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Two new H-series (HB and HC) Azure Virtual Machines for High-Performance Computing (HPC) workloads now in preview.
Azure M-Series virtual machines are now available in the East Asia regions.
Azure M-Series virtual machines are now available in the Canada Central and Canada East regions.
Customer Lockbox for Microsoft Azure helps customers control and audit a Microsoft support engineer’s access to compute workloads on Azure that may contain customer data.
The Azure portal received updates in October 2018.
You can replicate virtual machines, enabled for encryption through the Azure Active Directory app, from one Azure region to another region.
It is easy to enable automatic OS image updates in Virtual machine scale sets for the most popular images.
Azure Virtual Machine (VM) Image Builder, now available in private preview, allows you to migrate your image building pipeline to Azure.
Azure Confidential Computing benefits are now available on a new DC series of virtual machines in Azure for preview using Intel SGX chipsets. In addition, Azure is also offering an open source SDK to provide a consistent enclave abstraction experience to build your SGX-based applications.
NVv2 Azure Virtual Machines, which have been architected to support remote visualization workloads and other graphics intensive applications, are now available in preview.
Serial console for Azure VMs is generally available with new features and many bug fixes and improvements.
With a recent update to the virtual machine size picker, the default filter set will show current-generation virtual machine sizes only.
You can use the Azure Backup service to help protect SQL Server instances running on an Azure VM.
Azure Site Recovery supports cross-subscription disaster recovery for virtual machines. You can configure DR for Azure IaaS applications to a different subscription with in the same Azure Active Directory tenant.
The previously announced Dv2-series promotion will expire on September 1, 2018.
Azure Standard SSDs are a cost-effective Managed Disk solution optimized for dev-test and entry-level production applications requiring consistent latency.
Azure Enterprise Agreement administrators can now see their Azure reservations in the Azure portal.
Effective end of May 2018, resource GUIDs will be updated for the E64i VM series.
Microsoft and SUSE will implement some name changes to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) VM offers on Azure.
You can now enable backup of virtual machines while creating them from the Azure portal.