AZURE MEDIA SERVICES TO HELP STREAM THE BIG GAME

NBC Sports recently announced ‘Super Stream Sunday’, allowing over 11 continuous hours of streaming surrounding Sunday’s big game. While many of us here at Microsoft are excited that our home team has a chance to repeat as champions, we’re also proud that NBC Sports has once again selected Microsoft Azure Media Services as a technology partner to deliver […]

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AUTOMATED EVERYTHING WITH SQL SERVER ON IAAS VMS

Today, we are excited to announce support for automated backup and automated patching, available directly in the portal for SQL Server Azure Virtual Machines. Both of these features are built with the new SQL Server IaaS Agent, an Azure VM Extension, combining the power and management ease of SQL Server with the agility offered by extensions […]

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AN END-TO-END PROTOTYPE OF AES ENCRYPTION WITH ACS AUTHENTICATION AND ACS TOKEN AUTHORIZATION

Introduction This is a “sequel” to the author’s previous post An End-to-End Prototype of PlayReady Protection with ACS Authentication and ACS Token Authorization. In certain cases, full DRM protection may not be mandated or make economic sense. Instead, AES encryption can be an alternative. However, keep in mind that AES encryption is very different from and […]

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AZURE RESOURCE MANAGER 2.5 FOR VISUAL STUDIO

Previously known as Azure Resource Manager Tooling Preview The Azure Resource Manager 2.5 for Visual Studio enables you to: Create an application using the Azure Gallery templates. Create and edit Azure Resource Manager deployment templates (for example a web site with a database) and parameter files (for example you can have different settings for development, […]

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MIGRATING EXISTING SERVICES TO REGIONAL SCOPE

In May 2014 we announced the general availability of Regional Virtual Network. This enabled users to utilize their virtual network at regional scale and enjoy new features such as ‘Reserved IPs’,  ‘Internal Load Balancing’ and ‘Instance level Public IPs’. Along with the announcement we indicated that migrating existing resources associated with an Affinity group to regional scope […]

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AZURE HDINSIGHT NOW GENERALLY AVAILABLE IN CHINA, AUSTRALIA, AND JAPAN EAST

In September, we announced that Microsoft was the first global cloud provider to have a publicly available cloud Hadoop offering in China in public preview. Today, Microsoft is pleased to announce that Azure HDInsight is now generally available (GA) in China. Both local Chinese organizations and multi-national corporations with offices in China can spin up a Hadoop […]

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INTRODUCING THE AZURE AUTOMATION SCRIPT CONVERTER

By now you’ve probably learned about the new Azure Automation service, which recently became generally available. You’ve learned how you can use Azure Automation to automate all your management processes, take advantage of runbooks in the community gallery, and attain reliable execution in the face of failures using checkpoints. But what you may not have heard about is one […]

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