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!

Azure Government Top Secret now generally available for US national security missions
Microsoft announced a new Azure cloud instance called Azure Government Top Secret. Microsoft has worked closely with the US Government in building a cloud portfolio that server national security missions. Read more about the announcement here!

Use Azure Update Management with non-Azure servers
Microsoft Cloud Advocate Sarah Lean walks through how to use Azure Update Management service with non-Azure servers. Watch her how-to video here on Sarah’s YouTube channel!

How to Set up an Azure Firewall (And Why Not NSGS)
Jeff Christman outlines why you would use an Azure Firewall over NSGs, then walks through deploying your first Azure Firewall. Check out his detailed article here!

Azure Bicep Community Call for August 26, 2021
The Azure Bicep product team is hosting their next monthly call on August 26, 2021. This forum is for addressing any Bicep topics or questions. To list an issue or sign up for the call, check out this page on Bicep’s GitHub repo!

Bonus: Check out my Bicep getting started guide here!

Azure Static Web Apps adds public preview support for Private Endpoints
Currently in preview, Azure Static Web Apps now has private endpoints. Private endpoints allow accessing the static web app through an IP address located in your Azure VNet. Read more about this preview feature here!