The Azure security team has recently driven some changes into the default behavior of Windows operating system images that are available in the Azure gallery. These changes are in response to recent concerns over malware that has been able to take advantage of issues with the Server Message Block Version 1 network file sharing protocol. ThePetya and WannaCryransomware attacks are just two types of malware that have been able to spread due to weaknesses in SMB v1.
Due to the security issues related to the use of SMB v1, the SMB v1 protocol is disabled on almost all Windows operating systems in the Azure Gallery. The result of this change is that when you create a new virtual machine in theAzure Virtual Machinesservice, that virtual machine will have the SMB v1 protocol disabled by default. You will not need to manually disable the protocol, such as using the method shown in the figure below.