Product
6801
Load Testing
6802
Web PubSub
6803
Virtual Machines
6804
Virtual Machines
6805
Digital Twins
6806
Digital Twins
6807
Functions
6808
Functions
6809
Kubernetes Service
6800
Storage
6798
Virtual Machines
6795
App Services
6796
Virtual Network
6797
Cost Management
6799
Storage
6794
Virtual Machines
6784
Virtual Machines Scale Sets
6785
Purview
6786
ARC
6787
SQL Database
6788
Event Grid
6789
ARC
6790
Machine Learning
6791
Machine Learning
6792
Database for MySQL
6793
Database for MySQL
6780
NetApp Files
6781
Virtual Machines
6782
Virtual Machines
6783
IoT Edge
6775
Virtual Machines
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We are announcing the general availability of Azure Load Testing. Azure Load Testing is a fully managed load-testing service that enables you to generate high-scale load, gain-actionable insights, and ensure the resiliency of your applications and services regardless of where they're hosted. Developers, testers, and engineering teams can use it to optimize application performance, scalability, or capacity.
https://learn.microsoft.com/azure/load-testing/quickstart-create-and-run-load-test?wt.mc_id=acom20230201_blog_cnl
https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/microsoft-azure-load-testing-is-now-generally-available/
General Availability
02/01/2023
Azure Web PubSub Premium tier is now generally available.
https://azure.microsoft.com/products/web-pubsub
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/azure-web-pubsub-premium-tier-reaches-general-availability/
General Availability
02/01/2023
We are announcing trusted launch for Azure virtual machines general availability in all Azure for US Government regions: US Gov Virginia, US Gov Arizona US Gov Texas, US DoD East, US DoD Central.
https://learn.microsoft.com/azure/virtual-machines/trusted-launch
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/general-availability-trusted-launch-for-azure-vms-in-azure-for-us-government-regions/
Region Updates
02/01/2023
Azure Red Hat OpenShift on Azure Government is now Generally Available
https://learn.microsoft.com/azure/openshift/
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/azure-red-hat-openshift-on-azure-government-is-now-generally-available/
Region Updates
02/01/2023
Azure Digital Twins now supports both system-assigned and user-assigned managed identities for authenticating to supported endpoints for routing digital twin events.
https://learn.microsoft.com/azure/digital-twins/concepts-security#managed-identity-for-accessing-other-resources
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/public-preview-azure-digital-twins/
Preview Features
02/01/2023
Azure Digital Twins is now available in West US 3, Qatar, Japan, and Korea
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/generally-available-azure-digital-twins-in-west-us-3-qatar-japan-and-korea-2/
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/generally-available-azure-digital-twins-in-west-us-3-qatar-japan-and-korea-2/
Region Updates
02/01/2023
Azure Durable Functions support for the new storage providers, Netherite and Microsoft SQL Server (MSSQL), is now generally available.
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/apps-on-azure-blog/new-storage-providers-for-azure-durable-functions-now-generally/ba-p/3719623
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/generally-available-new-storage-backend-for-durable-functions-microsoft-netherite-mssql/
New Features
02/01/2023
Azure Function's support for Node.js 18.x is now generally available.
https://github.com/nodejs/release#release-schedule
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/generally-available-azure-functions-support-for-nodejs-18/
General Availability
02/01/2023
To better communicate the benefits and use cases for the two control plane management options, today, Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) is introducing two pricing tiers: Free tier and Standard tier.
https://learn.microsoft.com/azure/aks/free-standard-pricing-tiers
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/generally-available-azure-kubernetes-service-introduces-two-pricing-tiers-free-and-standard/
Pricing Updates
02/01/2023
Azure Storage offers different access tiers so that you can store your blob data in the most cost-effective manner based on how it's being used. Azure Storage access tiers include hot tier, cool tier, and archive tier. Azure Storage access tiers support only block blobs natively. When you need to save cost of storing append blobs or page blobs, you can convert them to block blobs then move them into the most cost-efficient tiers based on your access patterns. Blob type conversion along with tiering is now supported by PowerShell, CLI and AzCopy.
https://learn.microsoft.com/azure/storage/blobs/access-tiers-best-practices#tier-append-and-page-blobs
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/generally-available-apply-azure-storage-access-tiers-to-append-blobs-and-page-blobs-with-blob-type-conversion/
General Availability
01/30/2023
We are announcing the preview of incremental snapshots for Ultra Disk in the Sweden Central and US West 3 Azure region. This new capability is particularly important to customers who want to create a backup copy of their data stored on disks to recover from accidental deletes, or to have a last line of defense against ransomware attacks, or to ensure business continuity. You can now create incremental snapshots for Ultra Disk on Standard HDD. Additionally, snapshot resources can be used to store incremental backups of your disk, create or recover to new disks, or download snapshots to on-premises locations.
https://learn.microsoft.com/azure/virtual-machines/disks-incremental-snapshots?tabs=azure-cli#incremental-snapshots-of-ultra-disks-preview
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/public-preview-incremental-snapshots-for-ultra-disk-storage/
Preview Features
01/25/2023
Mounting Azure Storage File share as a network share in Windows code (non-container) in App Service is now generally available. The benefits of custom-mounted storage include: Configure persistent storage for your App Service app and manage the storage separately. Support is available for Transaction Optimized and Premium usage tiers of Azure Storage File shares Ability to map a Virtual Directory for your web app using the mounted Azure Storage file share Make static content like video and images readily available for your App Service app. Write application log files or archive older application log to Azure File shares. Share content across multiple apps or with other Azure services.
https://learn.microsoft.com/azure/app-service/configure-connect-to-azure-storage?tabs=portal&pivots=code-windows
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/general-availability-mount-azure-storage-as-a-local-share-in-app-service-windows-code/
New Features
01/24/2023
Private endpoint support for application security groups (ASGs) is now generally available. This feature enhancement will allow you to add granular controls on top of existing network security group (NSG) rules by attaching an ASG to the private endpoint network interface. This will increase segregation within your subnets without losing security rules. In order to leverage this feature, you will need to set a specific subnet level property, called PrivateEndpointNetworkPolicies, to enabled on the subnet containing private endpoint resources. At this time, Private Link application security group support is available in most public regions.
https://learn.microsoft.com/azure/virtual-network/application-security-groups
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/general-availability-application-security-groups-support-for-private-endpoints/
General Availability
01/24/2023
Indirect enterprise agreement (EA) customers can now seamlessly manage their billing account directly from Cost Management and Billing on the Azure Portal. All the relevant information about your departments, accounts, and subscriptions is now available at one place. You can also view properties and manage policies related to your indirect EA enrollment. With the new billing experience, you can perform the following activities on the Azure Portal: Manage indirect enterprise agreement roles Create and manage billing hierarchy (through departments and accounts) Create subscriptions View your monthly Azure usage and charges Generate and manage API access keys
https://learn.microsoft.com/azure/cost-management-billing/manage/direct-ea-administration
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/indirect-billing-experience-on-cost-management-and-billing/
New Features
01/24/2023
Azure Storage is announcing the general availability of 5 GB Put Blob. This allows you to upload nearly 20x the previous limit of Put Blob uploads while increasing the maximum size of Put Blob from 256 MiB to 5000 MiB.
https://learn.microsoft.com/rest/api/storageservices/put-blob#remarks
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/general-availability-5-gib-put-blob/
New Features
01/24/2023
Microsoft is providing an extended migration period for your IaaS VMs from Azure Service Manager to Azure Resource Manager. Please complete the migration by 1 September 2023. To avoid service disruption, plan and migrate your IaaS VMs from Azure Service Manager to Resource Manager 1 September 2023. There are multiple steps to this transition, so we recommend that you plan your migration promptly to avoid potential system interruption. Due to the extended period for the migration we won't provide any extension beyond 1 September 2023.
https://learn.microsoft.com/azure/virtual-machines/classic-vm-deprecation
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/classicvmretirment/
Retiring Features
01/23/2023
Application Health Extension, a health monitoring service used for managing and upgrading your scale sets, has rolled out two new health states ("Initializing", "Unknown") for detailed health reporting using Rich Health States. New "Initializing" and "Unknown" states will allow you to have more control and flexibility over when instance repairs and rolling upgrades are performed on the scale set. Rich Health States also allows you to report an "Unhealthy" status by returning a 2xx probe response code with an expected probe response body using HTTP/HTTPs protocol. This allows you to mark VMs that are reachable but are still be considered to be unhealthy.
https://learn.microsoft.com/azure/virtual-machine-scale-sets/virtual-machine-scale-sets-health-extension?tabs=rest-api
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/public-preview-azure-app-health-extension-rich-health-states/
Preview Features
01/19/2023
With new Microsoft Purview access policies for SQL Server 2022 powered by Arc-Enabled SQL Servers, you can gain visibility into your data assets across on-premises data centers and multi-cloud. You can secure access to your data and safeguard sensitive data across applications deployed in multi-clouds. This feature provides the data administrators or owners the capability to author policies that govern the access to Active Directory users directly from Azure to all your SQL Server 2022 data sources at scale without writing T-SQL code and explicitly creating logins and database users.
https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/sqlserver/2022/08/11/microsoft-purview-access-policies-for-sql-server-2022/
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/public-preview-microsoft-purview-access-policies-for-sql-server-2022/
Preview Features
01/18/2023
Today, customers and partners manage hundreds or even thousands of active databases. For each of these databases, it is essential to be able to create an accurate mapping of the active configurations. This could be for inventorying or even reporting purposes. Centralizing this database inventory in Azure using Azure Arc allows you to create a unified view of all your databases in one place regardless of which infrastructure those databases might be located on – in Azure, in your datacenter, in edge sites, or even in other clouds.
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/azure-arc-blog/announcing-public-preview-of-viewing-sql-server-databases-azure/ba-p/3698410
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/xiaoxuanguomicrosoftcom/
Preview Features
01/18/2023
As a central authentication repository used by Azure, Azure Active Directory allows you to store objects such as users, groups, or service principals as identities. Azure AD also allows you to use those identities to authenticate with different Azure services. Azure AD authentication is supported for Azure SQL Database, Azure SQL Managed Instance, SQL Server on Windows Azure VMs, Azure Synapse Analytics, and now we are bringing it to SQL Server 2022.
https://learn.microsoft.com/sql/relational-databases/security/authentication-access/azure-ad-authentication-sql-server-overview?view=sql-server-ver16#connect-sql-server-to-azure-with-azure-ad
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/generally-available-azure-active-directory-authentication-for-sql-server-2022/
General Availability
01/18/2023
Event Grid now features Tribal Group as a new event partner publisher. As a Tribal Group user on Azure, you will be able to subscribe to events originated in your Tribal Edge application using partner topics.
https://learn.microsoft.com/azure/event-grid/subscribe-to-tribal-group-events
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/public-preview-tribal-group-events-available-to-azure-event-grid-customers/
Preview Features
01/18/2023
Azure Arc-enabled data services support Active Directory (AD) for Identity and Access Management (IAM). The Arc-enabled SQL Managed Instance uses an existing on-premises Active Directory (AD) domain for authentication. To facilitate this, Azure Arc-enabled data services introduce a new Kubernetes-native Custom Resource Definition (CRD) called Active Directory Connector. It provides Azure Arc-enabled SQL Managed Instances running on the same data controller the ability to perform Active Directory authentication.
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/azure-arc-blog/active-directory-connector-adc-for-arc-enabled-sql-managed/ba-p/3652020
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/general-availability-active-directory-connector-for-arcenabled-sql-mi/
General Availability
01/18/2023
New features now available in Public Preview include the ability to build an end-to-end model training pipeline without needing to write any code, track whether a new version of your compute instance is available, recover a workspace to ensure little disruption in your work operations, create schedules to automatically run jobs on a regular basis, and gain insight into potential root causes of pipeline failure. Train models using AutoML in Designer: You can now drag-and-drop your data, hook it up to an AutoML task and deploy the resulting best model. This is the perfect solution for no-code/low-code users who want to build enterprise-quality machine learning models.  Audit and observe compute instance OS version: You can now track your compute instance’s security patch compliance and receive notifications when updates are needed. Recover deleted workspace data by enabling soft delete: You can now work with the assurance of stronger data workspace protection and minimal disruption when recovering a workspace that had been soft deleted. Create and manage your schedules in AzureML Studio: You can now easily create a schedule based on a pipeline job, without the limitations of only using Python SDK. Compare different pipelines to debug failure: You can now save debugging time with new insight into why a specific pipeline may have failed. View profiling to debug pipeline performance issues: You can now identify which nodes are problematic and which are unproblematic in order to save debugging time.
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/azure-machine-learning-public-preview-announcements-for-january-2023/
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/azure-machine-learning-public-preview-announcements-for-january-2023/
Preview Features
01/18/2023
New features now available in GA include the ability to… place customized tags on your workspaces and computes, search for machine learning assets across all workspaces, resource groups, and subscriptions within your organization, secure the ingress and egress of managed online endpoints without needing additional configuration, build custom metrics views, and simplify data security by making it easier for enterprises to use sensitive data for model training. Add tags to workspaces and computes: You can now add, view, update, and/or delete customized tags on your workspaces and computes to gain deeper insights into cost patterns, spend patterns, and governance scenarios. Search for Azure Machine Learning assets across multiple workspaces: You can now create structured queries to quickly find machine learning assets, view all workspaces in a new global homepage, and collaborate beyond the workspace boundary. Manage network isolation easily for Managed Online Endpoints: You can now secure the ingress and egress of managed online endpoints to ensure compliance with enterprise security standards. Customize your view of job metrics: You can now customize the view of metrics charts and resize/rearrange layouts to better understand and analyze your experimentation results. Compartmentalize access to data with identity passthrough:You can now grant or deny user access to specific data using role-based access controls (RBAC). Additionally, when you submit a training job in identity passthrough mode, Azure Machine Learning uses that identity to authenticate against data storage.
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/azure-machine-learning-generally-availability-updates-for-january-2023/
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/azure-machine-learning-generally-availability-updates-for-january-2023/
General Availability
01/18/2023
You can now use the Azure Database for MySQL - Flexible Server connector when building workflows using Power Automate and Azure Logic apps. Microsoft Power Automate and Logic Apps are both integration platforms that empower you to build automated processes using low-code, drag-and-drop tools. The Azure Database for MySQL – Flexible Server connector allows you to perform data operations such as list rows, update, add new row, and delete a row. These data operations are necessary to automate your processes where data operations are required on the data stored in the Azure Database for MySQL – Flexible Server database. The connector allows you to build internal applications.
https://learn.microsoft.com/connectors/mysql/
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/public-preview-azure-database-for-mysql-logic-apps-and-power-automate-integration/
Preview Features
01/18/2023
You can now use the Azure Database for MySQL - Flexible Server connector when building workflows using Power Automate and Azure Logic apps. Microsoft Power Automate and Logic Apps are both integration platforms that empower you to build automated processes using low-code, drag-and-drop tools. The Azure Database for MySQL – Flexible Server connector allows you to perform data operations such as list rows, update, add new row, and delete a row. These data operations are necessary to automate your processes where data operations are required on the data stored in the Azure Database for MySQL – Flexible Server database. The connector allows you to build internal applications.
https://learn.microsoft.com/connectors/mysql/
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/public-preview-azure-database-for-mysql-logic-apps-and-power-automate-integration/
Preview Features
01/18/2023
In late December 2022, version 7 of the AzAcSnap tool was released. Azure Application Consistent Snapshot Tool (AzAcSnap) is a command-line tool that enables customers to simplify data protection for third-party databases in Linux environments. AzAcSnap 7 introduces the following new capabilities and improvements: Azure Backup integration improvements Preliminary support for Azure NetApp Files backup (Preview) IBM Db2 database support adding options to configure, test, and snapshot backup IBM Db2 in an application consistent manner (Preview) Shortening of snapshot names Restore (-c restore)& Test (-c test) improvements Validation & Timeout improvements
https://learn.microsoft.com/azure/azure-netapp-files/azacsnap-introduction
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/azure-application-consistent-snapshot-tool-azacsnap-7/
General Availability
01/12/2023
Azure Ultra Disk Storage is now available in one zone in Switzerland North and with Regional VMs in Korea South. Azure Ultra Disk Storage offers high throughput, high IOPS, and consistent low latency disk storage for Azure Virtual Machines (VMs). Ultra Disk Storage is well-suited for data-intensive workloads such as SAP HANA, top-tier databases, and transaction-heavy workloads.
https://learn.microsoft.com/azure/virtual-machines/disks-types#ultra-disk
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/generally-available-azure-ultra-disk-storage-in-switzerland-north-and-korea-south/
Region Updates
01/12/2023
Azure already supports disk import and export locking only from a trusted Azure Virtual Network (VNET) using Azure Private Link. For greater security, we are launching the integration with Azure Active Directory (AD) to export and import data to Azure Managed Disks. This feature enables the system to validate the identity of the requesting user in Azure AD and verify that the user has the required permissions to export and import that disk.
https://learn.microsoft.com/azure/virtual-machines/linux/download-vhd?tabs=azure-portal#secure-downloads-and-uploads-with-azure-ad-preview
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/ga-azure-active-directory-authentication-for-exporting-and-importing-managed-disks/
General Availability
01/12/2023
The Metrics Collector 1.1 module is a refresh to align with the latest (1.4) version of IoT Edge. Its functionality remains unchanged. You can confidently update Metrics Collector 1.0 in your IoT Edge deployments to the new 1.1 version. Changes include: Update from .NET Core 3.1 to .NET 6.0 Reduced Docker image size for arm32v7/arm64v8 Upgrade the IoT device SDK to a version that is consistent with the latest (1.4) version of IoT Edge Note: Starting with the Metrics Collector 1.1 release, Windows Docker images are no longer provided.
https://github.com/Azure/iotedge/releases/tag/metrics-collector-1.1.0
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/general-availability-iot-edge-metrics-collector-11/
Updated Features
01/12/2023
Azure Red Hat OpenShift is now available in Brazil Southeast region. Azure Red Hat OpenShift provides highly available, fully managed OpenShift clusters on demand, and is monitored and operated jointly by Microsoft and Red Hat.
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/generally-available-azure-red-hat-openshift-in-brazil-southeast/
https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/generally-available-azure-red-hat-openshift-in-brazil-southeast/
Region Updates
01/09/2023