ICYMI: All blogs and updates from Azure last week

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Azure SQL—public preview updates for early August 2021  Public preview enhancements and updates released for Azure SQL Managed Instance in early August 2021. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-sql-public-preview-updates-for-early-august-2021/
Azure Database for MySQL – Flexible Server: Same-zone high availability in public preview Azure Database for MySQL – Flexible Server enables the creation of a high availability server in the same zone as the primary server. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-database-for-mysql-flexible-server-samezone-high-availability-in-public-preview/
Availability Zone support for Azure Automation is coming soon Achieve higher reliability and resiliency through Availability Zones in Azure Automation. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/availability-zones-azure-automation-coming-soon/
General availability: Azure Monitor IT Service Management Connector is now certified with ServiceNow Quebec version The Azure IT Service Management Connector is certified on the Quebec version of ServiceNow, enabling alerts integration with ITSM products. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-azure-monitor-it-service-management-connector-is-now-certified-with-servicenow-quebec-version/
Azure Defender for SQL now in general availability on the Azure SQL Virtual Machine blade Configure Azure Defender to view and manage your security concerns for SQL Server on Azure virtual machines. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-defender-for-sql-now-in-general-availability-on-the-azure-sql-virtual-machine-blade/
General availability: Lower capacity reservation tier for Azure Monitor dedicated clusters Leverage advanced features in Azure Monitor like customer-managed key, Lockbox, infrastructure encryption for lower capacity reservation commitment. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-lower-capacity-reservation-tier-for-azure-monitor-dedicated-clusters/
General availability: Azure ExpressRoute Global Reach: 2 new locations ExpressRoute Global Reach allows you to link ExpressRoute circuits in different locations together to make a private network between your on-premises networks. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-azure-expressroute-global-reach-2-new-locations/
Azure Automation Hybrid Worker Extension for Azure and Arc machines is coming soon Onboard Azure automation hybrid workers using hybrid extension for Azure and Arc machines https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-automation-arc-hybrid-extension/
Azure SQL—general availability updates for early August 2021  General availability enhancements and updates released for Azure SQL Managed Instance in early August 2021. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-sql-general-availability-updates-for-early-august-2021/
Azure AD support for Azure Automation is coming soon Use Azure AD based authentication for Automation public endpoints https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azuread-automation-coming-soon/
General availability: Azure Red Hat OpenShift support for OpenShift 4.7 Benefit from new features and enhancements in OpenShift release 4.7. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-azure-red-hat-openshift-support-for-openshift-47/
Public preview of Azure Database for PostgreSQL – Flexible Server now offers reserved instance pricing Prepay and commit to one- or three- years’ worth of steady hourly service consumption on Hyperscale (Citus) for Azure Database for PostgreSQL, a managed service running the open-source Postgres database. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-of-azure-database-for-postgresql-flexible-server-now-offers-reserved-instance-pricing/
Public preview of Azure Database for MySQL – Flexible Server now offers reserved instance pricing Prepay and commit to Azure Database for MySQL – Flexible Server for one- or three-years’ worth of steady hourly service consumption at a lower per-hour price point. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-of-azure-database-for-mysql-flexible-server-now-offers-reserved-instance-pricing/
Azure Database for PostgreSQL – Hyperscale (Citus) support for PostgreSQL versions 13.3 and 12.7 in public preview Hyperscale (Citus) now supports the latest PostgreSQL minor versions 13.3 and 12.7 for Azure Database for PostgreSQL, a managed service running the open-source Postgres database on Azure. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-database-for-postgresql-hyperscale-citus-support-for-postgresql-versions-133-and-127-in-public-preview/
Private DNS integration zone integration for Azure Database for MySQL – Flexible Server in public preview Azure Database for MySQL – Flexible Server now supports private DNS zone integration in preview. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/private-dns-integration-zone-integration-for-azure-database-for-mysql-flexible-server-in-public-preview/
General availability: New Australia Central region added to Azure HDInsight HDInsight is now generally available for Australia Central customers. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-new-australia-central-region-added-to-azure-hdinsight/
Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare expands portfolio with Azure Healthcare APIs Today Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare is expanding our portfolio of interoperability data services. In October 2019, Microsoft became the first cloud with a fully managed, first-party service to ingest, persist, and manage structured healthcare data in the native Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource (FHIR) format with the Azure API for FHIR, and today we’re expanding our health data services to enable the exchange of multiple data types in the FHIR format for health and life sciences industries. For that reason, we’re renaming our services to the Azure Healthcare APIs. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/microsoft-cloud-for-healthcare-expands-portfolio-with-azure-healthcare-apis/
Powershell 7 support in Azure Automation is coming soon Execute Automation runbooks for production scenarios using PowerShell 7.1 https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/powershell-7-azure-automation-coming-soon/
Public preview of Azure Database – Flexible Server now available in new regions The public preview Azure Database for MySQL – Flexible Server (Preview) is now supported in two additional regions—West US and Germany West Central. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-of-azure-database-flexible-server-now-available-in-new-regions/
General availability: Azure Backup now supports Archive Tier for backups of SQL Server in Azure VMs Azure Backup now provides the capability to move long term retention(LTR) recovery points to low-cost archive tier for SQL Server for Azure VM. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-azure-backup-now-supports-archive-tier-for-backups-of-sql-server-in-azure-vms/
Public preview: Azure Monitor Scheduled Query Rules API 2021-02-01-preview Scheduled Query Rules API version 2021-02-01-preview is now available and is replacing API version 2020-05-01-preview. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/announcing-scheduled-query-rules-api-version-20210201preview-and-deprecation-of-api-version-20200501preview/
Az module support in Azure Automation is coming soon Use the latest Az modules in the Automation runbooks https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/az-module-azure-automation-coming-soon/
Advancing Azure Virtual Machine availability transparency Now, in addition to getting a fast notification when a VM’s availability is impacted, customers can expect a root cause to be added at a later point once our automated Root Cause Analysis (RCA) system identifies the failing Azure platform component that led to the VM failure. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/advancing-azure-virtual-machine-availability-transparency/
Private DNS zone integration for Azure Database for PostgreSQL – Flexible Server in public preview Private DNS zone integration is now available for Flexible Server on Azure Database for PostgreSQL, a managed service running the open source Postgres database. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/private-dns-zone-integration-for-azure-database-for-postgresql-flexible-server-in-public-preview/
Software inventory and agentless dependency analysis generally available with Azure Migrate You can inventory installed applications, roles and features and perform dependency analysis on discovered Windows & Linux servers without installing any agents.  https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/software-inventory-and-agentless-dependency-analysis-generally-available-with-azure-migrate/
General availability: Azure Managed HSM Private Link You can now use Private Link for Azure Managed HSM to protect sensitive traffic between different Azure and on-premises services.

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-managed-hsm-private-link-ga-announcement/

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