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For Sale – Apple MacBook Air (Retina 13 inch 2018) Gold

Purchased this Retina MacBook Air direct from Apple on 21st November 2018 but is just not getting used so would like to move on to a good home. Has had minimal light use – internet and Football Manager only!!

1.6GHz dual‑core 8th‑generation Intel Core i5 processor, Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz
Intel UHD Graphics 617
8GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 memory
512GB SSD storage
Force Touch trackpad
Two Thunderbolt 3 ports
Touch ID
Retina display
Backlit Keyboard – British
Accessory Kit

Comes in original box with all original accessories.

Has had a hard case on top / bottom since day one so is immaculate with no dents or dings and screen is in mint condition

Will be reset to factory running

It has no Apple Care so warranty to November 2019.

Will be posted insured signed for at my cost and will advise delivery date once courier decided and funds received.

Can also collect from London SE9 evenings or weekends

Payment by PayPal Gift, Bank Transfer or Cash if collecting.

Will post pics tonight

To spec this on Apple now will be £1499 so asking only £1099 or feel free to make an offer

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How to Use Azure Arc for Hybrid Cloud Management and Security

Azure Arc is a new hybrid cloud management option announced by Microsoft in November of 2019. This article serves as a single point of reference for all things Azure Arc.

According to Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella, “Azure Arc really marks the beginning of this new era of hybrid computing where there is a control plane built for multi-cloud, multi-edge” (Microsoft Ignite 2019 Keynote at 14:40). That is a strong statement from one of the industry leaders in cloud computing, especially since hybrid cloud computing has already been around for a decade. Essentially Azure Arc allows organizations to use Azure’s management technologies (“control plane”) to centrally administer public cloud resources along with on-premises servers, virtual machines, and containers. Since Microsoft Azure already manages distributed resources at scale, Microsoft is empowering its users to utilize these same features for all of their hardware, including edge servers. All of Azure’s AI, automation, compliance and security best practices are now available to manage all of their distributed cloud resources, and their underlying infrastructure, which is known as “connected machines.” Additionally, several of Azure’s AI and data services can now be deployed on-premises and centrally managed through Azure Arc, enhancing local and offline management and offering greater data sovereignty. Again, this article will provide an overview of the Azure Arc technology and its key capabilities (currently in Public Preview) and will be updated over time.

Video Preview of Azure Arc

Contents

Getting Started with Azure Arc

Azure Services with Azure Arc

Azure Artificial Intelligence (AI) with Azure Arc

Azure Automation with Azure Arc

Azure Cost Management & Billing with Azure Arc

Azure Data Services with Azure Arc

Cloud Availability with Azure Arc

Azure Availability & Resiliency with Azure Arc

Azure Backup & Restore with Azure Arc

Azure Site Recovery & Geo-Replication with Azure Arc

Cloud Management with Azure Arc

Management Tools with Azure Arc

Managing Legacy Hardware with Azure Arc

Offline Management with Azure Arc

Always Up-To-Date Tools with Azure Arc

Cloud Security & Compliance with Azure Arc

Azure Key Vault with Azure Arc

Azure Monitor with Azure Arc

Azure Policy with Azure Arc

Azure Security Center with Azure Arc

Azure Advanced Threat Protection with Azure Arc

Azure Update Management with Azure Arc

Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) with Azure Arc

DevOps and Application Management with Azure Arc

Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) & Kubernetes App Management with Azure Arc

Other DevOps Tools with Azure Arc

DevOps On-Premises with Azure Arc

Elastic Scalability & Rapid Deployment with Azure Arc

Hybrid Cloud Integration with Azure Arc

Azure Stack Hub with Azure Arc

Azure Stack Edge with Azure Arc

Azure Stack Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) with Azure Arc

Managed Service Providers (MSPs) with Azure Arc

Azure Lighthouse Integration with Azure Arc

Third-Party Integration with Azure Arc

Amazon Web Services (AWS) Integration with Azure Arc

Google Cloud Platform (GCP) Integration with Azure Arc

IBM Kubernetes Service Integration with Azure Arc

Linux VM Integration with Azure Arc

VMware Cloud Solution Integration with Azure Arc

Getting Started with Azure Arc

The Azure Arc public preview was announced in November 2019 at the Microsoft Ignite conference to much fanfare. In its initial release, many fundamental Azure services are supported along with Azure Data Services. Over time, it is expected that a majority of Azure Services will be supported by Azure Arc.

To get started with Azure Arc, check out the following guides and documentation provided by Microsoft.

Additional information will be added once it is made available.

Azure Services with Azure Arc

One of the fundamental benefits of Azure Arc is the ability to bring Azure services to a customer’s own datacenter. In its initial release, Azure Arc includes services for AI, automation, availability, billing, data, DevOps, Kubernetes management, security, and compliance. Over time, additional Azure services will be available through Azure Arc.

Azure Artificial Intelligence (AI) with Azure Arc

Azure Arc leverages Microsoft Azure’s artificial intelligence (AI) services, to power some of its advanced decision-making abilities learned from managing millions of devices at scale. Since Azure AI is continually monitoring billions of endpoints, it is able to perform tasks that can only be achieved at scale, such as identifying an emerging malware attack. Azure AI improves security, compliance, scalability and more for all cloud resources managed by Azure Arc. The services which run Azure AI are hosted in Microsoft Azure, and in disconnected environments, much of the AI processing can run on local servers using Azure Stack Edge.

For more information about Azure AI visit https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/overview/ai-platform.

Azure Automation with Azure Arc

Azure Automation is a service provided by Azure that automates repetitive tasks which can be time-consuming or error-prone. This saves the organization significant time and money while helping them maintain operational consistency. Custom automation scripts can get triggered by a schedule or an event to automate servicing, track changes, collect inventory and much more. Since Azure Automation uses PowerShell, Python, and graphical runbooks, it can manage diverse software and hardware that supports PowerShell or has APIs. With Azure Arc, any on-premises connected machines and the applications they host can be integrated and automated with any Azure Automation workflow. These workflows can also be run locally on disconnected machines.

For more information about Azure Automation visit https://azure.microsoft.com/en-in/services/automation.

Azure Cost Management & Billing with Azure Arc

Microsoft Azure and other cloud providers use a consumption-based billing model so that tenants only pay for the resources which they consume. Azure Cost Management and Billing provides granular information to understand how cloud storage, network, memory, CPUs and any Azure services are being used. Organizations can set thresholds and get alerts when any consumer or business unit approaches or exceeds their limits. With Azure Arc, organizations can use cloud billing to optimize and manage costs for their on-premises resources also. In addition to Microsoft Azure and Microsoft hybrid cloud workloads, all Amazon AWS spending can be integrated into the same dashboard.

For more information about Azure Cost Management and Billing visit https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/cost-management.

Azure Data Services with Azure Arc

Azure Data Services is the first major service provided by Azure Arc for on-premises servers. This was the top request of many organizations which want the management capabilities of Microsoft Azure, yet need to keep their data on-premises for data sovereignty. This makes Azure Data Services accessible to companies that must keep their customer’s data onsite, such as those working within regulated industries or those which do not have an Azure datacenter within their country.

In the initial release, both Azure SQL Database and Azure Database for PostgreSQL Hyperscale will be available for on-premises deployments. Now organizations can run and offer database as a service (DBaaS) as a platform as a service (PaaS) offering to their tenants. This makes it easier for users to deploy and manage cloud databases on their own infrastructure, without the overhead of setting up and maintaining the infrastructure on a physical server or virtual machine. The Azure Data Services on Azure Arc still require an underlying Kubernetes cluster, but many management frameworks are supported by Microsoft Azure and Azure Arc.

All of the other Azure Arc benefits are included with the data services, such as automation, backup, monitoring, scaling, security, patching and cost management. Additionally, Azure Data Services can run on both connected and disconnected machines. The latest features and updates to the data services are automatically pushed down from Microsoft Azure to Azure Arc members so that the infrastructure is always current and consistent.

For more information about Azure Data Services with Azure Arc visit https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/azure-arc/hybrid-data-services.

Cloud Availability with Azure Arc

One of the main advantages offered by Microsoft Azure is access to its unlimited hardware spread across multiple datacenters which provide business continuity. This gives Azure customers numerous ways to increase service availability, retain more backups, and gain disaster recovery capabilities. With the introduction of Azure Arc, these features provide even greater integration between on-premises servers and Microsoft Azure.

Azure Availability & Resiliency with Azure Arc

With Azure Arc, organizations can leverage Azure’s availability and resiliency features for their on-premises servers. Virtual Machine Scale Sets allow automatic application scaling by rapidly deploying dozens (or thousands) of VMs to quickly increase the processing capabilities of a cloud application. Integrated load-balancing will distribute network traffic, and redundancy is built into the infrastructure to eliminate single points of failure. VM Availability Sets give administrators the ability to select a group of related VMs and force them to distribute themselves across different physical servers. This is recommended for redundant servers or guest clusters where it is important to have each virtualized instanced spread out so that the loss of a single host will not take down an entire service. Azure Availability Zones extend this concept across multiple datacenters by letting organizations deploy datacenter-wide protection schemes that distribute applications and their data across multiple sites. Azure’s automated updating solutions are availability-aware so they will keep services online during a patching cycle, serially updating and rebooting a subset of hosts. Azure Arc helps hybrid cloud services take advantage of all of the Azure resiliency features.

For more information about Azure availability and resiliency visit https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/features/resiliency.

Azure Backup & Restore with Azure Arc

Many organizations limit their backup plans because of their storage constraints since it can be costly to store large amounts of data which may not need to be accessed again. Azure Backup helps organizations by allowing their data to be backed up and stored on Microsoft Azure. This usually reduces costs as users are only paying for the storage capacity they are using. Additionally storing backups offsite helps minimize data loss as offsite backups provide resiliency to site-wide outages and can protect customers from ransomware. Azure Backup also offers compression, encryption and retention policies to help organizations in regulated industries. Azure Arc manages the backups and recovery of on-premises servers with Microsoft Azure, with the backups being stored in the customer’s own datacenter or in Microsoft Azure.

For more information about Azure Backup visit https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/backup.

Azure Site Recovery & Geo-Replication with Azure Arc

One of the more popular hybrid cloud features enabled with Microsoft Azure is the ability to replicate data from an on-premises location to Microsoft Azure using Azure Site Recovery (ASR). This allows users to have a disaster recovery site without needing to have a second datacenter. ASR is easy to deploy, configure, operate and even tests disaster recovery plans. Using Azure Arc it is possible to set up geo-replication to move data and services from a managed datacenter running Windows Server Hyper-V, VMware vCenter or Amazon Web Services (AWS) public cloud. Destination datacenters can include other datacenters managed by Azure Arc, Microsoft Azure and Amazon AWS.

For more information about Azure Site Recovery visit https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/site-recovery.

Cloud Management with Azure Arc

Azure Arc introduces some on-premises management benefits which were previously available only in Microsoft Azure. These help organizations administer legacy hardware and disconnected machines with Azure-consistent features using multiple management tools.

Management Tools with Azure Arc

One of the fundamental design concepts of Microsoft Azure is to have centralized management layers (“planes”) that support diverse hardware, data, and administrative tools. The fabric plane controls the hardware through a standard set of interfaces and APIs. The data plane allows unified management of structured and unstructured data. And the control plane offers centralized management through various interfaces, including the GUI-based Azure Portal, Azure PowerShell, and other APIs. Each of these layers interfaces with each other through a standard set of controls, so that the operational steps will be identical whether a user deploys a VM via the Azure Portal or via Azure PowerShell. Azure Arc can manage cloud resources with the following Azure Developer Tools:

At the time of this writing, the documentation for Azure Arc is not yet available, but some examples can be found in the quick start guides which are linked in the Getting Started with Azure Arc section.

Managing Legacy Hardware with Azure Arc

Azure Arc is hardware-agnostic, allowing Azure to manage a customer’s diverse or legacy hardware just like an Azure datacenter server. The hardware must meet certain requirements so that a virtualized Kubernetes cluster can be deployed on it, as Azure services run on this virtualized infrastructure. In the Public Preview, servers must be running Windows Server 2012 R2 (or newer) or Ubuntu 16.04 or 18.04. Over time, additional servers will be supported, with rumors of 32-bit (x86), Oracle and Linux hosts being supported as infrastructure servers.

Offline Management with Azure Arc

Azure Arc will even be able to manage servers that are not regularly connected to the Internet, as is common with the military, emergency services, and sea vessels. Azure Arc has a concept of “connected” and “disconnected” machines. Connected servers have an Azure Resource ID and are part of an Azure Resource group. If a server does not sync with Microsoft Azure every 5 minutes, it is considered disconnected yet it can continue to run its local resources. Microsoft Arc allows these organizations to use the latest Azure services when they are connected, yet still use many of these features if the servers do not maintain an active connection, including Azure Data Services. Even some services which run Azure AI and are hosted in Microsoft Azure can work disconnected environments while running on Azure Stack Edge.

Always Up-To-Date Tools with Azure Arc

One of the advantages of using Microsoft Azure is that all the services are kept current by Microsoft. The latest features, best practices, and AI learning are automatically available to all users in real-time as soon as they are released. When an admin logs into the Azure Portal through a web browser, they are immediately exposed to the latest technology to manage their distributed infrastructure. By ensuring that all users have the same management interface and APIs, Microsoft can guarantee consistency of behavior for all users across all hardware, including on-premises infrastructure when using Azure Arc. However, if the hardware is in a disconnected environment (such as on a sea vessel), there could be some configuration drift as older versions of Azure data services and Azure management tools may still be used until they are reconnected and synced.

Cloud Security & Compliance with Azure Arc

Public cloud services like Microsoft Azure are able to offer industry-leading security and compliance due to their scale and expertise. Microsoft employs more than 3,500 of the world’s leading security engineers who have been collaborating for decades to build the industry’s safest infrastructure. Through its billions of endpoints, Microsoft Azure leverages Azure AI to identify anomalies and detect threats before they become widespread. Azure Arc extends all of the security features offered in Microsoft Azure to on-premises infrastructure, including key vaults, monitoring, policies, security, threat protection, and update management.

Azure Key Vault with Azure Arc

When working in a distributed computing environment, managing credentials, passwords, and user access can become complicated. Azure Key Vault is a service that helps enhance data protection and compliance by securely protecting all keys and monitoring access. Azure Key Vault is supported by Azure Arc, allowing credentials for on-premises services and hybrid clouds to be centrally managed through Azure.

For more information about Azure Key Vault visit https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/key-vault.

Azure Monitor with Azure Arc

Azure Monitor is a service that collects and analyzes telemetry data from Azure infrastructure, networks, and applications. The logs from managed services are sent to Azure Monitor where they are aggregated and analyzed. If a problem is identified, such as an offline server, it can trigger alerts or use Azure Automation to launch recovery workflows. Azure Arc can now monitor on-premises servers, networks, virtualization infrastructure, and applications, just like they were running in Azure. It even leverages Azure AI and Azure Automation to make recommendations and fixes to hybrid cloud infrastructure.

For more information about Azure Monitor visit https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/monitor.

Azure Policy with Azure Arc

Most enterprises have certain compliance requirements for the IT infrastructure, especially those organizations within regulated industries. Azure Policy uses Microsoft Azure to audit an environment and aggregate all the compliance data into a single location. Administrators can get alerted about misconfigurations or configuration drifts and even trigger automated remediation using Azure Automation. Azure Policy can be used with Azure Arc to apply policies on all connect machines, providing the benefits of cloud compliance to on-premises infrastructure.

For more information about Azure Policy visit https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/azure-policy.

Azure Security Center with Azure Arc

The Azure Security Center centralizes all security policies and protects the entire managed environment. When Security Center is enabled, the Azure monitoring agents will report data back from the servers, networks, virtual machines, databases, and applications. The Azure Security Center analytics engines will ingest the data and use AI to provide guidance. It will recommend a broad set of improvements to enhance security, such as closing unnecessary ports or encrypting disks. Perhaps most importantly it will scan all the managed servers and identify updates that are missing, and it can use Azure Automation and Azure Update Management to patch those vulnerabilities. Azure Arc extends these security features to connected machines and services to protect all registered resources.

For more information about Azure Security Center visit https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/security-center

Azure Advanced Threat Protection with Azure Arc

Azure Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) helps the industry’s leading cloud security solution by looking for anomalies and potential attacks with Azure AI. Azure ATP will look for suspicious computer or user activities and report any alerts in real-time. Azure Arc lets organizations extend this cloud protect to their hybrid and on-premises infrastructure offering leading threat protection across all of their cloud resources.

For more information about Azure Advanced Threat Protection visit https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/features/azure-advanced-threat-protection.

Azure Update Management with Azure Arc

Microsoft Azure automates the process of applying patches, updates and security hotfixes to the cloud resources it manages. With Update Management, a series of updates can be scheduled and deployed on non-compliant servers using Azure Automation. Update management is aware of clusters and availability sets, ensuring that a distributed workload remains online while its infrastructure is patched by live migrating running VMs or containers between hosts. Azure will centrally manage updates, assessment reports, deployment results, and can create alerts for failures or other conditions. Organizations can use Azure Arc to automatically analyze and patch their on-premises and connected servers, virtual machines, and applications.

For more information about Azure Update Management visit https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/automation/automation-update-management.

Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) with Azure Arc

Controlling access to different resources is a critical function for any organization to enforce security and compliance. Microsoft Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) allows its customers to define granular access control for every user or user role based on different types of permissions (read, modify, delete, copy, sharing, etc.). There are also over 70 user roles provided by Azure, such as a Global Administrator, Virtual Machine Contributor or Billing Administrator. Azure Arc lets businesses extend role-based access control (RBAC) managed by Azure to on-premises environments. This means that any groups, policies, settings, security principals and managed identities that were deployed by Azure AD can now access all managed cloud resources. Azure AD also provides auditing so it is easy to track any changes made by users or security principals across the hybrid cloud.

For more information about Role-Based Access Control visit https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/role-based-access-control/overview.

DevOps and Application Management with Azure Arc

Over the past few years, containers have become more commonplace as they provide certain advantages over VMs, allowing the virtualized applications and services to be abstracted from their underlying virtualized infrastructure. This means that containerized applications can be uniformly deployed anywhere with any tools so that users do not have to worry about the hardware configuration. This technology has become popular amongst application developers, enabling them to manage their entire application development lifecycle without having a dependency on the IT department to set up the physical or virtual infrastructure. This development methodology is often called DevOps. One of the key design requirements with Azure Arc was to make it hardware agnostic, so with Azure Arc, developers can manage their containerized applications the same way whether they are running in Azure, on-premises or in a hybrid configuration.

Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) & Kubernetes App Management with Azure Arc

Kubernetes is a management tool that allows developers to deploy, manage and update their containers. Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) is Microsoft’s Kubernetes service and this can be integrated with Azure Arc. This means that AKS can be used to manage on-premises servers running containers. In additional to Azure Kubernetes Service, Azure Arc can be integrated with other Kubernetes management platforms, including Amazon EKS, Google Kubernetes Engine, and IBM Kubernetes Service.

For more information about Azure Container Services visit https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/product-categories/containers and for Azure Kubernetes Services (AKS) visit https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/kubernetes-service.

Other DevOps Tools with Azure Arc

For container management on Azure Arc developers can use any of the common Kubernetes management platforms, including Azure Kubernetes Service, Amazon EKS, Google Kubernetes Engine, and IBM Kubernetes Service. All standard deployment and management operations are supported on Azure Arc hardware enabling cross-cloud management.

More information about the non-Azure management tools is provided on the section on Third-Party Management Tools.

DevOps On-Premises with Azure Arc

Many developers prefer to work on their own hardware and some are required to develop applications in a private environment to keep their data secure. Azure Arc allows developers to build and deploy their applications anywhere utilizing Azure’s cloud-based AI, security and other cloud features while retaining their data, IP or other valuable assets within their own private cloud. Additionally, Azure Active Directory can use role-based access control (RBAC) and Azure Policies to manage developer access to sensitive company resources.

Elastic Scalability & Rapid Deployment with Azure Arc

Containerized applications are designed to start quickly when running on a highly-available Kubernetes cluster. The app will bypass the underlying operating system, allowing it to be rapidly deployed and scaled. These applications can quickly grow to an unlimited capacity when deployed on Microsoft Azure. When using Azure Arc, the applications can be managed across public and private clouds. Applications will usually contain several containers types that can be deployed in different locations based on their requirements. A common deployment configuration for a two-tiered application is to deploy the web frontend on Microsoft Azure for scalability and the database in a secure private cloud backend.

Hybrid Cloud Integration with Azure Arc

Microsoft’s hybrid cloud initiatives over the past few years have included certifying on-premises software and hardware configurations known as Azure Stack. Azure Stack allows organizations to run Azure-like services on their own hardware in their datacenter. It allows organizations that may be restricted from using public cloud services to utilize the best parts of Azure within their own datacenter. Azure Stack is most commonly deployed by organizations that have requirements to keep their customer’s datacenter inhouse (or within their territory) for data sovereignty, making it popular for customers who could not adopt the Microsoft Azure public cloud. Azure Arc easily integrates with Azure Stack Hub, Azure Stack Edge, and all the Azure Stack HCI configurations, allowing these services to be managed from Azure.

For more information about Azure Stack visit https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/overview/azure-stack.

Azure Stack Hub with Azure Arc

Azure Stack Hub (formerly Microsoft Azure Stack) offers organizations a way to run Azure services from their own datacenter, from a service provider’s site, or from within an isolated environment. This cloud platform allows users to deploy Windows VMs, Linux VMs and Kubernetes containers on hardware which they operate. This offering is popular with developers who want to run services locally, organizations which need to retain their customer’s data onsite, and groups which are regularly disconnected from the Internet, as is common with sea vessels or emergency response personnel. Azure Arc allows Azure Stack Hub nodes to run supported Azure services (like Azure Data Services) while being centrally managed and optimized via Azure. These applications can be distributed across public, private or hybrid clouds.

For more information about Azure Stack Hub visit https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure-stack/user/?view=azs-1908.

Azure Stack Edge with Azure Arc

Azure Stack Edge (previously Azure Data Box Edge) is a virtual appliance which can run on any hardware in a datacenter, branch office, remote site or disconnected environment. It is designed to run edge computing workloads on Hyper-V VMs, VMware VMs, containers and Azure services. These edge servers will be optimized run IoT, AI and business workloads so that processing can happen onsite, rather than being sent across a network to a cloud datacenter for processing. When the Azure Stack Edge appliance is (re)connected to the network it transfers any data at high-speed, and data use can be optimized to run during off-hours. It supports machine learning capabilities through GPGA or GPU. Azure Arc can centrally manage Azure Stack Edge, its virtual appliances and physical hardware.

For more information about Azure Stack Edge visit https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/databox/edge.

Azure Stack Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) with Azure Arc

Azure Stack Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) is a program which provides preconfigured hyperconverged hardware from validated OEM partners which are optimized to run Azure Stack. For businesses which want to run Azure-like services on-premises they can purchase or rent hardware which has been standardized to Microsoft’s requirements. VMs, containers, Azure services, AI, IOT and more can run consistency on the Microsoft Azure public cloud or Azure Stack HCI hardware in a datacenter. Cloud services can be distributed across multiple datacenters or clouds and centrally managed using Azure Arc.

For more information about Azure Stack HCI visit https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/overview/azure-stack/hci.

Managed Service Providers (MSPs) with Azure Arc

Azure Lighthouse Integration with Azure Arc

Azure Lighthouse is a technology designed for managed service providers (MSPs), ISVs or distributed organizations which need to centrally manage their tenants’ resources. Azure Lighthouse allows service providers and tenants to create a two-way trust to allow unified management of cloud resources. Tenants will grant specific permissions for approved user roles on particular cloud resources, so that they can offload the management to their service provider. Now service providers can add their tenants’ private cloud environments under Azure Arc management, so that they can take advantage of the new capabilities which Azure Arc provides.

For more information about Azure Lighthouse visit https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/azure-lighthouse or on the Altaro MSP Dojo.

Third-Party Integration with Azure Arc

Within the Azure management layer (control plane) exists Azure Resource Manager (ARM). ARM provides a way to easily create, manage, monitor and delete any Azure resource. Every native and third-party Azure resource uses ARM to ensure that it can be centrally managed through Azure management tools. Azure Arc now allows non-Azure resources to be managed by Azure. This can include third-party clouds (Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform), Windows and Linux VMs, VMs on non-Microsoft hypervisors (VMware vSphere, Google Compute Engine, Amazon EC2), Kubernetes containers and clusters (including IMB Kubernetes Service, Google Kubernetes Engine and Amazon EKS). At the time of this writing limited information is available about third-party integration, but it will be added over time.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) Integration with Azure Arc

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is Amazon’s public cloud platform. Some services from AWS can be managed by Azure Arc. This includes operating virtual machines running on the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and containers running on Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS). Azure Arc also lets an AWS site be used as a geo-replicated disaster recovery location. AWS billing can also be integrated with Azure Cost Management & Billing so that expenses from both cloud providers can be viewed in a single location.

Additional information will be added once it is made available.

Google Cloud Platform (GCP) Integration with Azure Arc

Google Cloud Platform (GCP) is Google’s public cloud platform. Some services from GCP can be managed by Azure Arc. This includes operating virtual machines running on Google Compute Engine (GCE) and containers running on Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE).

Additional information will be added once it is made available.

IBM Kubernetes Service Integration with Azure Arc

IBM Cloud is IBM’s public cloud platform. Some services from IBM Cloud can be managed by Azure Arc. This includes operating containers running on IBM Kubernetes Service (Kube).

Additional information will be added once it is made available.

Linux VM Integration with Azure Arc

In 2014 Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella declared, “Microsoft loves Linux”. Since then the company has embraced Linux integration, making Linux a first-class citizen in its ecosystem. Microsoft even contributes code to the Linux kernel so that it operates efficiently when running as a VM or container on Microsoft’s operating systems. Virtually all management features for Windows VMs are available to supported Linux distributions, and this extends to Azure Arc. Azure Arc admins can use Azure to centrally create, manage and optimize Linux VMs running on-premises, just like any standard Windows VM.

VMware Cloud Solution Integration with Azure Arc

VMware offers a popular virtualization platform and management studio (vSphere) which runs on VMware’s hypervisor. Microsoft has acknowledged that many customers are running legacy on-premises hardware are using VMware, so they provide numerous integration points to Azure and Azure Arc. Organizations can even virtualize and deploy their entire VMware infrastructure on Azure, rather than in their own datacenter. Microsoft makes it easy to deploy, manage, monitor and migrate VMware system and with Azure Arc businesses can now centrally operate their on-premises VMware infrastructure too. While the full management functionality of VMware vSphere is not available through Azure Arc, most standard operations are supported.

For more information about VMware Management with Azure visit https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/overview/azure-vmware.


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For Sale – Apple MacBook Air (Retina 13 inch 2018) Gold

Purchased this Retina MacBook Air direct from Apple on 21st November 2018 but is just not getting used so would like to move on to a good home. Has had minimal light use – internet and Football Manager only!!

1.6GHz dual‑core 8th‑generation Intel Core i5 processor, Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz
Intel UHD Graphics 617
8GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 memory
512GB SSD storage
Force Touch trackpad
Two Thunderbolt 3 ports
Touch ID
Retina display
Backlit Keyboard – British
Accessory Kit

Comes in original box with all original accessories.

Has had a hard case on top / bottom since day one so is immaculate with no dents or dings and screen is in mint condition

Will be reset to factory running

It has no Apple Care so warranty to November 2019.

Will be posted insured signed for at my cost and will advise delivery date once courier decided and funds received.

Can also collect from London SE9 evenings or weekends

Payment by PayPal Gift, Bank Transfer or Cash if collecting.

Will post pics tonight

To spec this on Apple now will be £1499 so asking only £1099 or feel free to make an offer

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For Sale – Apple MacBook Air (Retina 13 inch 2018) Gold

Purchased this Retina MacBook Air direct from Apple on 21st November 2018 but is just not getting used so would like to move on to a good home. Has had minimal light use – internet and Football Manager only!!

1.6GHz dual‑core 8th‑generation Intel Core i5 processor, Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz
Intel UHD Graphics 617
8GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 memory
512GB SSD storage
Force Touch trackpad
Two Thunderbolt 3 ports
Touch ID
Retina display
Backlit Keyboard – British
Accessory Kit

Comes in original box with all original accessories.

Has had a hard case on top / bottom since day one so is immaculate with no dents or dings and screen is in mint condition

Will be reset to factory running

It has no Apple Care so warranty to November 2019.

Will be posted insured signed for at my cost and will advise delivery date once courier decided and funds received.

Can also collect from London SE9 evenings or weekends

Payment by PayPal Gift, Bank Transfer or Cash if collecting.

Will post pics tonight

To spec this on Apple now will be £1499 so asking only £1099 or feel free to make an offer

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For Sale – Apple MacBook Air (Retina 13 inch 2018) Gold

Purchased this Retina MacBook Air direct from Apple on 21st November 2018 but is just not getting used so would like to move on to a good home. Has had minimal light use – internet and Football Manager only!!

1.6GHz dual‑core 8th‑generation Intel Core i5 processor, Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz
Intel UHD Graphics 617
8GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 memory
512GB SSD storage
Force Touch trackpad
Two Thunderbolt 3 ports
Touch ID
Retina display
Backlit Keyboard – British
Accessory Kit

Comes in original box with all original accessories.

Has had a hard case on top / bottom since day one so is immaculate with no dents or dings and screen is in mint condition

Will be reset to factory running

It has no Apple Care so warranty to November 2019.

Will be posted insured signed for at my cost and will advise delivery date once courier decided and funds received.

Can also collect from London SE9 evenings or weekends

Payment by PayPal Gift, Bank Transfer or Cash if collecting.

Will post pics tonight

To spec this on Apple now will be £1499 so asking only £1099 or feel free to make an offer

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November 2019 Xbox One Update Brings Xbox Action for the Google Assistant, Gamertag Updates, Text Filters and More – Xbox Wire

November is here and that means friends, family, food and plenty of gaming in between. Thanks to your feedback, we’ve got a number of exciting new updates and features to share with you. The November 2019 Xbox Update begins rolling out today and delivers the Xbox Action for Google Assistant, new improvements for gamertags on console and mobile devices, text filters and even more to help you get the most out of your next gaming session.

Xbox Action for the Google Assistant

We’re excited to announce the Xbox Action for the Google Assistant is now publicly available to Xbox One customers in all countries where the Google Assistant is supported. English language is available today, with additional language support coming soon.

With the launch of the Xbox Action for the Google Assistant, you can now interact with your Xbox One in even more ways using just your voice, including the ability to turn your console on and off, launch games and apps, play and pause videos, and more, from any Google Assistant and Home-enabled smart speaker or devices, as well as the Google Assistant apps on iOS and Android.

For more information on the Xbox Action for the Google Assistant, including setup instructions and example commands, please visit the Google Assistant support page on Xbox.com.

The Xbox Action for the Google Assistant joins the Xbox Skill for Alexa as another great option for controlling your console with just your voice, giving you more choice than ever before in how you interact with Xbox. A huge thank you to everyone that participated in the beta and helped provide feedback.

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Hey Google, play Gears 5 on Xbox.”

Gamertag Improvements on Console

At E3 this past summer, we introduced our plan to revamp gamertags across PC, mobile devices and Xbox One consoles in order to give players around the world more choice in how they represent themselves including 13 additional worldwide alphabets and a new display option. With the November 2019 Xbox Update, these gamertag options are now supported on console, including profiles, friend lists, messages, Clubs, LFG and more. Everyone will be able to see updated gamertags and users creating new Xbox accounts or changing their existing one will have the option to use the new supported characters or add a numbered suffix to a gamertag that has already been claimed. To learn more about these changes click here.

Current Xbox players can keep their existing gamertags without any further action required on their part and no change in experience from the way that it looks today. There will be no difference in how your gamertag is presented unless you wish to create a new account or change your existing gamertag.

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Example of a gamertag utilizing newly supported characters

With all these new gamertags, we wanted to make searching for your friends or new teammates easier than ever. In addition to the updated features for gamertags, we are launching the all-new “People Search” feature which allows you to find others using partial or non-exact search terms.

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New “People Search” feature

Xbox text filters

Last month, we detailed our vision for Xbox Live content filtration as part of our commitment to responsible gaming on Xbox. In the November 2019 Xbox Update, you can set your own specific level of automated filtration so you can decide what’s acceptable and what isn’t in the text-based messages you receive across Xbox Live. Filter levels can be customized based on four tiers of filtration – Friendly, Medium, Mature and Unfiltered. And as always, if you receive a message that violates our Community Standards for Xbox, even with filters in place, you can still report this conduct to Xbox Enforcement for follow up.

On your console, you can configure your message safety by going to Settings > General > Online safety & family > Privacy & online safety > Message safety. Whenever you receive a message that’s beyond your safety setting, it’ll be replaced with a [Potentially offensive message hidden] placeholder. You can click on that placeholder to learn more about the settings, and there’s a handy shortcut to go change those settings. Adult accounts will have the ability to choose whether to see what content has been filtered based on the filter they choose. To learn more about how to setup this feature, check out our video walkthrough.

Set your desired level of message filtration

More Mixer viewing improvements

Building upon the improvements introduced in the October 2019 Xbox Update, this month we’re making a couple more great enhancements for Mixer viewers. Thanks to your feedback, you now have the option to move the Mixer chat on the left or right side of your screen or hide it altogether.

Additionally, we’re updating the Subscribe button with a reminder to renew when one of your channel subscriptions is within a week of expiration, making it easier to stay subscribed to your favorite Mixer Partners.  

Chat Position Options

Subscription Renewal Reminder

Voice-to-Text Dictation

Dictation expands further in the November 2019 Xbox Update with support for more languages! With either a headset or Kinect, you can press the View button whenever the keyboard is on screen to start converting speech to text. To change your preferences from your regional default, head to Settings > System > Language & location to select your keyboard & dictation language.

Supported languages and regions include English (US & Canada), English (India), English (UK), Spanish (Mexico), Spanish (Spain), French (Canada), French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Japanese, and Simplified Chinese, with more to come in future updates.

Simplified Settings

This month, we’re introducing a new look for the console Settings menu aimed to provide simplicity and greater ease of use. The menu has been condensed and reorganized, with commonly used settings elevated to the top to improve navigation and discoverability for everyone.

Reorganized Settings page

Console setup improvements

Beginning this fall, customers unboxing their new Xbox One consoles will be able to get to the action quicker thanks to improvements we are making to the console setup process. Gamers who buy a brand new Xbox One will have the option to customize their Xbox One’s language, time zone, power settings, and more through the Xbox app for iOS or Android while the Xbox console is installing the latest system update.

As always, these updates are possible because of the Xbox Insiders who have helped shape these features, so huge thanks to all participants for their valuable input. If you’d like to help create the future of Xbox and provide feedback on early features, download the Xbox Insider Hub app on your Xbox One or Windows 10 PC today. You can also visit the Xbox Insider Blog here for the latest release notes, or join the Xbox Insiders subreddit to submit feedback and join the discussion.

We’re always working to improve your gaming experience on Xbox One and will have more announcements in the coming months. In the meantime, stay tuned for more information and happy gaming!

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For Sale – Apple MacBook Air (Retina 13 inch 2018) Gold

Purchased this Retina MacBook Air direct from Apple on 21st November 2018 but is just not getting used so would like to move on to a good home. Has had minimal light use – internet and Football Manager only!!

1.6GHz dual‑core 8th‑generation Intel Core i5 processor, Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz
Intel UHD Graphics 617
8GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 memory
512GB SSD storage
Force Touch trackpad
Two Thunderbolt 3 ports
Touch ID
Retina display
Backlit Keyboard – British
Accessory Kit

Comes in original box with all original accessories.

Has had a hard case on top / bottom since day one so is immaculate with no dents or dings and screen is in mint condition

Will be reset to factory running

It has no Apple Care so warranty to November 2019.

Will be posted insured signed for at my cost and will advise delivery date once courier decided and funds received.

Can also collect from London SE9 evenings or weekends

Payment by PayPal Gift, Bank Transfer or Cash if collecting.

Will post pics tonight

To spec this on Apple now will be £1499 so asking only £1099 or feel free to make an offer

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For Sale – Apple MacBook Air (Retina 13 inch 2018) Gold

Purchased this Retina MacBook Air direct from Apple on 21st November 2018 but is just not getting used so would like to move on to a good home. Has had minimal light use – internet and Football Manager only!!

1.6GHz dual‑core 8th‑generation Intel Core i5 processor, Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz
Intel UHD Graphics 617
8GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 memory
512GB SSD storage
Force Touch trackpad
Two Thunderbolt 3 ports
Touch ID
Retina display
Backlit Keyboard – British
Accessory Kit

Comes in original box with all original accessories.

Has had a hard case on top / bottom since day one so is immaculate with no dents or dings and screen is in mint condition

Will be reset to factory running

It has no Apple Care so warranty to November 2019.

Will be posted insured signed for at my cost and will advise delivery date once courier decided and funds received.

Can also collect from London SE9 evenings or weekends

Payment by PayPal Gift, Bank Transfer or Cash if collecting.

Will post pics tonight

To spec this on Apple now will be £1499 so asking only £1099 or feel free to make an offer

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The First Wave of Xbox Black Friday Deals Has Arrived: Discounts on Sea of Thieves and Select Xbox Wireless Controllers – Xbox Wire

The holidays will be here before you know it, and to kick off the start of November, we are unveiling the first wave of Xbox Black Friday discounts. This is just a sample of our entire Black Friday deals – tune in via Mixer for a special episode of Inside Xbox live from X019 in London on Thursday, November 14 at 12:00 p.m. PT for the full lineup of Xbox Black Friday discounts and offers. You won’t want to miss out!

First up, we are offering a 50% discount on Sea of Thieves: Anniversary Edition, the fastest-selling first-party new IP of this generation. Join this multiplayer, shared-world adventure game featuring new modes like the story driven Tall Tales or The Arena, a competitive multiplayer experience on the high seas. Xbox Live Gold is required to play Sea of Thieves: Anniversary Edition and is sold separately.

Fans can also save up to $20 on select Xbox Wireless Controllers, including some of the newest controllers in the Xbox collection. Snag the Night Ops Camo Special Edition, Sport Blue Special Edition, Gears 5 Kait Diaz Limited Edition controllers and many more at the lowest prices of the season.

Deals are valid starting on November 24 and run through December 2, 2019. Plus, Black Friday kicks off even earlier for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and Xbox Live Gold members, with Early Access beginning on November 21.

Visit Xbox.com, Microsoft Store and participating retailers globally for more details on availability and pricing as deals will vary between regions and retailers. See here for more Black Friday deals from Microsoft Store.

Xbox has something for everyone on your gift this list year, and at every price point. Be sure to tune in to Inside Xbox at X019 on Thursday, November 14 at 12:00 p.m. PT for the full lineup of Xbox Black Friday deals.

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For Sale – Intel 5930k & Raijintek CPU Cooler

Intel 5930k 6 Core/12 Thread (Retail – NO HEATSINK COOLER)

Purchased November 2015 and has been overclocked from day 1 to 4.5Ghz, has been solid and never missed a beat … temps averaged around mid 70’s under full load.

Previous buyer returned the cpu due to freezing issues while gaming, I have tested the CPU and all works ok. (Passed a 30 hour Aida64 fpu test a few weeks ago at stock speeds)

Very fast CPU.

Looking For: £135 ono

Intel® Core™ i7-5930K Processor (15M Cache, up to 3.70 GHz) Product Specifications

Raijintek Aidos Direct Contact CPU Cooler

Bought 5 days ago to test the above CPU, worked very well for the price, kept temps below 55°C (Room temp 32°C avg)
I’ve misplaced the instructions but everything else is the box (very easy to install)

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00E5YNXWY/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Looking for: £12 ono

Price and currency: 135 & 12
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: PPG, BT (NO PAYPAL GOODS)
Location: Scunny
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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