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Azure – Protect your backup with immutable vaults (preview)

As you know, you can backup your workloads (virtual machines, SQL, file shares…), either hosted in Azure or on-premises, using Azure Backup. Well, with the rise of ransomware attacks and other malicious activities, it becomes important to also protect your backups by blocking any operations which could lead to loss of recovery points. To help …

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Azure – The new Azure PowerShell module (9.0) introduces lot of breaking changes

  If you are working with Microsoft Azure, you know you can perform activities using either the portal, Azure PowerShell module or Azure Cli.   Well, the new Azure PowerShell module (version 9.0 – released few days ago) introduces a bunch of breaking changes.   You may need to review and update your scripts before …

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Azure – Migrate your Linux virtual machine Desired State Configuration extensions

  On September 30, 2023, the Desired State Configuration (DSC) and Azure Automation extensions for Linux virtual machines will be retired.   These extensions are being replaced by the new Azure Automanage (https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/governance/machine-configuration/overview/). You can plan the migration of your existing DSC and Automation extensions for LInux to Azure Automanage by checking this documentation https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/governance/machine-configuration/machine-configuration-dsc-extension-migration/

Azure – Azure Classic Resource providers are being retired

  If you use Microsoft Azure, you probably know that resources and management of these resources rely on resource providers.   You may also know that there is 2 different resource providers for some of these resources: Classic Resource Provider – to deploy and manage resources using the classic / legacy method, inherited from the …

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Azure – You can now review and optimize your Azure Firewall policies with Policy Analytics (preview)

If you use Azure Firewall you know you have to create (and then maintain) a Firewall Policy; which can become a tricky operation as policy updates may be required several a week or a day. In addition, the team in charge of maintaining such policies may not be aware of updates impacting the protected workloads …

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Azure – You will need to upgrade your Basic Public IP by end of September 2025

If you are using the Basic SKU for public IP addresses in Azure, you will have to upgrade them to use the Standard SKU before September 30th, 2025. Indeed, starting September 30th, 2025 the Basic SKU for Public IP address in Azure will be retired. NOTE as Basic SKU does not offer Availability Zone support, …

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Azure – You can now test your Azure Monitor Action Group (preview)

Monitoring your workloads is an important task to ensure they are running smoothly and accordingly to your expectations. If you have workloads running on Azure, you may already know that the monitoring and alerting capability is delivered through Azure Monitor. When using Azure Monitor to monitor your workloads, you have to define the rule (scope …

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Azure / Azure AD – You can now access your Azure AD tenant using the Azure mobile application

If you work with workloads running in Azure, you probably already know the Azure mobile application which allows you to have a view and let you manage your Azure subscriptions and resources on the go. iOS: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/microsoft-azure/id1219013620 Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microsoft.azure Well, the Azure mobile application has been recently updated to start filling a gap with this …

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Azure – You can now use Azure Monitor to get alerts for Azure Backup

Azure Backup allows you to backup workloads (virtual machines, file shares, SQL) hosted either in Azure or on-premises. It is important for administrators to be aware on what’s gong on with their backup and Azure Backup had a built-in alert capability. Well, this alert capability has been updated and now uses Azure Monitor alerting. If …

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