Azure – Blueprints now has built-in samples

UPDATED March 8 – 10:50 AM: blueprints for shared services and ASE/SQL workloads will be released next week. Blueprints for PCI compliance is in the roadmap Azure Blueprints – the Azure feature allowing you to define policies for managing your Azure environment – has been updated and now propose built-in samples to help you quickly start with it. When you create a new Blueprint you now have the choice between…

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Azure – Azure Premium Blog Storage now available in preview

The public preview of Azure Premium Blog Storage is now available. Premium Blob Storage is providing quicker data access by using SSD (solid-state drive) than with ‘classic’ Blob Storage (about 10 times quicker). This new storage capability on Azure can be helpful for workloads with high transaction rates, like IoT or Telemetry. Premium Blog Storage is available in US East, US East 2, US Central, US West, US West 2,…

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Azure – Instant restore is now available for virtual machine

Instant restore of virtual machine is now available in Azure. With this new capability, there is no more wait time for the snapshot to be copied into the Recovery Vault before being able to perform a restore operation. In addition, you can also overwrite the original disk instead of creating a copy when performing in-place restore. The rollout is starting today – currently available in West Central US, India South…

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Azure – A new security capability is now available in preview: Azure Sentinel

Azure Sentinel is a cloud-based  security information event management (SIEM) and security orchestrator automated response (SOAR)  providing you security analytics and threats intelligence from a single point. During the preview, Azure Sentinel is free of charge. Final pricing will be announced at a later stage; data import from Office 365 is free. To start using it and evaluate it, connect to  https://aka.ms/microsoftazuresentinel with your Azure administrator account start the creation…

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Azure – The Azure Recovery Vault reports are going to use PowerBi

If you use the Azure portal to access your Azure Recovery Vault backup reports you will start seeing a notification related to the Azure Backup Reporting upgrade which will start using PowerBi for the reports. To be able to start using PowerBi for your Azure Backup Reporting you need: a storage account, used to store the reports a PowerBi account, used to connect and create/edit/view the reports to have register…

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Azure – You can now define a time zone for your Azure Backup Policies for virtual machine

You can define a time zone when setting up (or updating) your Azure Backup policy. The next time you update or create an Azure Backup policy you will need to set the time zone for this policy. This can be quite helpful when you have an organization working in different time zone. If you already have virtual machine backup policies in place, it is the good time to take a…

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Azure – Dynamic Thresholds is now in preview for Azure Monitor

Dynamic Thresholds is now available in public preview, providing a significant enhancement to Azure Monitor Metric Alerts. With Dynamic Thresholds you no longer need to manually identify and set thresholds for alerts. The alert rule leverages advanced machine learning (ML) capabilities to learn metrics’ historical behavior, while identifying patterns and anomalies that indicate possible service issues. To start using it, just access the resource(s) you are monitoring and access the…

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Azure – Use Azure Information Protection to apply S/MIME protection (preview)

If you use Azure Information Protection (AIP) you can now use it to apply S/MIME protection. To enable S/MIME protection with AIP, logon to your Azure portal (https://portal.azure.com/) and reach out the Azure Information Protection configuration blade Then access the Policies\<the policy you want to configure> and open the the contextual menu (available at the end) to access the Advanced Settings There you have to configure the following settings and…

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Azure – You can now migrate your Classic deployment resources to ARM

As you know, Azure Resource Manager (ARM) is the default deployment model for Azure resources but if you had already deployed Azure resources using the old model/portal (Classic deployment) it was not easy (not to say impossible) to easily migrate these Classic resources to the new ARM. Now, you can If you have classic resources (like virtual machine, network or storage account) you can now use the Migrate to ARM…

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Azure – Want to influence the next capabilities for Azure Migrate?

You may already be using Azure Migrate. Or you are evaluating the capabilities. Well, you can influence the next capabilities for it by providing your input and participate to the private preview. To be involved you need to fill the form available here https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=v4j5cvGGr0GRqy180BHbR3jsP9XEFE1ClBlDcwuVgRZUODNERjNTVjJSUVRBVllMNzhRVDFESVozRS4u

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Azure – Azure AD B2B now supports one time password (preview)

Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) is making things easier to collaborate with external users (guest) by supporting email one-time password. This new capability (in preview) allows external users (guests) to sign in and authenticate against your Azure AD using a one time password (OTP) send by email when they do not have already a Microsoft corporate account (Azure AD), Google ID or Microsoft personal account (MSA). Each time such guest…

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Azure – An MSI package is now available for Az PowerShell module

Following the general release of the new Azure PowerShell module (Az) (see https://t.co/xrzdIDmG7M), Microsoft has made MSI packages available to allow you deploying this new module (as it used to be for the previous Azure PowerShell module) which will be helpful if you use software deployment system like SCCM. You can get the MSI package from: x86 bits https://github.com/Azure/azure-powershell/releases/download/v1.1.0-January2019/Az-Cmdlets-1.1.0.25353-x86.msi x64 bits https://github.com/Azure/azure-powershell/releases/download/v1.1.0-January2019/Az-Cmdlets-1.1.0.25353-x64.msi These packages are available for the latest version…

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