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Kubernetes Service
6518
Virtual Machines
6519
Database for PostgreSQL
6520
Database for PostgreSQL
6521
Virtual Machines
6522
NetApp Files
6523
NetApp Files
6524
SQL Database
6525
Sphere
6526
Monitor
6527
Virtual Machines
6528
SQL Database
6529
SQL Database
6530
SQL Database
6531
Database for PostgreSQL
6532
Database for MySQL
6533
Functions
6534
Functions
6535
Functions
6536
App Services
6537
App Services
6538
IoT Hub
6511
Virtual Machines
6512
Data Lake Storage
6513
Storage
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Storage
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Storage
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NetApp Files
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NetApp Files
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Backup
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On 31 March 2023 Deployment Center setting of Azure Kubernetes service (AKS) will be retired. Please start using Automated Deployments to create pipelines by 31 March 2023. Note that all existing pipelines created will still be available and functional in either GitHub Actions portal or Azure DevOps portal. Only the experience of creating and viewing the pipeline from Deployment Center in Azure portal will be unavailable after 31 March 2023. We encourage you to make the switch sooner to familiarize yourself with Automated Deployments in Azure portal and its extensive capabilities. From now through 31 March 2023, you can continue to create and view pipelines from Deployment Center setting of an AKS resource in Azure portal. After 31 March 2023 this setting will no longer be available.
https://learn.microsoft.com/azure/aks/deployment-center-launcher#retirement
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/deployment-center-setting-of-azure-kubernetes-service-aks-will-be-retired-on-31-march-2023-use-automated-deployments-to-creat/
Retiring Features
09/29/2022
On 31 March 2023 Azure Continuous delivery setting of Virtual Machines will be retired. Please start using Azure DevOps to directly create pipelines before that date. Note that all the pipelines created will still be available and functional in Azure DevOps portal. Only the experience of creating/viewing the Azure DevOps pipeline from Azure portal will be retired. We encourage you to make the switch sooner to familiarize yourself with the Azure DevOps portal and its extensive capabilities. From now through 31 March 2023, you can continue to create and view pipelines from Continuous delivery setting of a Virtual Machine in Azure portal. After 31 March 2023, this setting won’t be available to use.
https://learn.microsoft.com/azure/virtual-machines/linux/tutorial-devops-azure-pipelines-classic#retirement
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/retirement-notice-continuous-delivery-setting-of-vms-to-be-retired-by-31-march-2023/
Retiring Features
09/29/2022
PostgreSQL version 11 community support ends on 9 November 2023. Azure Database for PostgreSQL Flexible Server will extend the support for PostgreSQL version 11 and will now retire on 9 November 2024. If you choose to maintain your existing Azure Database for PostgreSQL version 11 servers beyond the retirement date, restrictions will apply to those servers as described in the Azure Database for PostgreSQL versioning policy document. Action required To avoid or minimize disruption to your workloads, we recommend you upgrade your Flexible server PostgreSQL 11 database servers to version 13 or higher before 9 November 2024.
https://learn.microsoft.com/azure/postgresql/single-server/how-to-upgrade-using-dump-and-restore
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/flexpg11-retirement/
Retiring Features
09/29/2022
Because community support for PostgreSQL version 11 will end on 9 November 2023, you’ll need to migrate your Azure Database for PostgreSQL Single Servers that use version 11 to version 13 or higher on Flexible Server. To ensure you have enough time to make this change, Azure Database for PostgreSQL will continue to support version 11 on Single Server for an additional year, through 9 November 2024, including creating new servers. Action required To avoid any disruption to your workloads, migrate your Azure Database for PostgreSQL Single Servers that use version 11 to version 13 or higher on Flexible Server by 9 November 2024.
https://learn.microsoft.com/azure/postgresql/migrate/concepts-single-to-flexible
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/singlepg11-retirement/
Retiring Features
09/29/2022
In 2017, we launched Azure Managed Disks. Since then, we've been enhancing our capabilities. We will begin deprecating unmanaged disks on September 30, 2022, because Azure Managed Disks now have full capabilities of unmanaged disks and other advancements. This functionality will be completely retired on September 30, 2025. With managed disks, customers don’t have to worry about managing storage accounts when creating a disk as Azure manages the storage accounts behind the scenes. This level of abstraction reduces customer’s maintenance burden significantly. Furthermore, managed disks provide numerous advantages over unmanaged disks such as better reliability, scalability, greater storage capacity, bursting, shared disks etc., If you use unmanaged disks, you should start planning your migration now. Migrate your data from Azure unmanaged disk storage to managed disks before September 30, 2025. Page blobs will not be affected by this change.
https://learn.microsoft.com/azure/virtual-machines/linux/convert-unmanaged-to-managed-disks
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/azure-unmanaged-disks-will-be-retired-on-30-september-2025/
Retiring Features
09/29/2022
Azure NetApp Files is now available in the following additional regions: Korea South, Sweden Central. Additionally, Azure NetApp Files cross-region replication has been enabled between following regions: Korea Central and Korea South, North Central US and East US 2, France Central and West Europe.
https://azure.microsoft.com/services/netapp/
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/general-availability-azure-netapp-files-new-regions-and-crossregion-replication/
Region Updates
09/29/2022
Azure Policy helps to enforce organizational standards and assess compliance at scale. Through its compliance dashboard, it provides an aggregated view to evaluate the overall state of the environment, with the ability to drill down to the per-resource, per-policy granularity. It also helps to bring your resources to compliance through bulk remediation for existing resources and automatic remediation for new resources. Azure NetApp Files already supports Azure Policy via custom policy definitions. Azure NetApp Files now also provides built-in policy to enable organization admins to restrict creation of unsecure NFS volumes or audit existing volumes more easily.
https://docs.microsoft.com/azure/azure-netapp-files/whats-new
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/general-availability-azure-policy-builtin-definitions-for-azure-netapp-files/
General Availability
09/29/2022
Responding to customer demands for increased scalability, you can now scale to 128 vCores and 625GB of memory, beyond the previous max of 80 vCores and 415GB of memory, so you can meet the demanding requirements of today's modern applications. This new provisioned compute option is available on Azure SQL Database standard-series (Gen5) hardware for both general purpose and business critical databases and elastic pools.
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/public-preview-128-vcore-option-for-azure-sql-database-standardseries-hardware/
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/public-preview-128-vcore-option-for-azure-sql-database-standardseries-hardware/
Preview Features
09/29/2022
The Azure Sphere 22.09 feature release is now available and includes the following components: Updated Azure Sphere OS Updated Azure Sphere SDK for Windows and for Linux Updated Azure Sphere extensions for Visual Studio and for Visual Studio Code If your devices are connected to the internet, they will receive the updated OS from the cloud. You'll be prompted to install the updated SDK on next use.
https://learn.microsoft.com/azure-sphere/product-overview/whats-new
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/general-availability-azure-sphere-version-2209/
Updated Features
09/29/2022
Data archive is the new cost-effective way to save your log data for extended periods up to seven years. While this feature remains in preview, billing started on September 1, 2022.
https://azure.microsoft.com/pricing/details/monitor/
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/public-preview-billing-has-started-for-azure-monitor-logs-data-archive/
Pricing Updates
09/29/2022
Landing zone accelerators provide architectural guidance, reference architecture, reference implementations, and automation packaged to deploy workload platforms in Azure at scale and aligned with industry proven practices. Like other landing zone accelerators, the Azure Red Hat OpenShift (ARO) guide delivers resources that help design, deploy, and maintain well architected Azure Red Hat OpenShift platforms.
https://learn.microsoft.com/azure/cloud-adoption-framework/scenarios/app-platform/azure-red-hat-openshift/landing-zone-accelerator
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/generally-available-azure-red-hat-openshift-landing-zone-accelerator/
Documentation Updates
09/29/2022
In late September 2022, the following updates and enhancements were made to Azure SQL: Increase the redundancy of your backups with geo zone redundant storage for Azure SQL Managed Instance. Use the memory optimized premium-series SQL Managed Instance to migrate your larger and more demanding workloads. Increase resiliency of your Azure SQL Database Hyperscale backups with the new geo-zone redundant storage option.
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/azure-sql-general-availability-updates-for-late-september-2022-2/
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/azure-sql-general-availability-updates-for-late-september-2022-2/
Updated Features
09/29/2022
If you previously migrated your SQL databases onto the Hyperscale tier, you can now reverse that migration to move back onto the general purpose tier. This reverse migration capability provides additional data mobility for your SQL Database data. Once on the general purpose tier, you have the flexibility to remain on that tier or move your database to other vCore-based tiers. Due to differences in the unique underlying architecture of Hyperscale versus other SQL database storage architectures, this feature comes with some limitations.
https://learn.microsoft.com/azure/azure-sql/database/manage-hyperscale-database?view=azuresql&tabs=azure-portal#reverse-migrate-from-hyperscale
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/general-availability-azure-sql-database-hyperscale-reverse-migration-to-general-purpose-tier/
New Features
09/29/2022
In late September 2022, the following updates and enhancements were made to Azure SQL: Retain database backups for longer periods of time with long-term backup retention on Azure SQL Database Hyperscale.
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/azure-sql-public-preview-updates-for-late-september-2022/
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/azure-sql-public-preview-updates-for-late-september-2022/
Preview Features
09/29/2022
Geo-redundant backup for Azure Database for PostgreSQL – Flexible Server allows you to protect against outages impacting the primary region and then restore your server to the geo-paired region. Currently, geo-redundancy can only be enabled or disabled when a server is initially created. Geo-restore allows you to instantiate a server in the paired Azure region using geo-backup. The geo-redundant backup for Azure Database for PostgreSQL – Flexible Server is available in select regions at this time.
https://learn.microsoft.com/azure/postgresql/flexible-server/concepts-backup-restore
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/general-availability-backup-and-restore-in-azure-database-for-postgresql-flexible-server/
General Availability
09/29/2022
The Microsoft Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) authentication feature allows you to connect to your instances of Azure Database for MySQL – Flexible Server using identities that are defined in Azure AD. With Azure AD authentication, you can manage your database user identities and other Microsoft services in a central location, which simplifies the overall management of permissions.
https://learn.microsoft.com/azure/mysql/single-server/concepts-azure-ad-authentication
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/public-preview-azure-ad-authentication-with-azure-database-for-mysql-flexible-server/
Preview Features
09/29/2022
Maximum scale-out limits for Azure Functions on Linux Elastic Premium plans have been increased in the following regions: Regions New scale-out limit Australia East 40 Central US 100 East US 100 East US 2 100 North Europe 80 South Central US 60 UK South 60 West Europe 100 West US 40
https://learn.microsoft.com/azure/azure-functions/functions-premium-plan?tabs=portal#region-max-scale-out
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/generally-available-azure-functions-linux-elastic-premium-plan-increased-maximum-scaleout-limits-3/
Updated Features
09/29/2022
You can now build production Serverless Apps with Azure Functions v4 in isolated worker model with .NET Framework 4.8. This allows apps with .NET Framework dependencies to explore taking advantage of the latest versions of Azure Functions host. If you are on .NET Framework on v1, it is recommended to migrate to .NET 6 or .NET 7 on v4 host. If your apps have .NET Framework dependencies, please migrate to .NET framework on v4 and provide feedback on our Azure Functions .NET Worker GitHub repository. Apps built using this capability will follow the same patterns as any isolated .NET worker project in Functions, but they will specify .NET Framework 4.8 as the target framework. Please provide feedback through the Azure Functions .NET Worker GitHub repository.
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/apps-on-azure-blog/announcing-general-availability-for-azure-functions-v4-net/ba-p/3637605
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/generally-available-azure-functions-net-framework-support-in-the-isolated-worker-model/
General Availability
09/29/2022
Azure Functions now supports Java 17 in preview on dedicated, consumption, and premium plans for Windows and Linux.
https://learn.microsoft.com/azure/azure-functions/supported-languages#languages-by-runtime-version
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/public-preview-java-17-support-in-azure-functions/
Preview Features
09/29/2022
In Azure App Service, you can easily create on-demand custom backups and automatic backups. You can easily restore these backups by overwriting an existing app or by restoring it to a new app or slot. Automatic backup and restore is now in preview for isolated pricing tier for App Service Environment V2 and V3.
https://learn.microsoft.com/azure/app-service/manage-backup?tabs=portal
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/public-preview-automatic-backup-for-app-service-environment-v2-and-v3/
Preview Features
09/29/2022
In Azure App Service, you can easily restore app backups, utilize automatic backups, or make on-demand custom backups. You can restore a backup by overwriting an existing app by restoring it to a new app or slot. Automatic backup and restore is generally available for basic, standard, and premium App Service plan pricing tiers. Custom backup and restore is now generally available for basic, standard, premium, and isolated app service plan pricing tiers.
https://learn.microsoft.com/azure/app-service/manage-backup?tabs=portal
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/generally-available-backup-and-restore-updates-for-app-service/
General Availability
09/29/2022
Device Update has the following new functionality: Automatic group provisioning will automatically create groups of devices based on their compatibility properties and device tags, so you can easily deploy updates to your devices without the additional overhead. Improved troubleshooting features such as agent check and device sync help you troubleshoot and repair your devices with ease. Automatic rollback enables you to define a fallback version for your managed devices if they meet the rollback criteria that can be easily set from the cloud. Azure CLI Support enables you to create and manage Device Update resources, groups, and deployments using command line functions. Support for OS platforms such as Ubuntu 18.04 and Ubuntu 20.04. Support in all Azure Hero regions.
https://azure.microsoft.com/products/iot-hub/#overview
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/generally-available-device-update-for-iot-hub/
General Availability
09/29/2022
After December 15, 2022, a new KMS DNS, azkms.core.chinacloudapi.cn, will be rolled out to improve Azure Windows activation experience in Azure China Cloud. Specifically, after December 15, 2022, all Azure Windows VMs provisioned in Azure China Cloud will be activated via azkms.core.chinacloudapi.cn; and most Azure Windows VMs provisioned in Azure China Cloud before December 15, 2022 remain activated via existing KMS DNS, kms.core.chinacloudapi.cn. To most Azure China Cloud customers, the transition to new KMS DNS is transparent. However, Azure China Cloud customers who have followed trouble-shooting guides, like the ones listed below, need to include new KMS DNS, azkms.core.chinacloudapi.cn, and two new KMS IP addresses, 159.27.28.100 and 163.228.64.161: https://docs.microsoft.com/troubleshoot/azure/virtual-machines/custom-routes-enable-kms-activation https://docs.microsoft.com/troubleshoot/azure/virtual-machines/troubleshoot-activation-problems https://docs.microsoft.com/azure/firewall/protect-azure-virtual-desktop After March 1, 2023, kms.core.chinacloudapi.cn will point to 159.27.28.100 and 163.228.64.161 instead of 42.159.7.249. This change will have no impact to Azure China Cloud customers who have followed trouble-shooting guides to include two new KMS IP addresses.
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/generally-available-new-kms-dns-in-azure-china-cloud/
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/generally-available-new-kms-dns-in-azure-china-cloud/
Updated Features
09/22/2022
Immutable storage for Azure Data Lake Storage is now generally available. Immutable storage provides the capability to store data in a write once, read many (WORM) state. Once data is written, the data becomes non-erasable and non-modifiable and you can set a retention period so that files can't be deleted until after that period has elapsed. Additionally, legal holds can be placed on data to make that data non-erasable and non-modifiable until the hold is removed. This release includes the new “allow append writes for block and append blobs” flag, which allows users to set up immutable policies for block and append blobs to keep already written data in a WORM state and continue to add new data. If you are using NFS 3.0 protocol or SFTP support on an account, immutable storage is not supported. Immutable storage will be available in all public regions.
https://learn.microsoft.com/azure/storage/blobs/immutable-storage-overview
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/immutable-storage-for-azure-data-lake-storage-is-now-generally-available/
General Availability
09/22/2022
Immutable storage for Blob Storage on containers (which has been generally available since September 2018) now includes a new append capability. This capability, titled “Allow Protected Appends for Block and Append Blobs,” allows you to set up immutable policies for block and append blobs to keep already written data in a WORM state and continue to add new data. This capability is available for both legal holds and time-based retention policies. This capability is supported in all public regions and it is available to new and existing accounts.
https://learn.microsoft.com/azure/storage/blobs/immutable-storage-overview
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/immutable-storage-for-blob-storage-now-includes-allow-appends-for-block-and-append-blobs-capability/
Updated Features
09/22/2022
Encryption scopes introduce the option to provision multiple encryption keys in a storage account with hierarchical namespace. Using encryption scopes, you now can provision multiple encryption keys and choose to apply the encryption scope either at the container level (as the default scope for blobs in that container) or at the blob level. The preview is available for REST, HDFS, NFSv3, and SFTP protocols in an Azure Blob / Data Lake Gen2 storage account. The key that protects an encryption scope may be either a Microsoft-managed key or a customer-managed key in Azure Key Vault. You can choose to enable automatic rotation of a customer-managed key that protects an encryption scope. When you generate a new version of the key in your Key Vault, Azure Storage will automatically update the version of the key that is protecting the encryption scope, within a day.
https://learn.microsoft.com/azure/storage/blobs/encryption-scope-overview
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/public-preview-encryption-scopes-on-hierarchical-namespace-enabled-storage-accounts/
Preview Features
09/22/2022
Today Azure Storage is announcing the public preview of a self-service option to convert storage accounts from non-zonal redundancy (LRS/GRS) to zonal redundancy (ZRS/GZRS). This allows you to initiate the conversion of storage accounts via the Azure portal without the necessity of creating a support ticket.
https://learn.microsoft.com/azure/storage/common/redundancy-migration?tabs=portal
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/public-preview-customer-initiated-storage-account-redundancy-conversion/
Preview Features
09/22/2022
Feature regional coverage continues to expand for Azure NetApp Files backup.The following regions are backup additions: Southeast Asia, UK South.
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/public-preview-expanded-feature-regional-availability-for-azure-netapp-files-backup/
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/public-preview-expanded-feature-regional-availability-for-azure-netapp-files-backup/
Region Updates
09/22/2022
We are announcing the general availability of standard network features for Azure NetApp Files volumes. Standard network features provide you with an enhanced, and consistent virtual networking experience along with security posture for Azure NetApp Files. You are now able to choose between standard or basic network features while creating a new Azure NetApp Files volume: Basic provide the current functionality, limited scale, and features. Standard provides the following new features for Azure NetApp Files volumes or delegated subnets: Increased IP limits for Vnets with Azure NetApp Files volumes. This is at par with VMs to enable you to provision Azure NetApp File volumes in your existing topologies or architectures. This eliminates the need to rearchitect network topologies to use Azure NetApp Files for workloads like VDI, AVD, or AKS. Enhanced network security with support for network security groups (NSG) on the Azure NetApp Files delegated subnet. Enhanced network control with support for user-defined routes (UDR) to and from Azure NetApp Files delegated subnets. You can now direct traffic to and from Azure NetApp Files via your choice of network virtual appliances for traffic inspection. Connectivity over active or active VPN gateway setup for highly available connectivity to Azure NetApp Files from on-premises network. ExpressRoute FastPath connectivity to Azure NetApp Files. FastPath improves the data path performance between on-premises network and Azure Virtual Network.
https://docs.microsoft.com/azure/azure-netapp-files/azure-netapp-files-network-topologies
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/general-availability-standard-network-features-for-azure-netapp-files/
General Availability
09/15/2022
Save up to 24 percent on your usage of Azure Backup Storage by purchasing reserved capacity storage. The reservation discount will automatically apply to your matching Backup Storage and the process of purchasing a reservation is streamlined. Reservations are available on a one-year basis for up to a 16 percent discount or on a three-year basis for a 24 percent discount.
https://docs.microsoft.com/azure/backup/backup-azure-reserved-pricing-optimize-cost
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/reserved-capacity-pricing-for-backup-storage/
Pricing Updates
09/15/2022
Currently, virtual machines (VMs) running on Azure Dedicated Host support the use of standard and premium disks as data disks. We are introducing support for ultra disks on dedicated host. Ultra disks are highly performant disks on Azure that offer high throughput (maximum of 4000 MBps per disk) and high IOPS (maximum of 160,00 IOPS per disk) depending on the disk size. If you are running IaaS workloads that are data intensive and latency sensitive, such as Oracle DB, MySQL DB, other critical databases, and gaming applications, you will benefit from using ultra disks as data disks on VMs hosted on dedicated host.
https://docs.microsoft.com/azure/virtual-machines/dedicated-hosts-how-to?tabs=portal
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/generally-available-azure-dedicated-host-support-for-ultra-ssd/
General Availability
09/15/2022