Welcome to this week’s roundup! This roundup includes Azure news, feature releases, and fantastic articles to inform you on what you need to know about Azure!

Microsoft Learning Path for AZ-700: Azure Network Engineer Associate
The AZ-700 is the latest Azure certification to enter beta status. This certification targets administrators who want to demonstrate their knowledge of configuring and securing network infrastructure in Azure. Check out the new learning path here!

Enable Azure Site Recovery (ASR) on VMs using Azure Policy
Charbel Nemnom outlines how to enable Azure Site Recovery on virtual machines using Azure Policy. The policy auto-protects and replicates virtual machines to another Azure region for disaster recovery. Check out Charbel’s detailed guide here on his blog!

The Plain and Simple Way to Create SPN and Service Connection For Azure DevOps Pipelines
Subhankar Sarkar explains why Azure DevOps needs a Service Principal Name (SPN), then gives a detailed how-to on creating one in Azure Active Directory. Check out Subhankar’s article here on his blog!

Start VM on connect capability in Azure Virtual Directory enters General Availability
Azure Virtual Desktop (formerly known as Windows Virtual Desktop or WVD) gains the ability for users to power on deallocated or stopped virtual machines. This feature lowers costs as virtual machines as you no longer need to predict when users need virtual machines. Check out more on this feature in this announcement.

Azure Firewall Deep Dive
In this 84-minute video, Azure Architect John Savill goes over everything you need to know about Azure Firewall. John breaks down SKUs, routing, policies, and new features available in Premium. Check out the video on John’s YouTube channel!