ICYMI: All blogs and updates from Azure last week

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Automatic Azure VM extension upgrade capabilities now in public preview Automatic extension upgrade provides safe and automatic upgrades for extensions on Azure virtual machines and virtual machine scale sets, keeping your environments more secure and up to date. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/automatic-extension-upgrade-now-in-preview/
Application Insights availability troubleshooting report for URL tests Azure Monitor Application Insights has released a troubleshooting report for URL ping web tests to help quickly identify the root cause behind a test failure. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/application-insights-availability-troubleshooting-report-for-url-tests/
Azure Firewall Premium now in preview Announcing the preview release of Azure Firewall Premium. Azure Firewall Premium provides next-generation firewall capabilities that are required for highly sensitive and regulated environments. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/azure-firewall-premium-now-in-preview-2/
Azure Dav4-series VMs are available in Azure HDInsight Adopt Dav4-series VMs in HDInsight to get great performance at a competitive price. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-dav4series-vms-are-available-in-azure-hdinsight/
.NET Core support for Analysis Services client libraries is generally available Today, we are announcing general availability (GA) of Analysis Services client libraries for .NET Core, along with several enhancements. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/net-core-support-for-analysis-services-client-libraries-is-ga/
Azure role-based access control (RBAC) for Azure Key Vault data plane authorization is now generally available Achieve unified management and access control across Azure resources, Azure Key Vault and keys, certificates, and secrets. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-rolebased-access-control-rbac-for-azure-key-vault-data-plane-authorization-is-now-available/
Azure Image Builder Service now generally available Use Azure Image Builder to streamline your image building pipeline and integrate your DevOps application life-cycle with the cloud native tools. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-image-builder-service-now-generally-available/
Datadog integration with Azure: Public preview Datadog and Microsoft Azure have worked together to create an integrated Datadog SaaS solution. Built on Azure and available via the Azure Marketplace, this solution provides a seamless and first-party-like experience for Datadog’s cloud monitoring solution. Azure is the first cloud platform to offer this integrated experience with third-party solutions. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/datadog-integration-with-azure-public-preview/
General availability support for Java Message Service (JMS) 2.0 API on Azure Service Bus Premium Use existing applications that leverage JMS 2.0 API to talk to Service Bus without any code changes. Only configuration changes are required. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/announcing-ga-support-for-java-message-service-jms-20-api-on-azure-service-bus-premium/
General Availability: Azure Red Hat OpenShift support for OpenShift 4.6 Benefit from new features and enhancements in OpenShift release 4.6. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-azure-red-hat-openshift-support-for-openshift-46/
Standard Load Balancer and IP addresses metadata now available through Azure Instance Metadata Service (IMDS) Azure Instance Metadata Service (IMDS) is a mature REST API which offers metadata information regarding Networking, Storage, SKU and etc. We are now adding Load Balancer related information to the list of metadata IMDS covers. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/standard-load-balancer-and-ip-addresses-metadata-now-available-through-azure-instance-metadata-service-imds/
Azure Automation 2020 recap and what’s new If you are like many of our customers running a mix of machines and applications in your on-premises datacenters or in the cloud—be it Azure or any other platform of your choice, consistent management of these resources is likely to be top of mind for you. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/azure-automation-2020-recap-and-whats-new/
Additional IOPS feature for MySQL – Flexible Server in preview  MySQL – Flexible Server supports the provisioning of additional IOPS (preview) so you can provision more IOPS above the complimentary IOPS limit and can increase or decrease the number of IOPS based on workload requirements. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/additional-iops-feature-for-mysql-flexible-server-in-preview-4/
Azure Firewall Premium now in public preview Azure Firewall Premium provides next generation firewall capabilities that are required for highly sensitive and regulated environments. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-firewall-premium-now-in-public-preview/
Generally available: Application Insights synthetic monitoring SLA report template Azure Monitor Application Insights has released a new report template to enable easy reporting of your web tests across Application Insights resources that includes several key features like total application downtime, maintenance data exclusion, and end to end outage identification. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/generally-available-application-insights-synthetic-monitoring-sla-report-template/
US Gov Virginia Availability Zones now generally available Availability Zones are now generally available from the US Gov Virginia datacenter region, offering US government customers more options for their most demanding mission-critical applications. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/us-gov-virginia-availability-zones-now-generally-available/
Cross Region Restore of Azure VMs now generally available Today we're announcing the general availability of Cross Region Restore (CRR) for Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines (VMs) support using Microsoft Azure Backup. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/cross-region-restore-of-azure-vms-now-generally-available/
Azure Purview available in public preview in South Central US and Canada Central Azure Purview is now available in the South Central US and Canada Central Azure regions. You can now provision Azure Purview accounts in these regions as a public preview offering.   https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-purview-available-in-south-central-us-and-canada-central/
Azure IoT Edge 1.1.0 release is now generally available Azure IoT Edge 1.1.0 is our first long term servicing (LTS) release. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/iot-edge1-1-0/
Azure Front Door enhances secure cloud CDN with intelligent threat protection The Internet is the new corporate network and the fabric that connects users, devices, and data to applications of all types. It is foundational to how organizations run their businesses, engage their customers, conduct commerce, operate their supply chain, and enable their employees to work from anywhere. However, while the Internet is highly scalable and ever expanding, it is not always well optimized for the wide variety of applications and user experiences, and has little cybersecurity protections in place to secure applications from rising security threats and vulnerabilities. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/azure-front-door-enhances-secure-cloud-cdn-with-intelligent-threat-protection/
Log Replay Service for Azure SQL Managed Instance in public preview Log replay service enables continuous replication of SQL Server data to SQL Managed Instance in the cloud, the easier orchestration of workload functions, and pre-migration performance testing through a fully customizable experience. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/log-replay-service-for-azure-sql-managed-instance-in-public-preview/
Azure NetApp Files | Volume hard quota change The Azure NetApp Files behavior of volume and capacity pool provisioning will change to a manual and controllable mechanism beginning March 15th, 2021. This means that application users will have more control over provisioned capacity pool space and associated cost. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-netapp-files-volume-hard-quota-change/
New disk bursting metrics New disk bursting metrics that help you gain insight into your disks IO and bandwidth limits for your provisioned and bursting performance and inform you of how much of your bursting credit have been used. These allow you to see your disk's limits for performance as well as see how you have been using your bursting capabilities in the past. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/new-disk-bursting-metrics/
More ways to use composite indexes in Azure Cosmos DB now generally available You can now use composite indexes in Azure Cosmos DB to optimize even more types of queries, including queries with aggregates and system functions. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/more-ways-to-use-composite-indexes-in-azure-cosmos-db-now-generally-available-2/
Email one-time passcode authentication on by default starting October 2021 Email one-time passcode will be on by default and redemption using unmanaged Azure Active Directory accounts will no longer be allowed starting October 31, 2021 and not March 31, 2021. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/email-onetime-passcode-authentication-on-by-default-starting-october-2021/
Apache Spark Connector for SQL Server and Azure SQL now compatible with Spark 3.0 We are announcing that the preview release of the Apache Spark 3.0 compatible Apache Spark Connector for SQL Server and Azure SQL, available through Maven. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/apache-spark-connector-for-sql-server-and-azure-sql-now-compatible-with-spark-30/
Azure Sphere OS version 21.02 is now available for evaluation This Azure Sphere quality update of the OS includes bug fixes as well as recent CVE mitigations. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-sphere-os-version-2102-is-now-available-for-evaluation/
API Management Diagnostics now available in public preview API Management Diagnostics provides an intelligent and interactive experience to help customers troubleshoot their API , with no configuration required.  https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/api-management-diagnostics-now-available-in-public-preview/
Azure Firewall Premium is in public preview Azure Firewall Premium provides next generation firewall capabilities that are required for highly sensitive and regulated environments. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-firewall-premium-public-preview/
Public preview: Application Insights auto-instrumentation for .NET5 App Services Azure Monitor application insights now offers auto-instrumentation for .NET5 based Windows App Services. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-application-insights-autoinstrumentation-for-net5-app-services/
General availability: Azure Machine Learning updates for native terminal Users can now perform any CLI operation directly in the Azure ML Studio. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-azure-machine-learning-updates-for-native-terminal/
Future-proof your network with Azure for Operators Increasing competition and ever-growing demand for mobile, always-on services challenge operators to find new strategies to grow profits and gain a competitive edge. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/futureproof-your-network-with-azure-for-operators/
Public preview: Application Insights work item integration for Azure DevOps & GitHub Azure Monitor Application Insights has released a new way to create work items based on application insights telemetry. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-application-insights-work-item-integration-for-azure-devops-github/
Azure Front Door Standard and Premium now in public preview Azure Front Door Standard and Premium, enables Azure customers to securely deliver and manage their global applications and content, migrate to cloud and modern microservice architectures and improve their users’ experience. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-front-door-standard-and-premium-now-in-public-preview/
Web Application Firewall Integration with Azure Front Door Standard and Premium SKU Azure Front Door Premium SKU with built-in Web Application Firewall, protects your public and private web applications, combines protection with application acceleration and content caching. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/web-application-firewall-integration-with-azure-front-door-standard-and-premium-sku/
General availability: Web Application Firewall for Azure Front Door managed ruleset refresh Use Microsoft_DefaultRuleSet_1.1 to protect your web applications from OWASP top 10 vulnerabilities. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/web-application-firewall-for-azure-front-door-managed-ruleset-refresh/
Customers unify hybrid and multicloud IT operations with Azure Arc Businesses today are building and running applications across various ecosystems: on-premises, in multiple clouds, and on edge. To maintain agility and ensure compliance, it’s critical to an organization’s success to effectively manage servers, applications, and data at scale—regardless of where they are located. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/customers-unify-hybrid-and-multicloud-it-operations-with-azure-arc/
Machine Learning on Azure SQL Managed Instance now available Use machine learning capabilities on a Managed Instance of Azure SQL Database for ease of moving your data, packages, and models to a cloud ready environment fully configured for machine learning. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/machine-learning-on-azure-sql-managed-instance-now-available/

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