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 Azure VMware Solutions, Azure custom role creation as well as some great blogs on how to run scripts in your Azure VM without network connectivity. Also, tune in for our live stream later today.
Microsoft announces the next evolution of Azure VMware Solution
The new Azure VMware Solution allows customers to seamlessly extend or completely migrate their existing on-premises VMware applications to Azure without the cost, effort, or risk of re-architecting applications or retooling operations. And customers can also save money with Windows Server and SQL Server workloads running on Azure VMware by taking advantage of Azure Hybrid Benefits.
Customers can maintain operational consistency as they accelerate a move to the cloud with the use of familiar VMware technology, including VMWare vSphere, HCX, NSX-T, and SAN. Through integration with Azure management, security, and services, Azure VMware Solution provides the opportunity for customers to continue to build cloud competencies and modernize overtime. Customers can maintain to use the native VMware tools and management experiences they are familiar with and start leveraging Azure capabilities as required.
The Azure VMware Solution preview is initially available in US East and West Europe Azure regions. We expect the new Azure VMware Solution to be generally available in the second half of 2020, and at that time, availability will be extended across more regions.
To register your interest in taking part in the Azure VMware Solution preview, please contact your Microsoft Account Representative or contact our sales team.
Azure custom role creation in the Azure portal is now generally available
If the Azure built-in roles don't meet the specific needs of your organization, you can create your Azure custom roles. Just like built-in roles, you can assign custom roles to users, groups, and service principals at subscription and resource group scopes. Custom roles are stored in an Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) directory and can be shared across subscriptions. Now you can create and update them in the Azure Portal.
You can find more information about how to create Azure custom roles using the Azure Portal on Microsoft Docs.
How to run scripts in your Azure VM by using Run Command
As you know, you can access your Azure virtual machine (VM) in multiple ways, like SSH or RDP. However, if you have issues with the RDP or SSH network configuration, the Run Command feature is another option. Run Command can run a PowerShell or shell script within an Azure VM remotely by using the VM agent. This scenario is especially useful when you need to troubleshoot operating system network configurations or user access configuration.
Azure VM Run Command Run PowerShell Script
Azure DevOps update to configure deployment strategies from the Azure portal
Azure DevOps enables you to configure deployment strategies from directly within the Azure portal, and includes several improvements to the Azure Pipelines and Azure Repos user experiences. Improvements include:
Allowing team admins to subscribe to events from MS Team and Slack
Add attachments while creating a pull request
Jobs can access output variables from previous stages
Receive details at runtime about multiple repos
If you want to learn more, you can read more here.
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.