AzUpdate: VNET Peering & Bastion now GA, IE11 retirement, Windows 10 IT tools update and more

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It's the week before Microsoft Build and there is a lot of news to share.  Items covered this week includes VNet Peering and Azure Bastion now generally available, Windows Admin Center version 2103.2 preview is now available, Internet Explorer 11 retirement announcement, IT tools update to support Windows 10 version 21H1 and a hybrid focused Microsoft Learn Module of the week.



VNET peering support for Azure Bastion reaches general availability

Azure Bastion and VNet peering can now officially be used together. When VNet peering is configured, organizations no longer have to deploy Azure Bastion in each peered VNet. If you have an Azure Bastion host configured in one virtual network (VNet), it can be used to connect to VMs deployed in a peered VNet without deploying an additional Bastion host.

Learn more here: VNet peering and Azure Bastion


Windows Admin Center version 2103.2 is now available in preview

This version of Windows Admin Center includes key bug fixes and feature updates to the Azure sign in process, support for Azure China, as well as additional updates to the Events and Remote Desktop tool experience. Windows Admin Center also continues to value the collaboration efforts Microsoft has with thier partners. Since the 2103 release in March, five of Microsoft's partners have released new or updated versions of their extensions.


Be sure to also provide your feedback reguarding this latest update of Windows Admin Center. Learn more and download today


Internet Explorer 11 desktop app retirement

Microsoft Edge with IE mode is officially replacing the Internet Explorer 11 desktop application on Windows 10. As a result, the Internet Explorer 11 desktop application will go out of support and be retired on June 15, 2022 for certain versions of Windows 10. This will also include Internet Explorer 11 found on Windows Virtual Desktop being replaced by Microsoft Edge. Here is a quick video on the announcement:



In-market Windows 10 LTSC and Windows Server are out of scope (unaffected) for this change.


Microsoft has also created an FAQ to address any questions you may have which can be found here: Internet Explorer 11 desktop app retirement FAQ


Windows 10, version 21H1 IT tools update

Windows 10, version 21H1 offers a scoped set of improvements in the areas of security, remote access, and quality. Windows 10 version 21H1 will be delivered via an enablement package to devices running version 2004 or version 20H2. Those updating to Windows 10, version 21H1 from Windows 10, version 1909 and earlier, will experiance a similar process to previous updates. Updates to security baseline and admin templates are also now available.


Full details surrounding all IT tool updates can be found here: IT tools to support Windows 10, version 21H1


Community Events

  • Microsoft Build - Explore what’s next in tech and the future of hybrid work. Join us May 25-27, 2021 at Microsoft Build.
  • Testing in Production - Producer Pierre and Sound Guy Steve are back to share thier livestream learnings
  • Hello World - Special guests, content challenges, upcoming events, and daily update


MS Learn Module of the Week



Introduction to Azure hybrid cloud services

This module provides an introductory overview of hybrid cloud technologies and how you can connect an on-premises environment to Azure in a way that works best for your organization.


Modules include:


  • Describe the elements of an Azure hybrid cloud deployment.
  • Explain methods of connecting on-premises networks to workloads in Azure.
  • Understand how to use the same set of identities in hybrid environments.
  • List the types of compute workloads for hybrid clouds.
  • Explain the application infrastructure of hybrid clouds.
  • Describe the services that support files and data in hybrid clouds.
  • Explain technologies that support the security of hybrid clouds.


Learn more here: Introduction to Azure hybrid cloud services



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