With all the changes in Azure, it is sometimes hard to keep track, that's why I thought I would give you a quick update on a couple of exciting things I learned this week. In this update, I want to share a couple of things around updates on the general availability of Azure Firewall manager, Azure Migrate Assessment for Azure VMware Solutions, updates to Cost Management, and more! Also, tune in for our live stream later today.
Azure Firewall Manager is now generally available
Azure Firewall Manager is now generally available and includes Azure Firewall Policy, Azure Firewall in a Virtual WAN Hub (Secure Virtual Hub), and Hub Virtual Network. In addition, the Azure team is introducing several new capabilities to Firewall Manager and Firewall Policy to align with the standalone Azure Firewall configuration capabilities. You can read the full blog post here.
Azure Firewall Manager
Plan your migration to Azure VMware Solution using the Azure Migrate server assessment tool
Azure Migrate now supports assessments for Azure VMware Solution (Preview), providing even more options for you to plan your migration to Azure.
Analyze readiness for your move to Azure VMware Solution, assess suitability, cost planning, performance-based rightsizing, and application dependencies using the Azure Migrate server assessment tool. Azure VMware Solution enables you to run VMware natively on Azure and provides a dedicated software-defined data center for your VMware environment.
Azure VMware Solution assessment is currently available in preview and is included in your Azure subscription along with Azure Migrate.
Azure Cost Management + Billing updates – June 2020
Whether you're a new student, thriving startup, or the largest enterprise, you have financial constraints, and you need to know what you're spending, where, and how to plan for the future. Nobody wants a surprise when it comes to the bill, and this is where Azure Cost Management + Billing comes in. This week Azure Cost Management and Billing go some new updates.
You can read the full blog here.
JulyOT - A month of learning focused on Azure IoT Solutions
The IoT team at Microsoft has curated a collection of content designed to demonstrate and teach developers how to build solutions with Azure IoT services. Solutions covered will include:
- Intelligent Home Security with NVIDIA Jetson
- What happens when R&D is free from hardware limitations?
- Learn to build an enterprise-scale IoT solution
Resources will be updated every Thursday during the month of July and will detail how you can contribute and be a part of #JulyOT with your own project(s).
You can find more information on Tech Community.
Virtual machine scale sets—Automatic image upgrades for custom images now available
Automatically deploy new versions of custom images to scale set virtual machines using the new capabilities of virtual machine scale sets. Automatic OS image upgrade monitors your image gallery and automatically begins scale set upgrades when a new image version is deployed, facilitating faster image deployment without additional overhead. Enabling automatic OS image upgrades will safely upgrade the OS disk for all virtual machines in the scale set, helping to ease update management.
This capability is now available for custom images through Shared Image Gallery, which enables image publishing across multiple subscriptions and regions through a centralized image management platform. You can find more information on the Azure Update page.
MS Learn Module of the Week
AZ-104: Prerequisites for Azure administrators
If you're an IT Administrator that's new to Azure and need to prepare for Exam AZ-104: Microsoft Azure Administrator, this path is the place to start. Learn the basic Azure concepts you'll need to know as an Azure administrator.
I wish you a good weekend, and I hope this short blog post provided you with some news from this week. I know there is much more than just the things I listed here. I recommend that you follow the Azure announcements blog. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment.
Also, check out last week's Az Update here.