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Machine Learning Powered Anomaly Detection for Azure Stream Analytics, More

Machine learning-based anomaly detection in Azure Stream Analytics is available in private preview, enabling customers who monitor real-time data to easily detect events or observations that do not conform to an expected pattern.

“Up to now, industrial IoT (Internet of Things) customers, and others, who monitor streaming data relied on expensive, custom machine learning models,” writes program manager.

“… The high barrier to entry precluded adoption of anomaly detection in streaming pipelines despite the associated value for many Industrial IoT sites.”

Azure customers already benefit from Storage Service Encryption (SSE) for Azure Blob and File storage using Microsoft Managed Keys or Customer Managed keys for Azure Blob storage. Now, steping forward, Micorosft enable encryption by default using Managed Keys for all data written to Azure services including: Blob, File, Table and Queue storage, and for all storage accounts like Azure Resource Manager and Classic storage accounts, and SSE for managed disks, including import scenario, will also be supported.

To learn more, visit the managed disks & SSE FAQ.

Microsoft as part of eliminating unnecessary signin prompts while maintaining high levels of security, announced some changes to the Token Lifetime Defaults in Azure AD. Going forward the following defaults will now apply to all new Azure AD Tenants: “Refresh Token Inactivity: 90 Days, Single/Multi factor Refresh Token Max Age: until-revoked, Refresh token Max Age for Confidential Clients: until-revoked,” writes Alex SimonsMS.

See this screenshot of new usage metrics in Power BI:

Power BI usage metrics

An update to usage metrics for reports and dashboards in Power BI service released on Thursday, enhances your usage metrics by surfacing the names of your end users.

The new feature currently rolling out worldwide, “has the potential to magnify your impact like never before,” writes BI team. “Now, you can understand exactly who your audience is and reach out to your top users directly to gather asks and feedback.”

A major release of the Team Foundation Server 2018 Release Candidate 1 (RC1) that includes an update of Team Foundation Server’s release management user interface is available.

This release management solution also now supports deployment agents on the targets that greatly simplify the deployment of multi-virtual machine applications and the authentication issues associated with deployment.

It also now includes the ability to do rolling deployments so your app can stay available during upgrade.

“The highlight for me is the new visual release definition editor that allow you to visualize and configure your code release pipeline,” Harry says. “We’ve also improved the task editing experience, adding templates for common app patterns, etc.”

Screenshot of release management UI in TFS 2018 RC1 showing new Release Definition Editor:

Release Definition Editor in release management UI in TFS 2018 RC1
Release Definition Editor

Lastly, the Documentation for Azure Information Protection has been updated on the web for August 2017.

“Updates this month support the recent service updates, and information about the current preview version of the Azure Information Protection client,” writes Dan Plastina. With changes to activation, “the default policy and default templates, and setting permissions for protection, the Quick start tutorial has been updated to reflect these changes.”

Find August 2017 Documentation Update for Azure Information Protection here.

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