Luper's Learnings – Azure Technical Community for Partners (March 2016)

Welcome to the March 2016 monthly edition of Luper’s Learnings.

Thanks for your patience as I got this edition together. I’m shooting to get the April edition back on schedule for the first week of the month. Your input continues to make this a more valuable resource. Please keep the suggestions coming via Twitter and email.

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Here are topics I’ve run across and my Learnings from the last month…

  • My friend and colleague, Eduardo Kassner (@ekassner) co-authored Enterprise Cloud Strategy. You can get your free copy in PDF, ePub and Mobi formats here.
  • Definitely check out the Cloud and Proud Sessions from my UK mate, Daniel Baker (@azuredan). He’s got a handful of easy to consume sessions on various Azure topics.
  • Thomas Shinder published a whitepaper Azure Disk Encryption for Windows and Linux Azure Virtual Machines. It’s a new capability that lets you encrypt your Windows and Linux Azure Virtual Machine disks leveraging the industry standard BitLocker feature of Windows and the DM-Crypt feature of Linux to provide volume encryption for the OS and the data disks.
  • Read Corey Sanders’ post Announcing more open options and choice on Microsoft Azure. The announcements include Red Hat Enterprise Linux images available in the Azure Marketplace, Azure Container Service broadly available, Bitnami images certified for the Azure Marketplace, and OneOps support on Azure.
  • I had a discussion with a partner last month about migration options for VMs from ASM to ARM. Diego’s post from December is one resource to help.
  • I’m trying not to go too ARM crazy this month (as I’ve done in some previous editions) but you’ll definitely want to watch Scott Hanselman talk to Brady Gaster about some of the new Azure App Service features in Visual Studio. Then read Brady’s announcement of Azure SDK 2.8.2 for Visual Studio 2015. This release includes some user interface, validation improvements and engineering optimizations to improve the App Service developer experience.
  • I frequently talk about how important security, trust, privacy and compliance are to Azure and to Microsoft. You may have heard about the new set of tools (in preview) from Azure called the Azure Security Center. Watch this 28 minute video including a demo to learn more.
  • The Azure Stack team announced early preview of Azure PaaS services and DevOps tools for Azure Stack. In addition to download availability of the first Technical Preview of Azure Stack, now additional Azure PaaS services and DevOps tools are available for you to deploy and run on top of your Technical Preview deployments.
  • Have you kept up with the “Build Your Hybrid Cloud” series from Keith Mayer and Andy Syrewicze? In mid-February they posted Part 26 - Delegating Management in the Azure Cloud with Role-Based Access Control (RBAC).
  • Interested in ExpressRoute? Every other Friday, the US ExpressRoute Blackbelt team holds a customer facing meeting to help customers learn about ExpressRoute and plan & design their ExpressRoute connectivity to the Microsoft Cloud. Archives, invite and other details are here.
  • Anurag Gupta wrote Announcing new Log Analytics (OMS) resource for Azure VMs. Log Analytics brings the power of Operations Management Suite (OMS) right into the Azure portal allowing you to provision a brand new OMS workspace, link workspaces to Azure subscriptions, and onboard Azure VMs directly to the OMS service.
  • I tend to go nuts on a topic each month. This month (though I’ll temper the nuts a bit) that topics is Azure Active Directory Domain Services (currently in Preview.)

Thanks for sticking with me and making it to the bottom of the March Luper’s Learnings. I’d love your input for topics for the March edition let me know what they are!


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