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Azure – You can now delegate management of reservations

As you may be aware, one way to optimize running costs on Azure is to use reservations, allowing you to get discount when you commit running specific workloads and SKUs (see https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/cost-management-billing/reservations/save-compute-costs-reservations/ to know more). Another important part of running workloads in cloud services is ensuring you can delegate some administration tasks to workloads owners. …

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Azure – New KMS DNS in Azure global cloud

As you are probably already aware, when you deploy Windows virtual machines in Azure, Windows use the Azure KMS DNS to activate Windows. Well, in June 2022, a new KMS DNS – azkms.core.windows.net – has started to be rolled out. Existing virtual machines already activated remain activated with kms.core.windows.net. It is now generally available in …

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Azure – You can now expand your data drive without downtime (preview)

If you run Azure virtual machines, you already know that you expand your data drives after shutting down (deallocate) the virtual machine. Well, good news, you can now do the same without downtime. Before you start expanding your drives while your virtual machine is still running, you need to know the following: This capability is …

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Azure – How to remotely connect to Azure virtual machines

When running workloads on cloud services ones of the challenges is to manage them in a secure way; this especially true when you have to manage virtual machines. Accessing and managing virtual machines in an on-premises environment is usually done either using Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) for Windows machines or Secure Shell (SSH) for Linux …

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Azure – Get ready for depreciation of the legacy Log Analytics agent (preview)

If you work with Azure – either in a full cloud environment or in hybrid configuration – you probable already know the Log Analytics agent used to send to an Azure Log Analytics workspace telemetry about your virtual machines. The Log Analytics agent is being replaced by Azure Monitor agent which provide more insights about …

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Azure – You can now access Cost Management on the Azure mobile application

You may be aware that since 2017 Azure provides you a mobile application to allow you managing your Azure subscription and resources while on the go. For iOS https://apps.apple.com/us/app/microsoft-azure/id1219013620?ls=1 For Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microsoft.azure Well the application has been updated to now provide you with Cost Management of your subscription; well, it is more providing you with …

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Azure – A new PowerShell module – Az Predictor – is in preview

If you work with workloads running on Azure you probably also work with the Azure PowerShell modules. If you work with Azure PowerShell modules you also know there is a lot of commands and parameters available (about 4 000 commands and an average of 10 parameters per command). This make it difficult to always have …

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Azure – You can now use Kerberos for authentication when connecting with Azure Bastion (preview)

You may already know Azure Bastion, the remote management (RDP or SSH) feature for Azure Virtual Machine allowing you to connect without using a public IP and opening the management port on NSG (see https://t.co/UBOCpnMD2k). Well, you can now enable Kerberos authentication when connecting using Azure Bastion. To do so, connect to your Azure portal …

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Azure – You can now bring your own IP to Azure

As you know when you decide to make the move the cloud services – in this case Azure – for your on-premises workloads you will then use the cloud provider IP addresses, either internal or public ones. However there are situations where using the cloud provider public IP addresses may be problematic due to dependencies …

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Azure – You can now run the SQL best practices assessment for SQL virtual machine from the portal

As you know, Azure SQL is available either as PaaS or IaaS. Well, you can now enable and run SQL best practices assessment on SQL server running on virtual machine. To do so, you need: to have deployed an Azure SQL virtual machine the SQL virtual machine must be with the SQL Server IaaS extension …

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