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Azure AD PIM AW Public Preview, Azure IoT Suite Connect to Cisco Fog Deployments, More

The European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) takes effect a year on May 25, 2018. Beyond making cloud services compliant, the Microsoft Cloud provides sophisticated, built-in controls that can help to meet GDPR requirements.

As announced this year in February, the cloud services will comply with GDPR by May 25, 2018, across Office 365, Dynamics 365, Azure, including Azure data services, Enterprise Mobility + Security, and Windows 10, said Julia White.

Microsoft Cloud GDPR Compliant

The following services are already having a range of capabilities to meet GDPR requirements:

  • Azure Information Protection provides document tracking and revocation capabilities, so you can monitor the flow of sensitive data and revoke access to this data at any time.
  • Office 365 Advanced Data Governance, can intelligently manage organization’s data with classifications. This capability automatically labels sensitive data, so that policies for protection, retention or deletion can be applied. Using Office 365 Advanced Data Governance to automatically detect personally identifiable information (PII) in support of GDPR.

Microsoft is also releasing a new dashboard, which builds on the foundation of Office 365 Secure Score, and “provides a quantitative assessment to help identify where you are in your journey to GDPR compliance,” later this year.

Additionally, the company is helping discuss GDPR issues and learn from experts through Microsoft Tech Community privacy forum, and best practices.

Also, customers can visit www.microsoft.com/gdpr to view GDPR webcast, download GDPR whitepapers.

Azure AD Privileged Identity Management approval workflows are now in public preview, including a new and improved user experience, approval workflow for improved role security and audit history for everyone in temporary role assignments.

This preview allows organizations to require approval for any directory role or Global Administrator role requests, and also define the users who can approve or deny these access requests.

All the current Azure AD P2 customers “paid and trial” have access to these updates now.

Microsoft and Cisco make it possible for Azure IoT Suite to connect to and interoperate with Cisco Fog deployments.

Announced at Cisco’s IoT World Forum in London, customers can now build and host Internet of Things (IoT) applications in Azure, while extending power of those applications to the edge via Cisco’s Fog computing solutions.

Additionally, they can bring intelligence and processing capabilities closer to where the data is originated to process critical decisions in real time.

The following benefits are available now to joint customers:

  • Enabling them to build and host their IoT applications in Azure, while extending the power of those applications to the edge via Cisco’s Fog computing solutions
  • Bring intelligence and processing capabilities closer to where the data is originated so that critical decisions can be processed in real time
  • Help them optimize their IoT deployment costs by only sending the necessary information to the cloud, while processing the rest at the edge

Two new SKU sizes, the S8 and S9 allowi to build data models up to 400 GB in size is introduced today—”the S8 offers up to 200 GB of cache with 320 QPUs, while the S9 offers up to 400 GB of cache and 640 QPUs.”

The new S8 and S9 SKUs are currently only available in the East US 2 and West Europe datacenters.

New 400GB, 200GB caches on Azure Analysis Services

Microsoft is offering a free e-book on 3 reasons built into Windows Server 2016 that include: Multiple layers of active security to help protect, detect and respond to threats.

Windows Server 2016 makes it easy to set tighter controls on admin accounts, shields virtual machines to run only on approved networks and stops malicious code before it starts.

The new e-book entitled, “Agility meets Control meets Security: 3 reasons you’ll want Windows Server 2016 now,” goes over why you should consider upgrading as soon as possible. You can download it over here.

Come and Git it! Git Virtual File System, leveraging Visual Studio Team services, is loaded up

The GitHub Git Virtual File System (GVFS), which leverages Visual Studio Team Services, is operating now “is really amazing,” with more than “250,000 reachable Git commits in the history for this repo,” writes Brian Harry.

GVFS is an open source project, “and you are welcome to try it out,” he writes. “All you need to do is download and install it, create a Visual Studio Team Services account with a Git repo in it and you are ready to go.”

Lastly, SQL Server 2017 Management Pack (CTP3) Public Preview with new features are ready (

New features and fixes include in CTP3:

  • Implemented new workflows:
    • Discoveries for SQL Server Agent and SQL Server Agent Jobs
    • Unit and rollup monitors for SQL Server Agent
    • Performance rules for Resource Pools
    • Alerting rules for SQL Server Agent on Windows
    • Tasks for the Database
    • Tasks for starting/stopping Windows services
    • Monitors and performance rules for Memory-Optimized Tables
    • Always On discoveries
    • “Resource Pool Memory Consumption” monitor
    • “Discover Database Custom User Policy on Windows and Linux” and Discover Database Engine Resource Pools on Windows and Linux” discoveries
    • Console tasks on Windows and Linux
  • Improved SQL queries in the resource pool and database discovery
  • Added discovery of “SQL Server vNext Resource Pool Group on <Platform>” to DB Engine discoveries
  • Fixed issue: “Failed to replace parameter while creating the alert for monitor state change” warnings for workflows of Memory-Optimized Tables containers
  • Fixed log reader issues
  • Fixed “SPN Configuration” issue

You can download the public preview bits here.

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