Azure World Newsletter – Issue 1.15

Writing these newsletters every two weeks is a good way to mark the passage of time for me. The reminder pops up on my calendar, and I almost always exclaim, “Has it been two weeks already? Didn’t I send one last week?” And then I realize that, yes, two weeks have indeed passed.

One thing that has me excited, is the “end” of the major exam update cycle for this year. It seems like Microsoft has been tweaking the exams in small ways every few months, and then doing major updates once per year. This, as you’d expect, is a lot of work for me. 

So far, I’ve updated AZ-900, AZ-104, AZ-204, and now AZ-303. Just one more to go, with AZ-304 updates beginning this week. Then, maybe, they’ll give me a couple of months break before new updates in January 2021? Fingers crossed.

Anyways, enough about that. Here’s what has happened these past two weeks in the world of Azure…


It’s that time of year again! Microsoft Ignite is now accepting registrations and the conference itself is only a couple of weeks away. September 22-24, 2020.

Of course, it’s entirely online and it’s free. So be sure and sign up for Microsoft Ignite if you’re interested in getting all that great content that Microsoft is planning to provide. Look through the catalog a few days in advance and see what you’re interested in. Some of the sessions fill up, yes even online.

I’ve been to the last two Ignite’s in Orlando in 2018 and 2019. On the one hand, I’m grateful for not having to spend $5000+ to travel to the event and for the tickets. I didn’t have an employer to pay for that as most did.

It was also a lot of walking, and a lot of time away from work. To some, that’s good. But to be able to attend the event and also have the chance to do some work will be a benefit – to me at least.

I will miss meeting the dozens and dozens of students throughout the week. That’s probably the biggest downside to an “online-only” event to me.


Microsoft and VMWare have gotten together to launch Azure Spring Cloud, which is now in general availability.

Azure Spring Cloud is a fully-managed service for Spring Boot apps. You simply need to deploy JARs or code, and Spring Cloud will wire your apps with the Spring service runtime automatically.

If you’re a Java developer, finally getting the simplicity of a fully managed Spring service in the cloud should be a big benefit.


Azure Blob Storage has finally added versioning to the service, in general availability.

This should protect your blob container contents from accidental or malicious deletion. Much like a source control system, blob versioning automatically maintains all previous versions of an object using a version ID. You can list both the current and previous versions, as well as access and restore those previous versions.

Azure Storage is already one of the safest places to store files with their redundancy features, soft delete option, and immutable blobs. Now, this is one more feature to protect your files from these mistakes.

The feature is free, but you are going to pay for the additional usage of storage for previous versions. So be careful about which types of files you enable this for.


Some updates to Azure over the past two weeks:

  • Automatic VM guest patching for critical and security patches (in preview)
  • Azure Migration now supports migrating to Availability Zones
  • Azure Storage classic metrics is retiring
  • Azure Spring Cloud in General Availability
  • AWS connector for Cost Management in General Availability
  • Azure Blob versioning in General Availability

Be sure and check out the Azure Updates page if any of these affect you.


My AZ-300 course has now been completely updated for the AZ-303 exam content. If you own the course, you get the updates for free. If you don’t own the course, you can buy my AZ-303 course at a great price here: 

Now I need to get to work on the AZ-304 updates.

Something strange happened yesterday night with AZ-900. I went to check out the official landing page, and the Sept 15 changes are gone! Has Microsoft put the changes on hold? I’m trying to find out. Maybe there was a publishing error that rolled back the changes by mistake. I’ll let you know when I know.

Thank you for reading this. I really do appreciate that you take the time every two weeks.


And that’s it for issue 1.15. Thanks for reading this far.

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