Rapid change is a growing reality in cloud services. In Azure AD alone, we are making hundreds of changes every year including new feature releases, changes to existing features, as well as deprecations and retirements. We’ve heard from our customers that managing these changes is becoming increasingly difficult so, starting today, we are simplifying change management for Azure AD.
While we will continue to bring new capabilities to you throughout the year, feature deprecations and product retirement communications will be announced as part of bi-annual communication trains that will occur every March and September, with consistent end-of-support timelines (with some exceptions). With this new model, you’ll have predictable product and feature changes, making it easierto accelerate the adoption of newer and more secure technologies.
Here’s the list of deprecation announcements that arepart of the March 2022 train:
Westated before that if you’re using the Azure AD PowerShell or MSOnline PowerShell modules to manage Azure AD, we encourage you to try the Microsoft Graph PowerShell SDK. The Microsoft Graph PowerShell SDK continues to be where all our current and future PowerShell investments are being made. In light of the announcement to not turn off the Azure AD Graph API on June 30th, our goal is to also provide guidance and tools for migrating existing scripts and PowerShell processes, reliant on the Azure AD Graph API and MSOnline module, to the Microsoft Graph PowerShell SDK. This is due to the planned deprecation of the two PowerShell modules (MSOL & AAD) after December 2022. Check out more information here and here.
The Azure Key Vault Team is working on enforcing soft delete protection on all key vaults to ensure that customer secrets, keys, and certificates are protected from accidental deletion. Soft Delete is a feature that allows deleted key vaults and secrets stored inside key vault to remain recoverable for a period of up to 90 days and allows customers to restore deleted secrets in a self-serve process. All existing key vault resources will have soft delete automatically enabled by February 1, 2025. Enabling soft delete is a one-way operation. Once enabled, the feature cannot be disabled. Learn more here:Soft-delete will be enabled on all key vaults