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Azure Virtual Desktop – You can now enable watermarking (preview)

With increasing use of Azure Virtual Desktop, it is more and more important to ensure sensitive information are protected. A first level of protection has been added with the screen capture protection (see https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-desktop/screen-capture-protection/). Today a new screen capture protection capability is being made available in preview: watermarking When enabled, QR code watermarks appear as …

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Azure – You can now do virtual machine in-place upgrade

As Windows administrator, you know the importance of keeping up with Windows server versions to stay supported and receive updates. To do so, you usually have 2 options to upgrade your Windows server version: in-place upgrade deploy a new virtual machine running the targeted version and then migrate your workloads and data on this new …

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Azure – You can now inherit tags for cost management

When working with cloud environments, identification of deployed resources is important to be able understand the need of the resources (environment, owner, application…). These is achieved by using tags. While you can enforce the use of tags in Azure using an Azure policy, it requires some administration tasks and does not automatically inherit from the …

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Azure – You can now manage the NSG from the Azure mobile application

If you manage an Azure environment and have installed the Azure mobile application (Azure Companion application) you already know that you start/stop a virtual machine and have access basic metrics and details. Well, you can now also manage the network security rules applied to the virtual machine too. To do so, access one of your …

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Azure – The Azure Active Directory section on the Azure mobile application has been updated

Earlier in September, the Azure mobile application (Azure Companion application) has been updated to introduce an initial access to Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) (see https://t.co/ayBZHVODXx). Well, the application has been updated again to provide additional capabilities to manage Azure AD. You can now: Manage your users in Azure AD with access to the user …

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Azure Virtual Desktop – Support for confidential virtual machine is available in preview

Earlier in July 2022, Microsoft has made generally available a new compute series – Azure confidential virtual machine (DCasv5 and ECasv5) (see https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/confidential-computing/overview/). Today, this Azure confidential virtual machine series is made available in preview for use with Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD). Support for confidential virtual machine is available for Windows 11 22H2 hosts; support …

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Azure Virtual Desktop – You can now monitor your AVD at scale (preview)

If you use the Azure virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) Azure Virtual Desktop, you already know that you can monitor your AVD host pool health (insights). Well, until know if you had multiple host pools – which is the case if you have a mix of pooled and personal host – you could not have insights …

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Azure – You can now restore virtual machine in a different subscription (preview)

If you are running virtual machines in Azure, you already know that you can backup your virtual machine using Azure Recovery Vault. Well, until now, when you had to restore a virtual machine you could only restore it within the same subscription. This is no longer the case as you can now restore the virtual …

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Azure – You can now use shareable link to connect to Azure Bastion (preview)

As you know Azure Bastion allows you to securely remotely connect to virtual machines running on Azure using either Remote Desktop (RDP) or SSH without having to open the corresponding ports to Internet. Access to the virtual machine using Bastion is performed by connecting the Azure portal using your web browser or using the native …

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Azure – You can now exclude public IP address from DDOS network protection (preview)

As you may already know, Microsoft Azure provides a Distributed Denial Of Service (DDOS) protection to protect your workloads publicly accessible on Azure (see https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/ddos-protection/ddos-protection-overview/). However, there is situation where you may need to have a public IP address being excluded from the DDOS protection. Well, you can now exclude public IP address from the …

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