 2018 Update. This includes .NET Core  1.0.9, 1.1.6 and 2.0.5. Please leave feedback on the release in the comments below or at dotnet/core #1199. Security CVE-2018-0786 - Security Feature Bypass in X509 Certificate Validation Microsoft is aware of a security vulnerability in the public versions of .NET...