#Azure notable updates week 48/18

Azure Data Migration Assistant adds SKU recommendation for Azure SQL Database. This is feature is currently in preview and only accessible via the CLI. 

Microsoft tackles AWS on costs for Windows and SQL Server workloads. Read more here to understand why Azure can be up to 5 times cheaper than AWS.

Serverless computing adds several security related features:

  • Application Settings (for both Azure App and Azure Functions) can now be stored in Azure Key Vault (public preview)
  • User-assigned managed identities (public preview)
  • Managed identities extends to App Service on Linux/Web App for Containers (public preview)
  • ClaimsPrincipal binding data for Azure Functions aka there’s now an easy way to get the calling identity of your function

Azure Dedicated HSM enables you to keep full administrative and cryptographic control over the hardware security modules (HSMs) that process their encryption keys.

Azure Security Center news:

  • Network Map now enters GA
  • JIT VM Access now requires Read Permission to access the VM

You can now add Azure Hybrid Benefit to your existing SQL Server instances running in Azure VMs. If your VMs are running 24/7 the pay as you go licensing model is not cost effective. In this case you can buy a SQL Server license with SA and use it on Azure. Unfortunately, until today, you cannot convert an existing VM running SQL Server in an Hybrid Benefit VM. With the new SQL VM Resource Provider now you can.

Azure.Source – Volume 59

On premises systems

Microsoft System Center Management Pack for DNS 2016 version

Microsoft Security Compliance Toolkit 1.0 released
The Microsoft Security Configuration Toolkit enables enterprise security administrators to effectively manage their enterprise’s Group Policy Objects (GPOs).  Using the toolkit, administrators can compare their current GPOs with Microsoft-recommended GPO baselines or other baselines, edit them, store them in GPO backup file format, and apply them via a domain controller or inject them directly into testbed hosts to test their effects.



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