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We are happy to announce Ephemeral OS disk in Public Preview. Ephemeral OS disks work well for stateless workloads, where applications are tolerant of individual VM failures and are more concerned about the time it takes to deploy at scale or to reimage the individual VMs.
You may now use the Serial Console feature to troubleshoot connectivity issues in both VMs and individual VMSS instances in a variety of languages.
Azure M-series VMs are now available in the Korea South region. M-series VMs offer configurations with memory from 192 GB to 3.8 TiB (4 TB) RAM and are certified for SAP HANA.
The Azure portal received updates in October 2018.
It is easy to enable automatic OS image updates in Virtual machine scale sets for the most popular images.
Azure zone-redundant snapshots and images for Managed Disks are now generally available.
Azure Scheduled Events helps you react to maintenance events...before they happen.
Low-priority VMs on scale sets enable users to significantly save on costs for their fault-tolerant, flexible workloads.
Version 2017-12-01 of Instance Metadata Service is available in global Azure regions. It has support for Availability Zones and virtual machine scale sets.
A new capability is in preview: automatic guest OS image updates in scale sets.
Azure Reserved VM Instances are generally available.
With the Azure mobile app, you can check status and critical metrics of your Azure resources, get notifications and alerts, and perform simple operations to resolve common issues.
Azure Managed Disks and large scale sets are generally available.