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Public preview: Listener TLS certificates management available in the Azure portal
You can now manage the TLS certificates associated with Listeners through Azure portal.
Azure Basic Load Balancer will be retired on 30 September 2025—upgrade to Standard Load Balancer
Target retirement date: September 30, 2025
Basic Load Balancer will be retired.
General availability: Next hop IP support for Route Server
Target availability: Q3 2022
Peer Route Server with network virtual appliances (NVAs) deployed behind an Azure Internal Load Balancer (ILB).
Generally available: Azure Gateway Load Balancer
Gateway Load Balancer enables you to deploy, scale, and enhance the availability of third party network virtual appliances (NVAs) in Azure with ease.
General availability: Inbound NAT rule now supports port management for backend pools
You can now specify target backend pool in inbound NAT rule for less management overhead when configuring port forwarding.
Generally available: Load Balancer SKU upgrade through PowerShell script
Upgrade to Standard SKU Load Balancer easily through a simple PowerShell script and take advantage of enhanced capabilities.
Gateway Load Balancer now in public preview
Gateway Load Balancer enables you to deploy, scale, and enhance the availability of third party network virtual appliances (NVAs) in Azure with ease
Azure Routing Preference is now generally available
Choice matters when it comes to cloud. Routing preference enables network service tiers for internet bound traffic, letting you to optimize for performance or cost.
Azure Load Balancer support for IP-based backend pool management is now generally available
Azure Load Balancer support for adding and removing resources from a backend pool via IP address is now generally available. This enables IP addresses to be reserved as part of a backend pool before the associated resources are created.
Standard Load Balancer and IP addresses metadata now available through Azure Instance Metadata Service (IMDS)
Azure Instance Metadata Service (IMDS) is a mature REST API which offers metadata information regarding Networking, Storage, SKU and etc. We are now adding Load Balancer related information to the list of metadata IMDS covers.
Public IP SKU upgrade generally available
Azure public IPs now support the ability to be upgraded from Basic to Standard SKU, enabling customers to retain the same IP address for services that require Standard IP frontends.
Standard Load Balancer and Public IP addresses support resource group move
Standard Load Balancers and Standard Public IP addresses support cross resource group moves enabling easy management of resources at the resource group level.
Traffic Analytics & Diagnostics capabilities in Azure Monitor for Networks
Azure Monitor for Network provides the starting point for network monitoring without any user configuration and provides access to all available network monitoring capabilities.
Preview: Azure Load Balancer now supports cross-region load balancing
Azure Load Balancer now supports load balancing across regions based on health and latency.
Upcoming changes to Standard Public IPs and Standard Load Balancers
The zone related behavior in Standard Public IP address and Standard Load Balancer is being changed.
Introducing Azure Load Balancer Insights using Azure Monitor for Networks
Azure Load Balancer customers now have instant access to a preconfigured solution for health monitoring and configuration analysis enabling rapid fault localization and informed design decisions.
Azure Load Balancer support for IP-based backend pool management is in preview
Azure Load Balancer now supports adding and removing resources from a backend pool via an IPv4 or IPv6 addresses and virtual network ID. This will enable you to easily manage the containers, virtual machines, and virtual machine scale sets associated with their load balancer. It will also allow IP addresses to be reserved as part of a backend pool before the associated resources are created.
IPv6 for Azure Virtual Network is now generally available
IPv6 for Azure Virtual Network is now generally available worldwide. IPv6 support within the Azure Virtual Network and to the internet enables you to expand into the growing mobile and IoT markets with Azure-based applications and to address IPv4 depletion in your own corporate networks.
Azure Load Balancer TCP resets on idle timeout is now available
Azure Load Balancer TCP resets on idle timeout is now generally available in all Azure regions.
Microsoft adds new features to IPv6 support for Azure VNets
IPv6 for Azure VNETs enables you to expand into the growing mobile and IoT markets with your Azure-based applications and to address IPv4 depletion in your own networks.
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