Friday, December 10, 2021

AzUpdate S03E18: VM snapshot, Log Analytics and Beta exams

Hello folks!


This is the last episode of AZ Update season 3 and It’s been quite a ride.  This season more than previous has really been a team effort and I’d like to thank my colleagues for their help and support.

We will be going on hiatus after this episode until January 21st, 2022.  Did I just say 2022???  OMG, this last year has gone both extremely quickly and excruciatingly slow all at the same time… In any case This week, Rick Claus (@rickstercdn) and will cover some news regarding VM snapshots, enhancements in Log Analytics, and finally, the availability of the Windows Server Hybrid exams (Exam AZ-800: Administering Windows Server Hybrid Core Infrastructure (beta) and Exam AZ-801: Configuring Windows Server Hybrid Advanced Services (beta).


Join us on the live stream!



Virtual Machine restore points




This week we announced the public preview of VM restore point, a new resource that stores VM configuration and a point-in-time snapshot of one or more managed disks attached to a VM.  VM restore points supports multi-disk application consistent snapshots and can be leveraged to easily capture backups of your VM and disks. You can easily restore the VM using VM restore points in cases of data loss, corruption, or disasters.


We also introduced a new Azure Resource Manager (ARM) resource called Restore Point Collection, which will act as a container for all the restore points of a specific VM.


Find out more about Virtual Machine restore points here.


Log Analytics experience improvements.




It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of log analytics.  It under pins so many great services in Azure and the Log Analytics team continues to fine tune and improve the experiences.


The improvements include:

  • Side bar improvements
    1. When you open a new tab, the side bar will remember settings for filter and group by from your last tab and simply carry them over to the new tab.

      This allows for a continuous work experience keeping the context of your work when you open new tabs.
  • Select the behavior of double clicking a query
    1. You can now choose the behavior of double clicking in the side bar.
      1.      You can configure a double-click a table name in the sidebar to either run a query, or add the table name to the query editor,
      2.      You can configure a double-click a query in the sidebar to either add it to the existing tab or to load each query to a new tab.
  • Use Keyboard shortcuts to save a query
    1. Another improvement we introduced is using the CTRL+S keyboard shortcut to save a query.

These improvements are driven by customer feedback.  So, keep on providing the feedback we will continue to improve the experience.




Find out more about Log Analytics here.


Beta Exam (AZ-800 & AZ-801) now available




The Beta exams are finally available!


We’re looking for IT administrators with subject matter expertise in configuring and managing Windows Server on-premises, hybrid, and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) platform workloads. If this sounds like you, check out our recently announced Microsoft Certified: Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Associate certification.


To earn this new certification, you need to pass two exams: Exam AZ-800: Administering Windows Server Hybrid Core Infrastructure (beta) and Exam AZ-801: Configuring Windows Server Hybrid Advanced Services (beta).  These exams are now available.


Get ready for the exams:

MS Learn Module of the Week



 This week…. 


Not one Module, Not one Learning path, but an entire collection that will helps prepare you for the beta Exams: Administering Windows Server Hybrid Core Infrastructure and Configuring Windows Server Hybrid Advanced Services.


It covers:

  • Deploy and manage identity infrastructure
  • Manage Windows Servers and workloads in a hybrid environment
  • Manage virtualization and containers in a hybrid environment
  • Implement and operate an on-premises and hybrid networking infrastructure
  • Configure storage and file services

Check it out!


Have a great weekend and we’ll see you online after the holidays? 





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