Better Insights on Azure Network Watcher Network Health, AzureAD Supports Federated SSO

New Azure Functions capabilities accelerate development of serverless applications, AzureAD now supports Federated SSO and Provisioning with Slack, Monitoring Windows Server OS with Lumagate and OMS.

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Azure Network Watcher now provide users access to a plethora of logging and diagnostic capabilities to better understand network performance and health.

Network Watcher provides visualization of the complete network topology of an application and allows users to validate if a flow is allowed or denied, among many other features. It's now available in preview in parts of the U.S. and is in the process of being rolled out around the world.

New Azure Functions capabilities simplify serverless applications and make it easier to develop APIs, with preview support is now available that integrates Azure Functions with Serverless Framework, an open-source tool that simplifies deployment and monitoring of serverless applications in any cloud.

The new Azure Functions Proxies capability makes it easier to develop application programming interfaces (APIs) using Azure Functions, that let you define a single API surface for multiple function apps.

"Any function app can now define an endpoint that serves as a reverse proxy to another API, be that another function app, an API app, or anything else," writes Azure team.

You can learn more about Azure Functions Proxies by going to our documentation page.

Azure App Service and Azure Functions are both great for building organizational APIs that express important business logic needed by many apps and activities.

Also, API Definition feature of App Service and Azure Functions is now extended to include an "Export to PowerApps and Microsoft Flow" gesture. "This walks you through all the steps needed to make any API in App Service or Azure Functions available to PowerApps and Flow users," team says.

Azure AD now supports both automated user provisioning and federated single sign-on to Slack, enabling "businesses to now use Azure AD to automatically provision and manage employee access to Slack, based on things like group membership or account status."

In addition, Azure AD can also create and manage groups inside of Slack, based on groups in Azure AD and Active Directory. And, also supports fully-federated single sign-on with Slack, in addition to an easy click-through setup for admins.

The Azure AD Integration is available for customers on Slack's Plus plan or those using their recently-announced Enterprise Grid product.

See the documentation for more information on setting up user provisioning between Azure AD and Slack.

AzureAD supports Federated SSO and Provisioning with Slack

AzureAD supports Federated SSO and Provisioning with Slack

Azure Python SDK now supports Azure Managed Disks and 1,000 virtual machines (VMs) in a Scale Set. Azure Managed Disks provide simplified disk management, enhanced scalability and better security.

"It takes away the notion of storage account for disks, enabling developers to scale without worrying about the limitations associated with storage accounts," writes Usman Anwer, program manager.

"Managed Disks can tighten your workflow, simplify your service architecture and offer you greater peace of mind in running a highly scalable Python cloud service," Anwer says.

Finally, also a public preview of Lumagate's Windows Server OS monitoring solution for Operations Management Suite (OMS) is announced today.

With OMS Insight & Analytics, "you can monitor workloads across any Windows Server and Linux source by using out-of-the-box solutions and visualizations."

Now with the Windows Server OS solution, "you can see the health and performance of all your Windows Server workloads in a single dashboard view." This new solution helps to:

  • Easily identify and solve performance issues
  • See rich Windows Server metrics in an easy-to-digest visual format
  • Troubleshoot Windows Server applications
  • Monitor Azure virtual machines, virtual machines in other clouds, or on-premises virtual machines
Monitoring Windows Server OS with Lumagate and OMS
Monitoring Windows Server OS with Lumagate and OMS