Azure News 2017 – Week 4, pt2

Lots of Azure news coming through this time of the year in the lead up to Microsoft Ignite AU. Azure News below, as heard on the Need to Know podcast. Follow the Need to Know podcast on Twitter @n2kpodcast. In the lead up to Microsoft Ignite, we are featuring on the podcast all the presenters that are presenting at Microsoft Ignite. Azure Invoices now attachable to monthly billing email in Azure Direct The ability to have your monthly Azure invoice statement emailed to you is now generally available direct from the Azure Portal. As the account admin, navigate to your subscription at…

Azure News 2017 – Week 4

Lots of Azure news coming through this time of the year in the lead up to Microsoft Ignite AU. Azure News below, as heard on the Need to Know podcast. Follow the Need to Know podcast on Twitter @n2kpodcast. In the lead up to Microsoft Ignite, we are featuring on the podcast all the presenters that are presenting at Microsoft Ignite. Azure Active Directory meets Power BI Alex Simons from Microsoft has announced a new Power BI Content Pack for Azure Active Directory. With this integration of Azure Active Directory APIs with Power BI, you can easily download pre-built content packs and…

Azure News 2017 – Week 3, pt2

Lots of Azure news this time of the year as we are pumping out double the amount of podcasts in the lead up to Microsoft Ignite AU. Azure News as heard on the Need to Know podcast. Azure Analysis Services now available in Southeast Asia and East US 2 Last year in October Azure released the preview of Azure Analysis Services, which is built on the proven analytics engine in Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services. With Azure Analysis Services you can host semantic data models in the cloud. Users in your organisation can then connect to your data models using tools…

Azure News 2017 – Week 3

Azure news this week as heard on the ‘Need to Know‘ podcast. No more pay as you go Microsoft is eliminating the pay-as-you-go option for new Azure customers using MPSA (Microsoft Products & Services Agreement) starting February 1 this 2017. In case you don’t know, the Microsoft Products & Services Agreement (MPSA) is a simplified agreement that provides more flexibility, it consolidates purchasing of Microsoft cloud services, software and Microsoft Software Assurance. It has a Purchasing Account structure that allows for more flexible purchasing options and more control of purchases. You also get multi-year duration options with price protection. More info. Azure…

Azure News 2017 – Week 1

Azure news as heard on the latest Need to Know podcast – Episode 125 Re-Org/re-structure chances at Microsoft Microsoft is planning a big reorganisation of partner and services groups starting Feb. 1 will affect the company’s sales, partner and services teams. This “One Commercial Partner” announcement is a continuation of Microsoft’s “One Microsoft” campaign kicked off under CEO Steve Ballmer back in 2013. The original idea of that push was to break down divisional silos and build more synergies across teams inside the company. Microsoft is combining its Enterprise & Partner Group (EPG) & Mid-Market Solutions and Partners (SMS&P) businesses. Chris Weber who…

Azure News 2016 – Week 52

Azure news below as heard on the need to know podcast Episode 124: Microsoft Azure Storage Import/Export Announcements Azure Import/Export Service enables transfer of data in and out of Azure Blob Storage by using hard drives filled with your very own data sent to Microsoft. Rather than waiting for ages till your data copies over the network, you can send your disks instead. Recently Microsoft have announced some improvements to this service. Microsoft have announced the general availability of Azure Import/Export Service in the new Azure portal. In the Azure Ibiza portal, you can: Manage import / export jobs across all storage…

Azure AD – SSPR, SSPC & MFA

SSPR (Self Service Password Reset), SSPC (Self-service password change) and MFA (Multi-Factor Authentication) are all features of AAD (Azure AD). Both MFA and SSPC are part of Azure AD Premium P1 & P2 editions as explained here. SSPR however requires Azure AD Premium or Basic explained here. First things first, follow the requirements listed here for AD Connect. You then need to make sure all the password reset stuff is all setup in Azure AD. To get to the Azure AD portal, logon to https://manage.windowsazure.com/@trusbron.com notice the domain at the end? Change this domain with yours. Even if you don’t have an Azure subscription…