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Azure – Update management is now available in preview

As you are already probably aware, you are able to use Azure to manage updates deployment on your virtual machine running in Azure or even on-premises by using an Azure Automation Account. Well, the experience of managing updates with Azure is now getting better and simpler thanks to the new Update Management capability available now …

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Information Protection – The Adobe PDF plugin for Information Protection is now bundled

As you are probably aware, Microsoft and Adobe have partnered for few years already to integrate Microsoft Information Protection solution with Adobe Acrobat clients (see https://blog.hametbenoit.info/2018/12/13/azure-integration-of-pdf-acrobat-reader-with-azure-information-protection-is-now-generally-available/). Well, good new as this plugin is no longer required and is integrated with Adobe installer starting version 22.001.20142. This integration applies to both Windows and MacOS version.

Azure – You can now delegate management of reservations

As you may be aware, one way to optimize running costs on Azure is to use reservations, allowing you to get discount when you commit running specific workloads and SKUs (see https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/cost-management-billing/reservations/save-compute-costs-reservations/ to know more). Another important part of running workloads in cloud services is ensuring you can delegate some administration tasks to workloads owners. …

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Azure – New KMS DNS in Azure global cloud

As you are probably already aware, when you deploy Windows virtual machines in Azure, Windows use the Azure KMS DNS to activate Windows. Well, in June 2022, a new KMS DNS – azkms.core.windows.net – has started to be rolled out. Existing virtual machines already activated remain activated with kms.core.windows.net. It is now generally available in …

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Azure – You can now expand your data drive without downtime (preview)

If you run Azure virtual machines, you already know that you expand your data drives after shutting down (deallocate) the virtual machine. Well, good news, you can now do the same without downtime. Before you start expanding your drives while your virtual machine is still running, you need to know the following: This capability is …

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Azure – How to remotely connect to Azure virtual machines

When running workloads on cloud services ones of the challenges is to manage them in a secure way; this especially true when you have to manage virtual machines. Accessing and managing virtual machines in an on-premises environment is usually done either using Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) for Windows machines or Secure Shell (SSH) for Linux …

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Azure – Get ready for depreciation of the legacy Log Analytics agent (preview)

If you work with Azure – either in a full cloud environment or in hybrid configuration – you probable already know the Log Analytics agent used to send to an Azure Log Analytics workspace telemetry about your virtual machines. The Log Analytics agent is being replaced by Azure Monitor agent which provide more insights about …

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Intune – You can now define user configuration settings on AVD using Intune

As you may be already aware you have been able to manage Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) virtual machines using Intune for some time now. Well, you were able to only manage devices settings with Intune. Good news, you can now also manage user settings with Intune on AVD. What user settings can you manage with …

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Azure – You can now access Cost Management on the Azure mobile application

You may be aware that since 2017 Azure provides you a mobile application to allow you managing your Azure subscription and resources while on the go. For iOS https://apps.apple.com/us/app/microsoft-azure/id1219013620?ls=1 For Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microsoft.azure Well the application has been updated to now provide you with Cost Management of your subscription; well, it is more providing you with …

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