Azure Log Analytics’ Container Monitoring Solution Hits GA, More in Microsoft Cloud

Azure Active Directory conditional access support for macOS in public preview, and more in Microsoft Cloud servies release.

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Azure Log Analytics - Container Monitoring Solution

The general availability of Container Monitoring management solution on Azure Log Analytics, provides deep insights into containers supporting Kubernetes, Docker Swarm, Mesos DC/OS and Service Fabric container orchestrators.

The solution, available in the Azure Marketplace, helps you know which containers are running, what image they're running and where they're running. It also lets you to see an audit trail for actions on containers, among other features. With this Container Monitoring Solution, you can:

  • See information about all container hosts in a single location
  • Know which containers are running, what image they're running, and where they're running
  • See an audit trail for actions on containers
  • Troubleshoot by viewing and searching centralized logs without remote login to the Docker hosts
  • Find containers that may be "noisy neighbors" and consuming excess resources on a host
  • View centralized CPU, memory, storage, and network usage and performance information for containers

Following Linux only features are available today as part of the general availability include: "Kubernetes cluster awareness with at-a-glance hierarchy inventory from Kubernetes cluster to pods, New Kubernetes events, Capture custom pod labels and provides custom complex search filters, Provides container process information, and Container Node Inventory including storage, network, orchestration type, and Docker version."

Additional, Windows features are coming soon.

Microsoft also recently joined Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), and Azure Log Analytics is now part of CNCF Landscape under Monitoring Category.

An update to Azure Analysis Services web designer adds visual model editing ability to help users make changes on models with a large number of tables in mind.

Azure Analysis Services web designer, released to preview last month, is a browser-based experience that allows developers to create and manage Azure Analysis Services (AAS) semantic models quickly and easily. While SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) and SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) are still the primary tools for development, "this new experience is intended to make modeling fast and easy," writes the team.

Azure Analysis Services web designer adds visual model editing
AAS web designer visual model editing

Microsoft expands its portfolio of management services with the general availability of Azure Monitor in Azure Government, that enable government customers to consume monitoring metrics and logs within the portal and via APIs in near real-time and gain more visibility into the state and performance of resources.

With Azure Monitor, you can configure alert rules to get notified or to take automated actions on issues impacting resources. While, Azure Monitor enables analytics, troubleshooting, and a unified dashboarding experience within the portal, in addition to enabling a wide range of product integrations via APIs and data export options.

All of this has now been enabled for Azure Government.

Today, the public preview of Archive Blob Storage, which help organizations in reducing storage costs even further by storing rarely accessed data in the lowest-priced tier yet is announced.

Furthermore, the public preview of "Blob-Level Tiering," announced today, enable optimizing storage costs by easily managing the lifecycle of data across these tiers at the object level.

Azure AD and Microsoft Intune now support macOS platform for device-based conditional access!—enabling Administrators to now restrict access to Intune-managed macOS devices using device-based conditional access according to their organization's security guidelines.

With the public preview of macOS device-based conditional access, you'll be able to:

  • Enroll and manage macOS devices using Intune
  • Ensure macOS devices adhere to your organization's compliance policies
  • Restrict access to applications in Azure AD to only compliant macOS devices

"Conditional access is one of athe fastest growing services in EMS and we are constantly getting feedback from customers about new capabilities they would like us to add to it. One of the most frequently requested is support for macOS. Customers want to have one consistent system for securing user accessing to Office 365 on all the platforms their employees are using."

Intune's macOS compliance settings and Azure Active Directory's conditional access support for macOS are both available in preview today in the new admin experience on Azure.

New Power BI solution template for Microsoft Dynamics 365 offer Field Service professionals a fast, guided experience to create compelling reports on an extensible, scalable and secure architecture, BI team writes.

The reports can be customized as needed. You can learn more or even install from AppSource here.

Other Microsoft Cloud service news, include:

Azure Event Grid preview offers a fully managed event routing service allowing customers to easily subscribe and react to events happening anywhere in Azure, or to route custom events in their own applications.

"It removes the need to continuously poll by reliably routing events at high scale and low latency," writes Microsoft.

Azure Cosmos DB | General availability

  • Azure Cosmos DB—Event driven architectures with Change Feed Processor library

    Build event driven architectures and receive a real-time stream of database updates with Azure Cosmos DB change feed. Change feed enables reactive programming models for IoT telemetry and e-commerce ordering pipelines. Reading change feed across multiple partitions is easy with the Change Feed Processor library now available as a Nuget package for .NET development. The Change Feed Processor library facilitates distributing change feed event processing across multiple consumers. This library provides a thread-safe, multi-process, safe runtime environment, with checkpoint and partition lease management for large-scale distributed event processing applications.

    Power BI Desktop features are now generally available to business analysts, including: Live connect to Power BI service, for everyone to start connect to any of their datasets in the Power BI service.

    New Analytics features, like:

    • "what if" parameters enable interaction with controls on a report to change a variable in the data;
    • symmetry shading and ratio line in scatter chart;
    • and weighted average quick measure.

    And, new custom visuals available today, including: Dot Plot by MAQ Software, Power KPI, Funnel plot, and Beyondsoft Calendar.

    Power BI service general availability now available to users and business analysts introduces: Dashboard performance inspector that helps inspect and diagnose performance of dashboards, identifies potential issues, and suggests a fix.

    New Q&A experience on iOS in preview in addition to receiving an answer to question, let you now also use natural language to get scoped insights. And, with Solution Template for Azure Activity Log Analytics provides analytics on top of your Activity Log in the Azure Portal.

    Azure SQL Database preferred dev environment | Catalog collation SQL Database creation Preview

  • Setting catalog collation during Azure SQL Database creation

    Azure SQL Database now supports a new option in preview called "Catalog_Collation" that specifies default collation for the metadata catalog, and new "Database_Default" option specifies that metadata catalog used for system views and system tables be collated to match the default collation for the database.

    This feature is only available for Azure SQL Database.