Microsoft Ignite 2020 Digital Swag Kit

During the Microsoft events, especially Microsoft Ignite, we’ all collect as much as possible swag. Like t-shirts, stickers and other things. During this online Microsoft Ignite event, we can’t collect some swag.

BUT….Microsoft has created a digital swag kit, including cool wallpapers, Teams background, social media stickers, your digital badge and even some great things for the kids.

You can download the digital swag kit here.

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Microsoft Ignite 2020 ‘Book of news’

Yesterday, the biggest Microsoft event in the world has started, Microsoft Ignite 2020! This year, it’s completely digital and online!

If you’re not going to watch all the sessions, but you only want to know all the new announcements, start reading the ‘Book of news’. This document will give you an overview of all the new stuff. Happy reading!

Download the Book of news.

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Take a selfie at Microsoft Ignite 2020

Today, MIcrosoft Ignite 2020 is started. This year it is a completely digital event. One cool thing to do every Microsoft Ignite event, is taking the selfie. This year available also the digital way! Check it out!

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Enable Accelerated Networking using Azure Cloud Shell

What is Accelerated Networking?

Accelerated Networking provides consistent ultra-low network latency via Azure’s in-house programmable hardware and technologies such as SR-IOV. By moving much of Azure’s software-defined networking stack off the CPUs and into FPGA-based SmartNICs, compute cycles are reclaimed by end user applications, putting less load on the VM, decreasing jitter and inconsistency in latency.

Please double check the supported operating systems and VM sizes in the following documentation links to check the availability of this feature.

In 3 simple steps, we will learn to enable accelerated networking to an existing VM using Azure Cloud Shell (within the Azure Portal). Execute the following steps.

  1. First stop/deallocate the VM

    • az vm deallocate –resource-group myRG –name myVM
  2. Once stopped, enable Accelerated Networking on the NIC of your VM:

    • az network nic update –name myNic –resource-group myRG –accelerated-networking true
  3. Restart your VM. It’s that simple, isn’t it?

    • az vm start –resource-group myRG –name myVM

                    

Backup Best Practices in Action – The Backup Bible Part 2

The Backup Bible is an ambitious project produced by Altaro and written by Microsoft MVP Eric Siron that aims to be the definite guide to backup and disaster recovery for companies of all sizes.

The first eBook in the series was published earlier this year and focused on how to create a robust backup strategy including the key stakeholders you’ll need to deal with and the questions you’ll need to ask yourself to prepare yourself for a potential data loss event.

Part 2 – Backup Best Practices in Action – follows on from this starting point explaining how to implement this strategy and showing the reader what secure backup looks like on a day-to-day basis.

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The eBook is focused on providing practical implementation using actionable steps in each section providing the reader with the knowledge to bring the theory to life. It covers:

· Choosing the Right Backup and Recovery Software

· Setting and Achieving Backup Storage Targets

· Securing and Protecting Backup Data

· Defining Backup Schedules

· Monitoring, Testing, and Maintaining Systems

· And More!

The Backup Bible is an essential resource for anyone who manages data on a daily basis. For any business, data is your lifeline. A significant data loss can cause irreparable damage. Every company must ask itself – is our data properly protected?

You can download both part 1 and part 2 for free right now! The final part of the series, on disaster recovery, will be released later this year. By accessing the available parts, you’ll automatically receive the final eBook direct to your inbox when it is released later this year!

What are you waiting for? Get your eBook now!

Improvements to Azure VM backups are now available

Azure Backup now has even greater support and functionality for Azure VM backups:

  • Azure Backup is introducing restoring Unmanaged VMs/Disks as Managed VMs/Disks to provide the benefit of Managed disks for customers who are currently backing up their unmanaged disks.

For more details, please read our documentation

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  • Azure Backup now supports Replace existing disks as an option for VMs that have Managed Service Identities (MSI) Both User assigned Identities and System assigned Identities.

For more details, please read our documentation.

All the above features are generally available in all Azure regions.

Free eBook – The Backup Bible

As the old adage goes: fail to prepare, prepare to fail.

It’s the perfect description for backup yet to this day so many companies don’t have an adequate backup & disaster strategy in place for when the worst-case scenario happens. Just how well are you protecting your vital data?

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The Backup Bible, a free eBook from Altaro, guides you through the stages of preparing for, responding to, and recovering from a substantial data loss event, which can otherwise be disastrous for a company of any size.

This eBook is the first instalment of a 3-part series comprising the complete guide to data protection. It covers how to get started with disaster recovery planning; how to set recovery objectives and loss tolerances; how to translate your business plan into a technically oriented outlook; how to create a customized agenda for obtaining key stakeholder support; and the essentials to setting up a critical backup checklist.

The second and third parts in the series will be released later this year but by downloading the first part, you’ll automatically receive the other eBooks in your inbox as soon as they become available!

Whether you’re just starting to put together a backup and disaster strategy or you want to make sure your current plan is up to scratch, every IT admin needs to read The Backup Bible.

Download your free copy today

Enable Azure Accelerated Networking

Azure Accelerated Networking is a new option for Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Virtual Machine (VM) on the NIC level providing several benefits by enabling single root I/O virtualization (SR-IOV) to a VM, greatly improving its networking performance. This high-performance path bypasses the host from the datapath, reducing latency, jitter, and CPU utilization, for use with the most demanding network workloads on supported VM types. You would typically use this feature with heavy workloads that need to send or receive data at high speed with reliable streaming and lower CPU utilization. It will enable speeds of up to 25Gbps per Virtual Machine. Best of all, it’s free!

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How to Enable Accelerated Networking:

You can enable this feature during initial creation of the VM, on the networking tab, you will see “Enable Accelerated Networking”. If you are unable to enable, then it is not compatible on your chosen Azure VM size. If you need to enable this feature after VM creation you will require to do so through powershell as it is not yet supported in the portal. You can do this simply with the below commands after deallocating the Virtual Machine.


Login-AzureRmAccount
$nic = Get-AzureRmNetworkInterface -ResourceGroupName “YourResourceGroupName” -Name “YourNicName”
$nic.EnableAcceleratedNetworking = $true
$nic | Set-AzureRmNetworkInterface

Then proceed to start the Virtual Machine and Accelerated Networking will be enabled.