Episode 393 - Behind the scenes

by Evan Basalik September 9, 2021

You might not guess how Azure thinks about investing in continually improving customer experiences. We talk to Azure Partner PM Scott Hitch about the work his team does to improve the time in takes to remediate your applications and resources in Azure.


Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode393.mp3


YouTube: https://youtu.be/08mTqIr_-W0



Azure Advisor: http://aka.ms/azureadvisor

Service Health: https://aka.ms/azureservicehealth


Other updates:

Guarantee capacity access with on-demand capacity reservations—now in preview



Public preview: Automatic scaling with Azure Virtual Machine Scale Sets flexible orchestration mode   -> Jerry Steele was on the show previously

Published date: September 07, 2021

We are announcing that we have enabled elastic virtual machine profile and automatic scaling for Azure Virtual Machine Scale Sets with flexible orchestration elastic profile and automatic scaling. The features are now in public preview, and provide: 

• Up to 1000 instances in a scale set (general purpose virtual machine sizes only)

• Ability to manually add VM instances to the scale set

• The option to spread instances across fault domains automatically, or specify a fault domain

• Place on demand and Spot VMs in the same scale set

• (New) Define a VM profile and specify instance count

• (New) Automatically scale out and scale in based on metrics, schedule, or AI prediction (private preview)

• (New) In guest patching that respects high availability / FD constraints

• (New) Automatic extension updates

• (New) Automatic instance repair/replacement of unhealthy instances

• (New) Terminate notification for on demand and Spot VMs

• (New) Secure by default networking - customers must explicitly define outbound connectivity

• (New) Improved scale out and scale in reliability, latency, and elasticity







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Episode 392 - SQL Managed Instances

by Sujit D'Mello September 4, 2021


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Episode 391 - AI/ML for Process Automation

by Sujit D'Mello August 27, 2021

The team speaks with Nikhil Vimal from Chat Mode about different use cases where combinations of Azure services can be used to infuse AI or leverage machine learning into automating processes.

Media File: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode391.mp3

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYOmYhLbdyw



Power Automate Desktop

Power Automate RPA

Power Automate UI Flow

Power Virtual Agents (AI Chatbots)

Microsoft Teams Bots

Azure Bot Services


Microsoft AI Research


Genomics testing on the ISS with HPE Spaceborne Computer-2 and Azure

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Episode 390 - Pronunciation Assessment

by Cynthia Kreng August 19, 2021

Melissa Ma, a Senior PM in the Azure product group, talks to us about the new Pronunciation Assessment service and SDK which makes it easy to build linguistic applications that can provide the user with realtime feedback on their speech.


Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode390.mp3 

YouTube: https://youtu.be/SdGeTmJtORw





The Speech SDK supports pronunciation assessment, which assesses the pronunciation quality of speech input, with indicators of accuracy, fluency, completeness, etc.docs.microsoft.com


Other updates:

General availability: GitHub Codespaces

How to re-size Azure virtual networks that are peered—now in preview

Azure Blob storage - Inventory generally availability

Upgrade to Text-to-Speech Neural Voice  by 31 August 2024



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Episode 389 - Azure Logic Apps

by Cynthia Kreng August 12, 2021

The team talks to Bec Lyons, Program Manager of Logic Apps about the latest offering of Standard Logic Apps, connectors, and how to decide when to use Power Automate or Logic Apps. 


Media File: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode389.mp3

YouTube: https://youtu.be/tV6w5Tlgt9E


1.Find our documentation at https://aka.ms/LogicApps/Docs

2.Get started with Logic Apps at https://aka.ms/IntroToLogicApps

3.Samples: https://github.com/azure/logicapps



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Episode 388 - The Art of the Possible with Power Platform

by Cynthia Kreng August 5, 2021

April Dunnam, one of the premier experts on the Power Platform, and now a Cloud Advocate at Microsoft, talks to us about how it facilitates easy app development on Azure. She talks about the scenarios for these apps, the connector ecosystem and the underlying architecture that make these apps work great on Azure.


Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode388.mp3

YouTube: https://youtu.be/kURXnErpOSU






Other updates:

Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare expands portfolio with Azure Healthcare APIs


Advancing Azure Virtual Machine availability transparency





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Episode 387 - Azure Arc

by Cynthia Kreng July 29, 2021

Lior Kamrat, a Cloud Solution Architect focused on the Hybrid landscape, discusses the role Azure Arc plays and the scenarios is addresses. 

Media File: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode387.mp3

YouTube: Azure Podcast - Azure Arc - YouTube


Azure Arc Jumpstart: aka.ms/AzureArcJumpstart


New ways to deliver a secure hybrid workplace with Azure Virtual Desktop and Windows 365

General availability: Built-in Azure Policy support for Network Watcher Traffic Analytics

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Episode 386 - Static Web Apps

by Cynthia Kreng July 21, 2021

Azure Principal PM Daria Grigoriu discusses the new Static Web Apps service. She explains how the service works, the use-cases, and patterns that the service addresses and resources to get started. 

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode386.mp3

YouTube: https://youtu.be/ht8lM7p03Cg





Other updates:

Use Azure Cosmos DB as an ASP.NET session state and caching provider

What's in development, preview, or GA?

Azure VM Image Builder Service Now Generally Available

Enhance your cloud skills and accelerate digital transformation with Inside Azure for IT



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Episode 385 - Cloud Native apps in Azure

by Sujit D'Mello July 14, 2021

Rob Vettor, a Cloud Solution Architect at Microsoft, has a lot to say about Cloud Native Apps and tells us how to host them on Azure.

Media file: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode385.mp3

YouTube: https://youtu.be/nZjUkAyt4Jc


Cloud Native eBook: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dotnet/architecture/cloud-native/

Dapr eBook: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dotnet/architecture/dapr-for-net-developers/

DotNet Conf on Microservices – 6 hour training class (June 30th, 2020)
• Microservices Workshop Module 1: Introducing microservices https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMDufMYAsmw&t=168s
• Microservices  Module 2: Modeling and architecting microservices https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7MM21aIsqk
• Microservices  Workshop Module 3: Microservice communication https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iL3Kxd4Auys
• Microservices Workshop Module 4: Deploying microservices to Kubernetes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3G7NB4waGbk
• Microservices Workshop Module 5: Deploying service mesh to Kubernetes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwEfynnevEU
• Microservices Module 6: Distributed data https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kVmb747vfM

Blog: www.thinkingincloudnative.com


Other updates:

General availability: Azure Spring Cloud Pricing Model Change | Azure updates | Microsoft Azure

Public preview: Azure Spring Cloud New Relic One integration and additional feature updates | Azure updates | Microsoft Azure

General availability: Application Insights integration with App Services for Java & Node.js apps | Azure updates | Microsoft Azure

Public preview: Create AKS clusters without local user accounts | Azure updates | Microsoft Azure

Public preview: Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) smart defaults | Azure updates | Microsoft Azure


Drive growth with the most partner-focused business platform



Manage RDP and SSH connectivity at scale with Azure Bastion 



Innovate from cloud to edge on your terms with Azure



Public preview: API Management and Event Grid integration 



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Episode 384 - Safe Deployment Practices

by Evan Basalik July 8, 2021

Principal Program Manager Cristina del Amo Casado talks to us about the Sae Deployment Practices framework and tools that are used to deploy software updates to millions of servers in Azure.

Media File: https://azpodcast.blob.core.windows.net/episodes/Episode384.mp3

YouTube: Episode 384 - Safe Deployment Practices - YouTube


Announcing App Service Environment v3 GA

Public Preview: Form Recognizer container support

Advancing safe deployment with AIOps—introducing Gandalf



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