It’s been a “blah” two weeks of Azure service updates of interest to .NET developers, but I want to stay in the habit of writing Blue Monday posts, so here goes literally nothing.
UK datacenters generally available
Two new regions in the United Kingdom are generally available: UK South (London) and UK West (Cardiff, Wales). These join the Europeran datacenters in Ireland (North Europe) and West Europe (Netherlands); and two additional datacenters are planned for Germany.
As tends to be the case for all new Azure regions, right now UK South and UK West don’t have many features.
Only lower-tier VMs and the rudiments of storage, queues / hubs and PaaS offerings are on hand. There’s no Active Directory, no Media Services, no DocumentDB, very little big data (pretty much only Event Hubs) and no developer tools.
DevTest Labs auto shutdown warnings
You know how sometimes, you’re puttering along, with an RDP window to a virtual machine open in the background, tinkering with this and that in Visual Studio … and you go to push some code to that remote machine, only to find that the connection has closed or, worse, the entire VM has disappeared?
This apparently happens all the time in DevTest Labs, probably because you can schedule the spin-up and deallocation of these machines, and even conduct those operations via webhooks.
To help put an end to unexpected VM garbage collection, DevTest Labs now has auto shutdown notifications. These will fire off notices 15 minutes ahead of a scheduled shutdown, and provide links to extend the time to shutdown or ignore it completely.
I’m still not sold on DevTest Labs, but this does seem another vital improvement and clearly, Microsoft is listening to its user base.
Odds and ends
- Microsoft has provided guidance on mocking API responses in API Management, for those cases when you can’t easily send responses to sandbox requests.
- Related: A patch for API Management got under way on Sept. 6.
- Event Hubs management has come to the “new new” portal. Azure previously announced that the old portal will eventually lose Event Hub management, as part of the move to create service-specific namespaces for Event Hubs, Notification Hubs and Service Bus. Also as previously noted, there’s no immediate need to change your Event Hub namespaces as a result of this move, but eventually this will be necessary.
- It used to take a week for Azure SQL Database Advisor to produce index-tuning recommendations; now it takes a day.