Virtual Machine

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 – You can now transfer files to your Azure virtual machine using Bastion (preview)

As you may already know, Azure Bastion allows you to connect to an Azure virtual machine using either SSH or RDP without the need to have a public IP address and management ports authorized on the network security group (NSG) (see https://t.co/UBOCpnMD2k). Since Azure Bastion has been made available, there has been some improvements to …

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Azure – You can now request to delete associated resources when deleting the virtual machine

EDIT adding the availability to do so when deleting VM As you know after deleting a virtual machine on Azure you need to delete the depend resources – virtual disk, network interface… Well, good news, you can now request to delete the associated resources when you delete a virtual machine. When you create a new …

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Azure – You can now get most frequent PowerShell/Azure Cli commands to manage virtual machine from the portal

For those managing Azure resources mainly from the portal, especially virtual machines, and want to learn more about PowerShell or Azure Cli command to manage these virtual machines, you can now get the most frequent commands pre-configured for a specific virtual machine. To take advantage of this new learning capability, connect to your Azure portal …

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Azure – You can now use Azure Virtual Machine confidential compute (preview)

If you have a need to run workloads on a virtual machine with high security and confidentiality requirements you can now use a confidential Azure Virtual Machine. This specific capability is provided thanks to AMD processors using SEV-SNP technologies. The confidential compute is available with the DC and EC virtual machine SKUs: DCasv5-series: Confidential VM …

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Azure – You can now enable Trusted Launch on Azure Virtual Machines (preview)

As you know, recent physical devices come with embedded security feature to help protect the operating system; features like TPM chipset or secure boot. Well, unfortunately until now these features were not available when running virtual machines on Azure. Good news, this now possible to turn on these security feature on Azure Virtual Machine. To …

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Azure – A new troubleshooting tool – VM Inspector – is available in preview

If you work with virtual machines on Azure you already know that sometime things go wrong and you need to troubleshoot what is happening with the resource. While there is already quite few troubleshooting tools available on Azure, you now have a new tool at your disposal called VM Inspector for Azure virtual machines. The …

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Azure – You can now automatically upgrade the extension of your virtual machine (preview)

As you know you can add extensions (small applications that provide post-deployment configuration and automation tasks) to your virtual machine running on Azure. Well, you can now get these extensions automatically upgrade when there is a new version. This is  a preview capability which means there is no SLA associated with it in case of …

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Azure – You can now use a managed storage account for the VM boot diagnostics

As you know, it is recommended to enable the virtual machine boot diagnostics to help gathering information when troubleshooting virtual machine boot issues (or to simply being able to see if the VM is booting up or has crashed with a blue screen). As you know, the boot diagnostics require the use of a storage …

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