It might be snowing in parts of the Northern Hemisphere, but we won't let that stop us from sharing Azure news with you. News covered this week includes: New Azure Portal updates for November 2020, Azure Resource Manager template support for Azure file share backup, How to use Windows Admin Center on-premises to manage Azure Windows Server VMs, Multiple new features for Azure VPN Gateway now Generally Available, and our Microsoft Learn Module of the Week.
Two new updates have been applied to the Azure portal which include:
Further details can be found here: Azure portal November 2020 update
Azure Resource Manager (ARM) provides a powerful way to manage infrastructure through declarative templates. Azure Backup now supports configuring backup for existing Azure file shares via ARM templates. This enables organizations to backup existing file shares by specifying the vault and backup policy details in a JSON file which is deployable via using the Azure portal, CLI or Powershell.
Further details can be found here: ARM Template - Backup Azure File Share to Recovery Services Vault
Currently the Windows Admin Center (WAC) add-in for the Azure Portal is in preview and it might be a while before the feature becomes generally available. Sonia Cuff and Orin Thomas share steps to spin up a WAC gateway server instance on a local VM, configure Windows Server’s built in Azure Network Adapter as a VPN connection.
Details on the steps required to complete this can be found here: Using Windows Admin Center on-premises to manage Azure Windows Server VMs
The following new Azure VPN Gateway features have recently been announced as generally available:
Looking to addresses problems related to managing, monitoring, and securing a hybrid environment? This learning path provides insight on how to manage and maintain hybrid Azure and on-premises workloads.
This learning path can be completed here: Windows Server hybrid cloud management, monitoring, and security
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