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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.
Azure Backup now supports backup and restore of Azure virtual machines encrypted using Bitlocker Encryption Key(BEK) for managed or unmanaged disks.
New regions have been added to the Azure Red Hat Update Infrastructure.
Azure zone-redundant snapshots and images for Managed Disks are now generally available.
Virtual machine serial console is now in public preview. This feature allows bidirectional serial console access to your virtual machine.
Azure Scheduled Events helps you react to maintenance events...before they happen.
Azure portal updates have been released for managing IaaS resources, including updates to the VM Connect button and networking.
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.
We're excited to announce the general availability of application consistent backup for Linux VMs running in Azure by using Azure Backup.