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January 2020

Jan 7

Azure HDInsight is now available in the UAE North region


Azure HDInsight is now available in the UAE North region.

  • HDInsight
Jan 6

Minimum virtual machine sizing for Azure HDInsight cluster head nodes


Beginning April 6, 2020, customers will be able to choose only 4-core or higher virtual machines (VMs) as head nodes for the new HDInsight clusters. Existing clusters will continue to run as expected.

  • HDInsight
Jan 3

Azure spot virtual machine meter changes

Effective February 3, 2020, the resource GUIDs (also known as meter IDs) and names of Azure low-priority virtual machines on scale sets will change.

Jan 1

Azure Bastion now generally available in East US 2 and West US 2


Azure Bastion is now generally available in two more Azure public cloud regions—East US 2 and West US 2. We'll continue to add more regions going forward.

  • Azure Bastion
  • Virtual Machines
  • Virtual Machine Scale Sets
  • Virtual Network
  • Azure DevTest Labs

December 2019

Dec 31

Azure Red Hat OpenShift region expansion


Azure Red Hat OpenShift is now generally available in Brazil South, Central India, Japan East, Korea Central, North Central US and South Africa North.

  • Azure Red Hat OpenShift
Dec 23

Improvements to Azure Monitor for containers could impact your queries


The new Azure Monitor for containers agent, version ciprod12042019, introduces major improvements in resource use and data volume optimizations to help reduce costs. As part of these improvements, we’ve disabled the collection of Name and Image fields in the ContainerLog table since these fields are available in other tables

  • Azure Monitor
Dec 20

Azure Active Directory Domain Services meter name changes

The meter names of Azure Active Directory Domain Services directory objects will change between December 10, 2019, and February 1, 2020. The name changes will be in effect to accommodate upcoming enhancements. This won't impact existing service behavior, only the name you see on your bill.

  • Azure Active Directory Domain Services
  • Security
Dec 20

Csharp and Java SDKs for IoT Plug and Play are now in Preview


We have added two more SDK languages to the IoT Plug and Play public preview. You can now develop with the Azure IoT Csharp SDK and the Azure IoT Java SDK, in addition to Azure IoT SDK for Node.js and Azure IoT SDK for C.

  • Azure IoT Hub
  • Azure IoT Central
Dec 19

Azure Australia Central Region Changes

Effective 1 February 2020 , the pricing promotion for the Azure Australia Central regions will end and all services in Australia Central and Australia Central 2 will be price-matched to Australia East.

Dec 19

Azure Cognitive Speech Services meter ID changes

Effective February 1, 2020, the Resource GUIDs (also known as Meter IDs) of Custom Voice endpoint hosting in Speech Services will change. Billing will change from daily to hourly.

  • Speech Services
Dec 18

Azure Search meter names will change on February 1, 2020

Effective February 1, 2020, the meter names of Azure Search will change.

  • Azure Cognitive Search
Dec 18

Azure SQL Database managed instance meter PITRs name changes

Effective February 1, 2020, the meter names of Azure SQL Database managed instance point-in-time restore (PITR) backup will change.

  • Managed Instance
  • Azure SQL Database
Dec 18

Azure IOT Central meter IDs will change on February 3, 2020

Effective February 3, 2020, the meter IDs of Azure IoT Central will change based on the number of message allocations. The Overages Messages meter ID will change as well. Modify your billing routines that rely on meter IDs. Your pricing may also be impacted. See the pricing page for details.

  • Azure IoT Central
Dec 18

IoT Hub feature, service tags, is now generally available


With the general availability of IoT Hub service tags, customers can discover IoT Hub service endpoints’ IP addresses with ease.

  • Azure IoT Hub
Dec 18

Azure SQL Database Gen 4 hardware approaching end of life in 2020

Target retirement date: December 18, 2019

Azure SQL Database is beginning the decommissioning process of Gen 4 Intel E5-2673 v3 (Haswell)-based CPUs and is transitioning to Intel E5-2673 v4 (Broadwell) 2.3 GHz and Intel SP8160 (Skylake) processors for all new deployments.

  • Azure SQL Database
Dec 17

Serial console for Azure Virual Machines now available in US Government Cloud


Serial console is now available in preview in the Azure US Government Cloud, allowing customers in the government-only clouds to access the serial console of their VMs or virtual machine scale set instances.

  • Virtual Machines
  • Linux Virtual Machines
  • Windows Virtual Machines
  • Virtual Machine Scale Sets
Dec 9

Web Application Firewall—New bot protection rule now in preview


A new bot protection ruleset (Microsoft_BotManagerRuleSet_1.0) is now in preview for Azure Web Application Firewall with Azure Front Door service.

Dec 6

Custom Translator—November 2019 improvements and language models update


Target availability: Q4 2019

Here are the updates on Microsoft Custom Translator bug fixes, improvements, and new/refreshed models for November 2019.

Dec 5

HC-Series High Performance Computing VMs now available in South Central US


HC-Series VMs are now available in South Central US

  • Virtual Machines
Dec 4

Easily monitor backup storage costs for Azure SQL databases and elastic pools


Easily monitor backup storage costs for your single databases and elastic pools directly from the Azure portal.

  • Azure SQL Database

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