Azure This Week

Microsoft Defender for Cloud & Azure Load Testing

Episode description

In Azure news this week, Lars Klint gives a birthday shout out to ARPANET before jumping into the main stories. He introduces you to Azure Load Testing – an easy way to load test your apps. We get a special guest, Wayne Hoggett, to speak about FSLogix Profiles now in public preview for Azure AD-joined VMs. And Lars finishes up with a host of Microsoft Defender for Cloud updates (a.k.a. the new Azure Security Center).

0:00 Introduction
0:41 Azure Load Testing
2:50 FSLogix Profiles
4:27 Microsoft Defender for Cloud updates


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Introducing Azure Load Testing: Optimize app performance at scale
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-au/blog/introducing-azure-load-testing-optimize-app-performance-at-scale/

Public Preview of FSLogix profiles for Azure AD-joined VMs in Azure Virtual Desktop
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/azure-virtual-desktop-blog/announcing-public-preview-of-fslogix-profiles-for-azure-ad/ba-p/3019855

Microsoft Defender for Cloud: updates for November 2021
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-au/updates/general-availability-of-custom-openid-providers-in-app-service-and-azure-functions/

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Azure This Week is your weekly news roundup for all things Azure. Join our expert hosts as they cover everything you need to know about the past week’s developments, keeping it short, fun and informative. Whether you’re just beginning your cloud journey, or you know your stuff, there’s something for everyone!

This week marks 52 years since the initial  ARPANET was completed with four nodes between   UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, SRI and University  of Utah. This eventually evolved into the   internet we know today. This week I have a  new tool to optimize your app performance,   FSLogix profiles get a boost, and the newly  named Microsoft Defender for cloud gets a   ton of updates. I'm Lars Clint, and this  is Azure This Week, a show the users all   eight marzel wanes to engage  the retro encabulator fan speed. I've done a talk on how to test for  the cloud and Azure in particular,   on a few occasions. The talk is about all the  terrible excuses cloud engineers have for not  

testing their cloud work, as well as all the ways  that you can test it. One of the hardest things to   keep track of is testing when thousands of users  are using your application at the same time.   Now this is called load testing, and has  always been tricky. After all it isn't that   easy to get 10,000 of your closest friends  together to test and visit your new Hello,   Kitty image recognition service. This week,  Azure announced Azure Load Testing, which well   load tests your app. You start a high-scale load  test by using the Azure portal. You can then  

see your live updates of the client and  server-side metrics while the test is running.   Azure specific insights show how scenarios  impact all the parts of your application, and   you can compare test results across different load  tests to understand behavior changes over time. So why should you care? You might ask. Isn't this  Azure's problem to scale in time? Well sort of.   Azure is responsible for making sure resources  are available and that SLAs are met. Fixing   your bugs and database bottlenecks is not their  responsibility. With load testing you can know  

which bits of your application might underperform,  break, or blow up when it takes off. You can even   integrate the load testing into your existing  continuous integration and continuous delivery   flow for automation goodness. You can access the  preview now using your existing Azure account. If you’d like to learn more about cloud  development, including how to optimize   performance in the cloud, check out ACG’s free  plan. It gives you access to free courses and   quizzes, plus learning paths and original  series content. This month for example,   Introduction to Azure Security and Cloud Security  Fundamentals are both free all month. And you  

don’t even need a credit card to sign up.  I’ll include links in the description below. FSLogix enhances and enables user profiles  in Windows remote computing environments.   It allows you to roam use a data  between remote computing sessions,   optimize file I/O between hosts and clients,  eliminate roaming profiles and simplify   application management among other things.  This week FSLogix profiles, hard to say,   for Azure AD-joined VMs in Azure Virtual desktop,  was released in public preview. Now because I   don't really know what all that means, I thought  I'd bring in our resident FSLogix expert. Wayne?

Thanks, Lars. And you're spot on. I really do  love FSLogix. Having a background in desktop   virtualization. I've seen all types of profile  management solutions, and FSLogix is by far my   favorite. It's speed and ease of management is  second to none. So what's so good about this new   Azure AD support for FSLogix profiles? Well, up  until now, you needed to domain-join the storage   you're using for FSLogix. This also meant that you  probably needed to deploy domain controllers in   Azure, but Microsoft recently added the ability to  join your Azure virtual desktop hosts to Azure AD,   but you still needed domain controllers  for FSLogix profiles. But now with FSLogix  

support for Azure AD, you no longer need domain  controllers in Azure to run Azure Virtual Desktop   with FSLogix profiles. You're still going to need  some domain controllers on-premises, but that may   change soon too. I'm very much looking forward  to trying this new feature out. Back to you Lars. Thanks Wayne. That was exactly what I was going to say too. Microsoft loves a name change as much as  well...Microsoft. In case you missed it,  

the latest is Azure Security Center now  being called Microsoft Defender for Cloud.   And perhaps to cement that name change, a whole  range of updates were announced this week.   Ready? Native CSPM for AWS and threat protection  for Amazon EKS and AWS EC2. Yes! Another Azure   service that works with AWS. Expanded security  control assessment with Azure Security Benchmark   v3. Microsoft Sentinel connector's optional  bi-directional alerts synchronization. And  

this is really handy for getting the alerts  back into Sentinel for someone to action.   Microsoft Threat and Vulnerability Management  added as vulnerability assessment solution.   Inventory display of on-premises machines  applies different templates for resource name.   And finally two new updates in preview, which are  prioritizing security actions by data sensitivity   and Snapshot export for  recommendations and security findings. Okay, I'm done. There are more updates  though, as well that you can find using  

the link in the description. That is all I  have for you this week. Check out some of the   many other free original series we have on the  ACG platform, such as Cloud Provider Comparisons,   Certification guides and Programming Languages  for the Cloud. There is much learning to be   done. As we say on the A Cloud Guru team,  when you have no clue what a piece of news   that looks important actually does, but then you  realize that the expert is right next to you,   "Seek and you shall cloud." We'll see you  next week and keep being awesome Cloud Gurus.

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