Azure World Newsletter – Issue 2.21

November 17, 2021

Welcome to the twenty-first edition of the Azure World Newsletter in 2021.

I am so grateful to have you as a subscriber.

In the blink of an eye, another two weeks have passed. I guess I’ve been completely busy with a few things, including the launch of a new course and preparing my courses for the upcoming holiday period.

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The AZ-305 Azure Architect Design beta has become available this week. There are a limited number of coupons that will allow you to take that exam at a discount while it’s in Beta.

As you might recall from a previous newsletter, Microsoft has re-architected how the Azure Architect Expert certification is earned.

Up until March 31, 2022, you can earn the Azure Architect Expert certification by passing both AZ-303 and AZ-304. You can also earn it by passing AZ-303 and AZ-305. Both AZ-303 and AZ-304 exams expire on March 31, 2022.

No worries if you’ve already passed those exams. Your active certification is not affected by the expiry of the exams.

You can also earn Azure Architect Expert certification by passing AZ-104 and AZ-305. This means that some people can get Expert certified with one fewer exam than the old requirements. Less studying, less cost.

If you weren’t planning to get the Azure Administrator certificate, then you now have to do that under the new requirements.

Sign up for the beta of AZ-305 if you’re interested. See if the coupon is still valid for that. And rest assured that I’m updating my AZ-304 course with the new content. I’ve already started on that.


The new Microsoft Azure Region in Sweden is now active. This was announced a year ago.

There was a rumor that the rack hardware was provided by IKEA. (Sorry, that’s the best joke I could come up with at the moment. I haven’t been getting enough sleep lately.)

The Swedish data center was built using sustainable principles, using 100 percent carbon-free energy. They are investing in renewable energy projects with some partners around that too.

Interesting tidbit. The backup generators for the new data center use diesel fuel made with 50% renewable raw material. So even in an emergency, Microsoft will be reducing the harm to the environment in its energy usage.

The facilities are cooled with outside air 100% of the year, and rainwater is captured to provide water to the facility.


I am pleased to finally launch my new DP-300 Azure Data Administrator exam preparation course on Udemy.

If you are one of the first readers to see this newsletter, I’ll offer a limited number of free spots using this link:

The first 100 students to click the above link can get the course for free as a thank you for reading this newsletter every couple of weeks. If you missed the free link, you can still get the course at its launch price of US $9.99.


There were a ton of other announcements. 90+ Satya said in the keynote. I can’t cover them all here. But check some of the more interesting ones out.

The following announcements were made in the last two weeks:

  • Bastion Standard SKU in GA
  • Trusted launch for Azure Virtual Machines in GA
  • API Management and Event Grid integration
  • Azure Virtual Network Manager in preview
  • Managed Identities for Azure Automation in GA
  • Azure OpenAI service brings GPT-3 to Azure, in preview
  • Azure Site Recovery supports failover for multiple IP configurations
  • ExpressRoute supports Azure Virtual Desktop Shortpath RDP over Private Peering
  • Static Web Apps now supports .NET 6 Blazor apps
  • .NET 6.0 in Azure Functions now GA
  • Azure Functions Runtime 4.0
  • PowerShell on Linux for Azure Functions in preview
  • Azure Bastion native client support in preview
  • Azure Web PubSub is now in GA
  • App Service support for .NET 6 is now in GA
  • Multi subnet support for SQL Server in a Virtual Machine
  • Azure Archive rehydration priority can be altered after requested
  • VM Applications – deploy applications to VMs and VM Scale sets
  • Microsoft Azure Sweden region now GA
  • Availability Zones for the East Asia region
  • SFTP support for Azure Blob Storage is now in preview
  • Virtual Machine Selector tool lets you find the VM instance type that meets your needs
  • Azure SQL bindings for Azure Functions in preview

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


I’m going to take a break for a little while now that US Thanksgiving is here. I will continue to keep an eye on the courses on Udemy to ensure they’re up to date, including the AZ-305 additions to AZ-304. But don’t expect much from me in the next 2 weeks.

The next newsletter, on December 1, will be the last one of the year.


And that’s it for issue 2.21. Thanks for reading this far.

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