Azure VM

Azure – You now have more control on when updates are being deployed

As you may already know, you have the ability to automatically deployed updates on virtual machines running on Azure (for both Windows and Linux operating systems). Well, while this helps you managing and controlling your virtual machines update process, you did not had control on the host update process, meaning for Azure Dedicated Host or …

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Azure – You can now use a Key Vault extension with your Azure Virtual Machines

This is something which is going to simplify your life: the Key Vault extension for Azure Virtual Machine. Using this extension you will have simpler access to Azure Key Vault for your applications running on Azure Virtual Machines. The Key Vault extension supports the following operating systems: Windows Windows Server 2019 Windows Server 2016 Windows …

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Azure – You can now deploy virtual machines on a dedicated host in Azure (preview)

You can now deploy your virtual machines in Azure using a dedicated host. This means your VM’s will be deployed on single tenant physical servers. This will help customers to address compliance and regulatory requirements. This offer also supports Azure Hybrid Benefits. You can get the pricing of this new offer from https://aka.ms/ADHPricing To start …

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Azure – Virtual machines insights in preview

A new performance and monitor feature has been made available for Azure virtual machines called Insights. This new capabilities (in preview) allows you to have deeper performance analysis of your virtual machine. All the capabilities offered by this new feature are not all available depending of your configuration: The Health feature is only available for …

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Azure – You can now automatically on-board virtual machine on Azure Security Center

As you know, after provisioning a virtual machine you had to manually connect to your Azure Log Analytics workspace to deploy the Monitoring Agent on the VM and then get reporting to Azure Security Center. Well, now you can totally forget to do such thing as you will be able to get any new virtual …

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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

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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