AzureTracks Azure News Update
Andrew Posted on 2:59 pm

Azure Updates – Number 73 – September 24, 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.

We are one day late this week with this post, but I wanted to get this up before the work-week starts tomorrow. I was out in the woods for some much needed offline time; it is my sincere hope that everyone gets some time to decompress.

Azure Updates

Azure Monitor for AKS-Engine will not be supported on 14 September 2026
Azure Database for MariaDB will be retired on 19 September 2025 ??? Migrate to Azure Database for MySQL Flexible Server
Azure Monitor Data Collection API Retirement???
Transition to using standard tests for single-step availability testing in Azure Monitor application insights by 30 September 2026
Azure Maps Data V1 / V2 APIs will be retired on 16 September 2024 ??? transition to Azure Maps Data Registry APIs???
Retirement: HTTP application routing add-on (preview) for AKS will retire 03/03/2025
Azure Maps Render V1 APIs will be retired on 17 September 2026 ??? transition to Azure Maps Render V2 APIs???
Retirement notice: The legacy Azure Storage Python client libraries will be retired on 13 September 2024
Retirement notice: The Azure Storage Ruby client libraries will be retired on 13 September 2024
Retirement notice: The legacy Azure Storage Go client libraries will be retired on 13 September 2024
Azure AI Video Indexer features adjustments following Media Services Retirement
General Availability: Share VM images publicly with community gallery – Azure Compute Gallery feature
Generally Available: Azure Update Manager
Public Preview: Web PubSub support for Socket.IO
Generally available: Azure Monitor OpenTelemetry-based Distro for Node.js and Python
General Availability: GitHub Advanced Security for Azure DevOps
OpenAI Whisper model in preview in Azure OpenAI service and Azure AI Speech
Azure Service Fabric 10.0 Release
Authenticate Azure Monitor logs connector in Logic App with managed identity
Public preview: Alerts timeline view
General Availability: Malware Scanning in Defender for Storage
Announcing Azure FXT Edge Filer Retirement
Retirement: Azure AI Document Intelligence v2.0 API will be retired on 31 August 2026
Project Azure FarmBeats will be retired on 30 Sep 2023 ??? transition to Azure Data Manager for Agriculture.
Azure Maps Gen1 Price Tier will be retired on 15 September 2026 — transition to Azure Maps Gen2 Price Tier???
Important Notice: Azure Product Retirement: End of Life Announcement of Azure Sphere classic CLI on 30 September 2024. Replace with Azure Sphere CLI
Azure Machine Learning – Public Preview for September
Preview: Save Azure Backup Recovery Services Agent (MARS) passphrase to Azure Key Vault
General availability: Selective Disk Backup and Restore in Enhanced Policy for Azure VM Backup
Preview: Cross Region Restore (CRR) for Recovery Services Agent (MARS) using Azure Backup
WordPress on App Service – Free hosting plan now in Public Preview
General availability: Azure Backup support for Azure Files in China North2, China East 2, China North 3, and China East 3
General availability: Sensitive Data Protection for Application Gateway Web Application Firewall
Generally available: Higher default value for Azure Functions Event Hubs max batch size
General availability: Use Azure Key Vault to securely store and retrieve access key when mounting Azure Storage as a local share in App Service
Public Preview: Configure customer-managed keys on existing Cosmos DB accounts
General Availability: Azure SQL updates for mid-September 2023
Public Preview: Azure Cosmos DB Javascript SDK v4.0
New in Kusto: `.show databases entities` command for viewing tables, functions, and more
GA: Latest generation burstable VMs – Bsv2, Basv2, and Bpsv2
Azure Service Fabric 9.1 Sixth Refresh Release
Public preview: Standard network features support in US Government region
Generally available: Export Cost Management data to secure storage accounts with firewall
View trends of client-side metrics across test runs in Azure Load Testing
Configure load testing in your CI/CD pipeline from Azure portal
Azure Front Door Standard and Premium support bring your own certificated based domain validation
Introducing Graph Semantics in Kusto, a new way to contextualize time series data

Azure Sentinel Blog

Fortifying Your Defenses: How Microsoft Sentinel Safeguards Your Organization from BEC Attacks
Accelerating Zero Trust Alignment with Microsoft Sentinel
Microsoft Sentinel’s new incident experience is generally available!
Introducing Microsoft Sentinel Optimization Workbook
Manage Access to Microsoft Sentinel Workbooks with Lower Scoped RBAC