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Azure Automation: Authenticating to Azure using Azure Active Directory

If you’re a user of Azure Automation, you already know how useful it can be for automating manual, long running, frequently repeated, and error prone tasks that keep your cloud services up and running. You may also be well aware that there are a number of steps required to get Azure Automation set up to talk to Azure using certificate-based authentication. Well we on the Azure Automation and Azure PowerShell team are happy to present you with an easier alternative – Azure Automation can now authenticate to Azure using organization identity credential-based authentication, using Azure Active Directory.

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SQL Server AlwaysOn Template in Microsoft Azure Portal Gallery

A new template has been added to the Microsoft Azure Portal Gallery and is currently in preview. The SQL Server 2014 AlwaysOn template automates the creation of a SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Group, taking care of the setup steps behind the scenes.

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Azure HDInsight makes HBase (NoSQL database) a GA Feature

On June 6, Microsoft announced HBase as a preview feature of Azure HDInsight. On August 21, we announced the general availability of HBase (along with the preview of Azure DocumentDB and Search). Apache HBase is a columnar NoSQL (“not only Structured Query Language”) distributed database project of the Apache Hadoop ecosystem.