In Azure DevTest Labs, you can now set a Virtual Machine to expire on a specific date. You already could do this via ARM templates, but now this is possible via Azure Portal.
How does the Expiration options works?
Basically, the VM will be deleted on the specific date that you have specified. This is a very valuable feature to save you money and time. Being a consultant, trainer and speaker in several conferences I need to create labs quite often to show some of the cool features of Azure / SharePoint and other Microsoft Products. Not one or two times that I have forgot to delete resources that I no longer need and only remember some days after. During this time, I get billed by something that I wasn’t using… Silly me!!!
But now when I create a new VM under Azure DevTest Labs I can just choose an expiration date and I don’t have to worry about being billed for something that I will not use.
You just need to select your Virtual Machine expiration date:
Joining efforts with 4 other fantastic fellows: André Vala,
Niko Neugebauer, Pedro Vala and Ricardo Costa, I have created a brand new Technical
community in Portugal – Cloud Pro PT. This community will focus on Cloud Products
mainly, but not only, in Microsoft Azure. We want to help share the knowledge and
information about the cloud and how can we build better tools and services
based on cloud services.
We will have our first community meeting on the 8th
of February, 2017 – 18h30 to 21h30 at Microsoft Portugal Offices. In this first
event, we will have a great speaker lineup: Jason Nadal (Microsoft Portugal) and Luis Calado (Microsoft Portugal).
This meeting is free but registration is mandatory to estimate
the number of attendees. You should register at: https://www.eventbrite.pt/e/bilhetes-cloud-pro-pt-meeting-1-31525840638
You can also join our Facebook group and follow our Twitter account.
Microsoft will extend the retirement date
of the following SharePoint 2013 exams:
- 488: Developing SharePoint Server 2013 Core
- 489: Developing Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013
Both of these exams should retire on March, 31, 2017, but
Microsoft extended the exams until July 31, 2018, so given or take if you haven’t
take those exams you have 1 year and 4 months more to take then. SharePoint
2013 is still highly used in companies and we don’t have any SharePoint 2016
developer exam released, so this is a wise decision by Microsoft.
BUT!!!!! Attention, this will not impact on the decision of
removing the MCSD: SharePoint Applications certification. If you still plan to
get this certification you still have only until March, 31, 2017 (so, less than
3 months) to take the 4 necessary exams.
The 488 and 489 exams are still elective exam for the new MCSD:
App Builder Certification
Microsoft released a new generation of it’s A-series Virtual Machines. These Av2 Virtual Machines have the same CPU configurations, but Microsoft raised the RAM per vCPU and increased the local disk IOPS up to ten times faster than the actual A-series.
More information on: Sizes for Virtual machines in Azure
Microsoft announced the generally availability of Azure Active Directory Domain Services. Pricing will begin on December 1, 2016. The original pricing model, proposed during public preview, included three prices based on number of directory objects: 0–5,000, 5,000–25,000, and 25,000–100,000. Now Microsoft combined the first two tiers into a single price point for all directories with under 25,000 objects and lowered the price by 25 percent. If your directory size is under 25,000 objects, you will continue to see usage listed against “S2 Domain Services Hours” on your invoice until December 1, 2016. After that, it will be renamed “S1 Domain Services Hours.” If your directory size is between 25,000 and 100,000 objects, you will see usage listed against “S3 Domain Services Hours” on your invoice until December 1, 2016, after which it will be renamed “S2 Domain Services Hours.”
More information on this Link.
To learn more about Azure Active Directory Domain Services, please visit the Azure Active Directory Domain Services webpage.