Month: January 2017

Azure Weekly

Azure Weekly: Jan 30, 2017

Are you having difficulty keeping up to date on all the frequent changes and updates in the Microsoft Azure space? Then the Build Azure Weekly has the solution you’re looking for. Build Azure Weekly is a weekly blog post that includes all the latest Microsoft Azure Service Updates from the week in addition to links to many other blog articles, podcasts and videos from all over the Internet.

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Service Updates

Here’s a list of the Microsoft Azure Service Updates from over the past week:

Top Links

Here are some of the most notable links from the week:

Monthly Sponsor

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Receive Azure Subscription Invoice Statements via Email

Sometimes the little features added to software and services can really go a long way. Recently, Microsoft added a new Generally Available feature to Microsoft Azure that adds the ability to get your Azure Subscription invoice statements emailed to you automatically. This is a feature you would have thought would have been there already, but now it really is.

The feature is “Opt-in” so you need to go into your Azure Subscription and turn it on. To do this you can simply navigate to the Azure Portal, then go to your Subscription and under Billing Account click Invoices. Then you will be presented with a button titled Send my Invoice.

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Clicking the Send my Invoice button will open a dialog where you can Opt-in and Agree to the warning terms to start receiving your Azure Subscription invoices via Email.

azuresendbillinginvoices02Once you Opt-in the Email address for the Subscription Administrator will automatically be entered in to receive the invoice emails. You can also click on Configure, and then add any other Email recipients you would like those Azure Subscription invoice statements to go to as well.

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There is also the option to click on Opt-out to stop receiving your Azure Subscription invoices via email if you no longer wish to receive them this way.

NOTE:  You can only access this feature if you are an Account Admin. Also, this Send my invoice feature is only available for some Azure Subscriptions such as Pay-as-you-go. Any EA or CSP Azure Subscriptions will NOT be able to utilize this feature.

This should help ease the pain of Azure Subscription invoicing and expensing!

BookTraining

Searchable Azure Book Catalog from Build Azure

It’s generally difficult to find a good book on cloud and Microsoft Azure related material to help learn from. This can be extremely frustrating when you’re new to a technology and are looking for a concise source to get up to speed, and good books are the perfect solution to this. After some deliberation, I’ve decided to start a new project for Build Azure. The new project is the Build Azure Book Catalog, and it’s located at http://books.buildazure.com

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Azure Weekly

Azure Weekly: Jan 23, 2017

Are you having difficulty keeping up to date on all the frequent changes and updates in the Microsoft Azure space? Then the Build Azure Weekly has the solution you’re looking for. Build Azure Weekly is a weekly blog post that includes all the latest Microsoft Azure Service Updates from the week in addition to links to many other blog articles, podcasts and videos from all over the Internet.

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Service Updates

Here’s a list of the Microsoft Azure Service Updates from over the past week:

Top Links

Here are some of the most notable links from the week:

Monthly Sponsor

buildazure_monthlysponsor_banner_01I am currently looking to sign up additional sponsors of Build Azure. If you’re interested, please go here for more information, or contact me directly. If you want to see some information about the traffic and audience reach of Build Azure, please read the “2016: Build Azure Year in Review” post.

 

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Azure Web Apps only in Current Portal from February 1, 2017

azure-app-service-web-app_colorMicrosoft has been working for a couple years to add support to all existing Azure services, as well as a plethora of new services, within the Current Azure Portal (http://portal.azure.com). One of the huge services that wasn’t available in the Current Azure Portal until recently is Azure AD; which is still in Preview within the Current Portal. However, Azure Web Apps have been supported in the Current Azure Portal for about 2 years or so at this point, and Microsoft is taking this new / current portal migration even further…

Starting February 1, 2017, Azure Web Apps will no longer be available in the “Classic” Azure Portal (http://manage.windowsazure.com). For most the duality of the Portals has been a bit frustrating, and it’s relieving to see that Microsoft is making the move to not just add support for services in the Current Portal, but also remove them from the “Classic” Portal.

This step is really a move towards an ARM (Azure Resource Manager) only world within the Microsoft Azure cloud. The “Classic” Azure Portal is built around the old Azure Service Manager (ASM) model. While the Current Azure Portal is built around the much newer, and feature rich ARM (Azure Resource Manager) model that brings features such as ARM Templates, RBAC (Role-Based Access Control), and is the set of APIs that all newer Azure Services only support.

Development

Azure Logic App Updates January 2017

logic-apps-new-colorMicrosoft has announces a bunch of updates to Azure Logic Apps. If you’re note familiar with Azure Logic Apps, they provide a “no-code” solution for using a WYSIWYG (or visual) designer that allows you to build and configure business process workflow automation via drag-n-drop actions. You can also drop down to edit the JSON definition directly, but you don’t need to be a programmer to use the “no-code”, visual designer. There are many amazing features in Azure Logic Apps, and with this latest update release Azure Logic Apps is getting even better and more powerful!

Here’s a simple list of the updates in this January 2017 update:

  • New connector search experience to search by service and then view all triggers and actions
  • Use the new Switch Condition to implement branch logic using switch and cases
  • New authentication options have been added to HTTP actions
  • Many actions have newly updated Icons and brand colors
  • New Dynamic outputs in dynamic fields support in the Designer.

Here are some bug fixes released:

  • OAuth fixes for IE11
  • Fix occasional errors when switching to code-view before finishing configuring actions
  • Correctly surface XML errors / exceptions from use of @xml()
  • zoom fixes in IE11
  • Correctly reload Compose card when inputs and outputs are empty

There are also a few new Azure Logic App Connectors. Here’s the list of connectors that have been added:

  • OneNote (Business)
  • Stripe
  • Power BI Steaming Dataset
  • Outlook Tasks
  • Typeform

It’s really nice to see some more recent updates to Azure Logic Apps. It’s a really great service, and as with most software it can always be improved and made more powerful. However, it’s really pretty great as it already stands today. Great job Azure Logic Apps team!

This article is based off a recent 2017-01-10 release update announcement from Microsoft.

Azure Weekly

Azure Weekly: Jan 16, 2017

Are you having difficulty keeping up to date on all the frequent changes and updates in the Microsoft Azure space? Then the Build Azure Weekly has the solution you’re looking for. Build Azure Weekly is a weekly blog post that includes all the latest Microsoft Azure Service Updates from the week in addition to links to many other blog articles, podcasts and videos from all over the Internet.

If you want to receive these in your email, then don’t forget to Subscribe!

Service Updates

Here’s a list of the Microsoft Azure Service Updates from over the past week:

Top Links

Here are some of the most notable links from the week:

Monthly Sponsor

buildazure_monthlysponsor_banner_01I am currently looking to sign up additional sponsors of Build Azure. If you’re interested, please go here for more information, or contact me directly. If you want to see some information about the traffic and audience reach of Build Azure, please read the “2016: Build Azure Year in Review” post.

 

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Microsoft Cloud Platform Roadmap

The Microsoft Cloud Platform roadmap provides a snapshot of what Microsoft is working on in their Cloud Platform business. You can use the roadmap to find out what they’ve recently made generally available, released into public preview, are still developing and testing, or are no longer developing.

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The Microsoft Cloud Platform Roadmap really gives you a nice view into the current state of many features and services within Microsoft’s overall Cloud Platform. However, it doesn’t give specific release dates as you might expect a roadmap to do, but it is organized well and easy to navigate. If you’re ever curious about the state of things or what upcoming, then the Microsoft Cloud Platform Roadmap is a nice place to go.

The Microsoft Cloud Platform Roadmap is broken out into the main categories (tabs at the top) of:

  • Recently Available
  • Public Preview
  • In Development
  • Cancelled
  • Archive

Within each category is the ability to filter the list of updates by a few subcategories, as well as the ability to select a filter to narrow down the list by a specific product. The list of subcategories (tabs on the left) are:

  • Cloud infrastructure
  • Enterprise mobility
  • Data management and analytics
  • Application development
  • Internet of Things

You can view the Cloud Platform Roadmap here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/cloud-platform/roadmap-in-development

EventsTraining

Free Microsoft Tech Summit Events in 2017

The Microsoft Tech Summit provides Free, two-day technical training for IT professionals and developers with experts who build the cloud services across Microsoft Azure, Office 365, and Windows 10. These events are being hosted ALL over the world, and you don’t want to miss out on this amazing free training! It doesn’t matter if you already know your way around the Microsoft cloud, or are completely new and just getting started.  These events boast 70 technical training sessions and hands-on labs to help build up your cloud skills. Plus, you’ll have an opportunity to connect with Microsoft engineering experts, technology partners, and your industry peers who can all help you make the most out of the Microsoft cloud!

Find a city and Register for an event near you!

Which cities?

Here’s a list of the currently published Tech Summit events around the globe:

  • Amsterdam – March 23 – 24
  • Birmingham – March 27 – 28
  • Chicago – January 19 – 20
  • Copenhagen – March 30 – 31
  • Bangalore – March 16 – 17
  • Frankfurt – February 9 – 10
  • Johannesburg – February 6 – 7
  • Milan – March 20 – 21
  • Seoul – April 27 – 28
  • Singapore – March 13 – 14
  • Washington D.C. – March 6 – 7

The above cities and dates are just the Tech Summit events in 2017. There were already a number of  awesome events held in 2016 (last year) in Taipei, Prague, Toronto, Sao Paulo, Mexico City, and Tel Aviv!!

Daily Agenda

The daily agenda for the 2 day long Tech Summit events is packed full of Sessions and Networking opportunities! Here’s a breakout of the daily agenda both days.

Day 1 Conference Agenda

  • Breakfast – Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • Morning – Keynote & General Sessions
  • Lunch & Networking
  • Afternoon – IT Pro & Developer Breakouts
  • Reception – Ask the Experts Reception

Day 2 Conference Agenda

  • Breakfast – Continental Breakfast
  • Morning – General Sessions AND IT Pro & Developer Breakouts
  • Lunch & Networking
  • Afternoon – IT Pro & Developer Breakouts

Go Register Now!

Azure Weekly

Azure Weekly: Jan 9, 2017

Are you having difficulty keeping up to date on all the frequent changes and updates in the Microsoft Azure space? Then the Build Azure Weekly has the solution you’re looking for. Build Azure Weekly is a weekly blog post that includes all the latest Microsoft Azure Service Updates from the week in addition to links to many other blog articles, podcasts and videos from all over the Internet.

If you want to receive these in your email, then don’t forget to Subscribe!

Service Updates

Here’s a list of the Microsoft Azure Service Updates from over the past week:

Top Links

Here are some of the most notable links from the week:

Monthly Sponsor

buildazure_monthlysponsor_banner_01I am currently looking to sign up additional sponsors of Build Azure. If you’re interested, please go here for more information, or contact me directly. If you want to see some information about the traffic and audience reach of Build Azure, please read the “2016: Build Azure Year in Review” post.

 

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