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 News 2016 – Week 50

This week’s Azure news as heard on the Need to Know podcast. Microsoft Stream It’s a video portal which can be setup in minutes to share videos with a YouTube like experience, but with the added advantage of using security. While YouTube is great to get videos out to market, Microsoft Stream takes it one step further with fine grained security, you can share videos with the entire company, specific users or groups of users by using AD groups. Microsoft Stream also indexes the audio, it has full text search of all company videos. More Information. OMS Gateway is now…

Azure News 2016 – Week 49

Azure news this week below which is also heard on the Need to Know podcast http://ciaops.podbean.com. What might be the biggest news of the year is the new Azure AD Pass-Through Authentication and Seamless Single Sign-on (details here). It’s a way of signing in to AAD (Azure AD) and AAD services using on-prem credentials as a reputable replacement to ADFS. This also includes any any third party apps all like Concour or SalesForce as well as custom apps. You can use AAD Premium to setup SAML 2.0 authentication to any custom app that supports claims based authentication. This is essentially ADFS as…

Azure News 2016 – Week 48

A summary of Azure news for the past week that’s been making headlines over the internet. Azure news can be heard in the the latest Need to Know podcast Episode 121. Auto-shutdown for Azure VMs Back in September Scott Guthrie announced that Microsoft would no longer compete on price with AWS and focus on providing ‘real’ value to customers. In the theme of ‘value‘, Microsoft have announced the technology they have been using to enable auto shutdown for Azure DevTest labs, they are now using for all Azure Resource Manager based VMs. OMS Service Map The long awaited OMS Service…

Azure News 2016 – Week 47

More Azure News, been quite busy this week, myself and the Azure team. Lots of new things released and some events. Also in case you missed it, here is Satya Nadella’s keynote he did at the Microsoft Developer Event in Sydney on Wednesday November 16, 2016: Azure Documentation You might remember back in June we talked about the new Microsoft documentation site was currently in preview https://docs.microsoft.com Just recently Microsoft have moved all of the Azure documentation to this new platform and it is all live. The popular documentation websites TechNet and MSDN are both about 15 years old. Improvements…

MVP Summit & Microsoft

Here I am at the MVP summit it’s both myself and Stephane Budo’s first MVP summit. My original thought of coming to the summit in the weeks prior was that is was all based at Microsoft HQ and everyone was grouped in together into one building and it was an unplanned casual catch-up with MVP peers with drinking involved and food provided. It was told to me soon after and before coming to the summit that it was more like an Ignite/TechEd where there were sessions in which you had to register. Just like Ignite/TechEd, there were tracks, e.g. myself…

Azure News 2016 – Week 42

A few things happening in the world of Azure  #AzureAD Domain Services is now GA! Lift and shift to the cloud just got WAY easier! In May this year, Microsoft announced several exciting new features and improvements to the service including secure LDAP support, support for configuring DNS and custom OUs Azure AD Domain Services provides managed domain services such as domain join, group policy, LDAP, & Kerberos/NTLM authentication that are fully compatible with Windows Server Active Directory. Setting up Azure AD Domain Services is simple. You simply toggle the service to ‘enabled’, pick a DNS domain name for your…