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Azure Flash News Episode for 2018-12-14

Show Notes

You can find the archive for this show here.


Rick Weyenberg email: twitter: @codeboarder

Mark Garner email: twitter: @mgarner


twitter: @azureflashnews


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Azure Backup Server now supports SQL 2017 with new enhancements

  • V3 is the latest upgrade for Microsoft Azure Backup Server (MABS). Azure Backup Server can now be installed on Windows Server 2019 with SQL 2017 as its database. MABS V3 brings key enhancements in the areas of storage and security.

Azure Functions now supported as a step in Azure Data Fact...

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Azure Backup Server now supports SQL 2017 with new enhancements

V3 is the latest upgrade for Microsoft Azure Backup Server (MABS). Azure Backup Server can now be installed on Windows Server 2019 with SQL 2017 as its database. MABS V3 brings key enhancements in the areas of storage and security.


Preventing critical volumes’ data loss

While selecting volumes for storage that should be used for backups by MABS, user may accidently select the wrong volume. Selecting volumes containing critical data may result in unexpected data loss. With MABS V3 you can prevent this by disabling these volumes to be available for backup storage, thus keeping your critical data secure from unexpected deletion.

TLS 1.2

Transport Layer Security (TLS) is the cryptographic protocol which ensures communication security over the network. With TLS 1...

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Azure Functions now supported as a step in Azure Data Factory pipelines

Azure Functions is a serverless compute service that enables you to run code on-demand without having to explicitly provision or manage infrastructure. Using Azure Functions, you can run a script or piece of code in response to a variety of events. Azure Data Factory (ADF) is a managed data integration service in Azure that allows you to iteratively build, orchestrate, and monitor your Extract Transform Load (ETL) workflows. Azure Functions is now integrated with ADF, allowing you to run an Azure function as a step in your data factory pipelines.

Simply drag an “Azure Function activity” to the General section of your activity toolbox to get started.


You need to set up an Azure Function linked service in ADF to create a connection to your Azure Function app.


Provide the Azure Function nam...

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Automate Always On availability group deployments with SQL Virtual Machine resource provider

We are excited to share that a new, automated way to configure high availability solutions for SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines (VMs) is now available using our SQL VM resource provider.

To get started today, follow the instructions in the table below.

High availability architectures are designed to continue to function even when there are database, hardware, or network failures. Azure Virtual Machine instances using Premium Storage for all operating system disks and data disks offers 99.9 percent availability. This SLA is impacted by three scenarios – unplanned hardware maintenance, unexpected downtime, and planned maintenance.

To provide redundancy for your application, we recommend grouping two or more virtual machines in an Availability Set so that during either a planned or unplan...

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Streamlined IoT device certification with Azure IoT certification service

For over three years, we have helped customers find devices that work with Azure IoT technology through the Azure Certified for IoT program and the Azure IoT device catalog. In that time, our ecosystem has grown to one of the largest in the industry with more than 1,000 devices and starter kits from over 250 partners.

Today, we are taking steps to further to grow our device partner ecosystem with the release of Azure IoT certification service (AICS), a new web-based test automation workflow, which is now generally available. AICS will significantly reduce the operational processes and engineering costs for hardware manufacturers to get their devices certified for Azure Certified for IoT program and be showcased on the Azure IoT device catalog.

Over the past year, we’ve made significant imp...

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Creating a smart grid with technology and people

This blog post was authored by Peter Cooper, Senior Product Manager, Microsoft IoT.

It’s 1882. Thomas Edison has just surpassed his breakthrough invention—the first incandescent lightbulb—by collaborating with J.P. Morgan to open the first industrial-scale power station in the United States.

Flash forward to today: Power generation, distribution, transmission, and consumption now drive business and modern life around the globe. The industry operates on a vast scale, with a complex web of relationships and technology that enables instant, reliable delivery throughout much of the developed world.

And that grid that got its start back in the 19th century? It’s sorely in need of a massive update...

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Azure Marketplace new offers – Volume 27

We continue to expand the Azure Marketplace ecosystem. From November 1 to November 16, 2018, 61 new offers successfully met the onboarding criteria and went live. See details of the new offers below:

Virtual machines

CIS Ubuntu Linux 18.04 LTS Benchmark L1

CIS Ubuntu Linux 18.04 LTS Benchmark L1: This image of Ubuntu Linux 18.04 is preconfigured by CIS to the recommendations in the associated CIS Benchmark. CIS Benchmarks are vendor-agnostic, consensus-based security configuration guides.

Couchbase Enterprise

Couchbase Enterprise: Modernize your technology environment with Couchbase's full-featured engagement database. It's adaptive, responsive, scalable, intelligent, highly available, and easy to manage.

CyberPosture Intelligence 1-Month - Trial

CyberPosture Intelligence 1-Month – Trial: Cavirin CyberPosture Intelligence combines automated discovery, monitoring, infras...

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Microsoft previews neural network text-to-speech

Applying the latest in deep learning innovation, Speech Service, part of Azure Cognitive Services now offers a neural network-powered text-to-speech capability. Access the preview available today.

Neural Text-to-Speech makes the voices of your apps nearly indistinguishable from the voices of people. Use it to make conversations with chatbots and virtual assistants more natural and engaging, to convert digital texts such as e-books into audiobooks and to upgrade in-car navigation systems with natural voice experiences and more.

This release includes significant enhancements since we first revealed Neural Text-to-Speech at Ignite earlier this year.

Enhanced voice quality

The voices sound more robust and natural across a wider variety of user scenarios, achieved by harnessing the following:

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Static websites on Azure Storage now generally available

Today we are excited to announce the general availability of static websites on Azure Storage, which is now available in all public cloud regions.

What is a static website?

Static websites refer to websites that can be loaded and served statically from a pre-defined set of files. You can now build a static website using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript files that are hosted on Azure Storage. In contrast, if you want to host a dynamic website with the ASP.NET, Java, or Node runtime, use Azure Web Apps and rely on the runtime to generate and serve your web content dynamically.

Static websites can be powerful with the use of client-side JavaScript. You can build a web app using popular frameworks like React.js and Angular and host it on Azure Blob storage...

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Know exactly how much it will cost for enabling DR to your Azure VMs

Azure offers built-in disaster recovery (DR) solution for Azure Virtual Machines through Azure Site Recovery (ASR). In addition to the broadest global coverage, Azure has the most comprehensive resiliency strategy in the industry from mitigating rack level failures with Availability Sets and data center failures with Availability Zones to protecting against large-scale events with failover to separate regions with ASR. A common question we get is about costs associated with configuring DR for Azure virtual machines. We have listened and prioritized.

Configuring disaster recovery for Azure VMs using ASR will incur the following charges.

  • ASR licensing cost per VM.
  • Network egress costs to replicate data changes from the source VM disks to another Azure region...
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