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December 2019

Dec 19

Azure DevOps—Create a dashboard without a team

NOW AVAILABLE

With this latest update sprint to Azure DevOps, it’s now possible to create a dashboard without associating it to a team. The dashboard will be visible to everyone in the project and you decide who can edit or manage it. In addition, a sprint burndown thumbnail has been added. Configure it to burndown based on stories, story points, or by count of tasks.

Dec 19

Azure Backup resource group for virtual machines

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure Backup policy for virtual machines (VMs) now lets you customize the resource group name created by Backup so you can update it as your company requires.

  • Azure Backup
Dec 18

Azure SQL Database Gen 4 hardware approaching end of life in 2020

NOW AVAILABLE

Target availability: Q4 2019

Azure SQL Database is beginning the decommissioning process of Gen 4 Intel E5-2673 v3 (Haswell)-based CPUs and is transitioning to Intel E5-2673 v4 (Broadwell) 2.3 GHz and Intel SP8160 (Skylake) processors for all new deployments.

  • Azure SQL Database
Dec 18

IoT devices and applications to only use TLS 1.2 for communication with IoT Hub and DPS

To provide best-in-class encryption, IoT Hub and Device Provisioning Service are moving to Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.2 as the encryption mechanism of choice for IoT devices. As such, legacy support for TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 as well as several legacy ciphers will be deprecated in July 1st, 2020.

  • Azure IoT Hub
  • IoT Hub Device Provisioning Service
Dec 18

Azure Search meter names will change on February 1, 2020

Effective February 1, 2020, the meter names of Azure Search will change.

  • Azure Cognitive Search
Dec 18

Azure SQL Database managed instance meter PITRs name changes

Effective February 1, 2020, the meter names of Azure SQL Database managed instance point-in-time restore (PITR) backup will change.

  • Managed Instance
  • Azure SQL Database
Dec 18

Azure IOT Central meter IDs will change on February 3, 2020

Effective February 3, 2020, the meter IDs of Azure IoT Central will change based on the number of message allocations. The Overages Messages meter ID will change as well. Modify your billing routines that rely on meter IDs. Your pricing may also be impacted. See the pricing page for details.

  • Azure IoT Central
Dec 18

IoT Hub feature, service tags, is now generally available

NOW AVAILABLE

With the general availability of IoT Hub service tags, customers can discover IoT Hub service endpoints’ IP addresses with ease.

  • Azure IoT Hub
Dec 18

Azure Data Box Disk is now available in East Asia

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure Data Box Disk is now available in the East Asia (Hong Kong) region. This is in addition to the other Azure regions where Data Box Disk is already available—US, EU, Canada, Australia, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and Azure Government (US).

Dec 17

Serial console for Azure Virual Machines now available in US Government Cloud

IN PREVIEW

Serial console is now available in preview in the Azure US Government Cloud, allowing customers in the government-only clouds to access the serial console of their VMs or virtual machine scale set instances.

  • Virtual Machines
  • Linux Virtual Machines
  • Windows Virtual Machines
  • Virtual Machine Scale Sets
Dec 17

Azure Monitor for VMs now stores data in dedicated data types

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure Monitor for virtual machines (VMs) now stores computer-related and process-related data in dedicated data types, making it simpler to query against as well as offering quicker data ingestion.

  • Azure Monitor
  • Virtual Machines
  • Virtual Machine Scale Sets
  • Service Fabric
  • Cloud Services
Dec 17

Azure Service Map now stores data in dedicated data types

NOW AVAILABLE

Service Map now stores computer-related and process-related data in dedicated data types, making it simpler to query against as well as offering quicker data ingestion.

  • Azure Monitor
  • Virtual Machines
  • Virtual Machine Scale Sets
  • Cloud Services
  • Service Fabric
Dec 16

Data Factory Expands Data Flow Parameterization Capabilities

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure Data Factory expands parameterization capabilities to make data flows even more reusable and scalable.

  • Data Factory
Dec 12

Azure Data Factory supports preserving metadata during file copy

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure Data Factory copy activity now supports preserving metadata during file copy among Amazon S3, Azure Blob, and Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2.

  • Data Factory
  • Blob Storage
  • Azure Data Lake Storage
Dec 11

Microsoft plans to establish new cloud datacenter region in Qatar

IN DEVELOPMENT

Microsoft recently announced plans to establish a new cloud datacenter region in Qatar to deliver its intelligent, trusted cloud services and expand the Microsoft global cloud infrastructure to 55 cloud regions in 20 countries.

Dec 11

Azure Migrate—Agentless dependency analysis is now available in preview

IN PREVIEW

Azure Migrate now supports agentless dependency analysis in a limited preview.

Dec 11

New Azure PowerShell module is available in preview

NOW AVAILABLE

The new PowerShell module for Azure provides updates to all Azure services and comes with a preview module for Azure Kubernetes Service and Azure Functions.

  • Cloud Shell
Dec 11

Azure Private Link support in AKS now in preview

IN PREVIEW

Use Azure Private Link support in AKS to Interact with the Kubernetes API server as a private endpoint in your virtual network, ensuring that all Kubernetes management operations remain completely isolated.

  • Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)
  • Azure Private Link
  • Virtual Network
Dec 11

Azure Service Fabric 7.0 is now available

NOW AVAILABLE

The new Azure Service Fabric release introduces several new features as well as stability and performance improvements.

  • Service Fabric
Dec 11

Proximity placement groups are now available

NOW AVAILABLE

Proximity placement groups—an Azure Virtual Machine logical grouping capability to decrease inter-VM network latency—is now available.

  • Virtual Machines

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