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Azure Information Protection Documentation Update Adds Search and URL Redirects

Formerly (Azure Rights Management), the documentation for Azure Information Protection September 2016 update is released today.

Announced at Ignite 2016, the documentation is rebranded to match the new name to support General Availability on 1st October.

First thing among others, the “documentation that was specific to preview of Azure Information Protection is now integrated with rest of the documentation,” writes Microsoft.

Additionally, starting page of the documentation now recommend latest information for readers, avoiding the infinite scroll issues as in other online documents.

Also, a new “Search” box added in the top right of the documentation pages “enables readers to jump to accurate information” along with new URLs to document pages have now changed for the new service name, but with automatic redirects, “you should still be able to get to the documentation if you do use the previous links.”

To see the listing, which includes:

  • What is Azure Information Protection?
    Updated with information for administrators or consultants, who are looking to understand how Azure Information Protection can classify, label, and protect documents and emails.
  • Azure Information Protection – also known as …
    Updated to include the recent renaming.
  • Compliance and supporting information for Azure Information Protection
    New article with often requested information that was previously in the Frequently Asked Questions page.
  • Requirements for Azure Information Protection
    Updated for information that is specific to classification and labeling, and was previously in a Requirements for Azure Information Protection page. Removed information about subscriptions, which will now be documented on the Azure Information Protection site.
    For more details, visit this link.

Compliance guidelines for Microsoft Cloud Germany also published today. As a first step after this successful launch, customers now have workbooks they can use.

“We listened to our customers’ high demand for regional regulations and compliance requirements,” including IT Grundschutz, “one of the most important methodologies published by the German Federal Office for Information Security,” writes Alice Rison, Microsoft Azure senior director.

New workbooks for Microsoft Azure Germany; Microsoft Cloud Germany – Compliance in the cloud for organizations in EU/EFTA is a new document published by Microsoft (download here). “It outlines the data trustee model that delivers power and flexibility of Microsoft cloud services in an environment that provides both technical and legal protections for German customer data,” writes microsoft.

Second one is the IT Grundschutz Compliance Workbook – Microsoft Azure Germany is a new workbook that was developed by Hisolutions AG (download here). “It supports our clients to achieve their IT Grundschutz certification with solutions and workloads deployed on Microsoft Azure Germany,” added microsoft.

Also, this week many Microsoft partners showed how they’re leading the transformation of the banking industry this week at Sibos, the world’s premier financial services event in Geneva, Switzerland.

Temenos is working with financial institutions to bring banking access to people in developing countries. Jack Henry Banking is transforming how its staffers serve and delight customers in retail banking locations and Veripark has created technology that considers all possible actions during customer interactions and recommends the best ones.

More than 80 percent of the world’s largest banks use Microsoft Azure.

Also announced today, the cloud-load testing (CLT) service is hyper-scale ready now. As part of the validation of our readiness, “we successfully ran tests to generate concurrent user load of as many as 1 million (1M) users active at the same time!,” microsoft stated.

The tests covered both the cases “automatically provisioned agents” as well as “bring your own subscription” scenario using Azure IaaS VMs. “This means that you can run hyper-scale tests regardless of whether you choose the auto-provisioned agents or want to bring your own machines,” writes microsoft.

Two additional benefits worth calling out here include:

  • “You can now pack upto ~2.5x more virtual users per agent core than earlier. Our earlier guidance when using declarative webtests was that between 250-1000 virtual users could be generated from an agent core. That number is now 600-2500.
  • Overall resource acquisition time has reduced by more than 50%. This means that load tests now spend much lesser time getting the agents ready and will start faster. If for some large runs you saw a wait time of 15 minutes earlier, that would come down to 7 minutes now. Of course, resource retention feature continues to be available to help you reduce that wait time further, if you want to run load tests in a test->fix->test loop in a short period of time,” microsoft said.

Microsoft also released today Windows developer virtual machines – September 2016 build that won’t expire—i.e. [non-expiring (licensed) virtual machines].

The new VMs come in Hyper-V, Parallels, VirtualBox, and VMWare flavors, and you can start developing by just inserting your Windows 10 Pro license key.

Those who only want to try out Windows 10 and UWP, “can use free evaluation version of VMs.” Keep in mind, these evaluation copies expire after a pre-determined amount of time.

These installs contain:

The Azure portal also has virtual machines you can spin up with the Windows Developer tooling installed as well, writes windows team.

Also, new social features on the PowerShell Gallery such as share buttons and discussion boards are launched.

Share buttons located on the side panel of the page, lets you now share items in the gallery on your social networks.

Discussion boards located at the bottom of each item page allow customers to share information about the item, and give feedback on it.

To leave a comment, “sign in with your email or social media accounts as provided by the list on the left. Alternatively, you can create a LiveFyre account. Currently, signing in with your gallery account is not supported.”

Share and discussion button in PowerShell Gallery