AzureAustin newsletter - This week in azure has been busy

AzureAustin newsletter - This week in azure has been busy
10/17/2014 7:46:26 PM

Josh Handel presented some great inner detail around Azure Search this week. Here are his slides and a recorded video of the meeting if you missed it.

· Slides: https://onedrive.live.com/?cid=c861adfa90a758e1&id=C861ADFA90A758E1%2162009&ithint=folder,pptx&authkey=!APYakLmnZVx5LQU

· Recording: http://usergroup.tv/videos/azure-search (thank you Shawn Weisfeld!!!)

In November we will have Paul Drew from DevOps Unlimited show us how to build end to end azure environments using BoxStarter and other tools. 

If you would like to present please let me know so that I can get you on the schedule! We need a December topic.

Thank you goes to Clear Measure for sponsoring us at the last meetup (pizza and drinks).  But we are certainly up for making the group better with more sponsors.  If you know of anyone that is interested in sponsoring the AzureAustin group please send them my way.  Here is the basic blurb I am have been sharing to try to capture some sponsors. If you love this group please feel free to share it with your connections too:

“I am looking for sponsors for our AzureAustin meetup group hosted at the Microsoft campus here in Austin. This is great exposure if you are a product or service provider or a talent recruiter. We meet once a month. And I send out a newsletter at least once a week capturing the goings on of Azure. As a sponsor you would receive mention in all of these communications, can have a personal presence at the meetings themselves, and get a mention on the meetup page. We basically need $100/mo for pizza and drinks for the meetup that occurs every third wednesday at 6pm. Here is the group: less http://lnkd.in/bmmXkFn

New Azurians (76 total):

Let’s get this number up!  I would love to get us to 90 or 100 users by the end of the year if possible.  Let’s start a competition.  If you refer a friend to the group please send me your name and their name.  I will enter you to win something fun in a drawing at the end of the year.  Perhaps a resharper license or similar?  I am open on the prize ideas.

Welcome to the group: Josh Handel, Jeremy, Rajiv Menon

Azure info for the week:

Free

· Azure + Chef = Awesome: Don’t get spooked by LAMP on azure!

· Scott Gu free ebook "Building cloud apps with azure"

· Microsoft Azure courses

· Three more new getting started videos!

Web Casts

· Azure Automation 101 with PowerShell and Eamon O’Reilly

· Azure Automation 102 with PowerShell and Chris Sanders

· Building myEcho – A real startup running on Azure

· Encryption in SQL Server Virtual Machines in Azure for better security

· Best practices for securing azure sql database

· Security logging and audit log collection within azure

· Azure media services and content protection with Mingfei Yan

· The java SDK for azure management with brady gaster

· Virutal networks with Narayan Annamalai

Pod Casts

· Make it real with a windows phone app with azure backend

· DocumentDB

· DevOps automation as a service

· Full stack real time monitoring from the cloud

Posts

· Docker: Docker and Microsoft: Integrating docker with windows server and MS Azure

· Docker: New windows server containers and Azure support for Docker

· Redis: Azure: Redis cache, disaster recovery to azure, tagging support, elastic scale for SQLDB, DocDB

· ML: Web services and marketplaces create a new data science economy

· ML: Distributed cloud-based machine learning

· Service Bus: NamespaceType default value change

· Notification Hubs: Rich Push

· Notification Hubs: Notify Users

· Storm Preview: Microsoft brings real-time analytics to Hadoop with Storm preview

· Accessing and using azure VM unique ID

· Table Storage: Better support for paging with Table Storage in Azure Mobile Services .NET backend

· SQL: Auditing for azure sql database now with more manageability options

· Xamarin: Building cross-platform apps with Xamarin and azure mobile services

· DocumentDB: Azure documentdb: profile of MSN health and fitness

· Preview: Support site extension for azure websites

· NEW: Managing media workflows with the new azure media services explorer tool

· Azure traffic manager

· NEW: Azure automation runbook gallery

· Mobile Services: Beta iOS SDK released

· Live 24/7 Reference streams available

· D-Series performance expectations

· Disaster recovery to azure using azure site recovery is now GA

· Automation the tedious parts of open source on Azure

Snippets/Tools

· Nuget RedDobg.Search

· RedDog Search Portal

News

· Contributions to azure documentation and SDK’s on GitHub just got simpler

Fun

· Predict the 2014 us elections and more

· Azure ML is helping CMU become more energy efficient

Jobs

- If you like building cutting edge apps targeted for Auzre come apply at the coolest engineering shop in Austin - Clear Measure!  We are always looking for talented people.  http://www.clear-measure.com/careers/

- Others listed on Indeed!

Last Week’s Outages (status)

October 2014

10/17

Network Infrastructure - East Asia, North Central US, South Central US and Southeast Asia - Partial Service Interruption

This incident has now been mitigated. From 22:30 UTC on 10/16/2014 to 10:40 UTC on 10/17/2014 a subset of customers may have seen an impact on connectivity between services in: (North Central US and Southeast Asia), (North Central US and East Asia), (South Central US and Southeast Asia). They may not be able to connect to some of their resources as a result.

10/17

SQL Database - West US - Advisory

This issue has now been mitigated. From 6:49 UTC to 8:13 UTC on 10/17/2014 a small subset of customers using SQL Database in West US may have experienced failures when they attempted to create a new database. Existing databases were not impacted.

10/16

Virtual Machines - East US - Partial Service Interruption

Starting at 13:15 UTC until 22:00 UTC on 16 October 2014 a subset of customers may have been intermittently unable to access their Virtual Machine in East US. This issue is now mitigated.

10/16

Websites - West US - Advisory

This incident has now been mitigated. From 23:36 UTC on 10/15/2014 to 3:06 UTC on 10/16/2014 a limited subset of customers using websites in West US may have seen 503 errors when attempting to access their websites.

10/16

Visual Studio Online \ Application Insights - Multi-Region - Partial Service Interruption

This issue has now been mitigated. From 1:02 UTC to 4:10 UTC on 10/16/2014 a subset of customers using Application Insights may have experienced latency or inability to access telemetry data in https://portal.azure.com/.

10/15

Websites - Multiple Regions - Advisory

From 14:30 UTC to 23:20 UTC on 15 October, 2014 customers in multiple regions attempting to create a Website in the Web App Gallery through https://manage.windowsazure.com may have experienced an Invalid URI error message. Standalone website creation outside of the Web App Gallery including Web+SQL or Web+MySQL was not affected by this issue. This issue is now resolved.

10/15

Azure Managed Cache- Multiple Regions - Advisory

From 18:00 UTC on 14 October, 2014 to 15:55 UTC on 15th October, 2014 a subset of customers using Managed Cache in multiple regions may have seen failures while performing new create and enable operations programmatically. Existing caches were not impacted by this issue. Our engineers have validated that this issue is resolved.

10/15

Visual Studio Online \ Application Insights - Multi-Region - Partial Service Interruption

This incident has now been mitigated. From 4:54 UTC to 8:45 UTC on 10/15/2014 a subset of customers using Visual Studio Online \ Application Insights may have experienced latency or inability to access data through https://portal.azure.com/.

10/15

Virtual Machines - East US - Partial Service Interruption

This incident has now been mitigated. 5:25 UTC to 6:54 UTC on 10/15/2014 a subset of customers using Virtual Machines in East US may not have been able to access their Virtual machines.

10/15

Azure Redis Cache - Multiple Regions - Advisory

This incident has now been mitigated. From 18:00 UTC on 14 October, 2014 to 1:30 UTC on 15 October, 2014 a subset of customers using Azure Redis Cache in multiple regions may have been unable to create a new cache. Existing caches are not impacted by this issue.

10/14

Visual Studio Online \ Application Insights - Multi-Region - Partial Performance Degradation

From 21:30 UTC on 13 October to 20:42 UTC on 14 October, 2014 customers using Application Insights may have experienced latency or inability to access telemetry data in https://portal.azure.com . Our engineers have validated that this issue is fully mitigated.

10/14

Media Services \ Encoding - West Europe - Partial Performance Degradation

This incident has now been mitigated. From 00:40 UTC to 2:05 UTC on 10/14/2014 Media Services encoding customers in West Europe may have experienced failures. There was no expected impact on streaming.

10/14

Storage - North Central US - Partial Service Interruption

From 22:10 to 23:30 UTC on 13 October, 2014 a limited subset of customers using Storage in North Central US may have experienced inability to access their Storage resources. This issue has been mitigated.

10/13

Virtual Machines - Partial Service Interruption

From 20:30 to 21:39 UTC on 13 October, 2014 customers may have been unable to access their Virtual Machines in East US for a brief period of time. Engineers have fully validated service recovery. This issue is now mitigated.

10/10

Visual Studio Online \ Application Insights - Multi-Region - Advisory (Limited Impact)

Between approximately 16:15 and 17:45 UTC on 10 Oct, 2014 Application Insights customers will be unable to view Usage or Diagnostic Search data. Our system has self-healed and the issue is now mitigated. Other data sets, including availability, were not impacted by this issue.

10/10

Cloud Services and Virtual Machines - North Central US - Partial Service Interruption

From the 10th Oct, 2014 at 18:51 PM to 21:10 PM UTC a subset of customers using Virtual Machines and Cloud Services in North Central US may have seen services stuck in a Starting state. This incident has now been mitigated.

10/10

Visual Studio Online \ Build - Multi-Region - Partial Performance Degradation

From the 10th Oct 05:30 AM to 16:43 PM UTC, a subset of customers using Hosted Build may have seen their build requests stuck in queued state. Our engineers have mitigated this issue, and queued builds will automatically start.

10/10

Network Infrastructure - North Europe and East US- Partial Service Interruption

From 10th Oct, 2014 at 01:44 AM to 03:59AMUTC, a subset of customers in East US and North Europe regions may have experienced connectivity issues to Azure Services, such as Virtual Machines, Cloud Services, Azure Active Directory, SQL Import and Export Service, Service Bus, Media Services, Application Insights and Websites. This incident has now been mitigated.

10/9

Automation - East US - Partial Service Interruption

From approximately 22:45 PM on the 8th Oct to 1:21 AM on the 9th of Oct, 2014 UTC, customers may have encountered issues when attempting to access the Automation Gallery. Existing runbooks were unaffected. This incident has now been mitigated.

10/8

Cloud Services and Virtual Machines (Service Management) - East Asia - Partial Service Interruption

From 14:52 PM to 16:30 PM on the 8th Oct, 2014 UTC a subset of customers may have encountered errors with Service Management functions on Cloud Services or Virtual Machines located in East Asia. There was no impact to service availability. This incident is now resolved.

10/6

Automation - East US - Partial Service Interruption

From approximately 16:00 PM to 19:15 PM on the 6th Oct, 2014 UTC customers may encounter errors when attempting to access the Automation Service through the Azure Management portal. The ability to create or modify Runbooks was temporarily impacted. Existing Runbooks continued to functioned. If you encountered any errors please retry your request.

10/3

Visual Studio Online \ Application Insights - Multi-Region - Partial Service Interruption

This incident has now been mitigated. From 20:02 UTC to 21:07 UTC on 10/3/2014 a subset of customers may have seen errors submitting or viewing Usage data. Full service functionality is now restored. Some customers may see gaps in their Usage data between 20:02 UTC and 21:07 UTC on 10/3/2014.

10/3

Visual Studio Online \ Application Insights - Multi-Region

From 02 Oct, 2014 10:43 to 03 Oct 2014 01:59 UTC Application Insights users attempting to access usage query data through https://portal.azure.com/ in their Application Insights blades would see HTTP/520 errors when accessing their reports. This incident has now been mitigated.

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