Numerous announcements to cover following a very busy Microsoft Ignite. News this week includes New capabilities for Azure Automanage now in public preview, Governance and management tools for Azure Machine Learning made generally available, Assessments for migration to Azure VMware Solution, Low code tools and the enablement Power Platform can offer, March 2021 Exchange Server Security Update and the Microsoft Learn module of the week.
Azure Automanage helps reduce day-to-day management tasks with automated operations across the entire lifecycle of Windows Server virtual machines in Azure. IT Admins can manage their VMs with point-and-click simplicity, individually or at scale. Not only that, Azure Automanage monitors machines to ensure that it continues to comply with best practices across its entire lifecycle. New capabilities were introduced into the public preview at MS Ignite and they include:
Check out the following product group blog post to learn more: Azure Automanage for virtual machines – Public Preview update
There was a lot of announcements made at MS Ignite surrounding new functionality being added to Azure Machine Learning. Biggest interest on our end however was the inclusion of governance tools being made available to system administrators to make it easier to gain a handle on data scientist resource use. These services include:
Check out What’s new in Azure Machine Learning – hybrid with Azure Arc to learn more.
Azure Migrate assessment for Azure VMware Solution is now generally available. Analyze readiness for migrating to Azure VMware Solution, assess suitability, cost planning, performance-based rightsizing using Azure Migrate. The Azure VMware Solution assessment now supports more customizable properties to help you with better node sizing and utilization. Azure VMware Solution empowers organizations to seamlessly extend or migrate your existing on-premises VMware applications to Azure without the cost, effort, or risk of re-architecting applications or retooling operations.
"People no longer need to be coders to solve today's problems with technology" was a big theme shared at MS Ignite. Microsoft's announcements of Power Automate (formally Microsoft Flow) and Power Fx (formally Canvas Apps) aimed to address this opportunity. Here is a breakdown of the new power platform offerings:
Microsoft has released a set of out of band security updates for vulnerabilities for Exchange Server 2013, 2016 anfd 2019. Microsoft's recommendation is to install these updates immediately to protect against these attacks as they are aware of active exploits of related vulnerabilities in the wild. The vulnerabilities affect Microsoft Exchange Server. Exchange Online is not affected.
More information reguarding this can be found here: March 2021 Exchange Server Security Updates
This learning path introduces you to Power Automate, teaches you how to build workflows, and how to administer flows.
This learning path can help you prepare for the Microsoft Certified: Power Platform App Maker Associate certification.
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