Monthly updates for September 2021
August updates include support for multitenant applications, UI enhancements, REST API refresh, and regional deployments.
Now generally available in West Europe, North Europe, West US 2, and France Central, Zone-redundant storage (ZRS) for Azure Disk Storage protects disks from zonal failures which may occur due to natural disasters or hardware issues.
The latest version of the open-source Apache Spark is now available in Azure Synapse Analytics Apache Spark pools.
Participate in the retail evaluation now to ensure full compatibility. The OS evaluation period provides 14 days for backward compatibility testing.
This new Azure Virtual Desktop feature prevents sensitive information from being captured in screen captures and screen shares.
On-demand capacity reservations, now in public preview, enable you to reserve compute capacity for one or more VM size(s) in an Azure region or Availability Zone for any length of time.
This release provides improved quality and simplified Azure customer experience, giving you the opportunity to combine the functionality of Availability Sets and Virtual Machine Scale Sets.
This new feature provides high availability for web applications to enhance business continuity and support disaster recovery strategies.
Server Message Block (SMB) 3.1.1 is the most secure and highly performant version of SMB. With SMB 3.1.1 support for Azure Files, you now can require AES-256-GCM for Windows 10, version 21H1 and newer clients.
Server Message Block (SMB) Multichannel enables you to improve the IO performance of your SMB client 2-4x, increasing performance and decreasing total cost of ownership.
General availability: Azure Files supports storage capacity reservations for premium, hot, and cool tiers
Storage capacity reservations for Azure Files enable you to significantly reduce the total cost of ownership of storage by pre-committing to storage utilization. To achieve the lowest costs in Azure, you should consider reserving capacity for all production workloads.
User Defined Routes support on Private Endpoint will make configuring custom routes to traffic destined to a Private Endpoint easier for your large workloads. Learn more about how to use this feature in select regions.
Network Security Group support on Private Endpoint (PE) will allow you to improve granular security requirements for traffic destined to a private endpoint. This will assist in meeting specific compliance and security requirements for managing your PE powered workloads.
Azure Route Server enables network appliances to exchange route information with Azure virtual networks dynamically.
With August updates, we added support for environment variables in Linux scale set agents. Now you can change the working directory of a Linux agent to use a faster drive than the OS drive. In addition, you can set a proxy to be used by the agent.
Target retirement date: August 31, 2022
All 1.x versions of Azure AD Connect will be retired next year.
The availability zones feature in Azure API Management has been updated to provide better support in four new regions, in addition to other API Management updates.
Azure Kubernetes policies now surface error states to you, providing important information about potential errors in your environment.
Azure Policy and AKS teams announce the public preview of custom policy support for Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) clusters. With this feature is enabled, you can create and assign custom policy definitions and constraint templates to their AKS clusters, see enhanced error state information for troubleshooting, use embedded constraint template inside policy definitions, and more.
Azure Spring Cloud Enterprise (preview) is a new managed service for Spring Boot that is optimized for the needs of enterprise developers running applications at scale.
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