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Another busy week in the Azure cloud. Here are the stories the team is covering this week: ZeroLogon is now detected by Microsoft Defender for Identity (CVE-2020-1472 exploitation), New updates for both Azure Backup and Azure Cost Management / Billing, Shared disks on Azure Disk Storage now available in broader set of regions and a new Microsoft Learn Fundamentals learning path.
Microsoft Defender for Identity now detects ZeroLogon (CVE-2020-1472) exploitation
Many have been intrigued about the recently patched CVE-2020-1472 Netlogon Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability, widely known as ZeroLogon. While we strongly recommend that you deploy the latest security updates to your servers and devices, Microsoft also wantes to provide you with the best detection coverage possible for your domain controllers. Microsoft Defender for Identity (previously Azure Advanced Threat Protection) along with other Microsoft 365 Defender (previously Microsoft Threat Protection) solutions detect adversaries as they try to exploit this vulnerability against your domain controllers.
What’s new in Azure Backup
Microsoft recently announced several new Azure Backup features that enhance the protection of your data in Azure. Azure Backup is Azure’s native backup solution that provides data protection capabilities for diverse and mission-critical workloads in a simple, secure, and cost-effective manner. The latest capabilities that we announced this Ignite let you expand your data protection to new workload types, enhance security, and improve the availability of your backup data. Furthermore, you can now increase operational efficiencies with built-in capabilities for managing backups at scale, along with the ability to automatically onboard Azure Backup to Windows Server Virtual Machines.
Shared disks on Azure Disk Storage is now available in broader set of regions
Azure Disk Storage is the only shared block storage in the cloud that supports both Windows and Linux based clustered or high-availability applications. Shared disks is now available for Premium SSDs in all regions and available for Ultra Disks in all regions that support Ultra Disks. Shared disks allows a single disk to be attached to multiple virtual machines, enabling customers to run their most demanding enterprise applications in the cloud like clustered databases, parallel file systems, persistent containers, and machine learning applications, without compromising on well-known deployment patterns for fast failover and high availability.
Azure Cost Management and Billing updates for September 2020
Whether you’re a new student, thriving startup, or the largest enterprise, you have financial constraints, and you need to know what you’re spending, where, and how to plan for the future. Nobody wants a surprise when it comes to the bill, and this is where Azure Cost Management + Billing comes in.
Microsoft is always looking for ways to learn more about your challenges and how Azure Cost Management + Billing can help you better understand where you’re accruing costs in the cloud, identify and prevent bad spending patterns, and optimize costs to empower you to do more with less. Here are a few of the latest improvements and updates based on your feedback: Simplify financial reporting with cost allocation (preview), Connector for AWS is now generally available, Pay-as-you-go rates for all Azure products and services, What’s new in Cost Management Labs, Expanded availability of resource tags in cost reporting, 15 ways to optimize your Azure costs, New ways to save money with Azure, Upcoming changes to Azure usage data, and Documentation updates.
MS Learn Module of the Week
Azure Fundamentals part 1: Describe core Azure concepts
New to the cloud? Azure Fundamentals teaches you basic cloud concepts, provides a streamlined overview of many Azure services, and guides you with hands-on exercises to deploy your very first services for free.
- Understand the benefits of cloud computing in Azure
- Explain cloud concepts such as high availability, scalability, elasticity, agility, and disaster recovery
- Describe core Azure architecture components such as subscriptions, management groups, resources, and resource groups
- Summarize geographic distribution concepts such as Azure regions, region pairs, and availability zones
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