Azure IaaS and Azure Stack: announcements and updates (November 2018 – Weeks: 44 and 45)

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 File Sync is now supported in North Central US and South Central US regions

To get the latest list of supported regions, see


M-Series VMs are now available in East Asia regions

Azure M-Series virtual machines (VMs) are now available in the Canada Central, Canada East  and East Asia regions. M-Series VMs offer configurations with memory from 192 GB to 3.8TiB (4TB) RAM and are certified for SAP HANA.


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. Microsoft support doesn’t have standing access to service operations. In some rare scenarios, to resolve a support issue, just-in-time access with limited and time bound authorization can be provided to Microsoft support engineers. Customer Lockbox helps ensure that Microsoft support engineers don’t access customers’ content in the Azure portal without the customer’s explicit approval. It also helps improve the existing support ticket workflow by expediting the customer’s approval process. This capability enables customers to have more granular control, better visibility and enhanced audit over the support process.

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