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Azure Storage Queues Enable Pop-Receipt on Add Message, SoftNAS Cloud on Azure

Microsoft Azure Storage, adds a new feature as part of the as part of the “2016-05-31” REST API version, the “Pop-Receipt on Add Message” functionality for the Queue service, that help developers to easily identify an enqueued message for further processing.

Prior to the “2016-05-31” version, pop receipt value could only be retrieved when a user gets a message from the queue. “we now make pop receipt value available in the Put Message (aka Add Message) response which allows users to update/delete a message without the need to retrieve the message first,” writes azure team.

Starting today Jan 9, Windows Server 2016 gets full support in Azure Security Center. With that Azure Monitoring Agent, that “collect security metadata from virtual machines in Security Center, is now compatible with Windows Server 2008 R2 and newer versions, including Windows Server 2016, as well as most popular Linux distros,” azure team said.

Security Center leverages this metadata to identify security issues, such as missing system updates and vulnerable OS configurations, and applies behavioral analysis to detect malicious activity, such as an attacker executing code or attempts to persist on a compromised VM.

Microsoft has published a webinar video explaining how to design Azure infrastructure services to host a multi-tier LOB application. The result of the design process, which incorporates Azure Patterns and Practices recommendations and best practices, is a table of virtual machines and their Azure infrastructure-specific settings. Here is an example:

Table VMs and Azure infrastructure-specific settings

The video has the following sections:

  • Definitions and assumptions (starts at 3:12)
  • Design process (starts at 8:05)
  • Design example (starts at 38:50)
  • Build with Azure PowerShell (starts at 50:30)

In another post, the Azure team discusses how to manage Azure Government directories by using PowerShell. When utilizing a new directory for Azure Government environment, “one “gap” that is commonly encountered is assigning an alternate email address to each user,” writes Kyle Deeds.

“This attribute is only mandatory for accounts given a service administrator role, thus many accounts, including co-administrators, do not have the attribute set,” Deeds says. “Enabling features such as Self-Service Password Reset requires the alternate email address to be assigned as well. The Azure Active Directory V2 PowerShell module can be used to solve this issue.”

You can read more on these links: Managing and connecting to your subscription in Azure Government here, and about Azure Active Directory V2 PowerShell module here.

Microsoft has partnered with SoftNAS to enable an easy transition to Azure for customers that need storage capacities ranging from terabytes to many petabytes.

“SoftNAS Cloud is a software only enterprise storage virtual appliance solution that can replace traditional on-premise storage options for applications that typically require NFS, SMB/CIFS/SMB, iSCSI, and Apple File Protocol (AFP),” writes azure team.

In summary, SoftNAS Cloud fits customer needs for the following scenarios when considering Azure:

  • SoftNAS Cloud extends native capabilities of Azure for CIFS/SMB, NFS, AFP, iSCSI storage.
  • For use cases where applications need large file capacity (up to many petabytes) and need an easy way to move them to Azure.
  • You are ready to move from traditional on-premises storage to an elastic public model but don’t want the expense of re-engineering the data services.
  • Need a flexible storage model that can service different roles ranging from high performance all flash to capacity oriented Cool Blob.

You can get started with SoftNAS Cloud on Azure in multiple ways via the Azure Marketplace.

SoftNAS Cloud in Azure Portal

Ever since in May last year, Microsoft and Citrix announced a significant reinvigoration to their long-standing partnership at Citrix Synergy, the company today provided some additional details stating that “the interoperation between Citrix solutions like NetScaler and Intune & Azure AD, as well as Citrix’s core offerings in XenApp and XenDesktop running on Azure,” deliver incredible customer benefits including:

Citrix is delivering a common control plane (hosted on Azure) that enables management of Citrix solutions on-premises and in the cloud. You can move your hosted desktops/apps to Azure at your own pace with a single place and method to manage them.

Skype for Business optimized to be used in a Citrix XenApp/Desktop environment – both on-premises and with new Azure hosted Citrix services is now available.

AppDNA from Citrix is also available today and provides a way to quickly and easily identify any applications that would have compatibility issues with Windows 10. “This enables organizations to decrease their internal validation efforts and planning and start the upgrade process much sooner.”

Citrix announced today that Citrix NetScaler’s seamlessly interoperating with Microsoft Intune is complete and generally available. “NetScaler now validates that any device attempting to access on-premises resources is known and meets the enrollment/compliance requirements provided by Intune before allowing a VPN session to be established.”

In addition, Citrix also made available today a tech preview for “XenMobile Essentials,” engineered to interoperate with and bring additional value to Microsoft EMS customers.

Finally, to get all the benefits of XenApp and XenDesktop with XenMobile Essentials together in one package, Citrix also announced that the upcoming Workspace Essentials includes all of this.

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