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Azure Portal goes Native on iOS and Android

Since the beginning of Microsoft Azure with the initial General Availability in February 2010, then Azure Portal has always been a Web Application. It’s gone through a couple of different HTML5 / Javascript versions, including a Silverlight version back in the early days. One things has been constant the entire time, and that is that the Azure Portal has always been a Web Application. That is until now! The Azure Portal is now available as a native mobile application for your mobile devices.

Many people have asked over the years, “Why doesn’t Microsoft make a native app for the Azure Portal?” There was a time when I even thought it was logical that Microsoft would build a Windows Store app for the Azure Portal. However, then I gave up that idea and started rationalizing the benefits of a Web Application over going Native.

While the Azure Portal has always been usage from a mobile device, after all it is an HTML5 / Javascript web application, it’s been a little clunky and cumbersome to use on a small screen. To our delight, Microsoft has decided to practice what they are preaching about mobile development and build a native, mobile application experience for the Microsoft Azure Portal.

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Azure Cloud Shell with Azure CLI inside Azure Portal

Here’s a short introduction to the Azure Cloud Shell; a new feature recently released into the Microsoft Azure Portal as part of the many announcements that Microsoft made at the Build 2017 conference. I also show off the Azure CLI 1.0 and 2.0 support in the Bash shell support of the Azure Cloud Shell; along with going through the portal UI to see what’s being created at the Command-Line as I go through to create a Resource Group, App Service Plan and App Service Web App from the CLI all within the Azure Portal! Enjoy!
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CosmosDB: The New DocumentDB NoSQL Database in Microsoft Azure

DocumentDB has been around for awhile now in Microsoft Azure. It’s a Document based, NoSQL database in the cloud. There’s been tons of advancements to the service over time, including MongoDB API support so you can use it in place of MongoDB for existing code bases. It’s always been called “DocumentDB” since initial release of the service, but for a time it was labeled as “NoSQL (DocumentDB)” in the Azure Portal. It seems there was some indication that Microsoft wasn’t happy with the name they first chose.

Today, we wake up in the morning to updates that have been made to the Azure Portal where DocumentDB is no longer there. Well, it actually is there, but has undergone renaming / rebranding. From this day forward, DocumentDB will no longer be called DocumentDB. Instead we will call this NoSQL, Document based database service….. Azure Cosmos DB.

From this day forward, DocumentDB will no longer be called DocumentDB. Instead we will call this NoSQL, Document based database service….. Azure Cosmos DB.

This naming change to CosmosDB isn’t the only thing released. There’s the all new “Data Explorer” UI in the Azure Portal that makes it a bit easier to use DocumentDB… ahem… CosmosDB too!

In the sessions and documentation that will come out of Microsoft and from the Microsoft Build 2017 conference which starts today, I’m sure we’ll hear all about these changes coming to our favorite NoSQL, Document store in the Microsoft Azure cloud.

For now, here are some link to additional artifacts I’ve found that show evidence that Microsoft is in fact renaming DocumentDB to CosmosDB:

Here’s the description in the Azure Portal when you search for “CosmosDB” in the Azure Marketplace:

Azure Cosmos DB is a fully managed, globally-distributed, horizontally scalable in storage and throughput, multi-model database service backed up by comprehensive SLAs. Azure Cosmos DB is the next generation of Azure DocumentDB. Cosmos DB was built from the ground up with global distribution and horizontal scale at its core – it offers turn-key global distribution across any number of Azure regions by transparently scaling and replicating your data wherever your users are. You can elastically scale throughput and storage worldwide and pay only for the throughput and storage you need. Cosmos DB guarantees single-digit millisecond latencies at the 99th percentile anywhere in the world, offers multiple well-defined consistency models to fine-tune for performance and guaranteed high availability with multi-homing capabilities – all backed by industry leading service level agreements (SLAs).

Cosmos DB is truly schema-agnostic – it automatically indexes all the data without requiring you to deal with schema and index management. Cosmos DB is multi-model – it natively supports document, key-value, graph and columnar data models. With Cosmos DB, you can access your data using NoSQL APIs of your choice — DocumentDB SQL (document), MongoDB (document), Azure Table Storage (key-value), and Gremlin (graph), are all natively supported. Cosmos DB is a fully managed, enterprise ready and trustworthy service. All your data is fully and transparently encrypted and secure by default. Cosmos DB is ISO, FedRAMP, EU, HIPAA, and PCI compliant as well.

Happy discovering new features!!

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Manage Azure Resource Policies in the Azure Portal

Here’s a short video I recorded that goes over how to manage Azure Resource Policies in the Azure Portal. Before the “how to” showing the Portal, I do give a brief explanation of what Azure Resource Policies are used for and why you would use them. I then go through the newly released UI within the Azure Portal that helps you easily setup and access the Resource Policy features within the Azure Portal. At the time of recording this I was using the “Preview” Azure Portal, but I would expect this features to be released to the Current Azure Portal in the near future. Enjoy! Read More

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Introduction to the Azure Portal

Here’s a short video I recorded that goes over how to access the Azure Portal (the Current Azure Management Portal). I cover an overview of the dynamics and mechanics of the Azure Portal and how to use it. I also show a few different ways of how to customize the Azure Portal to change the color theme, modify quicklinks in the left-side navigation, and how to easily customize and create multiple Dashboard views to give you easy DevOps style views into your applications and workloads running in the Microsoft Azure cloud. Additionally, I also cover a few tips and techniques that may help you in working with the Azure Portal overall.

I hope you enjoy this video. This is really just the first in an ongoing series of videos that I’m going to be publishing over on the Build Azure YouTube Channel. If you’re interested in seeing MANY more videos like this, then please go Subscribe to the http://youtube.com/BuildAzure channel!

Also, please don’t forget to Subscribe to BuildAzure.com to receive the latest Azure news in your email every Monday morning, in addition to all the latest awesome articles posted here!

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New Azure Preview Portal Grants Early Access to Features

With the “current” Azure Portal (http://portal.azure.com) in full force and Microsoft deprecating services / features within the “classic” Azure Portal, they have now made available a NEW Preview Portal. The NEW Preview Portal allows you to access Azure Portal features before they are released to the main Azure Portal. This enables a sort of “Insider Preview” for just the Azure Portal.

You can access the NEW Azure “Preview” Portal by visiting http://preview.portal.azure.com

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Here are some of the features you can expect in the NEW Azure “Preview” Portal today:

  • Full-screen blades – The Azure Portal has been optimized for both large and small screens with the addition of full-screen blades. This allows for more room to display blade content while reducing the amount of scrolling necessary within the portal.
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  • Subscription usage + quotas – Service usage / quotas for each subscription can now be viewed.
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  • Performance – Upgrades have been made to enable faster startup and improved responsiveness within the portal. These types of performance improvements will be released to the new Preview Portal first before being rolled out to the Current Portal.
  • Notifications – You can now expand notifications within the portal without navigating away and losing your place in the current blade being displayed.
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  • Accessibility – Some usability and readability improvements are being made to the Portal to improve accessibility for everyone.
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To leave feedback on your experience in the NEW Preview Portal, you can contact Microsoft using the following methods:

  1. Post feedback and / or ideas on the Azure portal feedback forum
  2. Tweet comments to the @AzurePortal Twitter account (you can also Follow this account for updates as well)
  3. Click on the Smile icon in the header of the Preview Azure Portal

Here’s the original announcement from Microsoft for the NEW Azure Preview Portal:
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/get-early-access-to-new-portal-features-2/

Have fun peeking into the future!

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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!

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Why is the Azure Portal a Web App?

There have been a few incarnations of the Microsoft Azure Management Portal over the years. The current state is a fairly easy to use Web Application that is built as a Single Page Application (SPA). But, why is the Azure Portal a Web App instead of a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app distributed through the Windows Store? Why isn’t it a native app in all the popular App Stores? This post digs into the specifics of why the Azure Portal is a Web App, as well as explains a few of the benefits and trade-offs of being a Web App. Read More