Introducing B-Series, our new burstable VM size

Today I am excited to announce the preview of the B-Series, a new Azure VM family that provides the lowest cost of any existing size with flexible CPU usage. For many workloads that run in Azure, like web servers, small databases, and development and test environments, the CPU performance is very bursty. These workloads will run for a long time using a small fraction of the CPU performance possible and then spike to needing the full power of the CPU due to incoming traffic or required work. With our current sizes, while running in these low points, you are still paying for the full CPU, so that you can handle the high and bursty points.

The B-Series offers a cost effective way to deploy these workloads that do not need the full performance of the CPU continuously and burst in their performance. While B-Series VMs are running in the low-points and not fully utilizing the baseline performance of the CPU, your VM instance builds up credits. When the VM has accumulated enough credit, you can burst your usage, up to 100% of the vCPU for the period of time when your application requires the higher CPU performance.

These VM sizes allow you to pay and burst as needed, using only a fraction of the CPU when you don’t need it and burst up to 100% of the CPU when you do need it (using Intel® Haswell 2.4 GHz E5-2673 v3 processors or better). This level control gives you extreme cost flexibility and flexible value.

The B-Series comes in the following 6 VM sizes during preview:

Size

vCPU’s

Memory: GiB

Local SSD: GiB

Baseline CPU Performance of VM

Max CPU Performance of VM

US East Linux Price / Hour

(Price during preview)

US East Windows Price / Hour

(Price during preview)

Standard_B1s

1

1

4

10%

100%

$ 0.012

($ 0.006)

$ 0.017

($ 0.009)

Standard_B1ms

1

2

4

20%

100%

$ 0.023

($ 0.012)

$ 0.032

($ 0.016)

Standard_B2s

2

4

8

40%

200%

$ 0.047

($ 0.024)

$ 0.065

($ 0.033)

Standard_B2ms

2

8

16

60%

200%

$ 0.094

($ 0.047)

$ 0.0122

($ 0.061)

Standard_B4ms

4

16

32

90%

400%

$ 0.188

($ 0.094)

$ 0.229

($ 0.115)

Standard_B8ms

8

32

64

135%

800%

$ 0.376

($ 0.188)

$ 0.439

($ 0.219)

Get more information on the Burstable VM sizes. To participate in this preview, request quota in the supported region that you would like. After your quota has been approved, you can use the portal or the API’s to do your deployment as you normally would.

We are launching the preview with the following regions, but expect more later this year:

  • US – West 2
  • US – East
  • Europe – West
  • Asia Pacific – Southeast

See ya around, 

Corey

Azure Black Belt Networking and Security Presents Microsoft Networking Academy – Fall 2017

Welcome to this new season of our networking, and now security, webinar series! We’re hoping that this show will be helpful in delivering valuable content for anyone who’s looking at starting to consume information about the Azure cloud, or developing their cloud connectivity deeper with Azure.

A Microsoft Network Academy (#MNA) session is taking place every 4 weeks, on Fridays, this fall. It is open to customers, partners and Microsoft employees who want to learn more about Azure Networking, including ExpressRoute, Virtual Networking, and security — such as how to plan and design their connectivity to the Microsoft cloud, as well as the various security elements surrounding Azure.

MNA will typically be delivered in two formats, depending on the episodes, partner-focused sessions, and deep dive sessions. In both formats, there will be an open Q&A session at the end, where customers can “ask the experts”. Content and partner speakers will vary for each session, but the general agenda is as follows:

Partner-focused sessions

  • Azure Networking fundamentals (10 minutes)
  • Deep dive topic of the week (15-20 minutes)
  • Partner spotlight of the week (15-20 minutes)
  • Q&A

Deep dive sessions

  • Introduction (5 minutes)
  • Deep dive topic of the week (35-45 minutes)
  • Q&A (10 minutes)

We will post the agenda in advance on this blog, and to our interested viewers, you can join a distribution list by sending an email to gbb-anf@microsoft.com with the subject-line “Join Microsoft Networking Academy List”. We will email you a reminder and the agenda in advance for the upcoming sessions.

We are kicking off this new season on Friday, September 22nd, 2017.

Join the Skype Meeting and make sure you don’t miss out on future sessions by adding this the series to your Outlook calendar. You can also download ICS (that’s a recurring event – don’t miss out on them, and if you can’t make it, decks and recordings will be posted below).

Here are a few links for your convenience:

Episode #11 : September 22nd – What’s new in Azure Networking and Security since this summer

  • Quick introduction and announcements (new team member!) 
  • What’s new with Azure Networking
  • What’s new with Azure Security
  • Ask the Experts Q&A!
  • Links to the deck and video recording on Channel 9 will be posted here.

Episode #12 : October 20th – Agenda to be confirmed

  • Agenda to be confirmed – but we’ll likely be discussing Ignite content… stay tuned!
  • Links to the deck and video recording on Channel 9 will be posted here

Episode #13 : November 17th – Agenda to be confirmed

  • Agenda to be confirmed.
  • Links to the deck and video recording on Channel 9 will be posted here

Episode #14 : December 15th – Agenda to be confirmed

  • Agenda to be confirmed.
  • Links to the deck and video recording on Channel 9 will be posted here

We’re open for feedback!

Feel free to send us your feedback, comments, and suggestions at GBB-ANF@microsoft.com.

-Your Friendly Azure Networking and Security Black Belt Team.

For Sale – Macbook Air A1304 2.13GHZ Core 2 Duo 128GB SSD – Some Issues (see post)

For sale my MacBook Air
Spec:
Model No A1304
2.13GHZ
Core 2 DUO
128GB SSD

Overall, the laptop is in great condition. Minor scratches to casing but nothing major (see pics), and the keyboard is fine too.
It has the following issues:
It is NOT running the current OS and because I have not used this laptop in a while, I have been unable to upgrade to the current OS. As far as I am aware, if you have the current OS on your Apple account then you can upgrade it, but I didn’t want to purchase only to sell the laptop. If you view the pics you can see that I have reset to factory settings but it has not been rebooted because I don’t have the OS (and yes, my Apple ID has been fully removed from the laptop). As it is an Air there is no disc drive to insert a disc. For this reason, I am selling this as a “spares and repairs” laptop only, and if you can actually obtain the OS and get it booted then you’ve got yourself a bargain.
Other issues: I think the battery is now dead. The laptop works when plugged in (again you can see from the pics) but dies when you remove the mains charger.
The mains charger that comes with it is NOT the charger it came with originally – that broke ages ago. It’s an older charger, but it does work.
The laptop is boxed and in great cosmetic condition. Box has some rips (see pics).
No warranty left, of course.
I have a good selling history on here (iPads, phones, cameras etc).

So selling as an interesting project or something for someone to tinker with, or spares and repairs.
Will start it off at £150 shipped but open to any/all offers and will be reasonable. Will not accept returns on the basis of the problems mentioned above.

Any questions please feel free to ask.

Price and currency: 150.00
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BACS preferred but may accept PPG
Location: Cornwall
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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Wanted – Laptop – cheap and cheerful

I have an Asus 11in touchscreen laptop.

Battery still lasts a couple of hours easily, a bit bashed on the outside, i3 CPU and 4gb of ram.

It has no HDD at the moment as I have a big expensive SSD in there, can probably find a traditional HDD to fit for a couple of quid extra. Originally had Windows 8, has been upgraded to 10.

I’ve stripped it down and cleaned everything, including reseating the heatsinks with new thermal compound to make sure heat and fan management is working properly.

Have used it for a few months but will check it over tomorrow and post back if it interests you.

For Sale – Crucial MX100 512GB SSD CT512MX100SSD1 2.5″

For sale is the last part of my Desktop pc… and the best part YAY!
Crucial 512GB MX100 Internal SATA SSD
For sale and delivered £95 Delivered.
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Price and currency: 95
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Bank transfer / paypal (flexible)
Location: Stratford
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Wanted – Ultrawide monitor 34” 3440×1440

Just updated the thread regarding warranty etc. I’m not the first owner, a work colleague bought it and I bought the 4K version. Because of the aspect ratio we had a deal because it only has display port and couldn’t be used with a PS4.

I am definitely open to negotiation, it’s in use daily for work but I always get complaints when I screen share so it’s not really working for me.

I can’t see any dead pixels or glow but happy to run a test to check. If we agreed a price it can be based on you seeing the monitor in use so happy for you to run any tests then to make sure you’re happy.

These are not cheap monitors so would want you to be 100% happy

For Sale – 4GB Samsung 1600 DDR3 Sodimm and Seagate 750gb 2.5″ drive.

Have one of the above for sale, removed from my laptop due to an upgrade, perfect working order £12.50.

Also got a Seagate 750gb 2.5″ laptop drive, no longer needed, no errors, £20 inc.

Price and currency: Various
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For Trade – Macbook pro 13 512ssd (2017) for mbpr 15 2017 version

Long shot but worth a punt. I could add money to deal. Paid 2k for it 5 weeks ago

Price and currency: £1500
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Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16288 for PC & Build 15250 for Mobile

Hello Windows Insiders!
Today we are releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16288 for PC to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring only (not Skip Ahead). As we mentioned previously, we are now at the point of the development cycle for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update where our focus is now on stabilization for release to the world. This means that we are releasing new builds to Insiders more quickly and that these builds will include mostly bug fixes. You’ll notice that this build continues to include a bunch of good bug fixes Insiders will enjoy.
On Build 16288, you will notice that the watermark at the lower right-hand corner of the desktop has disappeared. You will also see that the OS now reports as “Version 1709” which is the official version number for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update release. However, this is NOT the final build as we’re not done yet. We’re just now beginning the phase of checking in final code to prepare for the final release. So we will have more builds to release to Windows Insiders between now and then. And the desktop watermark may re-appear in these builds.
We are also releasing Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview Build 15250 to Insiders in the Fast ring.
General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC
Windows Shell Improvements
We fixed an issue resulting in the Facebook Messenger app failing to accept the enter key when sending messaging in recent flights.
We fixed an issue where the “New” text displayed under the names of newly installed apps in Start wouldn’t go away after launching the app.
We fixed an issue where using the letters in Start to jump to different locations in the alphabet wasn’t consistently working in the last few flights.
We fixed an issue where local app search in Cortana failed to return the expected app if the user profile directory contained non-ASCII characters.
We fixed an issue where pressing WIN + X would sometimes not show the accelerator key underlines.
We fixed an issue where when the People button was present in taskbar, and toast-only banners (for example from Outlook 2016) were sent, the Action Center badge counter would become inaccurate.
We fixed a bug from recent flights where upon unlock you’d be bombarded with any notifications that occurred while your PC was locked. If you’d like to review notifications received while your PC was locked, they can be found in the Action Center
Input Improvements
We fixed an issue where pressing delete when using the full touch keyboard layout in UWP apps would input a period rather than deleting a character.
We fixed an issue where the Pinyin IME’s emoji picker wouldn’t load in recent flights.
We fixed a tablet mode issue where launching the touch keyboard in UWP apps might sometimes take multiple taps on the edit field before the keyboard would come up.
We fixed an issue where when using the Chinese (Simplified) handwriting panel InputPersonalization.exe could get into a state where it would unexpectedly have a continually high CPU usage.
We fixed an issue with the handwriting panel where the “&123” and Emoji button didn’t work when the device was in portrait orientation.
We fixed an issue resulting in not being able to turn on the Japanese IME after the focus was moved from a UWP (like Sticky Notes) to another app and back.
We fixed an issue resulting in a stutter when selecting long strings in certain single line editable text boxes (for example when naming favorites in Microsoft Edge).
We fixed an issue resulting in not being able to type text via the touch keyboard into Internet Explorer when using the Japanese, Chinese, or Korean keyboards.
We fixed an issue where the Dayi and Array IMEs couldn’t input Chinese characters in certain apps in recent flights when using the touch keyboard.
Microsoft Edge Improvements
We fixed an issue where the tab preview for PDFs was just black with two white stripes.
We fixed an issue where the first time you used Ctrl + F in a tab the search box wouldn’t get focus. We also fixed an issue where after clicking the Find on Page text box you might not be able to type in the address bar.
We fixed an issue where sometimes the Hub would appear to open twice when you clicked the icon.
We fixed an issue where typing a web address into the address bar from the New Tab and Start Page and would sometimes clear the text and not result in any page navigation.
We fixed an issue where Ctrl + Click on a link in a PDF wouldn’t open the link in a new tab.
We fixed an issue where “Open with previous pages” wouldn’t recover tabs if the tabs had been dragged between frames prior to closing Microsoft Edge.
We fixed an issue which could result in uploads failing on some sites, such as Behance.net.
We fixed an issue where website tooltips could end up displaying behind the Microsoft Edge window after opening a link in new tab in the background.
We fixed an issue resulting copy/paste and the print dialog not working for those using the updated Youtube.com website design.
We’ve updated editable fields in PDFs to now have a subtle color to help indicate that they’re editable.
We fixed an issue resulting in PDFs potentially rendering blank after panning down a few pages and back up.
We fixed an issue from recent flights where Alt + D wouldn’t bring input focus to the address bar when certain keyboards were active.
Gaming
We fixed an issue resulting in Ghost Recon: Wildlands not starting in recent flights since the Easy anti-cheat component wouldn’t load.
We fixed an issue resulting in Mod Organizer no longer load mods into Skyrim in recent flights.
Devices
We fixed the issue where USBhub.sys was causing spontaneous reboots due to bugchecks (GSOD).
We fixed an issue where your PC might not go to sleep automatically after remoting into it and signing out of the remote session.
Other fixes and improvements
We fixed an issue where Settings could crash if a Bluetooth device was turned off while the Bluetooth settings page was open.
We fixed an issue from recent flights resulting in some Insiders experiencing an issue where Store apps would begin to fail to activate after being launched a few times.
We fixed an issue where if the lock screen slideshow was set to a OneDrive folder containing offline-only images, these pictures would all be downloaded to the PC while the PC was locked (going through each picture). These pictures will now be skipped.
If you’ve encountered an issue where Spotlight appears stuck on a particular image, we’ve added logic such that it should now reset after at most 7 days.
What’s new in Build 15250 for Mobile
Two factor Authentication: We are excited to announce that we’ve introduced a two factor authentication unlock mechanism for Windows 10 Mobile. With two factor unlock, an enterprise can enforce an additional security layer to their sensitive data via an MDM policy. Once two factor unlock is enabled, a phone user will have to enter a numeric pin followed by an enterprise-defined factor to unlock the phone. An example of an enterprise-defined factor is a companion device such as an NFC tag which can be used to unlock a phone using our Companion Device Framework sample app and documentation.
AppLocker Improvements: A number of customers have provided feedback on the warning prompts for apps that are blocked by enterprise policies. We’ve improved the UX and updated the MDM SyncML scripts associated with the policies. Application restrictions can be configured by either the ApplicationManagement CSP or AppLocker CSP.
ApplicationManagement/ApplicationRestrictions
AppLocker/ApplicationLaunchRestrictions 
VPN Improvements: In the modern corporate workplace, mobility is mainstream and secure access to corporate data via VPN has become the norm. We are bringing a range of improvements and features that enhance the reliability of VPN on Windows 10 Mobile. The key updates to our VPN capability are:
Lots of reliability improvements for VPN connectivity in Windows 10 Mobile.
IKEv2 Sleep and Power Enhancements.
VPN completes all pending actions before sleep and disconnects.
Automatic reconnection on resume.

Force tunneled improvements for UWP platform.
Proxy improvements for UWP VPN profile.
Enabling MMS usage when VPN is connected.
General changes, improvements, and fixes for Mobile
We fixed a regression that was introduced in build 15245 where the fingerprint reader on the HP Elite X3 did not turn on the screen. You needed to turn on the screen before you could use Windows Hello.
We fixed some issues where the Maps app navigation would start navigating a route and after performing a reroute, would present a list of possible routes instead of adjusting to the current route.
We also improved map-matching particularly for routes using ferries.
We fixed an issue where an app using the routing engine (e.g. Maps) would timeout on providing the route if suspended for more than 30 seconds.
We fixed an issue where tiles on the Start screen would occasionally be blank.
We fixed an issue where a VPN profile that was created via the VPN Management API would always be a dial-up profile.
We fixed an issue with the MDM policy used to control Build Flighting by Mobile Enterprise.
We fixed a couple of navigation issues when changing from highway to highway (occasionally, signposts were copied from the original highway to the destination highway) and highway to non-highway (erroneous instruction to “enter highway”).
We fixed a rare issue where the user’s call history was shown as corrupt after an upgrade.
No downtime for Hustle-As-A-Service,
Dona

For Sale – Jumper Ezbook 2

Ezbook 2 – Bought from gearbest in March. In great condition, however the SD card reader does not work on the device and the speakers aren’t great and it’s a US keyboard layout, also a us adapter but I’ll include a converter. Otherwise great device, extremely light etc £100

Brand: Jumper
Model: Ezbook 2
Usage: Office
Type: Notebook
OS: Windows 10
CPU Brand: Intel
CPU Series: Cherry Trail
CPU: Intel Cherry Trail x5-Z8350
Core: 1.44GHz,Quad Core
Caching: 2MB
Graphics Type: Integrated Graphics
Graphics Chipset: Intel HD Graphics 400
Graphics Card Frequency: 200MHz – 500MHz
Process Technology: 14nm
Power Consumption: 2W
Threading: 4
RAM: 4GB
RAM Type: DDR3L
RAM Slot Quantity: One
Hard Disk Memory: 64GB EMMC