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Azure Updates – Number 60 – March 25, 2023

A summary update on Azure News that includes updates released from Microsoft Azure related to Azure, Architecture, Compute, and Sentinel topics. Every update is linked to it’s original Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Sentinel or other blog source. Hopefully this will save you some time digging around to find recent releases and changes.

Updates include preview and general availability announcements, news, and technical articles published in the listed topic areas for the previous 2 week snapshot. Presented is a subset of news that is highlighted here, visit Azure Blog or Azure Updates Blog to see all the updates.

Azure Updates

Batch custom image pools using VHD or managed images will be retired on 31 March 2026
Docker container runtime retirement for Windows node pools effective May 1, 2023
AKS will stop support for Windows Server 2019 on March 1 2026
Batch Service in select regions will be retired on 31 March 2026
Azure Automation is retiring Agent-based User Hybrid Runbook Worker (Windows & Linux) on 31 August 2024
Generally available: Azure Private Link support for Inbound traffic in Azure API Management
Public Preview: Workspaces in Azure API Management
Public preview: Azure Maps Creator Improved indoor maps onboarding and new Features API
General availability: Azure Virtual Network Manager
General availability: Reserved namespaces for subdomains
Announcement: Azure Active Directory backed authentication for JMS 2.0 API on Azure Service Bus
General Availability: ASP. NET web app migration to Azure App Service using PowerShell Scripts
Azure Maps is now HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) compliant
Generally available: Encryption scopes on hierarchical namespace enabled storage accounts
General availability: Serilog Sink for Azure Data Explorer
Select Batch Pool autoscale service-defined variables will be retired on 31 March 2024
Retirement Announcement: Assigning alert trigger playbooks within Microsoft Sentinel analytics rules
Azure Batch classic compute node communication model will be retired on 31 March 2026
We’re retiring Cluster Configuration with Flux v1 on 24 May 2025 transition to GitOps extension for Kubernetes to move to Flux v2
Container insights recommended alerts (custom metrics) (preview) will be retired on 14 March 2026
Retirement notice: The Azure Storage PHP client libraries will be retired on 17 March 2024
Retirement: Azure Database Migration Service (classic) – SQL Server scenarios deprecation
Public preview: Listener TLS certificates management available in the Azure portal
Preview: JSON support for Active Geo-Replication on Azure Cache for Redis
Public Preview: PgBouncer monitoring metrics for Azure Database for PostgreSQL – Flexible Server
General Availability: Performance workbooks for Azure PostgreSQL – Flexible Server
Azure SQLGeneral availability updates for mid-March 2023
Azure Load Testing support for JMeter 5.5
Azure Machine Learning – Generally availability updates for March 2023
Generally available: Azure Monitor integration with Azure Container Apps
Now available: Azure Kubernetes Service Edge Essentials
Generally available: Azure SQL Database offline migrations in Azure SQL Migration extension
Public preview: Azure Database for MySQL connector for Power Apps, Logic Apps
Generally Available: Durable Functions support of managed identity for Azure Storage
Azure Red Hat OpenShift version 4.11 now available
Public Preview: Collect Syslog from AKS nodes using Azure Monitor container insights
Public preview: Data API builder instantly creates modern REST and GraphQL endpoints for modern databases
Generally available: Azure Ultra Disk Storage in Brazil Southeast, South Africa North and UAE North
Azure Red Hat OpenShift March Updates
Public Preview: Performance Plus for Azure Disk Storage
Public Preview: Change data capture for Azure Cosmos DB analytical store
Azure SQLPublic preview updates for mid-March 2023
Generally available: ContainerLogV2 Schema in Azure Monitor container insights
Generally available: Metric charts support for split-by operations on multiple dimensions
Generally available: Azure Firewall Basic
Public Preview – Backup for Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)
Public preview: Database connections support in Azure Static Web Apps
General Availability of Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server on Azure VMware Solution
General Availability: Support for pg_hint_plan and semver extensions in Azure Database for PostgreSQL Flexible Server
Public preview: Azure Static Web Apps support for A Record
Azure Machine Learning March 2023 Region Expansion Announcement
Azure Machine Learning – Public Preview updates for March 2023
Public Preview: Selective Disk Backup and Restore in Enhanced Policy for Azure VM Backup
Generally available: Azure Digital Twins Data history supports Graph updates
Public preview: Illumio for Azure Firewall
Public preview: Azure Cognitive Service for Vision Powers State-of-the-Art Computer Vision Development
Generally available: Immutable vaults for Azure Backup
Public Preview: Azure Chaos Studio now available in
General availability: Ephemeral OS disks supports encryption at host using customer managed keys

Azure Blog

Modernize your apps and accelerate business growth with AI
Connect, secure, and simplify your network resources with Azure Virtual Network Manager
Introducing GPT-4 in Azure OpenAI Service
Azure Data Manager for Energy: Achieve interoperability with Petrel
Protect against cyberattacks with the new Azure Firewall Basic
Microsoft to showcase purpose-built AI infrastructure at NVIDIA GTC
Announcing Microsoft Azure Data Manager for Agriculture: Accelerating innovation across the agriculture value chain
Azure previews powerful and scalable virtual machine series to accelerate generative AI

Azure Sentinel Blog

What’s New: Introducing Microsoft Sentinel Network Session Essentials solution
[Coming soon] Microsoft Sentinel out-of-the-box content centralization!
Tutorial: Get started with Azure WAF investigation Notebook
ACSC Essential 8 Health Report in Microsoft Sentinel
Anomaly detection and Explanation with Isolation Forest and SHAP using Microsoft Sentinel Notebooks