A plethora of announcements was released at Microsoft Build 2021 as expected. Here is what the team will be reporting on this week: certain certifications will require yearly renewal, Sysinternal Tools Updates Announced, App Service Managed Certificates now generally available, Run App Service on Kubernetes or anywhere with Azure Arc and of course the Microsoft Learn module of the week.
Role-based and specialty certifications to be valid for one year
As of March 2021, recognized Microsoft certified individules are now able to renew thier role-based and specialty certifications by passing a free renewal assessment on Microsoft Learn. Rather than having to retake scheduled exam(s), the renewal assessment can be completed online on your own time, and anytime within six months before your certification expires. After you pass the renewal assessment, your certification is extended by one additional year from the current expiration date which can be done annually.
Starting 12 AM GMT on June 30, 2021, (5 PM PT on June 29, 2021), all newly earned role-based and specialty certifications will be valid for one year from the date the certification was earned. All required exams must be passed before 12 AM GMT on Jun 30, 2021 for certifications to remain valid for two years from the date they were earned; if the required exam(s) are passed after 12 AM GMT on June 30, 2021 certifications will be valid for 1-year from the date they were earned.
Please review the following resources for further details surrounding certification renewal:
Sysinternal Tools Updates Announced at MS Build 2021
Announce during MS Build 2021, Sysinternals recieved a plethora of updates. Here is a quick video of Rick Claus and Mark Russinovich chatting about these updates:
Updated tools include Process Monitor v3.80, Sysmon v13.20, TCPView v4.10, Process Explorer v16.40, PSExec v2.34, Sigcheck v2.81 and WinObj v3.10. Further details surrounding the updates can be found here: Windows Sysinternals - What's New
App Service Managed Certificates now generally available
Now in general availability, App Service Managed Certificates can secure your custom domains on Linux and on Windows at no additional cost, covering both the apex domain and the sub-domain scenarios. This is a managed offering where you can just set-and-forget the certificate as the lifecycle and syncing of the certificate will be handled by App Service. This provides developers a zero-cost option to work on their dev, test, and production sites.
Run App Service on Kubernetes or anywhere with Azure Arc
Azure App Service, now in public preview, can run against Kubernetes clusters in AKS or anywhere with Azure Arc. This preview enables the ability to run Web Apps against a range of fully managed App Service plans or choose to deploy against Azure Kubernetes Service or your own Kubernetes clusters connected through Azure Arc that are running on-premises, at the edge, or in other clouds.
App Service features like deployment slots, turn-key auth, CI/CD with GitHub Actions and domain management vastly simplify the development and management of web apps and are delivered with ARM consistency across hosting models. Customers can configure and enable any Kubernetes cluster and select those clusters as a deployment target when creating their Web App.
App Service on Kubernetes will be available for free during the preview in a limited set of regions, starting with US East and West Europe. To get started, Microsoft has provided aset of scenario-based acceleratorsavailable on GitHub, as well as step by step tutorials and Learn modules on theApp Service documentation page.