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Azure IaaS and Azure Stack: announcements and updates (November 2022 – Weeks: 45 and 46)

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.



What’s new in Azure VMware Solution

Recent updates for Azure VMware Solution:

  • Stretched Clusters for Azure VMware Solution, now in preview, provides 99.99 percent uptime for mission critical applications that require the highest availability. In times of availability zone failure, your virtual machines (VMs) and applications automatically failover to an unaffected availability zone with no application impact.
  • Azure NetApp Files Datastores is now generally available to run your storage intensive workloads on Azure VMware Solution. This integration between Azure VMware Solution and Azure NetApp Files enables you to create datastores via the Azure VMware Solution resource provider with Azure NetApp Files NFS volumes and attach the datastores to your private cloud clusters of choice.
  • Customer-managed keys for Azure VMware Solution is now in preview, both supporting higher security for customers’ mission-critical workloads and providing you with control over your encrypted vSAN data on Azure VMware Solution. With this feature, you can use Azure Key Vault to generate customer-managed keys as well as centralize and streamline the key management process.
  • New node sizing for Azure VMware Solution. Start leveraging Azure VMware Solution across two new node sizes with the general availability of AV36P and AV52 in AVS. With these new node sizes organizations can optimize their workloads for memory and storage with AV36P and AV52.

Virtual Machine software reservations

The new Virtual Machine software reservations enable savings on your Virtual Machine software costs when you make a one- to three-year commitment for plans offered by third-party publishers such as Canonical, Citrix, and Red Hat.

Arm-based VMs now available in four additional Azure regions

The Dpsv5, Dplsv5, and Epsv5 VMs are available in the following additional four Azure regions: West US, North Central US, UK South, and France Central


Encrypt managed disks with cross-tenant customer-managed keys

Encrypting managed disks with cross-tenant customer-managed keys (CMK) enables you to encrypt managed disks with customer-managed keys using Azure Key Vault hosted in a different Azure Active Directory (AD) tenant.


New capabilities for Azure Firewall

Azure Firewall is a cloud-native firewall as a service offering that enables customers to centrally govern and log all their traffic flows using a DevOps approach.

Several key Azure Firewall capabilities are now generally available:

  • New GA regions in Qatar central, China East, and China North: Azure Firewall Standard, Azure Firewall Premium, and Azure Firewall Manager are now generally available in three new regions: Qatar Central, China East, and China North
  • IDPS Private IP ranges: in Azure Firewall Premium IDPS, Private IP address ranges are used to identify traffic direction (inbound, outbound, or internal) to allow accurate matches with IDPS signatures. By default, only ranges defined by Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) RFC 1918 are considered private IP addresses. To modify your private IP addresses, you can now easily edit, remove, or add ranges as needed.
  • Single Click Upgrade/Downgrade (preview): With this new capability, customers can easily upgrade their existing Firewall Standard SKU to Premium SKU as well as downgrade from Premium to Standard SKU. The process is fully automated and has zero service downtime.
  • Enhanced Threat Intelligence (preview): Threat Intelligence-based filtering can be enabled for your firewall to alert and deny traffic from/to known malicious IP addresses and FQDNs. With the new enhancement, Azure Firewall Threat Intelligence has more granularity for filtering based on malicious URLs. This means that customers may have access to a certain domain through a specific URL in this domain will be denied by Azure Firewall if identified as malicious.
  • KeyVault with zero internet exposure (preview): in Azure Firewall Premium TLS inspection, customers are required to deploy their intermediate CA certificate in Azure KeyVault. Now that Azure firewall is listed as a trusted Azure KeyVault service, customers can eliminate any internet exposure of their Azure KeyVault.

Azure Front Door: new features in preview

New features are available for Azure Front Door (preview):

  • Azure Front Door zero downtime migration. In March of this year, Microsoft announced the general availability of two new Azure Front Door tiers. Azure Front Door Standard and Premium are native, modern cloud content delivery network (CDN) catering to both dynamic and static content delivery acceleration with built-in turnkey security and a simple and predictable pricing model. The migration capability enables you to perform a zero-downtime migration from Azure Front Door (classic) to Azure Front Door Standard or Premium in just three simple steps or five simple steps if your Azure Front Door (classic) instance has custom domains with your own certificates. The migration will take a few minutes to complete depending on the complexity of your Azure Front Door (classic) instance, such as number of domains, backend pools, routes, and other configurations.
  • Upgrade from Azure Front Door Standard to Premium tier: Azure Front Door supports upgrading from Standard to Premium tier without downtime. Azure Front Door Premium supports advanced security capabilities and has increased quota limit, such as managed Web Application Firewall rules and private connectivity to your origin using Private Link.
  • Azure Front Door integration with managed identities. Azure Front Door now supports managed identities generated by Azure Active Directory to allow Front Door to easily and securely access other Azure AD-protected resources such as Azure Key Vault. This feature is in addition to the AAD Application access to Key Vault that is currently supported.

Default Rule Set 2.1 for Azure Web Application Firewall

Default Rule Set 2.1 (DRS 2.1) on Azure’s global Web Application Firewall (WAF) running on Azure Front Door is available. This rule set is available on the Azure Front Door Premium tier.
DRS 2.1 is baselined off the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) Core Rule Set (CRS) 3.3.2 and includes additional proprietary protections rules developed by Microsoft Threat Intelligence team. As with previous DRS releases, DRS 2.1 rules are also tailored by Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center (MSTIC). The MSTIC team analyzes Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVEs) and adapts the CRS ruleset to address those issues while also reducing false positives to our customers.

Bot Manager Rule Set 1.0 on regional Web Application Firewall

A new bot protection rule set (Microsoft_BotManagerRuleSet_1.0) is now generally available for Azure Web Application Firewall (WAF) with Azure Application Gateway. Added to this updated rule set are three bot categories: good, bad, and unknown. Bot signatures are managed and dynamically updated by Azure WAF. The default action for bad bot groups is set to Block, for the verified search engine crawlers group it’s set to Allow, and for the unknown bot category it’s set to Log. You may overwrite the default action with Allow, Block, or Log for any type of bot rule

Per Rule Actions on regional Web Application Firewall

Azure’s regional Web Application Firewall (WAF) with Application Gateway running the Bot Protection rule set and Core Rule Set (CRS) 3.2 or higher now supports setting actions on a rule-by-rule basis. This gives you greater flexibility when deciding how the WAF handles a request that matches a rule’s conditions.

Azure Stack

Azure Stack HCI

Network HUD

Network HUD is a new feature, available with the November update on Azure Stack HCI that detects operational network issues causing stability issues or degrade performance. It distills the various indicators of problems generated by event logs, performance counters, the physical network and more, to proactively identify issues and alert you with contextual messages that you can act on. It also integrates with the existing alerting mechanisms you’re already used to and leverages Network ATC for intent-based analytics and remediation.

Azure IaaS and Azure Stack: announcements and updates (November 2022 – Weeks: 43 and 44)

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.



Attribute-based access control for standard storage accounts

Attribute-based access control (ABAC) is an authorization strategy that defines access levels based on attributes associated with security principals, resources, and requests. Azure ABAC builds on role-based access control (RBAC) by adding conditions to Azure role assignments in the existing identity and access management (IAM) system. This release makes generally available role assignment conditions using request and resource attributes on Blobs, ADLS Gen2 and storage queues for standard storage accounts.

Premium SSD v2 disks available on Azure Disk CSI driver

Premium SSD v2 is the next-generation Azure Disk Storage optimized for performance-sensitive and general-purpose workloads that need consistent low average read and write latency combined with high IOPS and throughput. Premium SSD v2 is now available with the Azure Disk CSI driver to deploy stateful workloads in Kubernetes on Azure.

Ephemeral OS disk support for confidential virtual machines

The support to create confidential VMs using Ephemeral OS disks is available. This enables customers using stateless workloads to benefit from the trusted execution environments (TEEs). Trusted execution environments protect data being processed from access outside the trusted execution environments.

Encrypt storage account with cross-tenant customer-managed keys

The ability to encrypt storage account with customer-managed keys (CMK) using an Azure Key Vault hosted on a different Azure Active Directory tenant is available. You can use this solution to encrypt your customers’ data using an encryption key managed by your customers.

Availability zone volume placement for Azure NetApp Files (preview)

Azure NetApp Files availability zone volume placement feature lets you deploy new volumes in the logical availability zone of your choice to support enterprise, mission-critical high availability (HA) deployments across multiple availability zones.


Azure Virtual WAN announcements 

Multiple areas of Azure Virtual WAN (vWAN) have key announcements:

  • Remote user connectivity (also known as point-to-site VPN)
    • Multipool user group support preview

  • Routing
    • Secure hub routing intent preview

    • Hub routing preference (HRP) is generally available

    • Bypass next hop IP for workloads within a spoke VNet connected to the virtual WAN hub generally available

    • Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) Peering with a virtual hub is generally available

  • Branch connectivity (also known as site-to-site VPN)
    • BGP dashboard is now generally available

    • Virtual Network Gateway VPN over ExpressRoute private peering (AZ and non-AZ regions) is generally available

    • Custom traffic selectors (portal)

    • High availability for Azure VPN client using secondary profile is generally available

  • Private connectivity (also known as ExpressRoute)

    • ExpressRoute circuit with visibility of Virtual WAN connection

  • Third-Party Network Virtual Appliance Integrations
    • Fortinet SDWAN is generally available

    • Aruba EdgeConnect Enterprise SDWAN preview

    • Checkpoint NG Firewall preview

Custom IP Prefixes (BYOIP) available in US Government regions

The ability to bring your own public IP ranges is now available in all US Government regions.

Azure IaaS and Azure Stack: announcements and updates (October 2022 – Weeks: 41 and 42)

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.

In this dedicated post you can find the most important announcements and major updates officialized last week during Microsoft Ignite (October 2022) conference.



Azure savings plan for compute

Azure savings plan for compute is an easy and flexible way to save significantly on compute services, compared to pay-as-you-go prices. The savings plan unlocks lower prices on select compute services when customers commit to spend a fixed hourly amount for one or three years. Choose whether to pay all upfront or monthly at no extra cost. As you use select compute services across the world, your usage is covered by the plan at reduced prices, helping you get more value from your cloud budget. During the times when your usage is above your hourly commitment, you’ll be billed at your regular pay-as-you-go prices. With savings automatically applying across compute usage globally, you’ll continue saving even as your usage needs change over time.


SFTP support for Azure Blob Storage

SSH File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) support for Azure Blob Storage is now generally available. Azure Blob Storage now supports SFTP, enabling you to leverage object storage economics and features for your SFTP workloads. With just one click, you can provision a fully managed, highly scalable SFTP endpoint for your storage account. This expands Blob Storage’s multi-protocol access capabilities and eliminates data silos, meaning you can run different applications, requiring different protocols, on a single storage platform with no code changes.

Azure IaaS and Azure Stack: most impactful announcements at Microsoft Ignite – October 2022

This special edition includes Microsoft’s most important announcements and major updates, regarding Azure infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and Azure Stack, which were officially announced this week at the Microsoft Ignite conference (October 2022). Microsoft announced a number of significant enhancements to its Azure infrastructure as a service (IaaS) portfolio, and Microsoft infrastructure services continue to evolve to improve the experience of running business-critical workloads in a hybrid environment.



Nutanix Cloud Clusters now generally available on Azure

Nutanix Cloud Clusters on Azure, now generally available, simplifies and accelerates the customer journey to the cloud. Nutanix customers can migrate or extend their workloads to Azure, without modification or retooling. With Nutanix Cloud Clusters on Azure, customers can leverage their existing Nutanix skills and tools, add Azure services such as security, identity and analytics and gain cost efficiencies with license portability that enables them to use their existing licenses for Azure deployment. And, to further support a hybrid model, customers can also seamlessly extend Azure data services to their on-premises Azure Arc-enabled Kubernetes clusters using the Nutanix platform.

New features for Azure VMWare Solution

Two new Azure VMware Solution features support higher availability and security for
customers’ mission critical workloads and include:

  • 99.99% private cloud uptime: stretched clusters for Azure VMware Solution, now in preview, will provide 99.99% uptime for mission-critical apps that require the highest availability. In times of Availability Zone failure, customers’ virtual machines (VMs) and apps automatically failover to an unaffected Availability Zone with no app impact, which does not require IT support.
  • Customer Managed Keys (CMK): now in preview, CMK will give customers maximum control over their encrypted vSAN data on Azure VMware Solution. With this feature, customers use Azure Key Vault to generate customer managed keys and to centralize and streamline the key management process

Azure savings plan for compute offers a new price offering

Microsoft is launching a new price offering, Azure savings plan for compute. This new offer, generally available later in October, will allow customers to save across select compute services globally by committing to spend a fixed hourly amount (for example, $5/hour) for one or three years. As customers use select compute services around the world, their usage is covered by the plan at reduced prices, helping them get more value from their cloud budget. During times when their usage is above their hourly commitment, users will simply be billed at the regular pay-as-you-go prices. With savings automatically applying across compute usage globally, they’ll continue saving even as their usage needs change over time. This plan lets customers increase the value of their cloud budget, retain financial control and optimize costs amid increasing cloud spends to help them do more with less.

New Azure Virtual Machine Scale Set and Spot Virtual Machines capabilities (preview)

A new Virtual Machine Scale Sets feature that enables Azure customers to include standard and Spot Virtual Machine types in the same virtual machine scale set is now in preview. This new capability is available with flexible orchestration mode and can help you achieve significant cost savings given the deep discount rates that Spot Virtual Machines usually provide. Virtual Machines Scale Sets flexible orchestration mode provides you with the ability to deploy highly available large-scale cloud infrastructure quickly, reliably, and easily. You can also set up policies that define the percentage allocation of standard versus Spot Virtual Machines. The number of standard VMs that need to be running at any given time, in addition to the percentage of Spot Virtual Machines, can also be defined.

Confidential VM option for SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines

With the confidential VM option for SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines, you can now run your SQL Server workloads on the latest AMD-backed confidential virtual machines. This ensures that both the data in use (the data processed inside the memory of the SQL Server) as well as the data at rest stored on your VM’s drives, are inaccessible to unauthorized users from the outside of the VM. This can be done without the need to change the code of your SQL Server applications or your database schemas, including stored procedures.


Next-gen Azure Premium SSD Disk Storage

The new Azure Premium SSD v2 Disk Storage is the most advanced general purpose block storage solution available, designed for performance-critical workloads like online transaction processing systems that consistently need sub-millisecond latency combined with high IOPS and throughput. Premium SSD v2 enables you to improve the price-performance of a broad range of enterprise production workloads that require sub-millisecond latency with high IOPS and throughput such as SQL Server, Oracle® DB, MariaDB, SAP, Cassandra, Mongo DB, big data, analytics, gaming, on virtual machines, or stateful containers. With Premium SSD v2, you can provision up to 64TiBs, 80,000 IOPS, and 1,200 MB/s throughput on a single disk. You can specify disk size ranging from 1 GiB up to 64 TiBs, in 1-GiB increments. You can provision separately disk size, IOPS, and throughput to match your workload requirements, resulting in greater flexibility when managing performance and costs. Furthermore, you can dynamically scale up or down the performance as needed without downtime, giving you the flexibility to manage disk performance cost-effectively.

Azure Elastic SAN (preview)

Azure Elastic SAN, now in preview, is a unique cloud-native and fully managed storage area network (SAN) service. Combining SAN-like capabilities with the benefits of being a cloud-native service, Azure Elastic SAN will offer a scalable, cost-effective, high-performance and reliable storage solution. It can connect to a variety of Azure compute services, enabling customers to seamlessly lift and shift their SAN workloads to the cloud without having to change their provisioning and management model.
These features include:

  • Deploying, managing and hosting workloads on Azure with an end-to-end experience like on-premises SAN.
  • Bulk provisioning of block storage that can achieve massive scale up to millions of IOPS, double-digit GB/s throughput and low single-digit millisecond latencies while serving a plethora of workloads in an organization.
  • Simplifying volume management through grouping and policy enforcement with an on-premises SAN experience.
  • Achieving higher resiliency and minimizing downtime with zone-redundant storage,
    thus ensuring organizations high levels of availability when running business-critical
    apps on Azure.


Azure DNS Private Resolver

Azure DNS Private Resolver is a cloud-native, highly available, and DevOps-friendly service. It provides a simple, zero- maintenance, reliable, and secure DNS service to resolve and conditionally forward DNS queries from a virtual network, on-premises, and to other target DNS servers without the need to create and manage a custom DNS solution. Resolve DNS names hosted in Azure Private DNS Zones from on-premises networks as well as DNS queries for your own domain names. This will make your DNS infrastructure work privately and seamlessly across on-premises networks and enable key hybrid networking scenarios.

Azure Resource Topology

Azure Resource Topology (ART) allows visualizing the resources in a network, acquire system context, understand state and debug issues faster. It provides a visualized connected experience for inventory management and monitoring. This unified topology leads to upgrading the network monitoring and management experience in Azure. Replacing the Network Watcher topology, this topology will allow the users to draw a unified and dynamic topology across multiple subscription, regions, and resource groups (RGs) comprising of multiple resources. Allowing deep dive into your environment, ART provides the capability for users to drill down from regions, VNETs to subnets, and resource view diagram of resources supported in Azure. It also stitches the end-to-end monitoring and diagnostics story with the capability to run next hop directly from a VM selected in the topology after specifying the destination IP address. Selecting a resource in the topology highlights the node and all other nodes/resources connected to it via edges. These edges define the connections among regions which can be done through VNET peering, VNET Gateways, etc. The side pane shows extensive resource details and properties for selected node/resource.

Static IP configurations of private endpoints

Private endpoint support for statically defined IP addresses is generally available. This feature allows you to add customizations to your deployments. Leverage already reserved IP addresses and allocate them to your private endpoint without relying on the randomness of Azure’s dynamic IP allocation. In doing so, you can account for a consistent IP address to the private endpoint to use alongside IP based security rules and scripts.

Custom network interface name configurations of private endpoints

Private endpoint support for custom network interface (NIC) is now generally available. This feature allows you to define your own string name at the time of creation of the private endpoint NIC deployed. This enhances customizations to your deployments by allowing private endpoint resources to comply with your naming structure. You can leverage this feature to define a private endpoint NIC outside of the existing format of [Private Endpoint Name].nic.GUID.

IP Protection SKU for Azure DDoS Protection (preview)

IP Protection is designed with SMBs in mind and delivers enterprise-grade, cost-effective DDoS protection.  Instead of enabling DDoS protection on a per virtual network basis, including all public IP resources associated with resources in those virtual networks, you now have the flexibility to enable DDoS protection on an individual public IP. The existing standard SKU of Azure DDoS Protection will now be known as Network Protection.  IP Protection includes the same features as Network Protection, but Network Protection will have in the following value-added services: DDoS Rapid Response support, cost protection, integration with Azure Firewall Manager, and discounts on Azure Web Application Firewall.

ExpressRoute Metro (in development)

ExpressRoute Metro offers you the ability to create private connections via an ExpressRoute Circuit with dual connections from a Service provider (AT&T, Equinix, Verizon etc.,) or connecting directly with ExpressRoute Direct over a dual 10 Gbps or 100 Gbps physical port in two different Microsoft Edge location in a metropolitan area offering higher redundancy and resiliency.

Azure public multi-access edge compute (MEC)

Azure public multi-access edge compute (MEC) allows enterprises and developers to
deliver innovative, high-performance, low-latency apps using operators’ public 5G
networks. Azure public MEC is available with AT&T in Atlanta and Dallas. This offers
customers the unique ability to analyze data closer to where it is being captured for
proactive actions and decisions. Azure public MEC with the AT&T 5G network will be available in November in Atlanta and Dallas. Additional sites will be coming soon to Detroit and New York City.

Azure Stack

Azure Stack HCI

New benefit for Software Assurance customers

Microsoft is expanding Azure Hybrid Benefit, a program that enables Software Assurance (SA) customers to reduce costs. With the new Azure Hybrid Benefit for Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) and Azure Stack HCI, customers can:

  • Get Azure Stack HCI at no additional cost with Windows Server Datacenter SA.
    Customers can modernize their existing datacenter and edge infrastructure to run their virtual machine (VM) and container-based workloads on modern infrastructure with industry-leading price-performance and built-in connectivity to Azure.
  • Run AKS on Windows Server and Azure Stack HCI at no additional cost with Windows SA and Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) subscriptions. With this, customers can deploy and manage containerized Linux and Windows apps from cloud to edge with a consistent, managed Kubernetes service.

Azure Arc-enabled VM management: public preview 2

Microsoft is adding some important new features in public preview 2 to manage virtual machines:

  • Marketplace image: in addition to using your own custom images, you can now access images from the Azure Marketplace. In just a few clicks, you can conveniently deploy the latest fully-patched images from Microsoft, including Windows Server 2022 Azure Edition with hotpatching and Windows 11 Enterprise multi-session for Azure Virtual Desktop. Later, images from third-party publishers will be available too. The Marketplace functionality is built natively into Azure Arc (no new agents needed) and is designed to be conscious of your network bandwidth: images are optimized to minimize file size, and you only need to download them once to create as many VMs as you like.
  • Guest management including VM extensions: when you deploy a new VM through Azure Arc, the guest OS is now automatically Arc-enabled. This means you can use VM extensions like Domain Join to configure the operating system, or Custom Script to deploy and configure your applications. Later, more extensions will be available.

22H2 feature update

All existing Azure Stack HCI clusters are eligible to receive 22H2 as a free over-the-air update. You can apply the update non-disruptively with cluster-aware updating, just like a monthly security patch. Microsoft recommends version 22H2 for all new Azure Stack HCI deployments. No matter how you use Azure Stack HCI, there’s something for you in the 22H2 feature update.


With version 22H2, Network ATC can automatically assign IP addresses to your intra-cluster storage networks, and automatically name your cluster networks based on their intended use. It can also manage live migration settings for you, like selecting the best network, best transport, and best bandwidth allocation.


Storage management is more flexible: you can modify existing storage volumes to increase their resiliency (e.g., from two-way to three-way mirror) or convert in-place from fixed to thin provisioning.

Storage replication between sites in a stretch cluster is faster with new optional compression. Hyper-V live migration is more reliable for switchless 2-node and 3-node clusters. And there’s new tag-based network segmentation, enabling you to secure virtualized workloads against lateral threats based on custom tags of your choice.

Management tools

Management tools are being refreshed to support the new update. You can use Windows Admin Center to manage version 22H2 right now, and in mid-November, the next Windows Admin Center release will bring enhancements to light up new features, like modifiable volume settings, an improved cluster settings design, and more. In mid-November, the first Update Rollup (UR1) for System Center 2022 will add official support for Azure Stack HCI, version 22H2.

Azure Kubernetes Service hybrid deployment options

Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) on Azure Stack HCI, Windows Server 2019, and 2022 Datacenter can be provisioned from the Azure Portal/CLI. Through this consistent managed Kubernetes experience, organizations can run containerized apps regardless of their location in a datacenter, the Azure cloud and/or a physical location or device.


In 2023, Microsoft will begin offering an Azure Stack HCI integrated system based on hardware that’s designed, shipped, and supported by Microsoft. The solution, called the “Pro 2”, has a 2U half-depth form factor that’s ideal for deployment outside the datacenter, in locations like retail, manufacturing and healthcare. The Pro 2 will be available in several configurations, with specs tailored to edge use cases and the option for up to two NVIDIA A2 GPUs. You’ll be able to order it directly from the Azure Portal and it’ll ship with Azure Stack HCI pre-installed. And hardware management will be integrated directly into the existing cluster management tools, including a new Windows Admin Center extension that’s under development now.

Azure IaaS and Azure Stack: announcements and updates (October 2022 – Weeks: 39 and 40)

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 NetApp Files new regions and cross-region replication

Azure NetApp Files is now available in the following additional regions:

  • Korea South,
  • Sweden Central.

Additionally, Azure NetApp Files cross-region replication has been enabled between following regions:

  • Korea Central and Korea South,
  • North Central US and East US 2,
  • France Central and West Europe.


ExpressRoute FastPath support for Vnet peering and UDRs

FastPath now supports virtual network peering and user defined routing (UDR). FastPath will send traffic directly to any VM deployed in a spoke virtual network peered to the virtual network where the ExpressRoute virtual network gateway is deployed. Additionally, FastPath will now honor UDRs configured on the GatewaySubnet and send traffic directly to an Azure Firewall or third-party Network Virtual Appliance (NVA).

Azure Firewall Basic (preview)

Azure Firewall Basic is a new SKU for Azure Firewall designed for small and medium-sized businesses. 

Comprehensive, cloud-native network firewall security:

  • Network and application traffic filtering
  • Threat intelligence to alert on malicious traffic
  • Built-in high availability
  • Seamless integration with other Azure security services

Simple setup and easy-to-use:

  • Setup in just a few minutes
  • Automate deployment (deploy as code)
  • Zero maintenance with automatic updates
  • Central management via Azure Firewall Manager


  • Designed to deliver essential, cost-effective protection of your resources within your virtual network

Policy analytics for Azure Firewall (preview)

Policy analytics for Azure Firewall, now in public preview, provides enhanced visibility into traffic flowing through Azure Firewall, enabling the optimization of your firewall configuration without impacting your application performance.  

Azure Basic Load Balancer will be retired

On 30 September 2025, Azure Basic Load Balancer will be retired. You can continue to use your existing Basic Load Balancers until then, but you’ll no longer be able to deploy new ones after 31 March 2025.

To keep your workloads appropriately distributed, you’ll need to upgrade to Standard Load Balancer, which provides significant improvements including:

  • High performance, ultra-low latency, and superior resilient load-balancing.
  • Security by default: closed to inbound flows unless allowed by a network security group.
  • Diagnostics such as multi-dimensional metrics and alerts, resource health, and monitoring.
  • SLA of 99.99 percent availability.

Basic SKU public IP addresses will be retired

On 30 September 2025, Basic SKU public IP addresses will be retired in Azure. You can continue to use your existing Basic SKU public IP addresses until then, however, you’ll no longer be able to create new ones after 31 March 2025.

Standard SKU public IP addresses offer significant improvements, including:

  • Access to a variety of other Azure products, including Standard Load Balancer, Azure Firewall, and NAT Gateway.
  • Security by default—closed to inbound flows unless allowed by a network security group.
  • Zone-redundant and zonal front ends for inbound and outbound traffic.

Azure IaaS and Azure Stack: announcements and updates (September 2022 – Weeks: 37 and 38)

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 agent v15.1

Improvements and issues that are fixed:

  • Low disk space mode to prevent running out of disk space when using cloud tiering. Low disk space mode is designed to handle volumes with low free space more effectively. On a server endpoint with cloud tiering enabled, if the free space on the volume reaches below a threshold, Azure File Sync considers the volume to be in Low disk space mode. In this mode, files are tiered to the Azure file share more proactively and tiered files accessed by the user will not be persisted to the disk. To learn more, see the low disk space mode section in the Cloud tiering overview documentation.
  • Fixed a cloud tiering issue that caused high CPU usage after v15.0 agent is installed.
  • Miscellaneous reliability and telemetry improvements.

To obtain and install this update, configure your Azure File Sync agent to automatically update when a new version becomes available or manually download the update from the Microsoft Update Catalog.

More information about this release:

  • This release is available for Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2019 and Windows Server 2022 installations.
  • The agent version for this release is
  • Installation instructions are documented in KB5003883.

Standard network features for Azure NetApp Files

Standard network features for Azure NetApp Files volumes are available. Standard network features provide you with an enhanced, and consistent virtual networking experience along with security posture for Azure NetApp Files.

You are now able to choose between standard or basic network features while creating a new Azure NetApp Files volume:

  • Basic provide the current functionality, limited scale, and features.
  • Standard provides the following new features for Azure NetApp Files volumes or delegated subnets:
    – Increased IP limits for Vnets with Azure NetApp Files volumes. This is at par with VMs to enable you to provision Azure NetApp File volumes in your existing topologies or architectures. This eliminates the need to rearchitect network topologies to use Azure NetApp Files for workloads like VDI, AVD, or AKS.
    – Enhanced network security with support for network security groups (NSG) on the Azure NetApp Files delegated subnet.
    – Enhanced network control with support for user-defined routes (UDR) to and from Azure NetApp Files delegated subnets. You can now direct traffic to and from Azure NetApp Files via your choice of network virtual appliances for traffic inspection.
    – Connectivity over active or active VPN gateway setup for highly available connectivity to Azure NetApp Files from on-premises network.
    – ExpressRoute FastPath connectivity to Azure NetApp Files. FastPath improves the data path performance between on-premises network and Azure Virtual Network.

Immutable storage for Azure Data Lake Storage

Immutable storage for Azure Data Lake Storage is now generally available. Immutable storage provides the capability to store data in a write once, read many (WORM) state. Once data is written, the data becomes non-erasable and non-modifiable and you can set a retention period so that files can’t be deleted until after that period has elapsed. Additionally, legal holds can be placed on data to make that data non-erasable and non-modifiable until the hold is removed.

Improved Append Capability on Immutable Storage for Blob Storage

Immutable storage for Blob Storage on containers (which has been generally available since September 2018) now includes a new append capability. This capability, titled “Allow Protected Appends for Block and Append Blobs”, allows you to set up immutable policies for block and append blobs to keep already written data in a WORM state and continue to add new data. This capability is available for both legal holds and time-based retention policies.

Encrypt managed disks with cross-tenant customer-managed keys

Many service providers building Software as a Service (SaaS) offerings on Azure want to give their customers the option of managing their own encryption keys. Customers of service providers can now use cross-tenant customer-managed keys to manage encryption keys in their own Azure AD tenant and subscription using Azure Key Vault. As a result, they will have complete control of their customer-managed keys and their data.

Azure Dedicated Host support for Ultra Disk Storage

Virtual machines (VMs) running on Azure Dedicated Host support the use of standard and premium disks as data disks, and now there is also the support for ultra disks on dedicated host.

Azure unmanaged disks will be retired on 30 September 2025

Azure Managed Disks now have full capabilities of unmanaged disks and other advancements. Microsoft will begin deprecating unmanaged disks on September 30, 2022, and this functionality will be completely retired on September 30, 2025. 

Encryption scopes on hierarchical namespace enabled storage accounts (preview)

Encryption scopes introduce the option to provision multiple encryption keys in a storage account with hierarchical namespace. Using encryption scopes, you now can provision multiple encryption keys and choose to apply the encryption scope either at the container level (as the default scope for blobs in that container) or at the blob level. The preview is available for REST, HDFS, NFSv3, and SFTP protocols in an Azure Blob / Data Lake Gen2 storage account. The key that protects an encryption scope may be either a Microsoft-managed key or a customer-managed key in Azure Key Vault. You can choose to enable automatic rotation of a customer-managed key that protects an encryption scope. When you generate a new version of the key in your Key Vault, Azure Storage will automatically update the version of the key that is protecting the encryption scope, within a day.

Customer initiated storage account conversion (preview)

The self-service option to convert storage accounts from non-zonal redundancy (LRS/GRS) to zonal redundancy (ZRS/GZRS) is available. This allows you to initiate the conversion of storage accounts via the Azure portal without the necessity of creating a support ticket.


Resizing of peered virtual networks

Updating the address space for peered virtual networks now is now generally available. This feature allows you to update the address space or resize for a peered virtual network without removing the peering.

Improvements to Azure Web Application Firewall (WAF) custom rules

  • There are two improvements for WAF custom rules:
    Azure regional Web Application Firewall (WAF) with Application Gateway now supports creating custom rules using the operators “Any” and “GreaterThanOrEqual”. Custom rules allow you to create your own rules to customize how each request is evaluatedas it passes through the WAF engine.
  • Azure global Web Application Firewall (WAF) with Azure Front Door now supports custom geo-match filtering rules using socket addresses. Filtering by socket address allows you to restrict access to your web application by country/region using the source IP that the WAF sees.

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Azure Virtual Machines with Ampere Altra Arm–based processors

Microsoft is announcing the general availability of the latest Azure Virtual Machines featuring the Ampere Altra Arm–based processor. The new virtual machines will be generally available on September 1, and customers can now launch them in 10 Azure regions and multiple availability zones around the world. In addition, the Arm-based virtual machines can be included in Kubernetes clusters managed using Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS). This ability has been in preview and will be generally available over the coming weeks in all the regions that offer the new virtual machines.


Prevent a lifecycle management policy from archiving recently rehydrated blobs

Azure Storage lifecycle management offers a rule-based policy that you can use to transition blob data to the appropriate access tiers or to expire data at the end of the data lifecycle. You can configure rules to move a blob to archive tier based on last modified condition. If you rehydrate a blob by changing its tier, this rule may move the blob back to the archive tier. This can happen if the last modified time is beyond the threshold set for the policy. Now you can add a new condition, daysAfterLastTierChangeGreaterThan, in your rules, to skip the archiving action if the blobs are newly rehydrated.

Encrypt storage account with cross-tenant customer-managed keys (preview)

The ability to encrypt storage account with customer-managed keys (CMK) using an Azure Key Vault hosted on a different Azure Active Directory tenant is available in preview. You can use this solution to encrypt your customers’ data using an encryption key managed by your customers.

Ephemeral OS disks supports host-based encryption using customer managed key

Ephemeral OS disk customers can choose encryption type between platform managed keys or customer managed keys for host-based encryption. The default is platform managed keys. This feature would enable our customers to meet organization’s compliance needs.

Resource instance rules for access to Azure Storage

Resource instance rules enable secure connectivity to a storage account by restricting access to specific resources of select Azure services.
Azure Storage provides a layered security model that enables you to secure and control access to your storage account. You can configure network access rules to limit access to your storage account from select virtual networks or IP address ranges. Some Azure services operate on multi-tenant infrastructure, so resources of these services cannot be isolated to a specific virtual network.
With resource instance rules, you can now configure your storage account to only allow access from specific resource instances of such Azure services. For example, Azure Synapse offers analytic capabilities that cannot be deployed into a virtual network. If your Synapse workspace uses such capabilities, you can configure a resource instance rule on a secured storage account to only allow traffic from that Synapse workspace.
Resource instances must be in the same tenant as your storage account, but they may belong to any resource group or subscription in the tenant.


ExpressRoute IPv6 Support for Global Reach

IPv6 support for Global Reach unlocks connectivity between on-premise networks, via the Microsoft backbone, for customers with dual-stack workloads. Establish Global Reach connections between ExpressRoute circuits using IPv4 subnets, IPv6 subnets, or both. This configuration can be done using Azure Portal, PowerShell, or CLI.

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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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Azure Dedicated Host restart (preview)

Azure Dedicated Host gives you more control over the hosts you deployed by giving you the option to restart any host. When undergoing a restart, the host and its associated VMs will restart while staying on the same underlying physical hardware. With this new capability, now in preview, you can take troubleshooting steps at the host level.

Azure Dedicated Host support for Ultra SSD (preview)

Currently, VMs running on Azure Dedicated Host support the use of Standard and Premium Azure disks as data disks. With this preview, Microsoft is introducing support for Azure Ultra Disks on Azure Dedicated Host. Azure Ultra disks are highly performant disks on Azure that offer high throughput (maximum of 4000 MBps per disk) and high IOPS (maximum of 160,00 IOPS per disk) depending on the disk size.
If you are running IaaS workloads that are data intensive and latency sensitive, such as Oracle DB, MySQL DB, other critical databases, and gaming applications, you will benefit from using Ultra disks as data disks on VMs hosted on Azure Dedicated Host.

Microsoft Azure available from new cloud region in Qatar

Microsoft is launching a new datacenter region in Qatar. The new datacenter region includes Azure Availability Zones, which offer you additional resiliency for your applications by designing the region with unique physical datacenter locations with independent power, network, and cooling for additional tolerance to datacenter failures.

Enforcement mode of machine configuration (previously guest configuration)

The enforcement mode of machine configuration (previously guest configuration) is now generally available. This represents the ApplyAndMonitor and ApplyAndAutocorrect auditing modes. The customer experience within Azure has not changed as a result of the renaming. Machine configuration continues to provide a native capability to audit or configure operating system settings as code, both for machines running in Azure and hybrid Azure Arc-enabled servers, directly per-machine or at-scale orchestrated through Azure Automanage, Microsoft Defender for Cloud, or Azure Policy.
You will now be able to:

  • Apply and monitor configurations: set the required configuration on your machines and remediate on demand.
  • Apply and autocorrect configurations: set the required configuration at scale and autoremediate in the event of a configuration drift.
  • Apply configurations to machines at management group level.
  • Set TLS 1.2 to machines through our newly released built-in policy.
  • Create, delete, and monitor the compliance of your configurations through the Azure portal.


Azure StorSimple 8000/1200 series will no longer be supported starting 31st December 2022

Support for the following StorSimple versions will end 31st December 2022:
• StorSimple 8000 series – 8100, 8600, 8010, 8020
• StorSimple 1200 Series
• StorSimple Data Manager
• StorSimple Snapshot Manager

The StorSimple service will reach end of life which means the following will no longer be available:
• All cloud management capability (e.g. viewing or updating settings related to volumes, shares, backups, backup policies or installing updates, etc.)
• Access to live data and backups.
• Access to customer support resources (phone, email, web)
• Hardware replacement parts and repair services for StorSimple 8000 series devices
• Software updates for StorSimple 8000 series and 1200 series devices

Microsoft has been expanding the portfolio of Azure Hybrid storage capabilities with new services for data tiering and cloud ingestion, providing more options to customers for storing data in Azure in native formats.


Azure Firewall Premium is now ICSA labs certified

Azure Firewall Premium SKU is a managed, cloud-based network security service that protects your Azure Virtual Network resources. It provides advanced threat protection that meets the needs of highly sensitive and regulated environments and includes Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) and TLS inspection capabilities.
The new Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) certification from ICSA Labs is an important IPS certification, is an addition to existing Firewall certification, from ICSA Labs.
ICSA Labs provides credible third-party testing and certification of security and health IT products, as well as network-connected devices. This includes certification of network intrusion prevention systems.
ICSA Labs Network Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) security certification test cycle includes Azure Firewall protection against exploits aimed at approximately 100 high severity vulnerabilities in enterprise software. Because real world attacks do not happen on a quiescent network, ICSA Labs tests with an appropriate level of background traffic using various mixes of enterprise network traffic. The test included evasion techniques, platform security of the product itself, logging, secure administration, and administrative functions.
Azure Firewall is the first cloud firewall service to attain the ICSA Labs Corporate Certification for both Firewall and IPS services.

Next hop IP support for Route Server

With next hop IP support, you can deploy network virtual appliances (NVAs) behind an Azure Internal Load Balancer (ILB) to acheive key active-passive connectivity scenarios and improve connectivity performance.

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Virtual machine restore points

VM restore points provides you with a point in time snapshot of all the managed disks attached to your Virtual Machine. Customers and Azure partners who are looking to build business continuity and disaster recovery solutions can use VM restore points to capture app consistent and crash consistent backups natively on the Azure platform. This can then be used to restore disks and VMs during scenarios such as data loss, data corruption, or disaster recovery. 

NVads A10 v5 Virtual Machines

NVads A10 v5 virtual machines (VMs) are now generally available in West Europe, South Central US, and West US3 regions. The NVads A10 v5 VM series enables a wide variety of graphics, video, and AI workloads, including virtual production and visual effects, engineering design and simulation, game development and streaming, virtual desktops/workstations and more. They feature NVIDIA A10 Tensor Core GPUs, up to 72 AMD EPYC™ 74F3-series vCPUs, and are designed to offer the right choice for any workload with optimum configurations for both single user and multi-session environments. 

Azure confidential VMs (DCasv5/ECasv5-series VMs)

Azure confidential VMs are designed to offer a new, hardware-based TEE leveraging SEV-SNP, which hardens guest protections to deny the hypervisor and other host management code access to VM memory and state, protecting against operator access. Azure DCasv5/ECasv5 confidential VMs, utilizing 3rd Gen AMD EPYC processors with Secure Encrypted Virtualization-Secure Nested Paging (SEV-SNP) security features, are available. 

Trusted Launch support for DCsv3 and DCdsv3 series Virtual Machines

Trusted Launch support for DCsv3 and DCdsv3 virtual machines is available. DCsv3 and DCdsv3 series virtual machines provides support for Intel® SGX. With all new hardware-based security paradigm is now just a few clicks away in Azure to deploy DCsv3 virtual machines with trusted launch feature.


Live resize for Premium SSD and Standard SSD Disk Storage

Resizing a disk on Azure can provide increased storage capacity and better performance for your applications. As part of our commitment to continuously add new capabilities to our Azure Disk Storage portfolio, live resize for Premium SSD and Standard SSD Disk Storage is now generally available. With live resize, you can dynamically increase the storage capacity of your Premium SSD and Standard SSD disks without causing any disruption to your applications. To reduce costs, you can start with smaller disks and gradually increase their storage capacity without experiencing any downtime.

Azure Premium SSD v2 Disk Storage (preview)

The next generation of Microsoft Azure Premium SSD Disk Storage is available in preview. This new disk offering provides the most advanced block storage solution designed for a broad range of input/output (IO)-intensive enterprise production workloads that require sub-millisecond disk latencies as well as high input/output operations per second (IOPS) and throughput at a low cost. With Premium SSD v2, you can now provision up to 64TiBs of storage capacity, 80,000 IOPS, and 1,200 MBPS throughput on a single disk. With best-in-class IOPS and bandwidth, Premium SSD v2 provides the most flexible and scalable general-purpose block storage in the cloud, enabling you to meet the ever-growing demands of your production workloads such as SQL Server, Oracle, MariaDB, SAP, Cassandra, Mongo DB, big data, analytics, gaming, on virtual machines, or stateful containers. Moreover, with Premium SSD v2, you can provision granular disk sizes, IOPS, and throughput independently based on your workload needs, providing you more flexibility in managing performance and costs.


TLS 1.3 support on Application Gateway (preview)

The new Predefined and CustomV2 policies on Application Gateway come with TLS v1.3 support. They provide improved security and performance benefits, fulfilling the needs of your enterprise security policies. You may use out-of-the-box predefined policies or configure a preferred cipher-suite list by using the CustomV2 policy.

Azure Stack

Azure Stack HCI

Azure Marketplace for Arc-enabled Azure Stack HCI (preview)

Azure Marketplace for Arc-enabled Azure Stack HCI makes it easy and convenient to download the latest fully patched image to your cluster with just a few clicks in the Azure Portal. This preview focuses on Windows 11 Enterprise multi-session, the image used by Azure Virtual Desktop, and Windows Server 2022 Datacenter Azure Edition, which enables hot-patching (reboot-less patching) for on-premises VMs. More images will follow in the coming months. This preview is available for all in-market Azure Stack HCI.

Remote support for Arc-enabled Azure Stack HCI (preview)

When opening a case, you can now grant Microsoft support engineers remote access to your cluster to gather logs of perform remediation steps themselves. This reduces the back-and-forth that’s typical with on-premises support. New PowerShell cmdlets and Windows Admin Center tools let you precisely control and audit the access that support engineers get, including time limits, allow-listing cmdlets, and comprehensive auditing that’s always on.

Arc-enabled guest VMs with extensions for Azure Stack HCI (preview)

When you deploy a new virtual machine through Azure Arc onto Azure Stack HCI, the guest operating system is now automatically enrolled as an Arc-enabled server instance. This means you can use popular VM extensions like Custom Script to perform configuration inside the VM (like installing an application) as part of VM deployment. To illustrate the usefulness of this capability, Microsoft is providing a sample custom script extension that enrolls a VM into an Azure Virtual Desktop session host pool, eliminating manual configuration of the guest agent as its own step. This preview is available for all in-market Arc-enabled Azure Stack HCI.

Azure Stack HCI version 22H2 (preview)

The operating system at the heart of Azure Stack HCI gets a major update with new features and enhancements every year. Next month, the first significant preview of version 22H2 will become available to clusters enrolled in the public Preview channel. Like version 21H2, the new version 22H2 will be available as a free, non-disruptive, over-the-air update for all subscribers when it reaches general availability later this year. Content-wise, the update is focused on fundamental improvements to the core hypervisor, storage, and networking.

Storage replication in stretch clusters is faster, and you can convert existing volumes from fixed provisioning to thin provisioning.

Network ATC has gained new abilities, including automatic IP addressing for storage networks, support for stretch clusters, and better network proxy support.

Hyper-V live migration is faster and more reliable for switchless 2-node and 3-node clusters.

And for new installations, version 22H2 starts with a stronger default security posture, including a stronger set of protocols and cipher suites, Secured-Core Server, Windows Defender application control, and other well-known security features enabled by default right from the start.

Azure Stack Hub

Azure Well-Architected Framework Assessments (preview)

Two pillars of the Well-Architected Framework are available in Preview for Azure Stack Hub on the Microsoft Assessment Platform: Reliability and Operational Excellence. If you are using Azure Stack Hub to deploy and operate workloads for key business systems, it is now possible to answers questions for these pillars within the assessments platform. After completing the assessments, you will be provided with a maturity or risk score, together with prescriptive guidance and knowledge links that suggest possible improvements you could make to your architecture design and score.