Log Analytics, Azure AD Domain Services, Temporal Tables Hits GA

Generally available now Log Analytics, Temporal Tables in Azure SQL Database, Azure AD Domain Services as well as Azure Stream Analytics query testing in new portal, Simpler Azure Management Libraries for .NET.

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The general availability of Log Analytics and the Operations Management Suite Portal in Microsoft Azure Government, as on October 12, lets customers collect and analyze data generated by resources in their cloud and on-premises environments.

Log Analytics delivers real-time insights using integrated search and custom dashboards to readily analyze millions of records across all their workloads and servers, regardless of physical location.

Solution offerings include:

Security and Compliance helps you identify, assess, and mitigate security risks to your infrastructure.

Protection and Disaster Recovery offering include: "Azure Backup protects your application data and retains it for years without any capital investment and with minimal operating costs."

And, "Azure Site Recovery" that contributes to your "business continuity and a disaster recovery (BCDR) strategy by orchestrating replication, failover, and recovery of on-premises Hyper-V virtual machines, VMware virtual machines, and physical Windows/Linux servers," explained azure team.

Additional solution offerings for automation and control, Microsoft said will be coming soon.

Azure AD Domain Services in the general availablility as on Wednesday—make it easier moving legacy applications into the cloud.

Microsoft notes, that since preview more than 5700 customers have already turned on Azure AD Domain services in their tenant and are using it every day.

The feature provides managed domain services such as domain join, group policy, LDAP and more, without the need to deploy, manage and patch domain controllers in the cloud. You can use existing groups and user accounts to secure access to resources, making the "lift-and-shift" of on-premises resources to Azure Infrastructure Services much easier than in the past.

Key enhancements and features since the service first went into preview late last year and released with GA include.

  • "Support for secure LDAP lets you access your managed domain, including over the internet.
    Custom OU support lets users in 'AAD DC Administrators' delegated group create and administer a custom organizational unit on a managed domain.
    'AAD DC Administrators' delegated group can configure managed DNS for domain using Windows Server DNS administration tool.
    Managed domain join for RedHat Linux VM.
    New and improved synchronization between Azure AD tenant and your managed domain.
  • Passwords will not expire for accounts enforced 'password does not expire' attribute.
  • SIDs will now be synchronized to managed domain and set as SidHistory attribute on corresponding users and groups.
    Virtual network peering GA, makes it easy to connect Domain Services to other virtual networks.
  • Incorrect group display name for accounts created in Azure AD: The samAccountName attribute for groups created in Azure AD was not being set correctly in the managed domain. These were being set to GUIDs instead of valid samAccountName," explained Microsoft.

AzureAD Domain Services is now GA

For new users, "Azure AD Domain Services is a domain controller that lets you set up your own with an Azure virtual machine. You can use your already established Active Directory, LDAP, NTLM, or Kerberos credentials. Once logged in, the domain services let you move on-premises apps to Azure cloud quickly, develop and test, and securely manage multiple virtual machines with Group Policy."

Below are few planning guide to help you get started:

Additionally, you can watch a recording of Ignite session:

Temporal Tables are generally available as well, and help in tracking the full history of data changes directly in Azure SQL Database, without the need for custom coding.

"Temporal Tables improves the productivity when developing applications that work with ever-changing data and when you want to derive important insights from the changes," team explained.

With Temporal Tables "you can see your data as of any point in time in the past and use declarative cleanup policy to control retention for the historical data," added azure team.

Using Temporal Tables you can: "Support data auditing in your applications, Analyze trends or detect anomalies over time, Easily implement slowly changing dimension pattern, and Perform fine-grained row repairs in case of accidental data errors made by humans or applications," team said.

Temporal Tables in Azure SQL Database in GA

Interested, you can read the step-by-step instructions here, or watch a live presentation with the demo embedded below:

The initial release of the Azure Blueprint program announced today, includes documentation to assist Azure customers with documenting their security control implementations as part of their individual agency ATO processes.

"The FedRAMP Moderate baseline Customer Responsibility Matrix (CRM) and System Security Plan (SSP) template are designed for use by program managers, information system security officers and other security personnel who are documenting system-specific security controls within Azure Cloud," wrties Microsoft.

For any questions and to access to these documents, please e-mail AzureBlueprint@microsoft.com.

Microsoft Cloud services obtained a rare provisional accreditation from The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) in India.

"Microsoft is one of the first global cloud service providers to achieve MeitY's provisional accreditation," announced MeitY for Government of India. According to Alice Rison, with this accreditation, "Microsoft can now deliver a cloud computing solution in India that provides truly innovative digital services to a wider range of customers."

Adding, "Microsoft can now do more to support the Government of India in its journey to provide transformational e-governance services, financial inclusion opportunities, quality healthcare, and education to billions of people in the country," she said.

Microsoft also released the first developer preview of the new, "Simpler Azure Management Libraries for .NET" today too. "These simplified Azure management libraries for .NET aims to improve the developer experience by providing a higher-level, object-oriented API, optimized for readability and writability," azure team writes.

"These libraries are built on the lower-level, request-response style auto generated clients and can run side-by-side with auto generated clients," added team azure.

The developer preview released today supports major parts of Azure Virtual Machines, Virtual Machine Scale Sets, Storage, Networking, Resource Manager, Key Vault and Batch.

Check out at GitHub repo.

Azure Stream Analytics query testing is now available in the new portal as on October 12, is fully managed service allowing you to gain insights and run analytics in near real-time on your big data streaming workloads.

Announcing the availability, the team said this release has just "added the ability to test queries in the "new" portal without needing to start or stop a job." And, that they've reached feature parity between the portals. "Everything you could do before, and more, is now in the new portal," team stated.

Going forward, the team said "all new development efforts will be concentrated on the new portal. "

And, the old portal will remain active until end of the calendar year, that's when "support for Stream Analytics in the old portal will completely retire."

Azure Stream Analytics Query Testing in new Azure portal

If you are new to either Microsoft Azure or Stream Analytics, you can try it out by signing up for a free Azure trial account and create your first Stream Analytics job.

The service was first deployed more than 2 years ago, long before the "new" Azure management portal, http://portal.azure.com, even existed.

Also Azure Mobile Client SDK 3.0.1 and Azure Mobile SQLiteStore 3.0.1 rolled out today are out of beta now.

Learn more about the update at Azure Mobile Client SDK 3.0.1, and Azure Mobile SQLiteStore 3.0.1.