In September there were several news that Microsoft announced regarding Azure management services. This article lists the main announcements, accompanied by the necessary references to be able to conduct further studies on.
The following diagram shows the different areas related to management, which are covered in this series of articles, in order to stay up to date on these topics and to better deploy and maintain applications and resources.
Monitors for VM and AKS clusters based on Arm
Azure Monitor introduced support for Ampere Altra Arm-based Azure virtual machines and Azure Kubernetes service consisting of Arm nodes.
Update required for MMA using SSL v1
Starting November 1st 2022, Azure will no longer accept connections from previous versions of the Operations Manager agent, also known as the Microsoft Monitoring Agent (MMA), using SSL V1. If the Operations Manager agent is configured to send data to Log Analytics, the agent must be updated to the latest version by that date.
Expected retirement of ITSM connector for ServiceNow
Microsoft announced that the 30 September 2025 the Azure Monitor ITSM connector for creating alerts in ServiceNow will be retired. For those who use this integration, it will be possible to create incidents or events using the appropriate Secure Webhook.
Azure Policy built-in per Azure NetApp Files
Microsoft has introduced built-in policies related to Azure NetApp Files to allow administrators to restrict the creation of unprotected NFS volumes and to more easily control existing volumes.
Azure Cost Management
Updates related toMicrosoft Cost Management
Microsoft is constantly looking for new methodologies to improve Microsoft Cost Management, the solution to provide greater visibility into where costs are accumulating in the cloud, identify and prevent erroneous spending patterns and optimize costs . Inthis article some of the latest improvements and updates regarding this solution are reported, including:
- Ability to monitor budgets from the Azure app for mobile devices.
- Ability to obtain detailed information on possible savings directly from cost analysis (preview).
Microsoft Defender for Cloud
New features, bug fixes and deprecated features of Microsoft Defender for Cloud
Microsoft Defender for Cloud development is constantly evolving and improvements are being made on an ongoing basis. To stay up to date on the latest developments, Microsoft updates this page, this provides information about new features, bug fixes and deprecated features. In particular, this month the main news concern:
- Defender for Servers support for File Integrity Monitoring functionality using the Azure Monitor Agent.
- The addition of identity recommendations.
Reserved capacity per Azure Backup Storage
To optimize costs, it is possible to purchase the Azure Backup Storage capacity in reserved capacity mode. The reservation will automatically apply to the selected Backup Storage and will be available on an annual basis with a discount until 16% or on a three-year basis with a discount of 24%.
Alert in Azure Monitor
Thanks to this integration between Azure Monitor and Azure Backup it is possible to generate alerts for critical events related to the security of backups and in case of errors in the protection of resources. To monitor these alerts, you can use the Azure Monitor dashboard or the Backup center. Thanks to this integration it is also possible to route these alerts to different notification channels.
New Azure Migrate releases and features
Azure Migrate is the service in Azure that includes a large portfolio of tools that you can use, through a guided experience, to address effectively the most common migration scenarios. To stay up-to-date on the latest developments in the solution, please consult this page, that provides information about new releases and features. In particular, this month the main news concern:
- The introduction of support for suspending and resuming replicas of VMs in progress, without having to perform a full replication again.
- Advanced notifications regarding migration completion status and migration testing.
- Detection of Java web apps on Apache Tomcat running on Linux servers hosted in VMware environments.
- For ASP.NET web apps the possibility of carrying out an advanced data collection, including detection of database connection strings, directories and authentication mechanisms.
Evaluation of Azure
To test for free and evaluate the services provided by Azure you can access this page.