Who says summertime marks a slowdown in new service announcements in tech? Lots to cover in this week's Az Update including: Azure Site Recovery now supports replication with private links, Citrix and Microsoft partner to accelerate the future of work, allowing or disallowing blob public access on Azure Storage accounts, Azure Maps Power BI visual now in preview and more.
Azure Site Recovery now supports replication with private links
Azure Site Recovery, used to replicate Azure machines, VMware machines, physical machines, and Hyper-V machines, now supports Private Link use ensuring secured connectivity to Site Recovery service URLs. One private endpoint will be required in your private network for access to recovery services vault and a second endpoint for data replication to cache storage account.
Citrix and Microsoft partner to accelerate the future of work
Microsoft and Citrix agree to a multi-year agreement that will see Microsoft selecting Citrix Workspace as a preferred digital workspace solution, and Citrix will select Microsoft Azure as a preferred cloud platform, moving existing on-premises Citrix customers to Microsoft Azure to enable people to work anywhere across devices. Citrix and Microsoft will also provide joint tools and services to simplify and speed the transition of on-premises Citrix customers to Microsoft Azure.
Azure Files support and new updates in advanced threat protection for Azure Storage
Phoummala sits down with Yuri Diogenes from the Azure Security Center team to discuss the extension of advanced threat protection for Azure Storage to support Azure Files and Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2 API. Yuri details how Security alerts are triggered when anomalies in activity occur and how these security alerts are integrated with Azure Security Center and email subscription administrators with details of suspicious activity and recommendations on how to investigate and remediate threats.
Choose to allow or disallow blob public access on Azure Storage accounts
Azure Storage now supports anonymous public read access for containers and blobs. By default, all requests to a container and its blobs must be authorized by using either Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) or shared key authorization. When you configure a container's public access level setting to permit anonymous access, clients can read data in that container without authorizing the request.
Azure Maps Power BI visual now in preview
This initial release includes the following visualization layers: Bubble layer, 3D bar chart layer, Reference layer, Custom tile layer and Real-time traffic overlay. In addition to these visualization layers, this visual also leverages built-in Power BI features, such as tooltips, color themes, as wells as filter and slicer support.
To get started you will need to enable it in the Power BI desktop app by open the options panel though File > Options and settings. Go to the Previewfeatures options and select the Azure Maps visual. Once this is done you will also be able to use this visual in the Power BI website.
A continuation from last week's highlighted AZ-104: Prerequisites for Azure administrators learning path, this learning path shares how to manage Azure Active Directory objects, role-based access control (RBAC), subscriptions, and governance in Azure.
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