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    November 2019

    Nov 6

    Azure Shared Image Gallery now available in Azure Government and Azure China

    Azure Shared Image Gallery is now generally available in Azure Government and Azure China cloud regions.

    • Virtual Machines
    • Features
    • Management
    • Microsoft Ignite
    • Regions & Datacenters
    Nov 6

    Azure Shared Image Gallery now supports specialized images in preview

    Azure Shared Image Gallery now supports specialized images in preview. This feature enables you to create specialized image versions using multiple snapshots (OS disk and data disks).

    • Virtual Machines
    • Features
    • Management
    • Microsoft Ignite
    Nov 5

    Azure SQL Database—Billing for managed instance backup storage is now in effect

    Managed instance backup storage billing went into effect November 1, 2019. Backup storage is free of charge up to sizes equal to the size of the provisioned storage, while any additional GB is charged at a fixed amount depending on region.

    • Azure SQL Database
    • Managed Instance
    • Management
    • Pricing & Offerings
    Nov 4

    Updates to Azure Cost Management—October 2019

    New updates to Azure Cost Management help you better understand what you're spending, where you’re spending it, and how to optimize and plan for the future.

    • Cost Management + Billing
    • Features
    • Management
    • Microsoft Ignite
    Nov 4

    Azure Arc for Servers in Public Preview

    Azure Arc is a set of technologies that unlocks new hybrid scenarios for customers by bringing Azure services and management to any infrastructure.

    • Azure Arc
    • Management
    • Microsoft Ignite
    Nov 4

    Introducing the Microsoft Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure

    The Microsoft Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure is proven guidance to accelerate your cloud adoption journey. It’s a collection of tools, guidance, and best practices to help shape your cloud strategy and achieve the desired business goals.

    • Azure DevOps
    • Azure DevOps Projects
    • Azure Monitor
    • Azure Resource Manager
    • Azure Blueprints
    • Azure Management Groups
    • Azure Policy
    • Cost Management + Billing
    • Azure Database Migration Service
    • Azure Migrate
    • Security Center
    • Azure Advisor
    • Azure Service Health
    • Compliance
    • Management
    • Microsoft Ignite
    • Security

    October 2019

    Oct 23

    Azure Service Fabric 6.5 fifth refresh release

    The Azure Service Fabric 6.5 fifth refresh release includes bug fixes and performance enhancements.

    • Features
    • Management
    • SDK and Tools
    Oct 16

    Variable retention for Azure Monitor Application Insights is now generally available

    Target availability: Q4 2019

    Variable data retention for Azure Monitor Application Insights is now generally available.

    • Azure Monitor
    • Management
    Oct 16

    Azure Advisor cost recommendation enhancements

    Advisor has made enhancements to its popular cost recommendation to resize or shut down under-utilized virtual machines. Although certain scenarios result in low utilization by design, you can often save money by managing the size and number of your virtual machines.

    • Azure Advisor
    • Features
    • Management
    • Services
    Oct 16

    Azure Monitor updates—Containers for China regions, Grafana dashboard template, Agent

    Updates on Azure Monitor for containers for China Region, Grafana dashboard template, and Agent.

    • Azure Monitor
    • Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)
    • Features
    • Management
    Oct 16

    Azure Monitor for containers is now available in Azure US Government region

    Azure Monitor for containers is now generally available in the Azure US Government region.

    • Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)
    • Azure Monitor
    • Management
    • Regions & Datacenters
    Oct 15

    Service-aided subnet configuration for managed instance in Azure SQL Database is now in preview

    Managed instance, a deployment capability of Azure SQL Database, is transitioning from a manual to service-aided subnet configuration, now in preview.

    • Compliance
    • Features
    • Management
    • Security
    Oct 8

    Azure Monitor Log Analytics retention is now configurable by data type

    Target availability: Q4 2019

    Data retention in Azure Monitor Log Analytics can now be configured for each data type, rather than only a single retention setting for the entire workspace.

    • Management
    Oct 8

    Updates to Azure Cost Management—September 2019

    Updates to Azure Cost Management include a new invoice details view, automated reporting across subscriptions, and ability to share charts outside the Azure portal.

    • Features
    • Management
    Oct 1

    Recovery Services REST API—Switch to API version 2019-05-13 or above

    If you’re directly accessing the backup protected items REST API (not involving Azure portal, PS, or CLI), please immediately switch to API version 2019-05-13 or above.

    • Recovery Services
    • Azure Backup
    • Management
    • Services

    September 2019

    Sep 25

    Azure Cosmos DB recommendations keep you on the right track

    Azure Cosmos DB gets updated frequently, so to make it easier to stay up-to-date, we’ve introduced automatic and tailored recommendations for all Azure Cosmos DB users.

    • Azure Cosmos DB
    • Features
    • Management
    Sep 20

    Azure Analysis Services—Two new higher compute SKUs are now available

    Target availability: Q3 2019

    Two new SKUs for Azure Analysis Services, S8V2 and S9V2, are now available. These SKUs are based on next-generation hardware and have double the QPU (abstraction of CPU) of the existing S8/S9 SKUs.

    • Azure Analysis Services
    • Management
    • Regions & Datacenters
    • Services
    Sep 19

    Azure provides at-scale tags management through Azure Policy

    Azure Policy now supports remediation for tagging so you can bring 100% of your resources back to compliance.

    • Azure Policy
    • Management
    Sep 19

    Monitor bandwidth usage for all peered Azure virtual networks with ExpressRoute

    Monitor bandwidth use for all peered Azure virtual networks with an improvement to ExpressRoute, a capability of Network Performance Monitor.

    • Network Watcher
    • Network Performance Monitor
    • Azure ExpressRoute
    • Management
    Sep 17

    Improved query replica synchronization in Azure Analysis Services is in development

    Target availability: Q3 2019

    A new Azure Analysis Services setting now in development will improve performance and consistency of query-replica synchronization in scale-out environments.

    • Azure Analysis Services
    • Features
    • Management
    • Services

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