Azure IaaS and Azure Stack: announcements and updates (August 2022 – Weeks: 33 and 34)

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 VMware Solution now in Sweden Central

Azure VMware Solution empowers you to seamlessly extend or migrate your existing on-premises VMware workloads to Azure without the cost, effort, or risk of re-architecting applications or retooling operations. With this update Azure VMware Solution has now expanded availability to the Sweden Central Azure region.

Azure VMware Solution: public IP capability

Most customer applications running on Azure VMware Solution require internet access. These applications require both outbound and inbound internet connectivity. Azure VMware Solution Public IP is a simplified and scalable solution for running these applications. With this capability, Microsoft enables the following:

  • Direct inbound and outbound internet access for AVS to the NSX-T Edge.
  • The ability to receive up to 1000 or more Public IPs.
  • DDoS Security protection against network traffic in and out of the internet.
  • Enable support for VMware HCX (migration tool for VMwre VMs) over the public internet.

UAE North Availability Zones

Availability Zones in UAE North are made up of three unique physically separated locations or “zones” within a single region to bring higher availability and asynchronous replication across Azure regions for disaster recovery protection.


Private endpoint network security group support

Private endpoint support for network security groups (NSGs) is now generally available. This feature enhancement provides you with the ability to enable advanced security controls on traffic destined to a private endpoint. In order to leverage this feature, you will need to set a specific subnet level property, called PrivateEndpointNetworkPolicies, to enabled.

Private endpoint user-defined routes support

Private endpoint support for user-defined routes (UDRs) is now generally available. This feature enhancement will remove the need to create a /32 address prefix when defining custom routes. You will now have the ability to use a wider address prefix in the user defined route tables for traffic destined to a private endpoint (PE) by way of a network virtual appliance (NVA). In order to leverage this feature, you will need to set a specific subnet level property, called PrivateEndpointNetworkPolicies, to enabled on the subnet containing private endpoint resources.

Azure Stack

Azure Stack HCI

Azure Stack HCI 22H2: Network ATC improvements

Network ATC can simplify the deployment and on-going management of host networking in Azure Stack HCI. In this article are described all improvements to this component, released with Azure Stack HCI 22H2 update.

Software Defined Networking (SDN) extensions reach General Availability for WAC

SDN Infrastructure, Network Security Groups (NSGs), Logical networks, Virtual Networks, Load Balancers, and Gateways reach General Availability for Windows Admin Center (WAC). SDN Infrastructure’s “Network Controller” tab in WAC now displays information about cluster, server, and node certificates, complete with UI indications that certificate will expire soon. 

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