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    May 2019

    May 18

    Azure Virtual Machines NVv2 meter name change

    Effective July 1, 2019, the meter names for Azure Virtual Machines NVv2 will change.

    • Virtual Machines
    • Services
    May 14

    High-Performance Computing Virtual Machines are now available in South Central US, Western Europe

    HB-Series VMs are now available in South Central US, Western Europe

    • Virtual Machines
    • Features
    • Services
    May 13

    Azure Virtual Machine PowerOff now available with fast shutdown

    You can now quickly and forcefully power off (stop) your Azure VM with the new skipShutdown flag.

    • Virtual Machines
    • Linux Virtual Machines
    • Windows Virtual Machines
    • SDK and Tools
    May 9

    Corrected billing for Azure SQL Data Warehouse and other Azure services

    We’ve corrected billing for Azure SQL Data Warehouse and other Azure services that impacted EA customers only.

    • Azure Synapse Analytics
    • Azure Cosmos DB
    • HDInsight
    • Virtual Machines
    • Services
    May 6

    Red Hat Enterprise Linux BYOS images now available

    Red Hat Enterprise Linux images are now available as both BYOS and PAYG offers.

    • Virtual Machines
    • Red Hat Linux
    • Linux Virtual Machines
    • Microsoft Build
    • Open Source
    • Operating System
    • Pricing & Offerings
    May 6

    Azure Shared Image Gallery is now generally available

    Azure Shared Image Gallery makes it easier to manage, share and distribute custom virtual machine (VM) images in Azure. Shared Image Gallery is now generally available in all public cloud regions.

    • Virtual Machines
    • Features
    • Management
    • Microsoft Build
    May 6

    Announcing Ephemeral OS Disk in Public Preview

    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.

    • Managed Disks
    • Virtual Machines
    • Virtual Machine Scale Sets
    • Features
    May 6

    Azure VMware Solutions is now generally available

    Run your VMware workloads natively on Azure with Azure VMware Solutions. This new category of Azure services, now available to the public, allows you to deploy your VMware-based applications on a dedicated and bare metal infrastructure in Azure.

    • Azure Resource Manager
    • Azure Migrate
    • Azure ExpressRoute
    • Virtual Machines
    • Azure Reserved Virtual Machine Instances
    • Azure VMware Solution by CloudSimple
    • Microsoft Build
    • Services
    May 6

    Azure Quickstart Center enables new customers to build cloud projects with confidence

    The Azure Quickstart Center within the Azure portal enables new customers to use the self-guided approach to build cloud projects and accelerate deployment with ease.

    • Web Apps
    • Virtual Machines
    • Azure Database for MySQL
    • Microsoft Build
    • Services
    May 6

    Azure Serial Console updated with VMSS support and improved language support

    You may now use the Serial Console feature to troubleshoot connectivity issues in both VMs and individual VMSS instances in a variety of languages.

    • Virtual Machines
    • Virtual Machine Scale Sets
    • Linux Virtual Machines
    • Windows Virtual Machines
    • Microsoft Build
    • Open Source

    April 2019

    Apr 1

    B-series update: B1ls is now available

    The new B1ls Azure virtual machine, which has the smallest memory and lowest cost among Azure VM instances, is now available.

    • Virtual Machines
    • Features
    • Pricing & Offerings

    March 2019

    Mar 18

    Azure Backup SQL Servers running in Azure Virtual Machines is now generally available

    Target availability: Q1 2019

    Learn about this pay-as-you-go service that uses native SQL backup and restore APIs to provide a comprehensive solution to backup SQL servers running in Azure IaaS VMs.

    • Azure Backup
    • Virtual Machines
    • SQL Reporting
    • Compliance
    • Features
    • Management
    Mar 6

    M-series virtual machines (VMs) are now available in the China North 2 region

    Azure M-series VMs are now available in the China North 2 region. M-series VMs offer configurations with memory from 192 GB to 3.8 TiB (4 TB) RAM and are certified for SAP HANA.

    • Virtual Machines
    • Regions & Datacenters
    Mar 6

    Threat intelligence-based filtering for Azure Firewall is now available in preview

    Threat intelligence-based filtering for Azure Firewall is now available in preview. The addition of the Threat Intelligence feed to the filtering capabilities expands both the options to alert and deny traffic from or to known malicious IP addresses and domains.

    • Virtual Network
    • Azure Firewall
    • Virtual Machines
    • Features
    • Services

    February 2019

    Feb 11

    Feature update: Serial console for Azure Virtual Machines

    Target availability: Q1 2019

    The serial console for Azure Virtual Machines has been updated to add VM reboot and additional fonts to choose from.

    • Virtual Machines
    • Linux Virtual Machines
    • Windows Virtual Machines
    • Features
    • Management
    • Open Source
    • Operating System
    • Services
    Feb 7

    New Lsv2 Azure virtual machines (VMs) for big data, databases, and data warehousing are now generally available

    New Lsv2 Azure virtual machines, which have been optimized for high-throughput and high-IOPS workloads, are now generally available.

    • Virtual Machines
    • Services
    Feb 7

    M-series virtual machines (VMs) are now available in Australia Central 2 region

    Azure M-series VMs are now available in the Australia Central 2 region. M-series VMs offer configurations with memory from 192 GB to 3.8 TiB (4 TB) RAM and are certified for SAP HANA.

    • M-series
    • Virtual Machines
    • Regions & Datacenters
    • Services
    Feb 5

    Azure Portal February 2019 update

    Learn about updates made to the Azure portal for February 2019.

    • Azure Site Recovery
    • Virtual Machines
    • Microsoft Azure portal
    • Features
    • Management
    • Services

    January 2019

    Jan 23

    M-series virtual machines (VMs) are now available in Australia Central region.

    M-series virtual machines (VMs) offer configurations with memory from 192 GB to 3.8 TiB (4 TB) RAM and are certified for SAP HANA.

    • Virtual Machines
    • M-series
    • Services

    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.

    • Azure Site Recovery
    • Virtual Machines
    • Features

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