Dave Rendón Microsoft Azure MVP, embracing and fostering tech intensity to benefit society and thrive in a digital world.

Microsoft Ignite 2018: A Technical Learning Guide Experience

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Whether if you are an Enterprise Developer, IT Implementer, Data Professional, you definitely want to attend Microsoft Ignite for a week of learning and seeing the future of tech. This year´s conference was an amazing opportunity where I had the pleasure to participate as a Technical Learning Guide (TLG) for the Hands-on Labs area at Microsoft Ignite 2018!

What is Microsoft Ignite? Who is it for?

Microsoft Ignite provides five days of hands-on learning, industry insights and direct access to product experts – all in one place. Microsoft Ignite is for senior decision makers seeking what’s next, and who want insights on key technology trends in the industry. It’s for IT Professionals who need hands-on experience to enhance their tech skills. It’s for enterprise developers and architects looking for innovative ways to maximize application development.

Let´s take a quick review from the Microsoft Ignite 2018!

Shuttles would start from 7:30 AM to and from the Microsoft Ignite action. I arrived to Orlando on Saturday evening so I was able to check in and pick up my badge at the MCO Airport and pickup my swag later on Sunday morning for the Pre-Day Sessions:



Monday 7:30AM took a shuttle a shuttle to the Microsoft Ignite action.




Microsoft Ignite Kicked off officially with Satya´s Keynote – there were  reserved seats for MVPs!



From high-level strategy and deep product dives to hands-on labs and immersive experiences—the insights and connections you’ll gain at Microsoft Ignite are great for your company and your career. I had GREAT time with MVPs/MCTs colleagues all over the world and hearing peers about their IT experience on the Cloud Journey!



As a Technical Learning Guide (TLG) for the Hands-on Labs area I was responsible to proctor the Infrastructure and Azure IoT Labs where I had a lot of interesting conversations around multi-cloud environments!


There was an exclusive area where you could enjoy this exclusive Microsoft experience. You could reserve your seat and spend some time to complete hands-on learning training labs led by expert instructors, an interactive community central theater session featuring MVPs and meetups, and the chance to be a part of the live audience at Microsoft Mechanics Live, where experts discuss the latest product and service capabilities.

Special thanks to Maura C. for all the support she provided to all of the TLG Team during that busy week!





Here you have some Microsoft Ignite 2018 links to training – https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/buckwoody/2018/10/02/microsoft-ignite-2018-links-to-training/

Microsoft Ignite 2018 Announcements!

You might find yourself overwhelmed with all the big announcements and product capabilities that went Generally Available during the Microsoft Ignite 2018.

This Microsoft Ignite 2018 Book of News is your guide to ALL the announcements from Sept. 24, with summaries of the news and links to more information.

You can find sessions on-demand at https://myignite.techcommunity.microsoft.com/videos

However  if you are an Azure focused guy I will strongly recommend you to follow up closely to the following:

 New Azure Learning Paths: Role-based Certifications

During Microsoft Ignite 2018 there were announced new job roles: Azure Administrator, Developer, Solutions Architect, DevOps Engineer, Microsoft 365 Modern Desktop Administrator and Enterprise Administrator.

The new learning paths guide you through the training and help prepare you for developer, administrator, and solutions architect careers and Microsoft Azure certifications. The exam for the Azure Administrator certification are now live, and the next two certifications—Azure Developer and Azure Solutions Architect—have exams in beta.

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Let´s summarize this transition:

Microsoft Exam 70-532 = Microsoft Certified Azure Developer Associate (split into AZ-200 + AZ-201)

Microsoft Exam 70-533 =  AZ-100 + AZ-101, with and AZ-102 being the bridge exam

…So you already passed the Exam 70-532? Then go for the Az-202.

Microsoft Exam 70-532, 70-533 and 70-535 still available until the end of 2018


If you already passed Microsoft Exam 70-532, 70-533 and 70-535, you can take the corresponding transition exam:


You can see below an example of the Azure Administrator Certification:

**Check this free course on the Azure Administrator Cert – https://www.pluralsight.com/role-iq/microsoft-azure-administrator


Microsoft Learn:

Microsoft Learn is your platform to gain expertise around Azure. Choose a role-based Learning Path for recommended sessions, labs, exams, and workshops https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/.

Azure IoT Central is now GA!

A fully managed global IoT SaaS (software-as-a-service) solution that makes it easy to connect, monitor, and manage your IoT assets at scale.

This means that you can now build production-grade IoT applications in hours, without worrying about managing infrastructure or hiring developers with specialized skills


Some relevant information with regards of Compute Services:

Azure Networking:

I strongly recommend you take a look at the Fall Update (https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-networking-fall-2018-update/) where you will find a lot of interesting and useful service udpates related to networking.

One of this new great features is the Azure Front Door Service (AFD), a global, scalable entry-point that utilizes Microsoft Azure intelligent network edge so you can create fast, secure and massively scalable web applications.


Azure Data Box for online data transfer

Azure Data Box Heavy… As its name implies, this ruggedized, self-contained device is designed to lift 1 PB of data to the cloud. In case you figure out where the name “heavy” came from:


The Data Box Edge is an artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled edge computing appliance,  shipped by Microsoft and provides support for Azure Blob or Files, it includes 12 TB local NVMe SSD storage.


The Data box gateway is basically a virtual machine Storage gateway which exposes SMB and NFS shares on local network creating a gateway into azure storage account, it keeps a local cache of recent files for fast local access. All you needed is to copy a local fireshare and upload your data.

Feel free to sign up for the Data box preview here: https://aka.ms/databox-edge


Windows Virtual Desktop

Quickly virtualize and deploy modern and legacy desktop app experiences with unified management. Provide your users a full multi-user Windows 10 Enterprise experience virtualized in the cloud that’s always up to date and available on any device. You can sign up for the preview here: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/virtual-desktop/#sign-up

Azure Ultra SSD – the next generation of Azure Disks technology

Ultra SSD Disks are designed to work with all Premium SSD enabled Azure Virtual Machines. Ultra SSD provides top of the line performance at the same availability levels as our other disks offerings. Additional benefits include the ability to dynamically tune disk performance, without the need to restart your virtual machines.


Ultra SSD is designed for I/O intensive workloads such as SAP HANA, top tier databases (e.g. SQL, Oracle), and other transaction-heavy workloads.

Ultra SSD Managed Disk Offerings

Disk size (GiB) 4 8 16 32 64 128 256 512 1,024-65,536 (in increments of 1 TiB)
IOPS range 100-1,200 100-2,400 100-4,800 100-9,600 100-19,200 100-38,400 100-76,800 100-153,600 100-160,000
Throughput Cap (MBps) 300 600 1,200 2,000 2,000 2,000 2,000 2,000 2,000

Azure Shared Image Gallery

Shared Image Gallery(SIG) provides a simple way to share your applications with others in your organization, within or across regions, enabling you to expedite regional expansion or DevOps processes and simplify your cross-region HA/DR setup. SIG enables you to quickly deploy thousands of Virtual Machines concurrently from a custom image. Main features include:

  • RBAC
  • Versioning
  • Distribution
  • Code to create gallery
  • Provision in same tenant and replicate globally
  • Support for ISV images




Azure VM Image Builder

Azure VM Image Builder lets you start with either a Linux-based Azure Marketplace VM or Red Hat Enterprise Linux ISO and begin to add your own customizations that can be added in the form of a shell script, and you can also import your existing Packer shell provisioner scripts.

You can specify if you would like to host images in the Azure Shared Image Gallery or as an Azure Managed Image.

See below for a quick video on how to create a custom image using the VM Image Builder. Sign up for the preview here: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=v4j5cvGGr0GRqy180BHbR4Mz2uUjMSlGsl9SsCqVlc5UNUFCRDRRTjFJSDJJQTcwWks1UFBGTU8yRi4u



Azure Service Fabric Mesh

Microsoft added support for the Secret, Network, Gateway, and Volume resources in Mesh. You can specify inline secrets using the Secrets resource in the Mesh Application model and deploy them to Service Fabric Mesh.

Network and Gateway resources enable multiple-ingress and routing, which let you specify per-request routing to services within your Mesh Application. Using secrets and routing, you can now host applications with HTTP and HTTPS endpoints in Service Fabric Mesh. Check out the overview:

Looking forward to a great Microsoft Ignite 2019!

Dave Rendón Microsoft Azure MVP, embracing and fostering tech intensity to benefit society and thrive in a digital world.

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