Azure Virtual Machine

Azure – You can now get the operating system and the SKU/size of a VM directly from the portal

An update which is going to make few things easier when working with virtual machine in the Azure portal has been deployed. You can now get the operating system running on the VM directly from the portal. Connect to your Azure portal (https://portal.azure.com) and reach out the Virtual Machines blade to select the VM you

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Azure – UEFI-based boot virtual machine now available in preview

Good new, the long awaited UEFI-based boot support for Azure virtual machine is now available in preview. The UEFI-based boot support was added to on-premises Hyper-V since Windows Server 2012 R2, quite long time ago and since then we have been waiting for this on Azure. The new generation (aka generation 2) of Azure virtual

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Azure – You can now fast shutdown virtual machine

You can now use the Fast Shutdown capability to turn off virtual machine on Azure. This option is available by using Azure Cli (https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/cli/azure/install-azure-cli?view=azure-cli-latest) with the command az vm stop –resource-group MyResourceGroup –name MyVm –skip-shutdown As always you can use either the Azure Cli on your client or use the Azure Cloud Shell

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Azure – Ephemeral OS Disk is now available in preview

You can now use Ephemeral OS disk in Azure Virtual Machine (Azure VM) when you are concern on the time taken to deploy at scale or reimage a virtual machine while not concerned with data (aka stateless workloads). The good point with Ephemeral OS disk is there is no storage cost associate with and it

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Azure – Group targeting for Azure Update Management is in GA

Group targeting for Azure Update management is now in general availability. This feature allows you to define how updates are being deployed on your virtual machine based on dynamic settings. This will simplify the patch management process by automatically deploying update when the criteria is meet. To start using this capability, you first need to

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Azure / SCVMM – Use Azure for the update management on SCVMM 2019

As System Center 2019 has just been released, let see how to use Azure for the update management in System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2019. Off course as prerequisites you must have an Azure tenant and have an running SCVMM 2019; in addition of these obvious requirements, you will also need to have an

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Azure – Instant restore is now available for virtual machine

Instant restore of virtual machine is now available in Azure. With this new capability, there is no more wait time for the snapshot to be copied into the Recovery Vault before being able to perform a restore operation. In addition, you can also overwrite the original disk instead of creating a copy when performing in-place

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Azure – Automated SQL Databases backup (Preview)

Following the announcement of Azure Backup for SQL Server on Azure VM (see https://azure.microsoft.com/en-in/blog/azure-backup-for-sql-server-on-azure-vm-public-preview/) a new backup capability has been added. As you know, when a new SQL database is being added onto your Azure SQL VM instance you have to rediscover the database and then configure the protection for this new database. Now, with

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