Microsoft has been busy springing up new updates for both Azure Architecture Center and Azure Security Center. OneDrive Sync receives Admin Reports capabilities now in public preview. Azure Hybrid benefits are further being extended for Linux and a corresponding Linux on Azure Microsoft Learn Module of the week is ready to be reviewed on this week's AzUpdate.
Azure Architecture Center Updates for April 2021
The Azure Architecture Center (AAC) helps you design, build, and operate solutions on Azure. The guidance is based on all aspects of building for the cloud, such as operations, security, reliability, performance, and cost optimization.
Microsoft has released three new documentation updates this week which would be of interest to IT Professionals:
Azure Automation Update Management- A configuration component of Automation. Windows and Linux computers, both in Azure and on-premises, send assessment information about missing updates to the Log Analytics workspace. Azure Automation then uses that information to create a schedule for automatic deployment of the missing updates.
Managing hybrid workloads using Windows Admin Center - This documentation shares how to design a hybrid Windows Admin Center solution to manage workloads that are hosted on-premises and in Microsoft Azure. The documentation covers both Windows Admin Center deployed to a virtual machine (VM) in Azure and Windows Admin Center deployed to a server (physical or virtual) on-premises.
Azure Automation in a Hybrid environment - This documentation details how to extend automation to on-premises or other cloud providers. It describes the services that must be deployed in Azure to provide automated management and configuration across on-premises or other cloud providers. The same architecture can be applied on Azure virtual machines (VMs) that reside behind a firewall, with outbound connectivity over the 443 TCP port.
Azure Security Center: General Availability and Public Preview updates for April 2021
In April 2021, the following generally available updates and enhancements were made to Azure Security Center:
Azure Hybrid Benefit for Linux with RI and VMSS Support now Generally Available
Microsoft recently announced Azure Hybrid Benefit for Linux, extending the ability to easily migrate RHEL and SLES servers to Azure beyond existing pay-as-you-go instances to include support for Azure Reserved Instance (RI) and virtual machine scale set (VMSS). While previous Bring-Your-Own-Subscription cloud migration options available to Red Hat and SUSE customers allowed them to use their pre-existing RHEL and SLES subscriptions in the cloud, Azure Hybrid Benefit for Linux improves upon this with several capabilities unique to Azure making enterprise Linux cloud migration even easier than before.
OneDrive Sync Admin Reports in Microsoft 365 Apps admin center provides more visibility into who in your organization is running the OneDrive Sync client and any errors they might be experiencing. Having insights into what’s happening with OneDrive Sync across your organization can help you proactively reach out to educate people to resolve common issues and improve user experience to help increase OneDrive adoption.
This comprehensive learning path reviews deployment and management of Linux on Azure. Learn about cloud computing concepts, Linux IaaS and PaaS solutions and benefits and Azure cloud services. Discover how to migrate and extend your Linux-based workloads on Azure with improved scalability, security, and privacy.