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Azure Updates – Number 86 – March 23, 2024

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, Sentinel Blog, or the Microsoft Security Copilot Blog to see all the updates.

Microsoft Sentinel Blog

Create Codeless Connectors with the Codeless Connector Builder (Preview)
How to Set Up Sentinel Data Connectors for Kubernetes and GitHub
Monitoring Kubernetes Clusters, Image Build Environment and Container Registries with Sentinel
Upcoming Content Hub AMA supported Data Connectors
Create Tasks Repository in Microsoft Sentinel

Azure Updates

Action required: Upgrade your App Service apps to Node 20 LTS by 30 April 2025
Important Notice: Azure Product Retirement: End of Life Announcement of Azure Maps Creator Feature State Service Versions 31 March 2025
Azure Content Moderator will be retired on 15 March 2027
Basic and Standard A-series VMs on HDInsight will retire on 31 August 2024
Support for Connector for AWS in Cost Management is ending on 31 March 2025
Azure Synapse Runtime for Apache Spark 3.2 End of Support
Retirement: Support for .NET 7 ends on 14 May 2024?upgrade your Azure Functions resources to .NET 8
Update to Azure Functions Service Bus extension v5.x by 31 March 2025 for continued support
Azure Maps Native SDK for Android and iOS will be retired on 31 March 2025 ? transition to use Azure Maps Web SDK in a web view
Action recommended: Update to using Grafana version 10 for Azure Managed Grafana
Default Internet outbound access for Simplified node communication Batch pools without public IP addresses will be retired on 30 September 2025
HPC Pack 2016 will be retired on 12 January 2027
Support for Standard_M192idms_v2 will be retired on 31 March 2027
Community support for Standard_M192ids_v2 is ending on 31 March 2027
Community support for Standard_M192ims_v2 is ending on 31 March 2027
Community support for Standard_M192is_v2 is ending on 31 March 2027
Some compliance features in Microsoft Defender for Cloud will be retired on September 30, 2025
Azure HDInsight 4.0 will be retired on 31 March 2025 – migrate your HDInsight clusters to 5.1
Announcing Azure HPC Cache Retirement
Announcing Avere vFXT for Azure Retirement
Private Preview: Force detach zone redundant disks during zone outage
General Availability: Azure NetApp Files support for 1 TiB capacity pools
Public Preview: Next generation of general purpose service tier for Azure SQL Managed Instance
Public preview: Public IP Domain Name Label Scope
Public preview: Database watcher for Azure SQL
Generally available: Application Gateway (v2) IPv6 support
General availability: Listener TLS certificates management in the Azure portal
Generally available: Azure Health Data Services DICOM service with Azure Data Lake Storage
Operator and CRD support with Azure Managed Prometheus
Microsoft open sources Retina: A cloud-native container networking observability platform
Billing for Azure Monitor stateful log search alerts
Public preview: Kubernetes AI Toolchain Operator (KAITO) add-on for AKS
Generally Available: Cost analysis add-on for AKS
Open-Source Fleet Workload Placement Scheduling and Override
Generally Available: Windows Gen 2 VM support in AKS
Public preview: Windows GPU support in AKS
Generally Available: Kubernetes 1.29 support in AKS
Generally Available: Custom kubelet configuration for Windows in AKS
Public preview: Azure CNI static block IP allocation support in AKS
Public preview: Deployment safeguards in AKS
Generally Available: Azure CNI overlay dual stack Support in AKS (Linux only)
Generally Available: VM IP based load balancer in AKS
Generally Available: Host Network Security Group (NSG) control in AKS
Generally Available: HostPort auto assign in AKS
Generally Available: Instance level Public IP tags in AKS
Public preview: Trusted launch support in AKS
Generally Available: Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) support for 5K Node limit by default for standard tier clusters
Public preview: Azure Modeling and Simulation Workbench
Azure Monitor managed service for Prometheus is available in 13 additional Azure regions
You can now opt in automatically renew your reservation at time of purchase.
Azure Classic Administrator roles are retiring on 31 August 2024
Visual Studio App Center retirement
Retirement: Support for Application Gateway Web Application Firewall v2 Configuration is ending
Azure Monitor managed service for Prometheus now supports TLS & mTLS based scraping
Azure IoT Edge supports Ubuntu Core Snaps
Now available: Free data transfer out to internet when leaving Azure
Public Preview: JVM memory fit in Azure Container Apps
Public Preview: Managed Java components in Azure Container Apps
Public Preview: Tomcat support in Azure Container Apps
Public Preview: Modernizing Azure Resource Manager Throttling
Public Preview: Azure SQL updates for mid-March 2024
General Availability: Azure Defender for Microsoft Azure Database for PostgreSQL – Flexible Server
General Availability: Private Link in Azure Cosmos DB for MongoDB vCore
General Availability: Major version upgrade logs for Azure Database for PostgreSQL – Flexible Server
General availability: Additional cache size for Azure Cache for Redis Enterprise
General availability: Microsoft Entra ID integration with Azure Cosmos DB for PostgreSQL
Announcing Try Azure Cosmos DB support in Vercel Integration
WhatsApp Business Platform now available for applications built on Azure
Generally Available: Azure Chaos Studio supports new fault for Azure Event Hubs
Azure API Center Updates
Generally available: Azure Blob Storage Cold Tier in Poland Central, Qatar Central and Azure China

Microsoft Security Copilot Blog

Announcing API Management and API Center Community Live Stream on Wednesday, March 27th
Test Base for Microsoft 365: End-of-life Announcement
Crafting A Document In Another Language – HLS Copilot Snacks
HLS Copilot Snacks
App Service * TLS Cert Renewal for Web Apps, Functions, and Logic Apps (Standard)