Azure Advisor is your free, personalized guide to Azure best practices. It analyzes your Azure usage and configurations and helps you optimize your resources for high availability, security, performance, and cost. We’re constantly adding more to Advisor and are excited to share a bundle of new recommendations and integrations so you can get more out of Azure.
Azure Advisor has 4 different type of advisory
1- High Availability recommendations
2- Security recommendations
3- Performance recommendations
4- Cost recommendations
You have also the ability to download these recommendations as PDF and Excel
Now, Lets deep dive into each of the advisory Types:
1- High Availability
Some recommendations like availability set, Enable backup for VMs and Health alerts
The security recommendation center will guide you to browse to the security center recommendations
Some recommendations like adding a web application firewall, Disk encryption, endpoint protection and NSG
Some recommendations like migrating to ARM , or reduce VM size
Azure cost recommendation will show how you can save money, by reducing VM sized (based on the resources usage), or use reserved instances……
Finally Microsoft has added the Restore feature capability to OneDrive for Business.
This feature allows to restore files from any point of time during the last 30 days. If you are an administrator or end user you will be able to use this feature and restore your files to a specific point of time.
Check the below steps to be able to restore your data:
1- Log in to your OneDrive for Business as below and choose settings
2- Choose “Restore Your OneDrive” as below
3- Then choose the period you want to restore your file, you can choose either “One week ago” or “Three weeks ago” or “Custom date and time”
4- Choose “Custom date and time” and choose the period of days and files to restored as below, then click on “Restore”
5- You will get the below confirmation, just confirm by clicking on “Restore”
6- It will start the restore process and you will get confirmation once the restore finish as below
Now, Click on “Return to my OneDrive” and you will find your files restored
This great feature will save cost, effort and worrying about what will happen if i have lost my OneDrive data, and the better thing is it is free of cost
Resources: Microsoft Tech Community
As you know Office 365 is not just Word, Excel, Powerpoint and email service
Now Office 365 is a full SAS platform (Software As Service)
Like the Periodic Table of Elements’ way of organizing elements by similar chemical properties, my Periodic Table of Office 365 is organized by families of apps. It shows everything available in the O365 ecosystem, regardless of extra cost or license type, plus a little taste of what it does.
Finally Microsoft has updated the Health Dashboard for Office 365 , lets first see how the old Health board look like
The old Health Board was actually annoying and doesn’t provide so much information, beside it wasn’t a user friendly dashboard
Now let’s have a look at the new Health Dashboard
The new Service health dashboard provides you with more relevant incident insights and features a new view that separates major business critical outages from others and splits them into two categories: incidents and advisories. This new view makes it easier for you to identify the issues relevant for you that you might want to act on immediately.
The biggest improvements come to light after you click on an incident or advisory to see more information. A summary is presented, with just enough detail to let you know what’s going on.
The “Show details” link takes you to a full history of the incident, with a timeline of updates as Microsoft investigates and resolves the issue.
You still can go back to the old Health Dashboard if you like “which i doubt” by clicking on “Go to the v2 Service Health page” on the New Health Dashboard
This change has been rolled this out to First Release customers, and will begin rolling it out to the rest of Office 365. This roll out will be completed by the end of February.
Microsoft has announced increasing of Mailbox size from 50 GB to 100 GB for Office 365 E3 and E5 subscription
Microsoft just started rolling this out immediately, and the roll out is expected to be completed by the end of December 2016.
Source: Microsoft Roadmap
If anyone still care about Microsoft online services SLA, Microsoft just announced it SLA for Q3 2016
But did you ever ask yourself how Microsoft calculate the SLA for its online services
Microsoft is calculating the SLA based on the below formula
Where Downtime is Any period of time when users are unable to send or receive email with Outlook Web Access. There is no Scheduled Downtime for this service.
You Can refer to this document for more clarification about SLA for Microsoft Online services onlinesvcsconsolidatedslawwenglishnovember212016cr
References: Microsoft Products
How to Restore the Exchange Database from A Backup File in state of inconsistency?
For restoring the database on Exchange Server, the user needs to have an up-to-date and usable backup in hand, because an incomplete or even no backup can create a troublesome situation during the database the process of restoration. Additionally, Microsoft Information Store needs to be in a healthy state to mount the database successfully.
With an unmounted Exchange Store, the users face several issues such as restricted access to the data and the mail flow. In order to smoothly restore your database on Exchange Server, it is important to perform certain tests to verify the database consistency.
Pre-assessment Phase: Verify the State of the Database on Exchange
Use the following steps to verify the state of the database:
- Launch a command prompt.
- Move to the Drive:\Program Files\Exchsrvr\Bin
(The default location of the of Exchange 2000 Server program files are located in this folder)
Move to Drive:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\V15\Bin
(When using Exchange 2013/2016, then use the above-mentioned default path)
- Enter the below-mentioned command:
eseutil /mh “drive:\program files\exchsrvr\mdbdata\database_name.edb”
Note: The default location of database files is on this Drive:\Program Files\Exchsrvr\MDBDATA folder. The public database file can be found with the name: “Public.edb”, whereas the mailbox store database file can be found with the name: “Priv1.edb”.
- Read the Output, in order to verify the state of the database. If the database appears in the state of inconsistency, then the output will appear, as:
State: Dirty Shutdown
Restoration Phase: How to Restore the database from a backup file
Upon using the pre-assessment phase, if the database appears in a consistent state, then simply restore the backup using the file.
Steps to Restore Database in A Consistent State:
Implement the following steps to restore the database from the backup file.
- Transfer the E00.log file to an another path or simply rename it.
The default location of E00.log file can be found on this Drive:\Program Files\Exchsrvr\MDBDATA folder.
- Restore the storage group and the log files from the backup file.
Note: Do not remove the existing log files, until you have performed the restore operation. Upon completing the restore operation, the log files are restored, and replay inside the restored database. This is how, the user can bring the database into a consistent state without involving the E00.log file.
- Once the storage group is restored, you can successfully mount the databases in the storage group.
Steps to Restore Database in an Inconsistent State:
- Launch the command prompt.
- Reach to the location – Drive:\Program Files\Exchsrvr\Bin folder.
- Enter the following command in the command prompt:
eseutil /p “drive:\program files\exchsrvr\mdbdata\database_file_name.edb”
- To use the database in a productive environment, try to defragment and then rebuild the database. Use the below mentioned command to proceed:
eseutil /d /t:x “drive:\program files\exchsrvr\mdbdata\database_file_name.edb”
Note: ‘x’ is a temporary drive location in the above-mentioned command.
- To determine the state of the database, enter the following command, and then read the output:
eseutil /mh “drive:\program files\exchsrvr\mdbdata\database_file_name.edb”
When database is consistent, the output will appear, as:
State: Clean Shutdown
- Use the Microsoft’s Store Integrity utility (Isinteg.exe) to fix the logical corruption issues in the database. Use the following commands to repair it:
Isinteg –s exchange_server_name –fix –test alltests
After executing the command, the user is prompted to choose the database in the utility. Repeat the aforementioned command until no errors or fixes are appeared in the output.
However, if zero errors are not displayed for a database that you want to repair, then the other option is to rebuild the database. To do that create a new mailbox store on either the existing Exchange server or new server and then transfer all the mailboxes to that one. However, if you are still unable to create a new mailbox store, then try to rebuild the database from the following method. To do it, try to export all mailbox information to PST files, and delete the database, and finally import the data.
- Repeat the steps from 3 to 6 for each database in the storage group.
- Mount the databases.
Once the database is restored and you can also perform an online backup of the storage group. However, if the database is not restored or rebuilt in the state of inconsistency, then try using a third-party Exchange recovery software like Kernel for Exchange Server to perform accurate recovery of lost information from corrupt EDB and STM files, and without requiring log files. The Exchange mailbox items can be successfully restored to live Exchange Server, Office 365 mailbox or to Outlook PST files.
When Exchange database creates mounting troubles, then try to investigate the issues hampering the restore operation. Verifying the shutdown state (whether consistent or inconsistent) of the database becomes important, and Eseutil can be helpful in this scenario, but with certain restrictions.
Microsoft has announced on 12th August,2016 next step in their broad partnership with Citrix in the remote desktop and applications space, they will start to “wind down” its Azure RemoteApp technology in favor of application virtualization software and services from its partner Citrix.
Microsoft plans to continue supporting existing Azure RemoteApp customers through August 31, 2017, after which time the service will be discontinued. New purchases of Azure RemoteApp will end October 1, 2016,
Microsoft has explained this step as below:
“Customers have provided us consistent feedback that they want a comprehensive, end-to-end, cloud-based solution for delivering Windows apps. The best way for us to deliver this is with Citrix through XenApp “express”, currently under development. XenApp “express” combines the simplicity of application remoting and the scalability of Azure with the security, management, and performance benefits of XenApp, to deliver Windows applications to any employee on any device. We will have much more to share on this offering through the coming months.”
Citrix officials described the situation a bit differently, saying Microsoft will be assisting Citrix in developing a next-generation Citrix XenApp and associated XenDesktop service.
Citrix officials added: “In many ways, you can look at this XenApp “express” service as Azure RemoteApp v2.0.”
I started to get a lot of questions regarding the location of the mailboxes hosted on Office 365 , and where is my tenant is hosted ?
Now we are going to look on how we can know the location of the Tenant and the mailboxes
So to check your tenant location (and mailbox location), open up PowerShell and connect to the Exchange Online Shell
$UserCredential = Get-Credential
$Session = New-PSSession -ConfigurationName Microsoft.Exchange -ConnectionUri https://outlook.office365.com/powershell-liveid/ -Credential $UserCredential -Authentication Basic -AllowRedirection
Now if you need to know the Location of one mailbox, run the below command
Get-Mailbox -Identity “Mailbox ID” | fl PrimarySmtpAddress,OriginatingServer,OrganizationId
You will get the below result
The Organization ID represents Tenant within EM EA (Starts with EURP)
The Originating server shows that the mailbox is hosted in AM (Amsterdam)
No if you need to get the location of all your mailboxes hosted in Office 365
Get-Mailbox |fl PrimarySmtpAddress,OriginatingServer
The result as below is showing that all mailboxes are hosted in Amsterdam