Updates from Microsoft Ignite 2022
Set of links to the new Azure Stack HCI updates announced at Ignite.
The two key links are
Covers all of the announcements, with links to updated product pages and supporting blog posts.
Great summary blog post from Cosmos Darwin, Principal PM Manager on the Azure Edge & Platform team.
Azure Hybrid Benefit and Extended Support Updates
One of the most important announcements was commercial with the updated to Azure Hybrid Benefit.
If you have Windows Server Datacenter licences with Software Assurance then you can now deploy Azure Stack HCI, Azure Kubernetes Service (AHS) on Azure Stack HCI and unlimited Windows Server guest operating systems. And all at no additional licensing cost.
Combine with free Extended Support Updates:
- Free Extended Security Updates (ESU) through Azure Stack HCI
- Lifecycle FAQ - Extended Security Updates
Also look for Azure Arc Boost Program (AABP) and recently announced changes to Azure Migration and Modernization Program (AMMP) to support hybrid and multi-cloud deployments using Azure Arc & Azure security foundations.
Partner Resource Catalog
There is a great set of resources available to partners in the Partner Resource Catalog.
The link is prefiltered to the hybrid and multicloud content, but you will find plenty more to explore, download, and use with your customers.
VM provisioning through the portal (preview)
New functionality to provision virtual machines from the Azure Portal directly to the custom locations for your onbaorded Azure Stack HCI clusters.
Create images from the Azure Marketplace images.
Azure Stack HCI is the only platform where youi can run the Azure Edition outside of the public regions.
Includes hotpatching, SMB over QUIC and more.
Another important marketplace image that is deployable to Azure Stack HCI are the multi-session version of Windows 10/11, supporting AVD worker pools where your customer’s need them.
Main docs page with the new features and improvements. Keep coming back to this one as new preview features will be rolled into this version over the next few months.
- Network ATC v2
- Storage Replica compression
- live migration improvements
- tag based segmentation
- Azure Stack HCI Environment Checker tool
New functionality in Networkuing ATC makes this the preferred route for configuration. If Network ATC provisions adapters, the configuration is 100% supported by Microsoft. It cinludes automatic IP addressing for Storage Adapters, Cluster Network Naming, Proxy Configuration and support for Stretch Storage Spaces Direct (S2D).
Azure Stack blog page updates:
A few select blog posts from the Azure Stack blog page from calendar Q4:
- Tag based Segmentation with Azure Stack HCI
- AKS on Azure Stack HCI and Windows Server - November 2022 update
- Windows Admin Center version 2211 is now generally available!
- What’s new for Azure Stack HCI in Windows Admin Center v2211
- Accelerate your edge workloads with affordable NVIDIA GPU-powered Azure Stack HCI solutions
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