Azure IaaS and Azure Stack: announcements and updates (January 2023 – Weeks: 03 and 04)

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.



Classic VM retirement: extending retirement date to September 1st 2023

Microsoft is providing an extended migration period for IaaS VMs from Azure Service Manager to Azure Resource Manager. To avoid service disruption, plan and migrate IaaS VMs from Azure Service Manager to Resource Manager 1 September 2023. There are multiple steps to this transition, so we recommend that you plan your migration promptly to avoid potential system interruption.


Application security groups support for private endpoints

Private endpoint support for application security groups (ASGs) is now available. This feature enhancement will allow you to add granular controls on top of existing network security group (NSG) rules by attaching an ASG to the private endpoint network interface. This will increase segregation within your subnets without losing security rules. 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.


5 GB Put Blob

Azure Storage is announcing the general availability of 5 GB Put Blob. This allows you to upload nearly 20x the previous limit of Put Blob uploads while increasing the maximum size of Put Blob from 256 MiB to 5000 MiB.

Mount Azure Storage as a local share in App Service Windows Code

Mounting Azure Storage File share as a network share in Windows code (non-container) in App Service is now available.

Incremental snapshots for Ultra Disk Storage (preview)

The preview of incremental snapshots for Ultra Disk in the Sweden Central and US West 3 Azure region is available. This new capability is particularly important to customers who want to create a backup copy of their data stored on disks to recover from accidental deletes, or to have a last line of defense against ransomware attacks, or to ensure business continuity. You can now create incremental snapshots for Ultra Disk on Standard HDD. Additionally, snapshot resources can be used to store incremental backups of your disk, create or recover to new disks, or download snapshots to on-premises locations.

Azure Stack

Azure Stack HCI

Software Defined Networking (SDN) with WAC v2211

In this article there are all new features and improvements for SDN in Windows Admin Center 2211 (WAC) for Azure Stack HCI.

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