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Azure – Deploy Azure Bastion as private (preview)

By now I hope you know about Azure Bastion, the Azure solution allowing you to connect to your Azure virtual machine though the web browser rather than opening management ports or deploying a jump box virtual machine. Lately, Microsoft has introduced a free version of Azure Bastion (Bastion Developer – see Azure – New low […]

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Azure – You can now use ephemeral Cloud Shell

If you use Microsoft Azure cloud services, you probably are already aware about the Cloud Shell functionality which allows you to run PowerShell or Bash scripts/commands directly from the web browser. This functionality requires to setup a storage account to store your scripts and user sessions. Well good news as now you can also use

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Azure – You can now use agentless crash consistent backup (preview)

Agentless multi-disk crash consistent backups for Azure VM backup allows taking VM backups without installing additional software like the VM agent or snapshot extension in your VM. If the workload running on the virtual machine is performance sensitive and can recover from crash consistent backups, this feature can help reduce the quiesce time during backup.

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Azure – The new version – 11.4.0 – of Azure PowerShell helps protecting against secrets leaking (preview)

If you use Azure PowerShell  module to manage your Azure environment, it is recommended to update to the latest available version 11.4.0 to take advantage of a new sensitive information – such as secret – leak protection. x64: https://github.com/Azure/azure-powershell/releases/download/v11.4.0-March2024/Az-Cmdlets-11.4.0.38336-x64.msi x86: https://github.com/Azure/azure-powershell/releases/download/v11.4.0-March2024/Az-Cmdlets-11.4.0.38336-x86.msi PowerShell command: Update-Module -Name Az This new “protect secrets” feature helps protecting against sensitive

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Azure – You can now configure automatic shutdown with the Azure mobile application

If you are using Microsoft Azure, you probably already know you can perform some management operations while on the go with the Azure mobile application. iOS https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/microsoft-azure/id1219013620?ls=1&mt=8 Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microsoft.azure If you are running virtual machines in Azure, running cost management is an important part and you already know that you can automatically shutdown virtual machines

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Azure – Business Continuity Center is available in preview

When you have a large Azure environment, it is sometime not easy to quickly identified if your resources are properly protected to allow business continuity in case of an issue arise. Well, good news as it is now becoming easier to have bird eyes on your business continuity capability on Azure: Business Continuity Center (ABC).

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Azure – New free SQL Managed Instance SKU available in preview

As you probably already know, Azure provides a serverless SQL service called SQL Managed Instance. Well, there is a good news as you can now enjoy a new SKU for free. Before you start jumping around, you need to know the following limitations/restrictions for the free SQL Managed Instance offer: Capacity 1 year 720 vCore

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Azure – You can now move to availability zone for existing virtual machines (preview)

As you may already know, when you create a virtual machine on Azure you can define the availability zone option to configure the virtual machine for availability in case of infrastructure issue within the Azure region where the VM is deployed. Unfortunately, this option was only available during the creation of the virtual machine; once

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Azure – Get ready for depreciation of some VPN gateway SKUs

  As you are probably already aware, if not check this https://blog.hametbenoit.info/2022/09/28/azure-you-will-need-to-upgrade-your-basic-public-ip-by-end-of-september-2025/, the basic public IP SKU is going to be deprecated.   With this coming depreciation, some VPN gateway SKUs are impacted: Standard High Performance If you are using any of these VPN Gateway SKU you will need to upgrade them to any of

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Azure – You can now create private subnets (preview)

As you are probably aware, Microsoft is going to turn off default outbound access (read the announcement https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/default-outbound-access-for-vms-in-azure-will-be-retired-transition-to-a-new-method-of-internet-access/). As part of the recommendations to move from default (implicit) outbound access to explicit outbound access, a new network capability has been added called Private subnet. The private subnet will prevent this implicit access by setting the

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