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Here’s a list of the Microsoft Azure Service Updates from over the past week:
- General availability: Larger block blobs in Azure Storage
- Azure DevTest Labs available in UK South and UK West
- General availability: Enterprise Integration Pack for Logic Apps
- Logic Apps available in India and West US 2/West Central US regions
- Azure SQL Data Warehouse: Enhanced loading, monitoring, and troubleshooting experience
- Verizon geo-filtering migration
- Azure DevTest Labs: Set auto-shutdown for a single lab VM
- DocumentDB: Change Feed support
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Here are some of the most notable links from the week:
- The Polynimbus Cloud Enterprise by Chris Pietschmann
- How to Deploy a (Functions / Angular / Other native HTML5) App to Azure App Service from CI and CD tools. by William Eastbury
- (Cross-Post) General Availability: Larger Block Blobs in Azure Storage by Michael Hauss
- Service Bus, .NET Standard, and Open Source by John Taubensee
- Connecting my Particle Photon Internet of Things device to the Azure IoT Hub by Scott Hanselman
Here’s a collection of some of the most note worthy blog articles posted over the past week:
- Microsoft Certified for IoT Device Catalog by Chris Pietschmann
- Connecting to a remote Azure Service Fabric cluster using PowerShell by Larry Wall
- Securing Azure HDInsight with Apache Ranger & Azure Active Directory Domain-joined Clustering by Anindita
- Azure Service Fabric with Azure Diagnostics and Nlog log retrieval by Larry Wall
- Change Data Retention Period for Log Analytics in Operations Management Suite by martynas
- Automatically Monitor and Change the service tier and performance level (pricing tier) of an Azure SQL database based on the DTU alert using Webhooks, Alerts, Runbooks by Pooja Kamath
- My Take on an Azure Open Source Cross-Platform DevOps Toolkit–Part 4 by BrunoTerkaly
- How to Add Application Insights telemetry to and existing .Net Core Application by Aram Koukia
- Power BI 12 Days of Dashboards – Day 12 – Crazy Christmas Dashboard by Samuel Lester
- Migrate SQL database from On-Prem to Azure using SQL Database Migration Wizard tool by Don Castelino
- Exercise your greatest power as a developer by Nicole Herskowitz
- Flashback 2016 – Highlights from Azure SQL Data Warehouse by John Macintyre
- Export Azure RateCard data to CSV with C# and Billing API by Armin Reiter
- A self-contained Azure Media Service (AMS) end-to-end szenario with dynamic AES128 encryption by juliajauss
- Power BI 12 Days of Dashboards – Day 8 – Fitbit Dashboard by Samuel Lester
- Power BI 12 Days of Dashboards – Day 9 – Building your first SCCM Report in Power BI by Samuel Lester
- Power BI 12 Days of Dashboards – Day 10 – Exploring Twitter Data by Samuel Lester
- Power BI 12 Days of Dashboards – Day 11 – NFL Football Touchdown Dashboard by Samuel Laster
- Azure SQL Elastic Pool – ARM Templates by Vincent-Philippe Lauzon
- Project Bletchley – Corda Distributed Ledger available on Azure by Christine Avanessians
- Using Azure App Service Authentication with ASP.NET (Classic) MVC Applications by Adrian Hall
- Microsoft Azure Storage Import/Export Announcements by Rena Shah
- Real-time Prediction using Azure Machine Learning with Stream Analytics and Power BI by Agarwal Gaurav
- Securing an Azure Service Fabric cluster with Azure Active Directory via the Azure Portal by Larry Wall
- Creating and Deploying your first #NetCore web application to #Azure by Aram Kaukia
- Use Key Encryption Keys to Backup Your Encrypted Azure Virtual Machines by Thomas W Shinder
- Azure Analysis Services is now available in North Europe and West US by Josh Caplan
- Get Threat Intelligence Reports with Azure Security Center by Thomas W Shinder
- Integral Analytics moves to Azure SQL Data Warehouse from AWS for high performance by Prem Prakash
- Azure Media Services Video Subclipper open-source release by Dwayne George
- Several New Azure Services now available in UK by Andres Juarez
- Announcing Exclude Disk Support for Hyper-V VMs with ASR by Nitin Soneji
Here are links to some of the videos that have been posted over the past week:
Audio / Podcasts
To complete the collection of different mediums to allow you to consume your Azure news / info in any way you want, here’s a list of the podcasts released this week:
- Episode 158 – Tales from the field – Seemless migration to Azure via The Azure Podcast
- Episode 170 | News from AWS re:Invent and ExpressRoute for Office 365 via Microsoft Cloud Show
- Episode 171 | More AWS re:Invent news, Microsoft news and an Interview with Scott Hoag and Ben Stegink on What’s New in Azure via Microsoft Cloud Show
General Cloud / Related
Here’s some noteworthy links about Cloud computing and other related topics that aren’t necessarily specific to Microsoft Azure:
- Verizon gearing up to dominate IoT landscape in 2017 by David Curry
- SQL Server on Linux, aka project Helsinki: Story behind the idea by SlavaO
- Adding HTTPS Support to Individual Windows Containers Using Self Issued Certificates by Benjamin Xue
- IoT devices go forth and multiply, to increase 200% by 2021 by Donal Power
Microsoft and SparkFun have teamed up to bring you some IoT (Internet of Things) fun. The Microsoft Azure IoT Starter Kit for the SparkFun Thing Development Board has been designed to help you seamlessly connect your device to the cloud with Microsoft Azure IoT. This kit includes an ‘Azure certified for IoT’ SparkFun Thing Dev Board, and a breadboard and wires to help you set up your circuits. There are also a variety of sensors such as a photoresistor to sense light as well as a humidity/temperature sensor to read the ambient temperature and humidity in a room (or outdoors with some weatherproofing). Once your board is connected to Microsoft Azure you can start visualizing and analyzing your data.
Microsoft Azure is a leading provider of cloud computing and Microsoft Azure IoT Hub enables secure, reliable bi-directional communications between IoT endpoints such as sensors and the cloud. Azure IoT Hub supports a broad set of operating systems (Linux, Windows, RTOS etc.), protocols and common languages, so you can configure your connections to the devices.
The SparkFun Thing Dev Board is based on the popular ESP8266 WiFi module. With it you have a simple microcontroller with built in WiFi to interface with your sensors, buttons, and LEDs that can be controlled from or post data to the web. Everything you need to get started from voltage regulation to a PCB antenna are built into the board. Just plug a USB cable into the board and you can actually start programming in the Arduino IDE or other environments.
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