Azure – You can now migrate your Classic deployment resources to ARM

As you know, Azure Resource Manager (ARM) is the default deployment model for Azure resources but if you had already deployed Azure resources using the old model/portal (Classic deployment) it was not easy (not to say impossible) to easily migrate these Classic resources to the new ARM. Now, you can If you have classic resources (like virtual machine, network or storage account) you can now use the Migrate to ARM…

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Azure – Want to influence the next capabilities for Azure Migrate?

You may already be using Azure Migrate. Or you are evaluating the capabilities. Well, you can influence the next capabilities for it by providing your input and participate to the private preview. To be involved you need to fill the form available here https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=v4j5cvGGr0GRqy180BHbR3jsP9XEFE1ClBlDcwuVgRZUODNERjNTVjJSUVRBVllMNzhRVDFESVozRS4u

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Azure – Azure AD B2B now supports one time password (preview)

Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) is making things easier to collaborate with external users (guest) by supporting email one-time password. This new capability (in preview) allows external users (guests) to sign in and authenticate against your Azure AD using a one time password (OTP) send by email when they do not have already a Microsoft corporate account (Azure AD), Google ID or Microsoft personal account (MSA). Each time such guest…

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Azure – An MSI package is now available for Az PowerShell module

Following the general release of the new Azure PowerShell module (Az) (see https://t.co/xrzdIDmG7M), Microsoft has made MSI packages available to allow you deploying this new module (as it used to be for the previous Azure PowerShell module) which will be helpful if you use software deployment system like SCCM. You can get the MSI package from: x86 bits https://github.com/Azure/azure-powershell/releases/download/v1.1.0-January2019/Az-Cmdlets-1.1.0.25353-x86.msi x64 bits https://github.com/Azure/azure-powershell/releases/download/v1.1.0-January2019/Az-Cmdlets-1.1.0.25353-x64.msi These packages are available for the latest version…

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Azure – New capabilities for Azure Backup applicable to Azure Files (preview)

Azure  Backup has been updated to provide new capabilities: Azure Backup now supports backing up NTFS ACL’s set on Azure Files (see https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/storage/files/storage-files-active-directory-overview to know more about). This means when you restore Azure Files, the NTFS permissions will be also restored. This capability is currently in preview. PowerShell can now be used to run backup and restore operation for Azure Files. This requires the latest version of the PowerShell Az…

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Azure – Azure Data Box is now GA and is going to support blob storage

You may already know that you can use Azure Data Box to migrate on-premises workloads to Azure (from backups to remote/branch office data). If you need to know more about Azure Data Box you can go there https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/databox/data-box-overview This offer has been in preview for the past few month and is now in GA (General Availability). In addition, Azure Data Box is going to support Azure Blob Storage (preview), allowing…

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Azure – Ensure your server running your Azure Application Proxy has TLS 1.2 enabled

If you use Azure Application Proxy to publish internal web applications, you need to ensure the server(s) running the Azure App Proxy connector has/have TLS 1.2 enabled. By January 31st, 2019, if this/these server(s) do not have TLS 1.2 enabled you may experience service disruption as the older TLS version (1.0 and 1.1) will be disabled on Azure App Proxy. To ensure you have TLS 1.2 enabled, just check the…

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Azure – Automated SQL Databases backup (Preview)

Following the announcement of Azure Backup for SQL Server on Azure VM (see https://azure.microsoft.com/en-in/blog/azure-backup-for-sql-server-on-azure-vm-public-preview/) a new backup capability has been added. As you know, when a new SQL database is being added onto your Azure SQL VM instance you have to rediscover the database and then configure the protection for this new database. Now, with the new capability – called auto-protection – you can automatically get Azure to do the…

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Azure – A new option is available for the Azure administration portal

Next time you are logging on to your Azure administration portal (https://portal.azure.com) you may be a little bit surprised as it will not display your usual dashboard but a new home page. Don’t be worry it will offer you to select which ‘home page’ you want to set: either the new home or your dashboard. Once you have defined your new default home you can change it using the Settings…

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Azure – The Az PowerShell module is now in general availability

As announced in August 2018, a new PowerShell module to manage Azure resources called Az has been in development. It reached the general availability state. To install it, open a PowerShell prompt (as usual using the Run As Administrator) and run the command Install-Module -Name Az -Repository PSGallery –Force NOTE will you can have both AzureRM and Az modules installed side by side (using the –AllowClobber) it is not recommended…

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Azure – Azure Backup Server now support SQL 2017 and Windows Server 2019

Microsoft Azure Backup Server (MABS) v3 now support SQL 2017 workloads and can be installed on Windows Server 2019. In addition MABS v3 introduces support for TLS 1.2 and support for VMware VM backup (vCenter and ESXi 6.5 and auto-protection when new VMWare VM’s are added to a protected folder) You can get here https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/backup/backup-azure-microsoft-azure-backup#software-package to know how to upgrade to MABS v3.

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Azure VM – You can now replace virtual disk during the restore process

Previously when you had to restore an Azure Virtual Machine you had to fully restore the VM by creating a new VM. Now you can restore the VM by replacing it by overwriting the existing/being restored one. Off course to be able to do this you need to have a recovery vault in place and have the VM being backed up at least once If you need to restore a…

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Azure – Azure Site Recovery automatic update is now available

Azure Site Recovery (ASR) is an Azure service allowing you to setup a disaster recovery infrastructure by replicating your virtual machines either from on-premises (VMWare/Hyper-V) or from Azure. When you implement ASR you have to deploy a component, known as mobility service, on each virtual machines being replicated. As each time ASR is updated (which is a monthly cadence) you also have to update your mobility agent, which then may…

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Azure – You can explore your Azure Resources using Graph

Azure Resource Graph is a new capability (currently in preview) which is helping you exploring all your Azure resources. This is already in use by Azure itself when you use the ‘Search resources, services, and docs’ search box To start using Azure Resource Graph, search for Resource Graph from the ‘All services’ From there you can launch the Cloud Shell to your query You can also use Resource Graph directly…

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