On-Prem AVD Options Azure Updates Quantum Qualys Scan

Great news is coming out of Microsoft Ignite 2019. The most exciting announcements for me are Azure Quantum computer initiatives, AVD on-premises options using Azure Stack Hub, and Qualys vulnerability scans for Azure VMs (Azure Updates).

After two years of announcement, Microsoft released Azure Virtual Desktop for On-prem with Azure Stack HCI. More details are available at Hybrid Azure Virtual Desktop with Azure Stack HCI.

Index
Azure Quantum (Private Preview) – Azure Updates
AVD on Azure Stack Hub (Preview)
Linux Client Support for AVD
Azure Server Side Encryption Azure Updates
Azure VM UEFI Support?
Azure Internet Analyzer
IPv6 for Azure VNet – GA – Azure Updates
Azure Peering Service (Preview) – Azure Updates
Windows Admin Center version 1910 GA
Kubernetes on Azure Stack Hub (GA) – Azure Updates
Azure Updates Vulnerability assessment with Qualys Scan
On-Prem AVD Options Azure Updates Quantum Qualys Scan – Table.1

Ignite 2019 Coverage

  1. Microsoft Endpoint Management SCCM Intune Windows Updates
  2. Microsoft Endpoint Manager is the future of SCCM Intune MEMMI MEMCM
  3. iOS Android macOS Mobile Enrollment Options with Intune
  4. Basics of Windows Dynamic Update Explained Update Management
  5. MSIX Updates from Ignite Reliability Network Disk-space
  6. Microsoft Learning Certification Exams Updates
  7. On-Prem AVD Options Azure Quantum Qualys Scan Integration (this post)
  8. Intune Reporting Strategies Advanced Reporting

Azure Quantum (Private Preview)Azure Updates

Azure Quantum is a full-stack, open cloud ecosystem that will bring the benefits of quantum computing to developers and organizations worldwide.

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Azure Quantum assembles one of the industry’s most diverse selections of quantum solutions, software, and hardware.

NOTE! – Through a single, familiar experience in Azure, customers can easily discover the impact quantum computing will have on their business.

On-Prem AVD Options Azure Updates Quantum Qualys Scan - Fig.1
On-Prem AVD Options Azure Updates Quantum Qualys Scan – Fig.1

AVD on Azure Stack Hub (Preview)

Businesses today need both data sovereignty and data gravity. Building on Azure Virtual Desktop’s (AVD) hybrid capabilities, Microsoft announced a preview of AVD on Azure Stack Hub.

NOTE! – In this fully connected scenario, the AVD management plane remains in Azure, while the Host Pools running workloads remain on Azure Stack Hub.

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On-Prem AVD Options Azure Updates Quantum Qualys Scan - Fig.2
On-Prem AVD Options Azure Updates Quantum Qualys Scan – Fig.2

Linux Client Support for AVD

Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) supports Linux operating system devices: “Support for Linux devices is available now through IGEL.

Azure Server Side Encryption Azure Updates

Azure Managed Disks gives customers full control over their compliance needs by enabling serverside encryption with customer-managed keys (SSE with CMK).

SSE with CMK enables customers to leverage Azure Key Vault as the highly available and scalable repository for their Azure Disk encryption keys.

NOTE! – The SSE with CMK is available in preview for Premium SSD, Standard SSD, and Standard HDD disk types.

Azure VM UEFI Support?

Microsoft support is announced for Generation 2 VMs. With this offering, we are bringing support for UEFI boot architecture in Azure.

NOTE! – The important question for me is whether this will support AVD VMs and VM-level encryption. I don’t know the answer yet!

Azure Internet Analyzer

Microsoft is announcing a preview of Internet Analyzer, which delivers data-driven performance reporting across multiple endpoints for app migration and delivery and internet content and app delivery.

NOTE! – Customers can use Internet Analyzer to make informed app delivery decisions by A/B testing load balancing options between Azure and other cloud providers.

IPv6 for Azure VNet GAAzure Updates

Microsoft announced that IPv6 for Azure VNet is now generally available across Azure regions worldwide. The preview was announced in July 2019.

IPv6 support within the Azure Virtual Network and to the internet enables customers to expand into the growing mobile and IoT markets with Azure-based applications and address IPv4 depletion in their corporate networks.

Azure Peering Service (Preview) – Azure Updates

Azure Peering Service partners with service providers to provide highly reliable and optimized internet connectivity to Microsoft services.

It also provides internet latency telemetry, route monitoring, and alerting against hijacks, leaks, and any other Border Gateway Protocol misconfigurations.

Windows Admin Center version 1910 GA

Microsoft continues to innovate to give customers the best Windows Server experience across Azure and on-premises. At Ignite, Microsoft announced the general availability of Windows Admin Center version 1910.

Kubernetes on Azure Stack Hub (GA) – Azure Updates

Application developers and IT architects should simplify provisioning, deployment, and lifecycle management. Customers can now deploy and manage the lifecycle of their Kubernetes clusters on Azure Stack Hub with a single tool.

NOTE! – There is no longer a need to set up intricate orchestration for the cluster deployment, upgrade, and scale processes.

Azure Updates Vulnerability assessment with Qualys Scan

The vulnerability assessment, powered by Qualys in the public preview, will allow you to continuously scan all the installed applications in a virtual machine to find vulnerable applications and present findings in the Security Center’s portal’s experience.

Security Center takes care of all deployment operations, so no extra work is required from the user. Going forward, we plan to provide vulnerability assessment options to support our customers’ unique business needs.

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Anoop C Nair is Microsoft MVP! He is a Device Management Admin with more than 20 years of experience (calculation done in 2021) in IT. He is a Blogger, Speaker, and Local User Group HTMD Community leader. His main focus is on Device Management technologies like SCCM 2012, Current Branch, and Intune. He writes about ConfigMgr, Windows 11, Windows 10, Azure AD, Microsoft Intune, Windows 365, AVD, etc

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