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10/17/2018 SQL Database Preview Features Today we are excited to announce the public preview of Accelerated Database Recovery! Accelerated Database Recovery (ADR) is a new SQL Server Engine feature (available in Azure SQL, Azure SQL Data Warehouse, and SQL Server on-premises) that greatly improves database availability, especially in the presence of long running transactions, by completely redesigning the current SQL Server recovery process from the ground up. The primary benefits of ADR are: Fast and consistent Database Recovery With ADR, long running transactions do not impact the overall recovery time, enabling fast and consistent database recovery irrespective of the number of active transactions in the system or their sizes. Instantaneous Transaction rollback With ADR, transaction rollback is instantaneous, irrespective of the time that the transaction has been active or the number of updates that has performed. Aggressive Log Truncation With ADR, the transaction log is aggressively truncated, even in the presence of active long running transactions, which prevents it from growing out of control. Link Link Details
10/17/2018 Media Services New Features This week we are proud to announce several enhancements to Media Services including the general availability of the new Azure Media Services v3 API, as well as updates to Azure Media Player. This includes Low-latency live streaming, 24 hour transcoding, CMAF, new API surfaces and more. Link Link Details
10/17/2018 Power BI Embedded New Features Power BI has released a new capacity monitoring app that helps you make more informed and data-driven decisions when managing your Power BI Embedded capacity. Link Link Details
10/17/2018 Azure Active Directory New Features Azure Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) now supports Azure managed disks. Azure managed disks provide a greater degree of availability and resilience to failures. This enables the domain controllers of your managed domain to be more resilient to storage-related outages. All newly created managed domains now use Azure managed disks by default. Existing managed domains will slowly be migrated to use Azure managed disks over the course of calendar year 2018. Link Link Details
10/17/2018 HDInsight General Availability Bigger organizations can now securely deploy the Azure HDInsight service. You can create an HDInsight cluster with Enterprise Security Package (ESP) that's joined to an Azure Active Directory Domain Services (Azure AD DS) managed domain. You can then configure a list of employees from the enterprise who can authenticate through Azure AD DS to log on to the HDInsight cluster. This GA release includes a greatly simplified cluster setup experience that takes advantage of integration between Azure AD DS and the HDInsight service. Link Link Details
10/17/2018 Storage Preview Features Azure Files offers fully managed file shares in the cloud that are accessible via the industry-standard SMB protocol. Integration with Azure Active Directory Domain Services (Azure AD DS) enables SMB access to Azure file shares using Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) credentials from AD DS domain-joined Windows VMs. In addition, Azure Files supports preserving, inheriting, and enforcing Microsoft file system NTFS ACLs on all folders and files in a file share. Link Link Details
10/17/2018 Azure Active Directory Updated Features Many large customers with hundreds of thousands of users, groups, and group memberships found that synchronization from Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) to Azure Active Directory Domain Services (Azure AD DS) was taking too long. Often, it was stuck for weeks. We’ve improved the sync performance in multiple stages. For large benchmark customers, we’ve been able to bring initial sync down to a few days. Further, the virtual machine SKU on which Azure AD DS is hosted scales automatically based on the number of objects in the directory. This enables larger customers to get better sync performance—for both initial and ongoing sync from Azure AD. Link Details
10/17/2018 Azure Active Directory New Features When you enable a new Azure Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) managed domain, by default, all users and groups within the directory are synchronized into your managed domain. Many customers gave us feedback that this caused sync to take a long time and ended up causing many unnecessary users/groups to be synchronized into the managed domain. Often, customers want only those users who expect to work with apps secured by Azure AD DS to be synchronized into the managed domain. You can now choose which sets of user accounts should be synchronized into a managed domain. You do this by selecting groups in Azure Active Directory whose members should be synchronized to the managed domain. The current experience is PowerShell based. Link Link Details
10/17/2018 Azure Active Directory New Features The default password lifetime in Azure Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) is 90 days. Many customers who have longer password lifetimes configured in Azure AD found their users’ passwords were expiring sooner in Azure AD DS. Many other customers gave us feedback that they’d like to configure custom password lifetime, complexity, and account lockout settings for user accounts in custom OUs within Azure AD DS. You can now configure fine-grained password policies in Azure AD DS managed domains. Link Link Details
10/17/2018 App Services Pricing Update We’ve recently reduced prices for Azure App Service on Linux for the basic and premium tiers. Link Link Details

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