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Azure AD in New Azure Portal in Use by 18K Organizations Across 125 Countries

In public preview, Azure Active Directory in new Azure portal, since last week, has been adopted by administrators from more than 18,000 organizations in 125 countries.

In a post about this new experience, Microsoft Identity Division director of program management shared some amazing stats from the first week of the preview stating that “more than 7,000 administrators used the new AAD Admin experience on a least two different days during the week.” Additionally, “over 4,000 admins using the new experience did (add/update/delete) in their directory tenant.”

“We’ve also heard a lot of feedback from you on the capabilities you want us to add in the new experience,” writes Alex Simons. Soon you’ll be seeing a lot of new features go live:

  • Support for all built-in directory roles
  • Create & delete a directory tenant
  • Continual improvements in navigation and layout
  • Improved experiences for managing B2B collaboration
  • Administration experiences for self-service and dynamic group membership
  • Our enterprise apps “App gallery” experience
  • Self-service application access configuration
  • Many more reports with improved capabilities for searching and filtering

Further he said, they are working to rapidly fix the GUID in a sign-in report bug as well as on some other improvements to the preview experience that include: “working to making it easier and more obvious how to change tenants.”

Also, he said, work is under ways on a streamlined experiences for app registrations, so that after “you’ve added an app you can easily create an access assignment for it.”

Worldwide usage of the new Azure AD Portal 9/12/16-9/18/16. Each shaded country had 1 or more active users!

In a recent post Microsoft talks about how its Research’s use of technology such as machine learning and deep neural networks (DNNs) which employ next-generation server infrastructure that span immense Windows and Linux cluster environments.

The team post more specifically details how Azure Log Analytics helps Microsoft Research operate deep neural networks, “With a nontraditional infrastructure environment, the Microsoft Research Operations team needed a highly flexible, scalable and Windows- and Linux-compatible service to troubleshoot and determine root causes across the full stack,” Zentner says. That’s where Azure Log Analytics helps.

Additionally, for DNNs, these application stacks don’t only involve traditional system resources such as CPUs and memory, but also graphic processing units (GPUs), he says.

If you are now, “Azure Log Analytics, a component of Microsoft Operations Management Suite, natively supports log search through billions of records, real-time metric collection and rich custom visualizations across numerous sources, Zentner writes. “These out-of-the-box features paired with the flexibility of available data sources made Log Analytics a great option to produce visibility and insights by correlating across DNN clusters and components.””

The following diagram illustrates “how Log Analytics offers flexibility for different hardware and software components to send real time data within a single Deep Neural Network cluster node,” added Zentner.

Deep Neural Network with Azure Log Analytics

In other Azure news, Microsoft announces that you can now check status in “real time with Azure IoT Hub Operations Monitoring” as well.

Azure Stream Analytics and Azure IoT Hub together allow you to easily gather insights over the data your IoT devices send to the IoT Hub. “You can now do this by hooking up to the IoT Hub Operations Monitoring endpoint,” writes Ryan CrawCour, Azure Stream Analytics program manager.

IoT Hub monitors five categories of events: device identity operations, device telemetry, cloud-to-device commands, connections and file uploads.

For more information on IoT Hub Operations Monitoring, you can refer to the Introduction to operations monitoring documentation.

Azure Stream Analytics support for IoT Hub Operations Monitoring

Also today, a new Power BI solution template for System Center Configuration Manager is released.

The Power BI dashboard provides detailed information of your System Center Configuration Manager including client and server health, malware protection, software updates, and software inventory across your organization, explains the Power BI team.

With the templace, you can compare key System Center Configuration Manager metrics to personalized targets and see how they trend over time. Additionally, you can also identify trouble spots and get information you need to understand what needs to be done, writes BI team.

power BI solution template for System Center Configuration Manager

Finally also released today is the DSC Resource Kit September 2016 with added 2 brand new modules from the community: “OfficeOnlineServerDsc,” and “SystemLocaleDsc.”

In these past 6 weeks, “94 pull requests have been merged and 81 issues have been closed,” stated DSC team.

This release includes updates to 14 DSC resource modules, including 15 new DSC resources:

  • OfficeOnlineServerDsc
  • SharePointDsc
  • SystemLocaleDsc
  • xDscDiagnostics
  • xExchange
  • xNetworking
  • xPSDesiredStateConfiguration
  • xSCSMA
  • xSmbShare
  • xSQLServer
  • xStorage
  • xSystemSecurity
  • xTimeZone
  • xWebAdministration

For a detailed list of the resource modules and fixes in this release, see here.

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