Azure Advisor, Azure Monitor and Azure Resource Health Generally Available

All of these new capabilities are available today without needing to install any additional agents or configuration.

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Microsoft on Friday made the Azure Advisor, Azure resource health and Azure Monitor generally available, now providing robust monitoring and alerting capabilities.

Azure Advisor provides personalized recommendations and best practices guides to optimize the availability, security, performance, and cost effectiveness of Azure resources.

Azure Resource health diagnose and informs about the current and past health status of resources and helps mitigate issues by providing technical support when needed help with Azure service issues.

Azure Monitor, which is a built-in platform monitoring service provides all the vital monitoring telemetry with one minute granularity by default including platform- and service-level metrics and operational insights from Azure Application Insights and Azure Log Analytics respectively, writes principal program manager.

It now includes improved alerting and notifications such as SMS, email, and webhook.

Azure Advisor
Azure Advisor

New blockchain products from Syscoin are now available on Microsoft Azure that include three blockchain products from Syscoin and its parent company, Blockchain Foundry.

Developers can create blockchain-enabled applications using Syscoin's suite of decentralized business services. These include digital certificates, secure messaging, marketplace offers, payments and escrow transactions.

With this launch, developers can now deploy:

  • A full Syscoin node through Azure.
  • Stand up and configure customized exchange rates for use in Syscoin's distributed marketplace via Syscoin's Price Peg Server.
  • Access Syscoin's entire suite of blockchain-based services and smart contracts via the Syscoin API.

Azure Information Protection Documentation Update for March 2017 released on Friday, now brings the guidance for Migrating from AD RMS to Azure Information Protection.

The basic instructions for migration remain the same, but it also now incorporates some tweaks and tips to help make this process go more smoothly, for example, "a preparation phase added includes setting onboarding controls and deploying a pre-migration script to ensure that clients don't accidentally bootstrap against the Azure Rights Management service before you are ready for them," writes the team.

You can get the updated documentation here.

In the Power BI news today, the Power BI service now offers view related content pane, allowing users to move seamlessly between related dashboards, reports and datasets.

"All Power BI content you create is deeply interconnected. Reports are built on datasets. Reports visuals are then pinned to dashboards. In turn, those dashboard visuals link back to reports," writes a program manager. "The view related content feature provides a lightning fast way to view and jump between those connections."

View Related Content Pane Power BI service
View Related Content Pane Power BI service

A sneak preview of the new Add Column From Examples data transformation available now in Power BI Desktop, allows users to define new columns of data within the Query Editor by providing one or more sample values for the new column.

Based on those values, Power BI Desktop "will automatically detect most suitable data transformation to extract and combine data from other columns in the table in order to achieve the desired output specified by the user," the team says.

Check out the video below to see the new "Add Column From Examples" feature in action:

A new A/B testing solution for SQL Server upgrades called Database Experimentation Assistant (DEA), available today, assist in evaluating a targeted version of SQL for a given workload.

Customers who are upgrading from previous SQL Server versions (SQL Server 2005 and above) to any new version of SQL Server will be able to use these analysis metrics provided, such as queries that have compatibility errors, degraded queries, query plans, and other workload comparison data, to help them build higher confidence, making it a successful upgrade experience.

The following improvements are available in DEA 2.0:

  • Bundled installation of DEA dependencies (barring R-Interop and CRAN) with DEA installer. Note that DReplay setup is assumed to be available to run replay.
  • Support for multiple captures and replay from the UI will also show status from DReplay controller as well as all the clients.
  • Revamped user interface (UI) for tools and especially analysis reports.
  • Bug fixes from DEA 1.0 includes fix for errors occurring while capturing in SQL Server 2005 and errors seen while in the Replay and Analysis steps.
  • Feedback UI allows customers to submit feedback in DEA.