You might be new to Virtual Machines, or even new to Azure, or you could be a long-time VM aficionado. Whichever category you fall into, it’s always good to learn. Microsoft’s new Learn platform has a multitude of opportunities to educate yourself on the latest, most modern technologies. Whether you want a career in the cloud or just need information on how to complete a task or project, the free Virtual Machines is one of the core Compute components of Azure and proficiency in this area can lead to a great career. Use this direct link to access the growing list of free training modules on Virtual Machines in Azure: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/browse/?products=azure-virtual-machines
On this show, we’ll take a closer look at Windows Virtual Desktop, now in public preview. See how you can give your users the only Windows 10 multi-session experience virtualized in the cloud and available on any device. Scott Manchester demonstrates how WVD delivers the best Office experience with multi-session virtual scenarios that virtualize persistent storage in a multi-session environment. Keep watching for a sneak peek of the next generation admin experience for WVD in the Microsoft Azure portal. To sign up for the Windows Virtual Desktop preview, go to: https://aka.ms/WVDPreview
Microsoft has just announced the availability for Azure Backup for SQL Server Virtual Machines. Azure Backup is an enterprise scale, zero- infrastructure solution, that eliminates the need to deploy and manage backup infrastructure while providing a simple and consistent experience to centrally manage and monitor the backups on standalone SQL instances and Always On Availability Groups. Details: Azure Backup for SQL Server in Azure Virtual Machines now generally available!
Microsoft has some Hybrid Cloud announcements to make and is using a virtual event to make those known. Microsoft’s Julia White heads the 1.5-hour event. Though labeled as an announcement event, the description proposes guidance on how to deploy and optimize the Hybrid Cloud strategy within enterprises. Join this virtual event to learn about strategies, insights, and technologies to optimize your hybrid cloud. Be among the first to learn about exciting new product capabilities. Register here: Virtual event: Accelerate Your Enterprise Cloud – Build a Successful Hybrid Strategy
As has often been the case, Microsoft has introduced a new gotcha this month in the cumulative update for Windows 7. After installing this update, virtual machines (VM) may fail to restore successfully if the VM has been saved and restored once before. The error message is, “Failed to restore the virtual machine state: Cannot restore this virtual machine because the saved state data cannot be read. Delete the saved state data and then try to start the virtual machine. (0xC0370027).” This affects AMD Bulldozer Family 15h, AMD Jaguar Family 16h, and AMD Puma Family 16h (second generation) microarchitectures. Microsoft is aware of the issue and has set mid-February as a tentative time to see a fix. Stay close, we’ll keep a watchful eye out and let you know when the fix is available.