The seasons are changing as we crawl through 2020 - while the Northern Hemisphere says goodbye to summer and many students return to school, the Southern Hemisphere is shrugging off winter jackets and watching gardens come back to life. Wherever you are in the world, there are always updates to Azure each week! Lets take a look:
Select Azure Availability Zones during migration
You can now select Availability Zones when migrating servers using the Azure Migrate: Server Migration tool. Azure Availability Zones are a high availability offering that protects your applications and data from datacenter failures.
Achieve improved resiliency for critical application workloads that you are migrating by pinning individual virtual machines to different Availability Zones in the target Azure region.
This functionality is currently available via the Azure portal. Use this capability and get industry-leading 99.99 percent uptime SLA for your migrated workloads with virtual machines running in two or more Availability Zones in the same region. Learn more about Regions and Availability Zones.
Azure Blob storage object replication is now generally available
Out of public preview, object replication is a new capability for block blobs that lets you replicate your data from your blob container in one storage account to another anywhere in Azure.
Object replication unblocks a new set of common replication scenarios:
- Minimize latency: Users consume the data locally rather than issuing cross-region read requests.
- Increase efficiency: Compute clusters process the same set of objects locally in different regions.
- Optimize data distribution: Data consolidated in a single location for processing/analytics and then distribute only resulting dashboards to your offices worldwide.
- Minimize cost: Tier down your data to Archive upon replication completion using lifecycle management policies to minimize the cost.
Learn more about object replication for block blobs.
Universal Print integration with Microsoft Endpoint Manager
A top request that Microsoft has received for endpoint management is the ability to deploy printers with Microsoft Intune. Based on your feedback, Microsoft has announced the new Universal Print printer provisioning tool! Here are the steps to deploy it.
Automatic VM guest patching is now in public preview
Keeping your operating system up to date is one of the most important pieces of your security strategy. Automatic VM guest patching for virtual machines helps ease your update management by safely and automatically patching virtual machines to maintain security compliance.
With automatic VM guest patching enabled, the VM is assessed periodically to determine the applicable patches for that VM. Updates classified as 'Critical' or 'Security' are automatically downloaded and applied on the VM during off-peak hours. Patch orchestration is managed by Azure and patches are applied following availability-first principles.
Automatic VM guest patching is now available in public preview for Windows virtual machines on Azure.
MS Learn Module of the week
Deploy Windows Update in Microsoft 365 - Speaking of patching, you need to ensure that your Windows 10 devices are updated too. This short module explains the different methods for managing updates to Windows 10, including Group Policy and Windows Update for Business.
And that's our highlights for another week! The countdown to Microsoft Ignite is on, so make sure you register for the full, free interactive experience starting Sept 22 and coming to your timezone!
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