Azure IaaS and Azure Stack: announcements and updates (October 2018 – Weeks: 42 and 43)

This series of blog posts includes the most important announcements and major updates regarding Azure infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and Azure Stack, officialized by Microsoft in the last two weeks.

Azure

Azure AD DS now supports Azure managed disks

Azure Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) now supports Azure managed disks. Azure managed disks provide a greater degree of availability and resilience to failures. This enables the domain controllers of your managed domain to be more resilient to storage-related outages. All newly created managed domains now use Azure managed disks by default. Existing managed domains will slowly be migrated to use Azure managed disks over the course of calendar year 2018.

 

Azure DevTest Labs: Configure enforcing auto shutdown schedule for the lab

You can now configure enforcing a shutdown schedule for all the virtual machines in your lab so that you can save costs from wasteful running machines. To learn more about this feature, go to the team blog.

 

Azure Availability Zones expand with new services and to new regions

Availability Zones expand into additional regions, North Europe and West US 2. In addition to the continued expansion of Availability Zones across Azure regions, Microsoft announces an expanded list of zone-redundant services including Azure SQL Database, Service Bus, Event Hubs, Application Gateway, VPN Gateway, and ExpressRoute.

 

Azure Stack

Azure Stack 1809 update

This update package includes improvements, fixes, and known issues for Azure Stack.
The following improvements for Azure Stack are included:

  • Azure Stack syslog client (General Availability). This client allows the forwarding of audits, alerts, and security logs related to the Azure Stack infrastructure to a syslog server or security information and event management (SIEM) software external to Azure Stack. The syslog client now supports specifying the port on which the syslog server is listening.
    With this release, the syslog client is generally available, and it can be used in production environments.
  • You can now move the registration resource on Azure between resource groups without having to re-register. Cloud Solution Providers (CSPs) can also move the registration resource between subscriptions, as long as both the new and old subscriptions are mapped to the same CSP partner ID. This does not impact the existing customer tenant mappings.

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