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Announcing General Availability of Azure Reserved VM Instances (RIs)

Azure Reserved VM Instances (RIs) are generally available for customers worldwide, effective today. Azure RIs enable you to reserve Virtual Machines on a one- or three-year term, and provide up to 72% cost savings versus pay-as-you-go prices.

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Quick Overview of the new Microsoft Teams PowerShell Module

Microsoft has released the first version of the Microsoft Teams PowerShell cmdlet today on November 3rd, 2017 with version 0.9.0. You can install it from the PowerShell Gallery over here: https://www.powershellgallery.com/packages/MicrosoftTeams/0.9.0 . This blog post will simply be an overview of what’s possible, without going too much in the technical details of each cmdlet, as the official documentation is not even out yet

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How organizations are connecting their on-premises identities to Azure AD

If you follow the blog, you know that we support a wide array of options for connecting an on-premises directory or IAM solution to Azure AD. In fact no one in the industry gives customers as many options as we do.

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Deleting an Azure Recovery Services Vault with all Backup Items

When I am prototyping Azure solutions with Azure Resource Manager templates and scripts, I often find myself allocating resources and when I am done, I will delete the entire resource group to clean up. If you have ever created some backups in Azure Recovery Services Vault you will know that you cannot simply remove the Azure Recovery Services vault without removing any backup items that you have in there.

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Microsoft Azure now has automatic OS image upgrade feature for virtual machines

One of the main pain points when managing cloud infrastructure at very large scale is maintaining each virtual machine patched to the latest OS version. OS providers in general release patched versions of their VM images monthly or more frequently in case of critical security fixes. Manually upgrading hundreds to thousands of VMs increases cloud infrastructure management cost. To solve this problem, Microsoft has now introduced automatic OS image upgrade preview feature for Azure virtual machine scale sets that automatically upgrades all VMs to the latest OS image.

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Troubleshoot Azure File Sync (preview)

Use Azure File Sync (preview) to centralize your organization’s file shares in Azure Files, while keeping the flexibility, performance, and compatibility of an on-premises file server. Azure File Sync transforms Windows Server into a quick cache of your Azure file share. You can use any protocol that’s available on Windows Server to access your data locally, including SMB, NFS, and FTPS. You can have as many caches as you need across the world.

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