Azure World Newsletter – Issue 3.06

April 6, 2022

Welcome to the sixth edition of the Azure World Newsletter in 2022. 

I really hope that you have been doing well. It’s now been a couple of years since I’ve attended any type of Microsoft event in person, and as such I haven’t really gotten to meet students and other instructors in that time. I miss the human interaction. Hopefully, Microsoft will start doing events in person in 2022 and I’ll make extra effort to get out to those. I miss you!

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ONE.

Last week, I had a chance to see this new Capacity Reservation feature in Azure. 

The concept is an interesting one. It allows you to reserve the capacity for a virtual machine, like reserving a table at a restaurant. You know that you need a table at a specific time, and you want to have assurance that one will be available for you when you arrive for dinner.

Azure Reserved Instances is a slightly different concept. Reserved Instances allow you to commit to using resources like Virtual Machines for 1- to 3-years, for a significant discount. 

Capacity Reservations allow you to reserve a virtual machine instance in your name, and it’s guaranteed to be available when you are ready to use it. Of course, you start paying for that reservation immediately too.

I was surprised to learn that Reserved Instances do not come with a capacity guarantee. So even if you have a Reserved Instance, the region may be out of resources for you when you want them.

I am not sure I have heard about this being a problem for too many Azure customers, but I can imagine that some companies need assurance that there will be VMs for them when they are ready to spin them up. Like you know that you need 100 DS4 VMs tomorrow, and so you reserve them today. Then when you use them tomorrow, you do not encounter the problem of there being no instances available in that region for you.

There’s no multi-year commitment involved. Just the security of knowing that a specific virtual machine will be available for you. You can also make this capacity reservation WHILE creating the virtual machine, so you know if you ever need to delete it and recreate it, the capacity of the region suddenly won’t fill up for that short period. 

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/capacity-reservation-overview


TWO.

Microsoft continues to sharpen it’s focus when it comes to learning and certification to become more cloud-centric, and focusing less on traditional IT roles. 

If you remember, on January 31, 2021, Microsoft expired the MCSE, MCSA and MCSD certifications. Particularly for Windows system administrators, it was not clear what they would replace it with. None of the role based certifications at the time focused on core IT infrastructure the way the old MCSE did. Since then, Microsoft has introduced some Windows and Networking certifications, but they focus on cloud and hybrid models. So IT Pros who focus exclusively on non-cloud tech have been left out in the cold so far.

This past week, changes were announced to the MCT program that saw Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certifications excluded from that program going forward. In order to qualify for the MCT program, you need to be certified in one of the cloud-based certifications and actively teach them.

I think the changes to these programs are indicative of the overall direction of learning and education at Microsoft. They are trying to be forward-thinking by focusing their programs on the cloud-based roles. While people who teach Microsoft Excel and those that maintain on-premises servers play a valuable role, it seems like programs that train and reward those efforts no longer exist. 

I would think that a $2 trillion company could afford to keep programs running for that, so it must just be a question of trying to promote the new technologies over the old ones. Purely a business and market adoption play. And not necessarily one that saves them costs. My 2 cents at least.

Source: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mctnetwork/posts/2497580307050235


AZURE PLATFORM UPDATES.

The following announcements were made in the last two weeks: 

  • Azure Time Series Insights will be retired on 31 March 2025 – we hardly knew ya
  • Operator Assistance in Azure MFA will be retired on 30 September 2023
  • Azure Batch supports Spot Virtual Machines, now in GA
  • On-demand capacity reservations, now in GA
  • On-demand capacity reservation with Azure Site Recovery safeguards VMs failover, now in GA
  • New planned datacenter region in India (India South Central)
  • Copy data directly to Archive Storage with Data Box, now in GA
  • App Service Environment version 1 and version 2 will be retired on 31 August 2024
  • The new Azure Front Door service, now in GA
  • NC-series, NCv2-series, ND-series, NV-series Azure Virtual Machines retirement extended to 31 August 2023
  • Azure classic storage accounts will be retired on 31 August 2024
  • Azure dedicated host support in AKS, public preview
  • Capacity reservation support in AKS, public preview
  • Cross-region snapshot copy for Azure Disk Storage, now in GA
  • Always Encrypted for Azure Cosmos DB, now in GA
  • Bring your own IP ranges to Azure, now in GA
  • ARM64-based Azure Linux VMs, bring better performance for a lower price, in preview

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

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/


COMING UP FOR ME.

I’m working on a presentation for the Azure User Group Portugal, and I’ll be happy to share the date/time/link in the next newsletter. I’m excited about that. Continuing to record daily for my Udemy courses. 

AZ-303 and AZ-304 have now retired, and I need to make some adjustments to the courses to deal with that. AI-900 and DP-900 had some exam objective changes, and I am making changes to those courses to deal with that. Lots of stuff going on, as always.

If you’re in any of my courses, thanks for being a student. I really do appreciate the honor.


WHERE TO FIND ME.

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