ICYMI: All blogs and updates from Azure last week

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Azure SQL – Public preview updates for early September 2021 Public preview enhancements and updates released for Azure SQL Managed Instance in early September 2021. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-sql-public-preview-updates-for-early-september-2021/
Azure Database for PostgreSQL – Hyperscale (Citus) now supports PostgreSQL 11.12 minor version PostgreSQL 11.12 is now supported on Hyperscale (Citus) 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-now-supports-postgresql-1112-minor-version/
Azure Security Center: General availability updates for August 2021 New enhancements and updates released for general availability (GA) in Azure Security Center in August 2021. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/asc-august2021-1/
Azure AD Graph is retiring on 30 June 2022 Update your apps to use Microsoft Graph before 30 June 2022 https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/update-your-apps-to-use-microsoft-graph-before-30-june-2022/
Announcing Azure Spring Cloud Enterprise—fully managed VMware Tanzu components and advanced configurability for Spring Boot apps Azure Spring Cloud Enterprise is a managed service for Spring that is optimized for the needs of enterprise developers. We’ve collaborated with VMware to combine the cloud platform expertise of Microsoft with the innovation of the VMware Tanzu portfolio. Azure Spring Cloud Enterprise adds commercial Tanzu components built specifically to address enterprise requirements around configuration, integration, flexibility, and support. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/announcing-azure-spring-cloud-enterprise-fully-managed-vmware-tanzu-components-and-configurability-for-spring-boot-apps/
Azure App Service support for Availability Zones reaches general availability This new feature provides high availability for web applications to enhance business continuity and support disaster recovery strategies. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-app-service-support-for-availability-zones-reaches-general-availability/
General availability: Change performance tiers for Azure Premium SSDs with no downtime Azure Premium SSDs now enables you to change performance tiers without any downtime to your applications. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-change-performance-tiers-for-azure-premium-ssds-with-no-downtime/
General availability: Azure API Management updates – August 2021 The availability zones feature in Azure API Management has been updated to provide better support in four new regions, in addition to other API Management updates. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-azure-api-management-updates-august-2021/
General availability: Cross service queries between Azure Monitor and Azure Data Explorer You can now write cross service queries between Azure Monitor and Azure Data Explorer, to access relevant data where you need it. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-cross-service-queries-between-azure-monitor-and-azure-data-explorer/
SMB Multichannel for Azure Files is generally available Server Message Block (SMB) Multichannel enables you to improve the IO performance of your SMB client 2-4x, increasing performance and decreasing total cost of ownership. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/smb-multichannel-azure-files-generally-available/
Azure Security Center: Public preview updates for August 2021 Public preview enhancements and updates released for Azure Security Center in August 2021. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/asc-august2021-2/
General availability: Azure ExpressRoute: New ExpressRoute Direct locations available ExpressRoute Direct gives you the ability to connect directly into Microsoft’s global network at peering locations strategically distributed around the world. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-azure-expressroute-new-expressroute-direct-locations-available/
Azure SQL – General availability updates for early September 2021  General availability enhancements and updates released for Azure SQL Managed Instance in early September 2021. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-sql-general-availability-updates-for-early-september-2021/
General availability: New Azure Batch capabilities Several new pool and security features are now generally available. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-batch-updates-august2021/
General availability: Azure App Configuration now offers increased hourly request limit The limit has increased to 30,000 requests per hour in the Standard tier https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-azure-app-configuration-now-offers-increased-hourly-request-limit/
Generally available: Azure Monitor support for Availability Zones Azure Monitor support for Availability Zones (AZ) is now available on West US 2 and East US 2. Currently, only workspaces created on dedicated clusters can have AZ support, by selecting to use Availability Zones when creating the cluster. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/generally-available-azure-monitor-support-for-availability-zones/
Private preview: Azure Spring Cloud Enterprise Azure Spring Cloud Enterprise (preview) is a new managed service for Spring Boot that is optimized for the needs of enterprise developers running applications at scale. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/private-preview-azure-spring-cloud-enterprise/
Run Commands for Azure VMware Solution now in public preview Run commands are a collection of PowerShell packages available in the Azure VMware Solution portal that simplify the execution of certain operations on vCenter. With this announcement your cloud administrator can now more easily run management tasks that require elevated privileges. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/run-commands-for-azure-vmware-solution-now-in-public-preview/
Azure Functions support for Node 6 is ending on 28 February 2022 Functions App support for Node 6 apps is ending on 28 February 2022, we recommend you upgrade to Node 14. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-functions-support-for-node-6-is-ending-on-28-february-2022/
Azure SQL Migration extension in Azure Data Studio in public preview Migrate SQL Server to Azure SQL using Azure Data Studio (preview) for a modern open-source, cross-platform, and hybrid unifying tooling experience for data operations across SQL Server and Azure databases. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-sql-migration-extension-in-azure-data-studio-in-public-preview-2/
Azure Database for PostgreSQL – Hyperscale (Citus): Germany West Central region generally available  Azure Database for PostgreSQL – Hyperscale (Citus) is now available in the Germany West Central region to distribute your Postgres database to horizontally scale queries across multiple machines using sharding. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-database-for-postgresql-hyperscale-citus-germany-west-central-region-generally-available/
Public preview: Azure Database for PostgreSQL – Flexible Server automated intelligent tuning Intelligent tuning, an automated tuning service, is now available on Flexible Server for Azure Database for PostgreSQL, a managed service running the open-source Postgres database on Azure. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-azure-database-for-postgresql-flexible-server-automated-intelligent-tuning/
General availability: Update in policy compliance for Azure Kubernetes Policies Azure Kubernetes policies now surface error states to you, providing important information about potential errors in your environment. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-update-in-policy-compliance-for-azure-kubernetes-policies/
Azure Functions support for Node 10 is ending on 30 September 2022 Functions App support for Node 10 apps is ending on 30 September 2022, we recommend you upgrade to Node 14. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-functions-support-for-node-10-is-ending-on-30-september-2022/
Azure Functions support for PowerShell 6 is ending on 30 September 2022 Functions Apps support for PowerShell 6 apps is ending on 30 September 2022. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-functions-support-for-powershell-6-is-ending-on-30-september-2022/
Upgrade to the latest version of Azure AD Connect before 31 August 2022 All 1.x versions of Azure AD Connect will be retired next year. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/action-required-upgrade-to-the-latest-version-of-azure-ad-connect-before-31-august-2022/
General availability: Azure ExpressRoute: New ExpressRoute peering locations available ExpressRoute lets you extend your on-premises networks into the Microsoft cloud over a private connection with the help of a connectivity provider. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-azure-expressroute-new-expressroute-peering-locations-available/
Azure Cost Management and Billing updates – August 2021 As August comes to a close, you'll find new download options available from the cost analysis preview and quick access to common subscription and resource group operations in Configuration. You'll also see the general availability of Azure Government Top Secret and improved migration and modernization tools and programs as well as the 14 new cost saving options and 3 documentation updates. Lots of great stuff! https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/azure-cost-management-and-billing-updates-august-2021/
5 reasons to attend the Azure data governance digital event Data is one of your most strategic assets. But to take full advantage of it, you need to know what data you have, where it came from, and what regulatory requirements affect it. Azure Purview is that solution. To show you the latest capabilities of Azure Purview—and share some exciting product announcements—my team will be hosting an Azure data governance digital event on Tuesday, September 28, 2021, from 9:00 AM–10:00 AM Pacific Time. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/5-reasons-to-attend-the-azure-data-governance-digital-event/
General availability: Azure Route Server Azure Route Server enables network appliances to exchange route information with Azure virtual networks dynamically. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-route-server-ga/
General availability: Azure Backup Offline backup with Azure Data Box The capability to seed large initial Microsoft Azure Recovery Services (MARS) backups offline to recovery services vault using Azure Data Box is now generally available. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-azure-backup-offline-backup-with-azure-data-box/
General availability: Azure Files supports storage capacity reservations for premium, hot, and cool tiers Storage capacity reservations for Azure Files enable you to significantly reduce the total cost of ownership of storage by pre-committing to storage utilization. To achieve the lowest costs in Azure, you should consider reserving capacity for all production workloads. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-files-storage-capacity-reservations/
General availability: Enabling Load Balancing for IBM WebSphere on Azure Virtual Machines IBM WebSphere Application Server (Traditional) Network Deployment on Azure Linux Virtual Machines now includes added load balancing. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-enabling-load-balancing-for-ibm-websphere-on-azure-virtual-machines/
Public preview: Azure Machine Learning now available in Japan West Azure Machine learning, bringing AI to everyone with an end-to-end, scalable, trusted platform previews in Japan West. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-machine-learning-now-generally-available-in-japan-west/
Windows Server IoT 2022 now generally available Get all the latest capabilities including hybrid capabilities with Azure, advanced multilayer security and faster innovation for applications. . https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/windows-server-iot-2022-now-generally-available/
General availability: Azure DevOps August 2021 updates With August updates, we added support for environment variables in Linux scale set agents. Now you can change the working directory of a Linux agent to use a faster drive than the OS drive. In addition, you can set a proxy to be used by the agent. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-azure-devops-august-2021-updates/
General availability: Azure Files now supports SMB 3.1.1 Server Message Block (SMB) 3.1.1 is the most secure and highly performant version of SMB. With SMB 3.1.1 support for Azure Files, you now can require AES-256-GCM for Windows 10, version 21H1 and newer clients. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-files-smb-3-1-1/
Public preview of Private Link Network Security Group Support Network Security Group support on Private Endpoint (PE) will allow you to improve granular security requirements for traffic destined to a private endpoint. This will assist in meeting specific compliance and security requirements for managing your PE powered workloads. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-of-private-link-network-security-group-support/
Custom AKS policy support – now public preview Azure Policy and AKS teams announce the public preview of custom policy support for Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) clusters. With this feature is enabled, you can create and assign custom policy definitions and constraint templates to their AKS clusters, see enhanced error state information for troubleshooting, use embedded constraint template inside policy definitions, and more. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/custom-aks-policy-support-now-public-preview/
Public preview of Private Link UDR Support User Defined Routes support on Private Endpoint will make configuring custom routes to traffic destined to a Private Endpoint easier for your large workloads. Learn more about how to use this feature in select regions. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-of-private-link-udr-support/
General availability: Automatic key rotation of customer-managed keys for encrypting Azure disks Azure Disk Storage now enables you to automatically rotate keys for encryption of your data. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/general-availability-automatic-key-rotation-of-customermanaged-keys-for-encrypting-azure-disks/
Public preview: Monitor Spring Boot applications end-to-end using Dynatrace Dynatrace OneAgent performance monitoring is now integrated in Azure Spring Cloud in collaboration with Dynatrace for end-to-end observability of Spring Boot applications. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-monitor-spring-boot-applications-endtoend-using-dynatrace/
Public preview: Simplified disaster recovery for VMware machines using Azure Site Recovery A new and more reliable way to protect VMware machines using simplified ASR replication appliance https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/vmware-dr-preview-with-asr/
Monitor Spring Boot applications end-to-end using Dynatrace Today, we are announcing the integration of the Dynatrace Software Intelligence Platform in Azure Spring Cloud. Over the past 18 months, we worked with many enterprise customers to learn about the scenarios they face. Many of these customers have thousands of Spring Boot applications running in on-premises data centers. https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/monitor-spring-boot-applications-endtoend-using-dynatrace/
Public preview: Visual Studio Code for the Web Visual Studio Code for the Web is a web-based code editor that runs within the browser and allows opening repositories on GitHub (and soon Azure Repos) and making lightweight code changes. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/public-preview-visual-studio-code-for-the-web/

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