Azure Building Blocks and Azure Resource Manager Templates, More in Microsoft Cloud

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Azure Building Blocks, a set of tools and Azure Resource Manager templates designed to simplify deployment of Azure resources is launched Thursday.

With Azure Building Blocks, users don't need to author any templates, as they can specify parameter settings for the resources to deploy. "These parameters settings are then merged with best practice defaults and deployed using the azbb command line tool," says the team.

The following resources are currently supported with Azure Building Blocks: Virtual Networks (including gateways and peering), Network Security Groups, User Defined Routes, Windows and Linux VMs, VM Extensions, Internal and External Load Balancers, and Application Gateway.

The public preview of near real-time metric alerts in Azure, now provide the following improvements over the current metric alerts, since the features was first annnounced at Ignite conference.

  • Improved Latency – You can create near real-time metric alerts that monitor metric values as frequently as 1 minute.
  • More control over metric conditions – You can create near real-time metric alert rules that can monitor minimum, maximum, average, and total of the metric over the evaluation period.
  • Combined monitoring of multiple metrics – You can create a single near real-time metric alert rule that can monitor multiple metrics (currently two) at the same time.
  • Modular notification system – You can use action groups with near real-time metric alerts. Action groups provide a reusable set of actions that can be used with multiple alerts. By using action groups with near real-time metric alerts, you can send SMS, email, or call web hook when an alert gets triggered.

New Azure AD capabilities improving access control with three new features in public previews announced Thursday, include: extending of Azure AD Privileged Identity Management to include Azure RBAC roles, automated, periodic access reviews, and Automated Terms of Use administration and reporting.

With Qubole's latest release of Qubole Data Service (QDS), customers can now land data of any size, structured or unstructured, in the Azure Data Lake for Analytics.

Access to a data lake is essential in gaining insights on enterprise data and driving new business opportunities.

Azure Data Lake using Qubole

To get started, you can now deploy the latest release of QDS from Azure Marketplace.

And, for step-by-step guidance for configuring QDS to interoperate with Azure Data Lake Store, check out this Azure Quick Start Guide.

Update 10/07: Power BI Service and Mobile received a handful of features as part of September release, including:

  • Share dashboards to free users with Premium
  • Allocate capacities to suit your business needs with v-core pooling
  • Instantly scale-up or scale-down capacities with one click
  • PubNub block to easily push data into REST APIs
  • September update for On-premises data gateway
  • Filter reports on the go on Power BI Mobile
  • Cross platform Visio support
  • Improved load performance for usage metrics

Also, Power BI Desktop, received some more visual improvements and other update for October Feature Summary:

Reporting

  • Bookmarking (preview)
  • Selection pane and visual display controls
  • Bookmark links for shapes and images (preview)
  • Spotlight
  • Scatter & bubble markers
  • Increase the number of data points shown in scatter charts

Analytics

  • Quick measures for SSAS live connections
  • Sales from new customers quick measure
  • Cell-level formatting for multidimensional AS models

Data connectivity

  • Vertica connector (beta)
  • SAP BW connector: support for additional member properties

Other

  • Power BI Desktop in the Windows Store
  • Improved access to help content

You can watch the video below for a summary of major updates released:

Public Preview for SQL Server 2017 and Replication Management Pack (RC) (6.7.65.0) is released today.

New Features and Fixes for SQL Server 2017+ Windows and Linux MP (6.7.65.0)

  • The management pack was reimplemented in order to enable monitoring SQL Server 2017 and all upcoming SQL Server versions
  • Reduced the number of files in the management pack
  • Removed dependency on SQL Server Dashboards management pack
  • Introduced a number of fixes and improvements to functionality, performance, and display strings

New Features and Fixes for SQL Server 2017+ Replication Windows MP (6.7.65.0)

  • The management pack was reimplemented in order to enable monitoring SQL Server 2017 and all upcoming SQL Server versions
  • Reduced the number of files in the management pack
  • Introduced a number of fixes and improvements to functionality, performance, and display strings

You can download the public preview bits at:

Microsoft System Center Management Pack (Release Candidate 1) for SQL Server 2017+, here.

…and, Microsoft System Center Management Pack (Release Candidate 1) for SQL Server 2017+ Replication here.

Update 10/10: The public preview of Azure Files share snapshots, announced Monday, allows periodically storing of read-only versions of file shares.

Azure Files offers fully managed cloud file shares, and extends the ability of organizations to share files across on-premises and the cloud. It also allows you to copy an older version of your content from anywhere for further modification and use.

And, because of industry standard SMB protocol support, this service is truly cross-platform and can support mounting as file share from any client that implements SMB 3.0 with encryption, examples, such as Windows, Mac, and Linux.

In addition to native mount, it exposes REST APIs for programmability. With Azure Files, organizations get the added benefit of a storage infrastructure that is highly secure, massively scalable, and globally available.