Azure

Kelverion Runbook Studio now available via the Microsoft Azure Market Place

Kelverion have this week released a new VM to the Microsoft Azure Marketplace for the Kelverion Runbook Studio for Azure Automation. This Azure Market Place VM provides an installed version of the Kelverion Runbook Studio, licencing server for Kelverion Integration Modules and tutorials for authoring with Runbook Studio and a sample runbook for using the Integration Modules for ServiceNow and SQL Server. The sample Runbook provides an OMS Alert to ServiceNow Incident Ticket Creation example.   The Kelverion Runbook Studio provides rich graphical authoring of Azure Automation Runbooks without the need for a permanent internet connection. The Runbook Studio is aimed firmly at IT professionals who do not have much experience or knowledge of PowerShell but still want to leverage the power...

Package Management Extension for Visual Studio Team Services Now Available

The Package Management extension for Visual Studio Team Services is now generally available. Package Management helps you move to DevOps workflows with continuous integration and delivery. It hosts your NuGet packages so that you can avoid hosting your own private NuGet servers and file shares. Support for npm packages is also included as a public preview. Package Management is sold per user per month, and is included for Visual Studio Enterprise subscribers (Visual Studio Enterprise with MSDN, Visual Studio Enterprise annual, and Visual Studio Enterprise monthly). Learn more… Visual Studio Team Services Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Devs, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

Public Preview Available for Microsoft Azure SQL Database Management Pack

Microsoft has released the Azure SQL Database Management Pack (6.7.11.0) into public preview in hopes that customers will install, test, and provide direct feedback. Specific feedback can be emailed to: sqlmpsfeedback@microsoft.com Download: Microsoft System Center Management Pack (Community Technical Preview 1) for Azure SQL Database Features and fixes in this latest update: Azure Resource Manager is now supported: the previous versions of the Management Pack used T-SQL queries to SQL Server system views to get information on the databases health and performance; now, the Management Pack can also get this information from Azure REST API (this is a preferred option) Multiple subscriptions and multiple servers are now supported Added support of Azure AD authentication Added regular expressi...

Microsoft Launches Free Azure Training and New Cloud Certifications

That’s why I’m so excited to announce the launch of new, free Azure training courses available in a self-paced, interactive online learning environment, as well as new opportunities for Azure certification at a deep discount. Six courses are available today, and we’re adding 6 more in the next few weeks – with more coming over the next few months! … Finishing each MOOC includes a digital certificate of completion ready to share on professional networking sites like LinkedIn. … If you want to prove your skills in a single area, you can purchase a single exam, retake, and practice test for $99. If you want to prove your broad cloud mastery, you can purchase three exams, retakes, and practice tests for $279. This is a major discount from market value, and in January we’ll be partn...

PowerShell Azure AD v2.0 Cmdlets Now Generally Available

After an updated public preview a month ago, Microsoft has now officially released PowerShell Azure AD v2.0 Cmdlets to the general public. Read the official announcement, find information about changes in the public release and get help with deployment: #AzureAD PowerShell V2.0 is now GA Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Devs, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

HPE Wants to Use Azure to Be your IT Organization

Under the radar, HPE recently announced a new program where the company wants to use Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform to assume management over specific technology services and functions in for businesses. The offering includes: Management of virtual server, storage and network infrastructure so that clients can focus on their business’s core competencies Service provisioning and de-provisioning as well as infrastructure configurations management so that clients can govern their resources usage based on their application requirements Operations support, active directory management, operating system patching services – all to allow the IT and Business leaders to focus on achieving business outcomes Backup and recovery services, and Security services to ensure that best practices are i...

Azure Advisor in Preview, Provides Configuration Recommendations

New products and service roll out for Azure weekly, sometimes daily. Azure itself is becoming a behemoth of a platform with so many functions, features, operations, and services that its difficult to keep up. So much so that Azure is becoming like other on-premises products where a small misconfiguration can cause issues down the line. To help minimize issues, Microsoft has announced Azure Advisor… …we are excited to announce the public preview of Azure Advisor, a personalized recommendation engine that provides proactive best practices guidance for optimally configuring your Azure resources. What it does… Azure Advisor analyzes your resource configuration and usage telemetry to detect risks and potential issues. It then draws on Azure best practices to recommend solution...

Azure Friday: Enterprise Integration with Azure Logic Apps

Jon Fancey joins Scott to talk about Azure Logic Apps, iPaaS, and enterprise integration. With the new XML and B2B processing features in Logic Apps, Jon shows how you can quickly create cloud-scale processes for exchanging data securely with trading partners as well as validating and transforming XML data using an Integration Account. Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Devs, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

Backup VMware to Azure Using Latest Azure Backup Services

Today Microsoft has announced a new component to Azure Backup Server, allowing VMware customers to back up their critical VMs to Microsoft’s Azure storage service. We are excited to announce that Azure Backup Server now supports VMware VM backup to disk and to cloud for offsite copy or long term retention. Prior to this update, Azure Backup Server protected workloads such as SQL, Exchange, SharePoint and files on Windows servers running either on physical machines or Hyper-V, VMware virtual machines. Azure Backup has been a free download that doesn’t require a System Center License or a SQL license for the server DB. Features: Agentless Backup: Azure Backup Server uses VMware’s VADP API to protect VMware VMs remotely without installing agents on vCenter or ESXi servers, freeing...

Microsoft Announces Azure Application Insights Release

At its Connect event today, Microsoft has announced that its Azure Application Insights is now generally available. Once named Visual Studio Application Insights, Microsoft has rebranded under the Azure umbrella along with delivering it publicly. Additionally, Microsoft is delivering updated pricing now that the service is fully available. Today at the Connect() 2016 event in New York, we announced the general availability of Azure Application Insights (previously Visual Studio Application Insights) and launched our new pricing structure. With this announcement, Application Insights now provides a financially backed SLA offering 99.9% availability. Application Insights is an integrated application performance management (APM) and application analytics solution. It enables development teams...

Azure Data Lake Reaches GA

Microsoft today has announced yet another product delivery in Azure Data Lake. Azure Data Lake was first talked about at the first Microsoft Ignite in Chicago just 2 years ago. After a 2 year development and testing process, Microsoft believes the product/service is now ready for public consumption. Today we are announcing the general availability of Azure Data Lake, ushering in a new era of productivity for your big data developers and scientists. Fundamentally different from today’s cluster-based solutions, the Azure Data Lake services enable you to securely store all your data centrally in a “no limits” data lake, and run on-demand analytics that instantly scales to your needs. Our state-of-the-art development environment and rich and extensible U-SQL language enable you to write, debug...

Microsoft Takes Bots to the Cloud with Bot-as-a-Service

Bot is the new black. Microsoft is now taking Bots to Azure… In order to make it easier to get started creating a bot, today we are excited to announce a new service which is built using the Bot Framework and Azure Functions: Azure Bot Service. Further… Azure Bot Service is the first public cloud bot-service powered by the Microsoft Bot Framework and serverless compute in Microsoft Azure. With this cloud service, you can build, connect, deploy and manage intelligent bots that interact naturally wherever your users are talking – from your app or website to text/sms, Slack, Facebook Messenger, Skype, Teams, Kik, Office 365 mail and other popular services. Bots run on Azure Functions, a serverless environment, so they scale based on demand and you pay only for the resources your b...