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Azure Weekly: Apr 16, 2018 – Azure SQL Database Managed Instance

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Azure SQL Database Managed Instance

The addition of Managed Instance pricing to Azure SQL Database brings with it the option to choose between DTU and vCore based pricing / hosting for your Azure SQL Databases. The existing Single Database and Elastic Pool pricing based on DTUs (Database Throughput Units) is still available, but you now have the choice to use Managed Instances based on vCPUs (Virtual CPUs / CPU Cores) as well!

The new Azure SQL Database Managed instances offer the following benefits to the service:

  • Optimize flexibility and performance with two new service tiers
  • Choosing between DTU and vCore-based performance levels
  • Save up to 30% on vCore-based options with Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server

You can read more from the official announcement here: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/a-flexible-new-way-to-purchase-azure-sql-database/

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Nested VMs in Azure with one click? You must be crazy…

When I first heard that you could run nested VMs with Azure, I ran over to my laptop to deploy one of those shiny new Version 3 VMs!

Once my Host was provisioned, I got right to work.  Quickly adding the Hyper-V role and after a quick reboot, I started downloading ISOs!  And before you know it I was disappointed.  Yeah, I had a VM running, but after searching the internet for hours, I gave up.  I never could get the thing talking to the Internet.

Well, fast forward a few months and a client of mine asked if we could build a self-provisioning Nested Hyper-V Host in Azure that would pull down pre-configured VMs and start them with only one click?  I was excited. There is nothing cooler than getting to figure something out while you are getting paid.  Well, it wasn’t easy to figure out, but what I have for you here is the fruit of that labor! Read More

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Azure Weekly: Apr 9, 2018 – Application Security Groups are GA!

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Application Security Groups are GA!

Application Security Groups (ASG) are now Generally Available in all Microsoft Azure regions! Through Application Security Groups, Azure provides security micro-segmentation for your Virtual Networks (VNets). You can use this to define fine-grained network security policies based on workloads, centralized on applications, instead of explicit IP addresses. This provides the capability to group VMs with monikers and secure applications by filtering traffic from trusted segments of your network.

implementing this granular security traffic controls improves isolation of workloads and protects them individually. If a security breach occurs, this technique limits the potential impact of lateral exploration of your networks from hackers.

You can read more from the official announcement from the “Application Security Groups now generally available in all Azure regions” article on the Microsoft Azure blog.

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Azure Weekly: Apr 2, 2018 – Availability Zones goes GA in Select Regions

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Azure Availability Zones goes GA in Select Regions

Azure Availability Zones offer the ability to build mission-critical applications in a more highly-available manner within a single Azure Region by spreading your workload across multiple Zones within a single Azure Region.

To get an overview of what Availability Zones are and how to use them, I encourage you to read the “Azure Availability Zones” by Build Azure’s own Dan Patrick.

The addition of Azure Availability Zones bring with it an update to the SLA (service-level agreement) when hosting Virtual Machines (VMs) to offer a 99.99% SLA guarantee for VMs within Azure using Availability Zones!

The Weeks Top Links

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Are you looking for a clear and outlined path to learn Microsoft Azure? No matter if you’re a Developer, IT Pro, or Architect, Opsgility has courses that will help you learn how to build and implement solutions within Microsoft Azure more affectively and efficiently. The on-demand and instructor-led courses from Opsgility offer maximum flexibility to learn how you learn best, and to help your team grow into the cloud experts you need them to be in an efficient manner.

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Azure Weekly: Mar 26, 2018 – New Azure Portal UI Archive Project

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New Azure Portal UI Archive Project

An idea I’ve had for some time now is to create a screenshot archive of the Azure Portal. The reason for this is that the UI of the Azure Portal is constantly changing, and it’s neat sometimes to look at older screenshots to see what the Azure Portal UI used to be at some point in the past. So, I’ve decided to create a new open source project over on Github, title Azure Portal Archive.

Also, instead of just having a folder of screenshots, I’ve created a simple UI to be able to easily navigate the archive of Azure Portal screenshots. This UI is hosted using GitHub Pages at the following URL: https://buildazure.github.io/azure-portal-archive/

There’s only a couple screenshots in the archive right now, as I just created this project a couple days ago. If you would like to submit any screenshots to the archive, please feel free to submit a Pull Request to the project. Also, please make sure there isn’t any sensitive, confidential, or PII information in the screenshots that you don’t have permission to share publicly. I know we all have production deployments running in Azure, so please blur out stuff in the screenshots if necessary.

The Weeks Top Links

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The month of March marks 1 full year of Opsgility sponsoring Build Azure!! If you haven’t checked out what Opsgility has to offer yet, please click the link below and go check out the awesome training offered!

Are you looking for a clear and outlined path to learn Microsoft Azure? No matter if you’re a Developer, IT Pro, or Architect, Opsgility has courses that will help you learn how to build and implement solutions within Microsoft Azure more affectively and efficiently. The on-demand and instructor-led courses from Opsgility offer maximum flexibility to learn how you learn best, and to help your team grow into the cloud experts you need them to be in an efficient manner.

Opsgility is the leading Microsoft cloud technology trainer for developers and IT professionals, built around an esteemed network of industry experts and technical authors that includes Microsoft MVPs and Microsoft Insiders in more than 10 countries.

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Azure Weekly: Mar 19, 2018 – Service Fabric goes Open Source

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Service Fabric is going Open Source

Microsoft Service Fabric originally grew out of the “Azure Fabric” that runs the underlying automation layer of the Azure datacenters. Service Fabric is used internally by Microsoft to host many different Azure services. Over time, Microsoft has released Service Fabric as a separate product that allows for Microservice architectures to be more easily hosted using both Windows and Linux operating systems.

Over the last couple years, there’s been a bit of talk and confusion about where Service Fabric fits within the future of the Microsoft Azure landscape. Most of this has originated from the way that many of the different products within Microsoft Azure are really starting to embrace Docker Containers, and even Kubernetes for orchestration of those containers. With these many services utilizing Containers, it has seemed that Microsoft is possibly shifting focus away from Service Fabric, and maybe Service Fabric will be phased out or deprecated.

Service Fabric deprivation is not something that is happening. Microsoft is continuing to invest in Service Fabric, and will continue to build out it’s features and support. An interesting evolution of this effort is the recent announcement that Microsoft Service Fabric is going open source under the MIT license.

While it’ll be interesting to see what Microsoft does with future versions / releases of Service Fabric, it’ll be just as interesting to see what the Open Source community does with being able to eventually contribute to the project.

You can view the open source project for Microsoft Service Fabric over on GitHub: https://github.com/Microsoft/service-fabric

The Weeks Top Links

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Azure Availability Zones

One of the largest gaps that Azure has had when compared to the competition has been the lack of high-availability options.  The most glaring has been the lack of Availability Zones, which have been available in all the main providers such as AWS, Google and even Oracle.

Basically, Availability Zones allow cloud admins to deploy cloud resources to separate datacenters within a region.  This ensures that applications will remain online even if one of the provider’s datacenters go down.

Microsoft has announced a public preview of their Availability Zones to help protect you from datacenter-level failures. These Availability Zones are located inside an Azure region, and each one has its own independent power source, network, and cooling. These zones are separate datacenters which are located “10’s of miles”, from each other.  Microsoft has super-fast network connections between the zones, and have stated that they maintain very strict rules on the network latency between these datacenters. Read More

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Azure Weekly: Mar 12, 2018 – Build Azure is Growing!

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Build Azure is Growing!

It’s been an amazing nearly 3 years for BuildAzure.com with just me, Chris Pietschmann, being the only one writing and posting articles to the site. A few days ago I made an announcement that “Build Azure is Growing Beyond just Chris!” That’s right, soon I will not be the only one writing and posting articles to BuildAzure.com.

While I assure you I will still be writing and posting articles just as much as I have been the last couple years, I am excited to welcome the first additional author being added to the list of people writing for BuildAzure.com. This will add to the breadth of content that I am able to post on the site by adding additional expertise to that of my own. And, instead of calling them “authors” (as that would be boring), I’ve decided to tag these new authors as “Build Azure Experts” instead. Doesn’t that sound cooler? 😉

The first new author joining the team is Dan Patrick. Dan is actually more on the Infrastructure side of things within the Microsoft Azure space than I am. This will really help broaden the expertise and insights posted to the BuildAzure.com site.

I reassure you that I am still going to be sending out / posting this Build Azure Weekly newsletter every week, and writing 2 or more articles for the site myself. I will also be adding Dan’s posts to the site as he writes them on a regular basis. I’m personally really excited to brow Build Azure bigger than myself, and I have a couple other new “Build Azure Experts” I’m in talks with about joining the team as well.

The growth of Build Azure has been amazing so far, over the last nearly 3 years. And this growth in the team will certainly ensure some further amazing growth to Build Azure over the next 1, 2 or 3 years to come!

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The month of March marks 1 full year of Opsgility sponsoring Build Azure!! If you haven’t checked out what Opsgility has to offer yet, please click the link below and go check out the awesome training offered!

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Azure Weekly: Mar. 5, 2018 – MVP Summit this Week!

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MVP Global Summit 2018 is this week!

Today kicks off the first day of the Microsoft MVP Global Summit 2018! The MVP Summit is an event where Microsoft invites all the currently active Microsoft MVP out to Redmond, WA to meet for the week. If you’re not familiar with the Microsoft MVP Program, please read my article “How to become a Microsoft MVP“. Also, if you are a Microsoft MVP, thanks for subscribing to Build Azure Weekly, and I’m going to attempt to meet as many of you as possible this week! It’s going to be awesome!

The MVP Global Summit is essentially a private conference for those who are currently awarded the Microsoft MVP award, as well as Microsoft Regional Directors (RDs) to attend. This year there are approximately 2,000 MVPs and RDs from over 80 countries worldwide coming to attend.

The way the MVP Summit is run is that the presenters are all Microsoft employees from the various product teams. Then, MVPs get to attend sessions within their Award Categories / Expertise. Through this they get to meet product team members at Microsoft, network with other Microsoft MVPs and RDs, as well as offer feedback to the product teams. The Feedback aspect is really one of the big reasons Microsoft holds the MVP Global Summit each year. This provides a means for Microsoft to get early feedback and suggestions from leaders in the community to help make all the products and releases even better.

It is also worth noting that in order to attend, all MVPs must sign an NDA (non-disclosure agreement) with Microsoft, as the sessions are full of early previews of what’s coming over the next few months. As a result of the NDA, anything new and yet to be released publicly that is presented and talked about at the MVP Global Summit can be talked about publicly until Microsoft themselves releases it publicly. While I’m certain to learn about a ton of awesome stuff in the pipeline, I unfortunately will not be able to share any kind of summary of the event content in next weeks Build Azure Weekly. Just be sure to keep an eye out over the next few months for awesome announcements and releases that MVPs likely got an early sneak peak at during Summit. 🙂

For those of you attending the Microsoft MVP Global Summit 2018, I just got in a bunch of Build Azure sticker that I’ve brought with me. 🙂 No hoops to jump through to get a sticker. You just need to meet me in person and say “Hi”. I’m excited to meet everyone at the summit!

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The month of March marks 1 full year of Opsgility sponsoring Build Azure!! If you haven’t checked out what Opsgility has to offer yet, please click the link below and go check out the awesome training offered!

Are you looking for a clear and outlined path to learn Microsoft Azure? No matter if you’re a Developer, IT Pro, or Architect, Opsgility has courses that will help you learn how to build and implement solutions within Microsoft Azure more affectively and efficiently. The on-demand and instructor-led courses from Opsgility offer maximum flexibility to learn how you learn best, and to help your team grow into the cloud experts you need them to be in an efficient manner.

Opsgility is the leading Microsoft cloud technology trainer for developers and IT professionals, built around an esteemed network of industry experts and technical authors that includes Microsoft MVPs and Microsoft Insiders in more than 10 countries.

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Azure Weekly: Feb. 26, 2018 – The Best Azure News of the Week

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