Microsoft has announced the availability of .NET Core 2.0 as a final release. Microsoft has also released ASP.NET Core 2.0 and Entity Framework Core 2.0. .NET Core 2.0 includes performance improvements in the runtime and framework, implements the .NET Standard 2.0 as well as extending supported platforms.
Microsoft has announced the availability of the System Center Management Pack for Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2017 (TFS). The pack provides TFS monitoring, which includes components such as application tier servers, data tier servers and team project collections.
Microsoft has announced the general availability of Network Performance Monitor (NPM), a cloud-aware network monitoring solution in Operations Management Suite Insight & Analytics, that monitors networks for performance degradation and outages. The solution continuously tests for accessibility between various points on the network across public clouds, datacentres and user locations. It enables application administrators to identify specific network segments or devices that may be causing the problem.
Microsoft has announced the General Availability of Azure Active Directory certificate-based authentication, which enables these scenarios…
Federated Azure AD customers can sign in using certificate-based authentication (performed against the federation server) with Office applications on iOS and Android.
Azure AD customers can sign in using certificate-based authentication with Exchange ActiveSync mobile apps in iOS and Android when signing in to Exchange Online.
Microsoft has announced that the appliance update, Analytics Platform System (APS) 2016, has been released to manufacturing and is generally available. APS is Microsoft’s scale-out Massively Parallel Processing integrated system for data warehouse specific workloads.
The appliance update builds on SQL Server 2016 and offers additional language coverage to support migrations from SQL Server and other platforms. It also features improved security for hybrid scenarios and the latest security and bug fixes through new firmware and driver updates.
Microsoft has announced the general availability of Data Migration Assistant v2.0, which replaces the previous SQL Server Upgrade Advisor tool. The Assistant is a free tool that checks database schema and static objects for breaking changes from prior versions. The tool provides the capability to move schema, data and uncontained objects, including user logins, from a source server to a SQL Server 2012, 2014 or 2016 target server, which can be on premise or in an Azure VM.
Microsoft has announced the availability of R Tools for Visual Studio 0.5 (RTVS), which integrates with SQL Server to simplify working with SQL data. The release includes integrated support for SQL and SQL Stored Procedures, multiple plot windows, plot history with plot thumbnails for navigation as well as general improvements and bug fixes.
Microsoft has announced that Azure AD Domain Services is Generally Available (GA). Azure AD Domain Services provides managed domain services such as domain join, group policy, LDAP, and Kerberos/NTLM authentication that are fully compatible with Windows Server Active Directory. The service integrates with existing Azure AD tenants so users can sign in using their corporate credentials.
Microsoft has introduced the Team Data Science Process (TDSP), which is a methodology and set of practices for collaborative data science. TDSP is an agile, iterative, data science methodology to improve collaboration and team learning. It includes a data science lifecycle definition, a standard project structure, a shared and distributed analytics infrastructure as well as productivity tools and utilities for data scientists.
Microsoft has announced an update for SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT). The SSDT 16.4 release adds support for Schema Compare in SqlPackage.exe and, as an API, Integrated Workspace Mode for SSDT Tabular. The release also includes a number of bug fixes.