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    December 2018

    Dec 6

    Disaster recovery for virtual machines deployed in Availability Zones to another region

    You can now replicate and fail over virtual machines deployed in Availability Zones to other regions by using Azure Site Recovery. This capability is generally available in all regions that support Availability Zones.

    Dec 6

    November 2018

    Nov 14

    New H-series Azure VMs for HPC workloads are in preview

    Two new H-series (HB and HC) Azure Virtual Machines for High-Performance Computing (HPC) workloads now in preview.

    October 2018

    Oct 31

    M-Series VMs are now available in East Asia regions

    Azure M-Series virtual machines are now available in the East Asia regions.

    Oct 31

    M-Series VMs are now available in Canada Central and Canada East regions

    Azure M-Series virtual machines are now available in the Canada Central and Canada East regions.

    Oct 31

    Approve and audit support access requests to VMs using Customer Lockbox for Azure

    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.

    Oct 2

    Disaster recovery for Azure Disk Encryption–enabled virtual machines

    You can replicate virtual machines, enabled for encryption through the Azure Active Directory app, from one Azure region to another region.

    September 2018

    Sep 26

    General availability: Automatic OS image upgrade in virtual machine scale sets

    It is easy to enable automatic OS image updates in Virtual machine scale sets for the most popular images.

    Sep 26

    Azure Virtual Machine Image Builder available in private preview

    Azure Virtual Machine (VM) Image Builder, now available in private preview, allows you to migrate your image building pipeline to Azure.

    Sep 24

    Protect data in use with Azure Confidential Computing

    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.

    Sep 24

    New GPU enabled NVv2 Azure Virtual Machines for graphics intensive applications

    NVv2 Azure Virtual Machines, which have been architected to support remote visualization workloads and other graphics intensive applications, are now available in preview.

    Sep 17

    General availability: Serial console for Azure VMs

    Serial console for Azure VMs is generally available with new features and many bug fixes and improvements.

    Sep 5

    Filter VM sizes by current or previous generation

    With a recent update to the virtual machine size picker, the default filter set will show current-generation virtual machine sizes only.

    August 2018

    Aug 28

    Public preview: Azure Backup for SQL Server on Azure VMs

    You can use the Azure Backup service to help protect SQL Server instances running on an Azure VM.

    Aug 27

    Cross-subscription disaster recovery for Azure virtual machines

    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.

    July 2018

    Jul 25

    Name change: End of Dv2-series VMs promotion

    The previously announced Dv2-series promotion will expire on September 1, 2018.

    June 2018

    Jun 4

    Standard SSD Disks for Azure Virtual Machines is now in public preview

    Azure Standard SSDs are a cost-effective Managed Disk solution optimized for dev-test and entry-level production applications requiring consistent latency.

    May 2018

    May 19

    Enterprise administrators can view reserved instances in the Azure portal

    Azure Enterprise Agreement administrators can now see their Azure reservations in the Azure portal.

    May 10

    GUID Migration: E64i VM series

    Effective end of May 2018, resource GUIDs will be updated for the E64i VM series.