Microsoft Azure Portal

Azure Classic Portal Closes

Azure portal has been in use for some time now with all new features available. Azure Classic Portal will no longer be available as of 1/8/2018 and, while users need not be concerned with their access to resources, there are new features available in the updated version of Azure Resource Manager. Find out what you can expect from the Azure portal change.

First, Azure Classic Portal users shouldn’t be concerned with the change. All services and resources will be retained in the new portal. All functions and features are improved as the closure of the previous version allows Microsoft to streamline portal management functions.

New Portal, New Features

The latest version of Azure Portal, also known as Azure Resource Manager, features several new features, allowing users to take advantage of resource management improvements over Azure Classic Portal:

· Search features improve user resource management by finding objects with greater ease. Available from the navigation bar, productivity is much easier as users can find anything from resources, to documentation to services with a quick search.

· New browsing for resources adds additional improvements for managing Azure components and assets. Using a variety of filters, you can now browse through resources for monitoring and management information whether by subscription, location or both.

· Users can also execute actions on multiple Azure resources for quicker, easier management. For instance, one, or several VMs can be chosen for starting with just a few clicks.

· Additionally, Azure resources can now be better managed with tags. Resources can now be grouped using these tag annotations to find them by customizable grouping such as applications or type. Tags are even available for review of billing information and multiple resources can be annotated or removed from tags at one time.

· The ARM interface is now consistent for ease of use. Common overviews of VMs and other resources are displayed including metrics, available actions, resource information, core platform capabilities and much more. Appearance patterns are consistent across type of resource to reduce confusion during management functions.

· Users can now customize the portal by views, observing what’s most important for resource management needs in Azure. Customizations include items in the left navigation bar, 4 available themes, support for 18 languages, browse list columns, and the following…

· A variety of dashboards provide visual information designed to afford users with timely, helpful monitoring information and access to resource management. Dashboards can be managed by dragging and dropping tiles or with programmatic controls, then shared with other Azure portal users. For example, these fully customizable dashboards could include Azure Resource Manager tiles for Data or Actions. Add a VM instance to these tiles to respectively see information or available commands.

· The integrated console allows both GUI and command line control, the latter via use of Cloud Shell. Shift to either Bash or PowerShell with a click and gain authenticated, browser-based command-line functions.

· Azure Resource Manager provides many resource management templates for improved control of automation in the Azure environment. With over 600 searchable templates, users can find batch commands and edit them for specific uses. Quick-start templates can be loaded and executed from the gallery, then saved to a library of customized templates. Additionally, templates applied to any resource or grouping is displayed in resource information along with code for running automations for even an entire group whether in CLI, PowerShell, .Net or Ruby

· Azure Advisor displays essential information for cost and planning. Available in the left navigation pane, the advisor is a valuable tool for obtaining best recommendations for cost, security and planning and more for all subscriptions in an account.

· The new Azure portal offers improved resource monitoring. The monitor is also available in the left Navigation Bar and uses the same UX patterns as discussed earlier for ease of use.

· Additionally, the Azure portal allows for greater ease of resource cost optimization. Users can easily understand charges in the Azure portal with a single click to analyze billing and cost effectiveness.

· Users now have access to needed resource information via the Azure Portal Mobile App, available anytime, anywhere. Connection and control of Azure resources are just a touch away after downloading the app to a mobile device.

· The Azure portal also provides access to preview upcoming changes to the portal so that users can provide feedback before implementation of new features and updates. Clicking the Preview stamp allows you to engage with new features and send your feedback.

The new Azure portal offers all the necessary features plus new ones with ease of use and flexibility that user’s need. Find the portal and or explore other solutions like Azure Backup. To learn more about Microsoft Azure Portal accessibility and features, contact our experts at – Your online source for cheap OEM, Retail & Cloud products.