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Last week in Azure: New visual tools for Data Factory, and more

If you were too busy writing code, attending meetings, or enjoying some time away from work, here's an overview of what you may have missed in Azure last week: new visual tools for Azure Data Factory v2, IoT extension for Azure CLI 2.0, how to win with #AzureTrivia, and more.

If you were too busy writing code, attending meetings, or enjoying some time away from work, here's an overview of what you may have missed in Azure last week:


ADF v2: Visual Tools enabled in public preview – Be more productive with Azure Data Factory by getting pipelines up & running quickly without requiring to write a single line of code. You can use a simple and intuitive code free interface to drag and drop activities on a pipeline canvas, perform test runs, debug iteratively, deploy & monitor your pipeline runs. This topic is also featured on Azure Friday (see video below).

Announcing the extension of Azure IP Advantage to Azure Stack – Azure IP Advantage now covers workloads deployed to Azure Stack, which extends protection benefits to cover customers consistently in the hybrid cloud. With Azure IP Advantage, Azure Stack services receive uncapped indemnification from Microsoft, including for the open source software powering these services.

Azure Analysis Services now available in East US, West US 2, and more – Azure Analysis Services is now available in 4 additional regions including East US, West US 2, USGov-Arizona and USGov-Texas. Azure Analysis Services provides enterprise-grade data modeling in the cloud as a fully-managed platform as a service (PaaS), which is integrated with Azure data platform services.

Accelerate your business revolution with IoT in Action – Learn about some recent updates to Azure IoT Suite that are making IoT solutions easier and more robust than ever, including Microsoft IoT Central, Azure IoT Hub, and Azure Stream Analytics on IoT Edge. If you're in San Francisco on February 13, attend IoT Action to learn more about how Azure IoT can help you accelerate your business revolution.

How Azure Security Center helps analyze attacks using Investigation and Log Search – Learn how an analyst can leverage the Investigation and Log Search capabilities in Azure Security Center to determine whether an alert represents a security breach, and to understand the scope of that breach by drilling into an alert to see what you can discover.

Announcing IoT extension for Azure CLI 2.0 – A new open source IoT extension that adds to the capabilities of Azure CLI 2.0 is now available. Azure CLI 2.0 includes commands for interacting with Azure Resource Manager and management endpoints. With this new extension, you get command-line access to IoT Hub, IoT Edge, and IoT Hub Device Provisioning Service capabilities.

Show off your skills with #AzureTrivia – Every Monday, @Azure will tweet out an Azure-related question. See this post for the details on how you can be entered to win a weekly prize by tweeting the correct answer.

Service updates

Azure shows

Visually build pipelines for Azure Data Factory V2 – Gaurav Malhotra shows Donovan Brown how you can now visually build pipelines for Azure Data Factory V2 and be more productive by getting pipelines up & running quickly without writing any code.

Azure Backup – Even though Azure takes three copies of your virtual machines and stores them in Azure Storage, you still need to protect your data against ransomware, corruption, or accidental deletion. Kelly Anderson stops by to chat with Scott Hanselman about how simple it is to set up Azure Backup, how its built-in security features can protect your backup data from ransomware, and how easy it is to restore your data from Azure.

The Azure Podcast: Episode 212 – Planning for Reliability – Evan is back after a couple of stressful weeks dealing with the fallout from “Meltdown”. He shares some of his learnings and things customers can do to be better prepared for such situations.