Azure portal January 2020 update
Published Jan 21 2020 10:57 AM 8,544 Views

This month, Azure portal includes a preview for Azure Spot VM and VMSS.


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Here’s the list of updates to the Azure portal this month:


Virtual Machines



Let’s look at each of these updates in greater detail.


Virtual Machines

Preview for Azure Spot VM and VMSS

We recently announced the preview of Azure Spot Virtual Machines. You now have access to excess Azure compute capacity at discounts, compared to pay as you go. Spot VMs differ from pay as you go only in price and evictions. They can be evicted at any time if Azure compute needs the capacity. There are 2 types of evictions: capacity only and price or capacity, where you can set a maximum price you are willing to pay for a single VM instance.


Ideal workloads that are suited for Spot Virtual Machines include (not necessarily limited to) the following:

  • Batch jobs
  • Test and Development
  • Workloads that can sustain and/or recover from interruptions
  • Stateless applications that can use Spot Virtual Machines to scale out, opportunistically saving cost
  • Short-lived jobs which can easily be run again if the Virtual Machine is evicted

This preview replaces the preview of Azure low-priority Virtual Machines on scale sets. You can find additional information about Azure Spot in our documentation or the blog post. For pricing, refer to the Azure Spot page on



Azure Spot instance

To try out Spot VMs: 

  1. Click Create a resource. Select Compute, and then Virtual machine.
  2. Fill in the required fields to create a new Virtual Machine. Select Yes for Azure Spot instance
  3. Select an eviction type: capacity only (default) or price or capacity
    1. If capacity only, click change size under the Size field to see the updated Azure Spot prices in USD/hour. Select a size and continue in the VM create process as normal
    2. If price or capacity, click change size under the Size field to see the updated Azure Spot prices in USD/hour. Enter a maximum price that is greater than the current Azure Spot price. Continue in the VM create process as normal



Updates to Microsoft Intune

The Microsoft Intune team has been hard at work on updates as well. You can find the full list of updates to Intune on the What's new in Microsoft Intune page, including changes that affect your experience using Intune.


New videos on Azure portal “how to” video series

The following new videos are available to help you make the most out of the Azure portal:

  • How to troubleshoot common virtual machine issues. Watch here.
  • How to create a function app. Watch here.
  • How to use the new Azure mobile app home screen. Watch here.
  • Make the most of the new Azure Portal home page. Watch here

Have you checked out our Azure portal “how to” video series yet? The videos highlight specific aspects of the portal so you can be more efficient and productive while deploying your cloud workloads from the portal.  Keep checking our playlist on YouTube for new videos.


Next steps

The Azure portal has a large team of engineers that wants to hear from you, so please keep providing us your feedback in the comments section below or on Twitter @AzurePortal.


Don’t forget to sign in the Azure portal and download the Azure mobile app today to see everything that’s new. See you next month!

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