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Azure News October 2021

by Oct 1, 2021

What’s new in Azure Virtual Desktop?

Every month Microsoft update Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) to ensure the best user experience. Some of the latest changes include:

    • Use Azure Resource Manager templates for any update you want to apply to your session hosts after deployment
    • Azure Active Directory domain join is now generally available
    • Automatic migration module tool
    • Improved client logging, diagnostics, and error classification to help admins troubleshoot connection and feed issues
    • Plus, much more…

You can explore all the latest changes here.

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Govern your data wherever it resides with Azure Purview

Last December, Microsoft announced the launch of Azure Purview, a unified data governance solution that helps you manage and govern your on-premises, multicloud, and SaaS data. In September we were treated to the announcement that Azure Purview is now generally available meaning every organisation can now build a unified data governance solution to maximise the value of their data in the cloud.

Starting on 6th October Microsoft will be posting weekly blogs for a limited time on how to use the latest Azure Purview features which you can read here. Alternatively, you can:

Make the most of your Microsoft investments with Azure Purview. Source: Microsoft.


Azure Cost Management and Billing updates  

No matter the size of your business it’s important to know what you’re spending, where, and how you can reduce those costs. This is where Azure Cost Management and Billing comes in. Here are some of the latest improvements and updates based on user feedback:

    • Share reservations across subscriptions with management groups
    • New cost view for services and products
    • Subscribe to updates of your saved cost views
    • Multitasking in the cost analysis preview
    • General availability: increased hourly request limit in Azure App Configuration
    • Preview: on-demand capacity reservations for virtual machines
    • Plus, much more…

So, grab a drink and have a read of all the latest improvements and updates here.


Boost your network security with new updates to Azure Firewall 

Last month Microsoft announced new Azure Firewall capabilities including:

    • Auto-generated self-signed certificates for Azure Firewall Premium SKU
    • Secure Hub now supports Availability Zones
    • Deploy Azure Firewall without public IP in Forced Tunnel mode
    • Configure pre-existing Azure Firewalls in Force Tunnel mode using stop or start commands


Azure Firewall Premium SKU support for self-signed certificates. Source: Microsoft.

Get the full rundown of Azure Firewall capabilities here.


Streamline your DDoS management with new Azure Firewall Manager capabilities

Yesterday Microsoft announced that Azure Firewall Manager now supports managing Azure DDoS Protection Standard for virtual networks (in preview).

Azure DDoS Protection Standard provides enhanced Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) mitigation features to defend against DDoS attacks. It is automatically tuned to protect all public IP addresses in virtual networks. Protection is simple to enable on any new or existing virtual network and does not require any application or resource changes. Enabling DDoS Protection Standard on a virtual network will protect the Azure Firewall and any publicly exposed endpoints that reside within the virtual network.

Enabling DDoS Protection Standard on a virtual network in Azure Firewall Manager. Source: Microsoft.

You can read the full announcement here.


Guarantee capacity access with on-demand capacity reservations – now in preview 

In September Microsoft announced the preview of on-demand capacity reservations for Azure Virtual Machines (VMs). This new feature allows you to deploy and manage the compute capacity required to run Azure VMs separately from the VMs themselves. On-demand capacity reservations will come with a defined SLA (forthcoming at general availability).

This creates new options for you to better manage your capacity needs. More specifically, as outlined above:

    • Business-critical applications – use on-demand capacity reservations to protect your capacity, for example when taking these VMs offline to perform updates
    • Disaster recovery – you now have the option to set aside compute capacity to ensure a seamless recovery in the event of a natural disaster. The compute capacity can be repurposed to run other workloads whenever DR is not in effect. The VM maintenance can be handled by keeping core images up to date without the need to deploy or maintain VMs outside of DR testing
    • Special events – claiming capacity ahead of time provides assurance that your business can handle the extra demand

Eager to learn more about on-demand capacity reservations? Read the full announcement.


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