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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 – 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 – Virtual machines insights in preview

A new performance and monitor feature has been made available for Azure virtual machines called Insights. This new capabilities (in preview) allows you to have deeper performance analysis of your virtual machine. All the capabilities offered by this new feature are not all available depending of your configuration: The Health feature is only available for …

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Azure – Shared Image Gallery for virtual machine is now available

It has been announced few months ago at the Microsoft Build 2019 conference. Shared Image Gallery is now generally available in all region, except South Africa as source region (details available here https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/windows/shared-image-galleries#regional-support) With Shared Image Gallery you can now manage, share and distribute custom virtual machine images easily. There are few limits to be …

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Azure – You can now get the operating system and the SKU/size of a VM directly from the portal

An update which is going to make few things easier when working with virtual machine in the Azure portal has been deployed. You can now get the operating system running on the VM directly from the portal. Connect to your Azure portal (https://portal.azure.com) and reach out the Virtual Machines blade to select the VM you …

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