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New in Azure: Site Recovery Support Windows Server 2016, Access Panel GA and More

Azure Site Recovery begin to support Windows Server 2016, letting customers to use Site Recovery to replicate, protect or migrate their Hyper-V virtual machines hosted on a Windows Server 2016 to Azure or to a secondary datacenter site.

Here are some significant features of Site Recovery (verbatim):

  • A guided Getting Started experience which removes the complexity of setting up DR and makes it easier to protect and replicate your workloads.
  • Recovery Plans and Azure Automation to enable a one-click orchestration of your DR plans.
  • Ability to perform DR drills (test failovers) to confirm readiness, which guarantees zero data loss.
  • Replicate your data once, and use it to perform disaster recovery, migrate workloads, or create DevTest environments in Azure.
  • Coexistence of classic & ARM deployment models: Azure originally provided only the classic deployment model. With the ARM based deployment model, you can deploy, manage, and monitor all the services for your solution as a group, rather than handling these services individually. You can choose either of these deployment models for your fail-over VMs in Azure Site recovery.
  • RPO & RTO objective – All DR actions are assured to be accurate, and consistent and are designed to help you meet your Recovery Time Objective (RTO) & Recovery Point Objective goals

The following configuration are supporte for protection & replication of VMs deployed on a Hyper-V Server 2016:

Configuration chart for Azure Site Recovery support for Hyper-V Server 2016 VMs

Configuration chart for Azure Site Recovery support for Hyper-V Server 2016 VMs.

Azure DevTest Labs begin to support the capability to create environments using Azure Resource Manager (ARM) templates! The general availability (GA) of Azure DevTest Labs was announced back in May this year.:

In case you haven’t heard about Azure DevTest Labs, it’s a self-service sandbox environment in Azure to quickly create Dev/Test environments while minimizing waste and controlling costs. “The public APIs, PowerShell cmdlets and VSTS extensions make it easy to integrate Dev/Test environments from labs to release pipeline.”

In addition Azure DevTest Labs can also be used in other scenarios like training and hackathon.

Here are a couple of highlights of the feature:

  • ARM templates are loaded directly from your source control repository (GitHub or VSTS Git).
  • Once set up, DevTest Labs users can create an environment by simply picking an ARM template from the Azure portal as what they can do with other types of bases.
  • Azure PaaS resources can be provisioned in an environment from ARM template in addition to IaasS VMs.
  • Cost of environments can be tracked in the lab in addition to individual VMs created by other types of bases.
Azure DevTest Labs support ARM Templates

Azure DevTest Labs support ARM Templates.

Application Insights was GA at the 2016 Connect() developer conference, today, two new diagnostic features are coming soon to the Insights, first up “an improvement to Application Map that allow you to see the health status of multiple components, pinpoint issues and easily find exceptions.” To improve this experience, the following improvements are available under preview:

  • You can now see multiple components on the same Application Map
  • You can now click on a component to bring up an error pane which summarizes the top errors, and can click on the errors to jump right to detailed exception information

And the next one is the new ‘Application Insights Profiler,’ which shows detailed example traces of slow requests and drill into detailed analysis of code to see where you are spending the most time.

For a quick tour of these features, watch the Connect() video below:

The new Access Panel is now generally available (GA) as well offering a new refreshing experience on both desktop and mobile.

The new design’s biggest highlights are its modern layout and optimized controls, here are the top three new features:

The new responsive mobile-friendly layout adjusts to the perfect size of the device and makes it easy to scan through apps and add new ones.

“At a glance” notifications now alert instantaly when an access request comes and lets you review them at once. While the new user control helps in quickly switching between organizations anywhere on the site.

Finally, improved group management experience with everything needed on the main page.

Microsoft is currently offering a two-month transition period where individual users can opt in.

AzureAD Access Panel At a Glance Notification

Microsoft Azure Storage Explorer, since its launch a year ago added the ability to interact with queues, tables, file shares and the capabilities to support Storage Accounts.

Today, the compnay has pushed a new version 0.8.6 as part of the November update, with added following features: “Quick access to resources, Tabs, Improved upload/download speeds and performance, High contrast theme support, Return of scoped search, “Create new folder” for blobs, Edit blob and file properties, and Fix for screen freeze bug.”

The first preview of ArcGIS Maps for Power BI was announced at the Ignite this year, newly available in preview today, is the next step in bringing ArcGIS Maps for Power BI to users by enabling the visualization in the Power BI service.

“When creating reports in PowerBI.com, you can start using the ArcGIS Maps for Power BI visual, pin ArcGIS Maps for Power BI to dashboards and share those dashboards with your colleagues,” writes Lukasz Pawlowski, senior program manager. “You can also publish your Power BI Desktop files containing the ArcGIS Maps visual and share them within your organization through the Power BI service.”

ArcGIS Maps for Power BI will be coming to the Power BI mobile applications next.

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