Azure in-depth series: Azure updates 16 August 2021

Cobweb Team
Categories: Azure

Jonathan Harris, Cobweb Solutions Architect, writes …

This week’s Azure updates are as follows ….

Azure VM Extension Upgrade – now generally available (GA)
  • Azure VMs have the ability to have additional software extensions added to them from the Azure portal. Extensions include anti-malware and other vendor specific software. These extensions can now be automatically upgraded on the relevant VMs. The upgrades are deployed in an availability first method – for example, for paired regions one region is upgraded first, for regions with availability zones each availability zone is upgraded first.
  • More information can be found at Automatic Extension Upgrade for VMs and Scale Sets in Azure.
Peered VNet Resize – in preview
ExpressRoute Global Reach Locations
  • An ExpressRoute is a connection directly into Microsoft’s backbone network, providing a low latency, fault tolerant network connection. A meet-me or peering location is a point of entry into Microsoft’s network.
  • Three new locations have been added:
    • South Africa
    • Johannesburg
    • Taiwan.
  • The Global Reach function allows a customer using an ExpressRoute in different geo locations, to connect the offices together via their ExpressRoutes.
  • More information is at ExpressRoute Global Reach.
Azure Point-to-Site (P2S) for macOS VPN client – now GA
Azure Site Recovery (ASR) Global Disaster Recovery support – now GA
  • ASR is the ability to replicate VMs to another Azure region.
  • Replication can now be enabled between any two Azure regions.
  • Replication is no longer limited to within the same continent.
  • More detail is at Region support.
Azure Migrate Containerization Support – in preview
  • Azure Migrate is a tool to assess and migrate workloads to Azure.
  • Azure Migrate now has the ability to assess workloads for a migration to containers.
  • Azure Migrate can scan the workloads, create Docker files (containers) and use the Azure Container Registry to perform the build and storage.
  • This is a great tool to help when modernising applications and containerisation.
  • Please see Public preview: Containerize apps and migrate to AKS and Azure App Service with Azure Migrate for more information.
DDoS Attack Trend Report
  • Microsoft’s Azure DDoS Protection—2021 Q1 and Q2 DDoS attack trends is an interesting report on the recent DDOS attacks that Microsoft has seen over the last two quarters.
  • The report contains information on the type and duration of attacks, where the attacks are coming from, and about new types of attacks they’re seeing.


As always, contact me or any of the Cobweb team (0333 009 5941 – if you’d like more information about any of the above, or Azure generally.