I know, this is quick news series is a moving target. I decided to change the title, focusing on waht I’m daily working on.
New version 1.1.371.0 of Microsoft Azure Active Directory Connect, now with this release cadence Microsoft should think about an auto-update mechanism. (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=47594) As Steve pointed out in comments, you can indeed enable automatic updates for AADConnect (https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/active-directory-aadconnect-feature-automatic-upgrade)
Important to know that starting from Dec 7th the Query Store is turned on by default in all new and existing databases in Azure SQL Database (including elastic database pools).
Pass-through authentication with Azure Active Directory is now in preview adding another option to the Password Sync and ADFS deployments.
Pass-through authentication now in preview, lets users securely login to cloud resources by validating their password against their on-premises Active Directory more easily than ever. This feature allows customers that cannot or do not want to store passwords in the cloud (even encrypted ones) to onboard Azure Active Directory and Office 365 without having to modify their corporate network infrastructure and install products such as Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) or similar third party federation solutions. Pass-through authentication is set up via the Azure AD Connect admin experience as the second option for authentication along with Password Sync and AD FS. (https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/enterprisemobility/2016/12/07/introducing-azuread-pass-through-authentication-and-seamless-single-sign-on/)
AzureAD PowerShell V2.0 is now GA (https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/enterprisemobility/2016/12/05/azuread-powershell-v2-0-is-now-ga/), but the new Azure AD PowerShell v2.0 module don’t provide full functional parity with the older MSOL module yet. So it’s GA but you better continue to use MSOL.
A new cloud shell for Azure is slowly cooking? (https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/sneak-peek-a-new-azure-cloud-console/) It promises an integrated experience between GUI and CLI…
A quick reminder on N* series VM on Azure, they’re available and use the NVIDIA Tesla K80 and M60 GPU.
Azure AD Privileged Identity Management trial will end soon, unfortunately the GA release will need Azure AD Premium Plan 2. Pretty expensive.
The OMS Gateway is now GA you can now use this fully supported solution to manage the OMS agents traffic.
Azure Backup can now be invoked directly from the VM blade simplifying protection during interactive VM creation. (https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/backup-directly-from-vm-blade/)
New management packs released this week:
- System Center Monitoring Pack for WS-Management and SMASH Device Discovery 7.0.8707.0 (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29266)
- System Center Management Pack for Windows Server Operating System 6.0.7323.0 (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=9296)
- Microsoft System Center Management Pack (Community Technical Preview 1) for Azure SQL Database 22.214.171.124 (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=54359)