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AzUpdate celebrates its first-year anniversary, and the team would like to thank all of you for supporting the show! News the team will be covering this week includes Log analytics workspace name uniqueness, Azure IoT Central new and updated features for March 2021, Surface Laptop 4 and Microsoft accessories announcements, Azure Blob storage supports objects up to 200 TB in size and our Microsoft Learn Module of the week.


 


 


Log analytics workspace name uniqueness is now per resource group


When a workspace name was used by one customer or user in the same organization, it couldn’t be used again by others as Azure Monitor log analytics workspace name uniqueness was maintained within the subscription.


 



 


Microsoft has changed the way they enforce workspace name uniqueness and it’s now maintained inside of the resource group context and allows use of the same workspace name in deployments across multiple environments for consistency.


 


Workspace uniqueness is maintained as follow:



  • Workspace ID – global uniqueness remained unchanged.

  • Workspace resource ID – global uniqueness.

  • Workspace name – per resource group


 


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Azure IoT Central new and updated features for March 2021


Filter jobs results on reported properties


IoT Central now supports filtering on reported properties in the jobs results grid which lets you view a subset of devices based device state for a current running job or a completed job and helps you view job metrics in production scenarios.
 



 


Export device lifecycle and device template events


New data export capabilities allow you export device lifecycle events and device template events. Export these new types of data and get notified when devices are registered or deleted, or when device templates are published or deleted. You can use filters and enrichments and export to the existing destinations. To learn more,  see Export data from Azure IoT Central.


 


Application usage monitoring improvements


IoT Central metrics provided through Azure Monitor can now improve the ability to monitor and diagnose the health and usage of your IoT Central application and the devices connected to it. With the new set of metrics made available this month, it’s now easier to monitor and troubleshoot provisioned devices, device data usage, telemetry messages, commands, and more. For a complete list of available platform metrics, see Supported metrics with Azure Monitor.


 


IoT Central documentation improvements


Documentation content updates, including new overview articles for administrators and operators, and added more content about multi-component device models including a refresh of the Create and connect a client application tutorials.


 


New Surface Laptop 4 and Productivity Peripherals


Microsoft announced this week the latest forth generation Surface Laptop sporting your choice of a New Quad Core 11th Gen Intel® Core™ processors and Intel® Iris® Xe graphics or a Custom AMD Ryzen™ Microsoft Surface® Edition processor with 8 CPU cores. Models include either 13.5” or 15” PixelSense displays


 



 
Microsoft also introduced the Surface Headphones 2+ carring over all of the features from the existing Surface Headphones customers; 13 levels of active noise cancellation, innovative earcup dials, an advanced 8-microphone system for incredible voice clarity, 18.5 hours of music listening time or up to 15 hours of voice calling time, and the all-day comfort to help you through the day’s virtual meetings.


 


More information on the plethora of devices that were announced can be found here: Introducing Surface Laptop 4 and new accessories for enhanced meeting experiences


 


Azure Blob storage supports objects up to 200 TB in size


Workloads that utilize larger file sizes such as backups, media, and seismic analysis can now utilize Azure Blob storage and ADLS Gen2 without breaking these large files into separate blobs. Each blob is made up of up to 50,000 blocks.  Each block can now be 4GBin size for a total of 200 TB per blob or ADLS Gen2 file.


 



 


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Community Events



  • Global Azure 2021 – April 15th to 17th, communities around the world are organizing localized live streams for everyone around the world to join and learn about Azure from the best-in-class community leaders.

  • Hello World – Special guests, content challenges, upcoming events, and daily updates.

  • Patch and Switch – It has been a fortnight and Patch and Switch are back to share the stories they have amassed over the past two weeks.


 


MS Learn Module of the Week


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Architect storage infrastructure in Azure


Learn how to architect storage solutions for your applications in Azure.
 




Modules include:


 



  • Choose a data storage approach in Azure

  • Create an Azure Storage account

  • Upload, download, and manage data with Azure Storage Explorer

  • Connect an app to Azure Storage

  • Make you application storage highly available with read-access geo-redundant storage

  • Secure your Azure Storage account

  • Store and share files in your app with Azure Files

  • Choose the right disk storage for your virtual machine workload

  • Monitor, diagnose, and troubleshoot your Azure storage


 


Learn more here: Architect storage infrastructure in Azure


 



 


 


Let us know in the comments below if there are any news items you would like to see covered in the next show. Be sure to catch the next AzUpdate episode and join us in the live chat.

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