Azure This Week

Windows Server Hotpatching & Azure Spring Cloud

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Lars Klint covers all the Azure updates for you this week! Windows Server 2022 hotpatching is here to help remove pesky reboots. Azure Spring Cloud Enterprise preview is now available, and you can now create cross region VM restore points! Try our current free course

0:00 Introduction
0:26 Windows Server hotpatching:
2:10 Tip of the Week:
2:26 Azure Spring Cloud Enterprise:
3:57 Cross region VM restore points:

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Azure This Week is your weekly news roundup for all things Azure. Join our expert hosts as they cover everything you need to know about the past week’s developments, keeping it short, fun and informative. Whether you’re just beginning your cloud journey, or you know your stuff, there’s something for everyone!

This week, we have hotpatching, VM deletion magic,  some Spring Cloud and cross region restores. I'm   Lark Klint and you are watching Azure This Week. A  show with more hosts than you can poke a stick at. Oh, what's that down there? It's a  subscribe button. Try clicking it. The best part of IaaS, is rebooting your Windows  Servers after installing a path or update - said   no one ever. You know what I mean. Rebooting any  computing device is a bit annoying, but when it   comes to servers that run your critical business  processes, it can get downright hairy. The wait  

for everything to come back up, the anxiety  of critical patches, the late night scheduling   of downtime, and so much more. Now there is  hotpatching though. Yeah, you can patch and   update Windows Server Azure Edition core virtual  machines on Azure without requiring a reboot.   I know! It works by patching code in memory of  the running processes. You will need the hot   patches from Microsoft. And so far, it only works  on Windows Server 2022 Datacenter, Azure Edition,   but it is a start. This should improve the  protection, deployment times, and availability for  

all your Server 2022 VMs. Combining this with  Azure Automanage and Azure-orchestrated patching,   managing VMs is now even easier. One  thing to note is that when you still...As   well as other installer...One thing  to note is that when you, sorry.   One thing to note is that you will still need to  reboot VMs when you are installing updates that   aren't "hotpatched", as well as after installing  what Microsoft calls "baseline" updates happening   roughly once a quarter. Get all the details  and how to set up hotpatching using the link   in the description. I dunno if you wanna put a  little label or something tip of the week or not.

Or minor update of the week, I dunno, something,  you figure it out. This week's small, but hugely   helpful improvement. You can now automatically  delete discs, NICs and public IPs associated   with a VM when you delete that VM. Only took  us a decade, but well, it's finally here. Yay. To be honest, this story is not my strong  side. I haven't used the Spring Cloud   with VMWare on Azure, but if you have, you  might also have got the benefits and that   let you focus on apps instead of security  patching, scaling and monitoring. In fact,  

Spring Cloud has been so popular that Azure  has created a new Enterprise tier. At least   that's what they claim. I'm sure it has nothing  with being able to charge more. Anyway, the new   Enterprise tier "includes commercially supported  Spring runtime components to help Enterprise   customers ship faster and unlock Spring's full  potential" as Microsoft marketing puts it. This is the next step in the collaboration between  Microsoft and VMWare. The plan is to eventually   let you deploy polyglot applications that are  inherently portable across any Azure service,   any cloud and any on-premises system. Big claim. I  like it. If you're a fan of Spring Cloud on Azure,  

the new Enterprise tier is now in preview.  So go try it out. Is 2022 the year of   picking up cloud computing knowledge? Then check  out ACGs free plan. It gives you access to free   courses and quizzes plus learning paths and  original series content. Currently for the   month of February, the full course Introduction to  the Microsoft Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure   is free, as well as a bunch of other content.  And you don't need a credit card to sign up.   I'll include links in description below. You  can now create VM restore points in any public  

region of your choice, irrespective  of which region the VM is deployed to. Let's say you have a workload running on a VM in  east US which you want to protect from disasters.   Now, while this is uncommon, it could potentially  bring down the entire region. Oh. You can now   periodically create VM restore points in a target  region far, far away from your source region, like   North Europe. If your workloads deployed  in east US becomes inaccessible due to   any kind of disasters or failures, you can  use one of the restore points, you know,   created in North Europe to create a failover  VM with minimal data loss and downtime. Neat.  

But that isn't all. You can also copy restore  points between regions for added flexibility. So much VM goodness this week. I love that  hotpatching feature. Well, what do you think?   Let me know. If you want more cloud in your  brain, check out the ACG platform and consider   signing up for a free account too. We'd love to  have you join our friendly learner community.   Next week we have another new face on the  show. So take good care of Ace. He is...well,  

an Ace! I'll see you in the cloud. Keep being  awesome Cloud Gurus. And a backwards one.

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