Looks like engineering at Microsoft has been busy with the announcements of updates for both Azure Monitor Agent and Azure IoT Central. Not to mention the announcement of new cloud regions in Arizona, 20 amazing IT Admin updates for those who support educators and the cost-effective Microsoft Learn module of the week.
Azure Monitor Agent (AMA) along with the Data Collection Rules (DCR) improve on key areas of data collection including granular and flexible configuration (e.g. collect from a subset of VMs for a single workspace), collect once and send to both Log Analytics (multi-homing) and Azure Monitor Metrics, data filtration at source, improved extension management, and better performance overall.
DCRs allow the ability to define rules surrounding what data to collect and where it should be sent to. It’s agnostic of the data source or destination and thus flexible enough to configure granular and targeted data collection.
Here’s what’s now generally available:
Modify the device model’s DTDL from within your app using the new JSON editor. From the device template experience, select Edit DTDL. The code editor lets you see in-line JSON syntax errors and review your edits with highlighted changes.
The Raw Data view now includes command request and response data exchanged with your devices including the the last 7 days of payloads exchanged.
Use the External Content tile to add external content to dashboards. The tile uses an HTML iframe to load content from a source outside of IoT Central.
Your app now remembers analytics query definitions across sessions so you don’t need to rebuild your queries if you navigate away from the page.
You can now configure your data export to send device lifecycle events only for provisioned devices, or only for enabled devices. You can now add enrichments containing the device's provisioned and enabled states. Use these new filters to further narrow down your exported data.
Best practices for device development describes how to take advantage of built-in disaster recovery and automatic scaling, including testing with the az iot central device manual-failover and az iot central device manual-failback CLI commands. Failover capabilities are included automatically in applications created since April 2021 and will be added to pre-existing applications.
Microsoft's newest sustainable datacenter region in Arizona, West US 3, includes Azure Availability Zones, offering additional resiliency for apps by designing the region with unique physical datacenter locations with independent power, network, and cooling for additional tolerance to datacenter failures. Azure offers region portability for multiple resources with Azure Resource Mover if you are looking to leverage the new region and Availability Zones.
Education IT admins have begun thier planning for the next calendar school year. A great amount of learning by IT based on this past year's experiance has influenced the creation of new updates in both Microsoft 365 and School Data Sync (SDS).
Further details surrounding said updates can be found here: Learn more
You'll be able to use the Pricing calculator to assess likely costs, use Azure Advisor to monitor actual costs for Azure resources, implement Spot VMs and Azure Reservations, and describe benefits of Azure Hybrid licensing.
This module details how to:
Learn more here: Understand Windows Server IaaS Virtual Machine cost management
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