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Azure CDN Endpoint Interactive Map

The Microsoft Azure CDN (Content Delivery Network) provides secure, reliable content delivery with a broad global reach along with rich features. The Azure CDN endpoints are not the same as the Azure Regions, and Microsoft has the list of cities for the CDN locations published in the Azure documentation. However, a list of city names isn’t very good at allowing you to visualize the true global reach of the Azure CDN.

To help better visualize the Azure CDN endpoint locations, I’ve put together the Microsoft Azure CDN Interactive Map that allows you to pan around and zoom in/out to more easily see where the Microsoft Azure CDN endpoints are located around the globe.

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The Microsoft Azure CDN Interactive Map is Open Source and hosted on Github if you’re curious to see the source code behind it too!

Azure Weekly

Azure Weekly: Sept. 26, 2016

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:

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Events

Watch Microsoft Ignite 2016 Streaming Online – Keynotes, Sessions, and More!

microsoftigniteThe Microsoft Ignite 2016 conference is being held this week, Sept 26 – 30, in Atlanta, GA. The event has been sold out for quite some time, so if you missed out, don’t worry, you can watch the Keynotes, Sessions and More completely FREE online!

When is Ignite 2016?

The Microsoft Ignite Conference 2016 is Monday September 26 through Friday September 30, 2016.

Watch Online

To watch the Microsoft Ignite 2016 keynotes, sessions and other content, completely FREE, just navigate to the following URL to view the live stream during the event:

http://ignite.microsoft.com

The online broadcast begins Monday, September 26 at 8:30 AM EDT.

Broadcast Schedule: Monday, Sept 26

8:30 AM EDT – Keynote Pre-show

The day is going to be kicked off with a look at the top IT trends with tech reporter Mary Jo Foley, MVP customer Naomi Moneypenny and analyst Andrew Snodgrass. There will also be a special engineering segment with Jeffrey Snover; the creator of PowerShell!

9:00 AM EDT – Microsoft Ignite Keynote

Technology continues to rapidly grow, offering us new ways of working and empowering digital transformation for all organizations. Key to our ability to harness technology is our ability to evolve with it, to harness new capabilities and learn new skills. Join Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President, Microsoft; on Monday morning to start Microsoft Ignite. Scott will focus on how technology enables digital transformation and, along with guests, demonstrate new technologies. He will also discuss how IT is transforming and detail investments and programs to help enable this.

You can watch the keynote in person in the Phillips Arena, (please arrive in sufficient time to pass through security at the Arena). The keynote will be streamed live on Ignite.Microsoft.com and you can also join us to watch the live feed in Hall C1 of the Georgia World Congress Center at the Microsoft Ignite Studio stage where we will host the pre and post keynote webcast.

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10:30 AM EDT – Keynote Post-show

A panel reviews and discusses key moments from the keynote and they look ahead to the General Sessions.

11:00 AM EDT – General Sessions

All 8 General Sessions will be live streamed! Choose which one you want to see live, and then catch the remaining sessions on-demand later!

12:15 PM to 3:20 PM EDT – Microsoft Ignite Studio

Watch engaging and demo-rich presentations from Microsoft experts and engineers: Jeffrey Snover, Corey Saunders, Adam Harmetz, Mark Russinovitch and a special segment with Formula One’s IT team. We also take a look at our Technical Community and what it can do for you.

3:20 PM EDT – Innovation Keynote Pre-show

Join in for a special IT Pro segment followed by Bret Arsenault talking about security adoption from an MSIT perspective. Then, IDG’s Blair Hanley Frank joins in to discuss the most exciting tech trends in the industry.

4:00 PM EDT – Innovation Keynote

Satya Nadella will close the first day of Microsoft Ignite with a must-see presentation, focused on next generation innovations and investments that are fundamental to shaping IT in the foreseeable future. He will discuss emerging trends and how you can prepare to take advantage of them in your organization today.

5:00 PM EDT – Innovation Keynote Post-show

The day is wrapped up with a review of highlights by Alex Bradley, and Microsoft Ignite host, Julia White.

BookDevelopment

Free eBook: Creating Mobile Apps with Xamarin.Forms

FreeEBookCreateMobileAppsXamarinFormsWritten by Charles Petzold, the “Creating Mobile Apps with Xamarin.Forms” book is a 1200 page deep dive for C# developers who want to write applications that target the 3 most popular mobile platforms: iOS, Android, and Windows! This free eBook has been made available by Microsoft Press and will definitely be a go-to guide on building Mobile Apps with Xamarin.Forms for any developer new to the Xamarin platform, or even for the more experienced looking for a deeper dive to learn more. Read More

Infrastructureportal

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

Azure Weekly

Azure Weekly: Sept. 19, 2016

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:

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Infographic

Azure Region Interactive Map

The number of Microsoft Azure regions and data centers is greater than both Amazon and Google combined. Azure is huge cloud, but where exactly are the 30+ Azure regions located? Microsoft does publish updated static maps from time to time to give you a sense, however, nothing beats an interactive map where you can pan and zoom.

I’ve put together the Microsoft Azure Regions Interactive Map to provide a simple interactive map that allows you to pan around and zoom in/out to more easily see where the Microsoft Azure data centers are.

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The Microsoft Azure Regions Interactive Map is Open Source and hosted on Github if you’re curious to see the source code behind it too!

HardwareInternet of Things

AT&T IoT Starter Kit with Azure IoT Suite Support

ATT_IOT_ServicesIt seems that pretty much everyone is getting in on the IoT Game these days. There is a plethora of IoT boards, devices, sensors and other accessories on the market. The new AT&T IoT Starter Kit is one of the latest endeavors into IoT and this time from a telecom instead of just yet another manufacturer. This seems to be a play from AT&T to get you to use their cellular service specifically for your next IoT solution. Read More

database

Migrate Between Azure SQL Database and SQL Server

For years it’s been difficult to migrate a database that was built in SQL Server to Microsoft Azure SQL Database. Originally, the T-SQL support in Azure SQL wasn’t the same as SQL Server, which caused a lot of pain over the years. The T-SQL support in Azure SQL has been greatly updated / enhanced over the years, but at times a migration is still necessary. Fortunately, SQL Server Management Studio includes the “Deploy Database to Microsoft Azure Database Wizard” which has built-in support to migrate a database from SQL Server to Azure SQL Database. This tool actually works BOTH ways, from Azure to SQL Server and SQL Server to Azure! Read More

Infrastructure

Azure Portal + Azure AD Management in Public Preview

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Azure AD in Azure Portal

Microsoft has been hard at work to integrate all the existing Service Management API based services (such as VMs, Storage, Service Bus, etc) over to the Azure Resource Manager (ARM) API and including them in the newer, current Azure Portal (http://portal.azure.com). A few weeks ago the first bits of Service Bus started showing up in the Azure Portal, and today the newest Public Preview in the Azure Portal is the new support for Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) management within the current Azure Portal.

Here’s a short video from Channel 9 that shows off the new Azure AD portal UI:

Azure AD is one of the last hold outs to get addd to the current Azure Portal. Until everything gets moved over to support the ARM APIs and the current Azure Portal there will still be the Azure Portal duality, but today we are yet another step closer to only having a single Azure Portal to think about.