Public Preview of Generation 2 virtual machines on Azure

Wooohhh, great news from Microsoft!!!

Generation 2 virtual machines use the new UEFI-based boot architecture vs. the BIOS-based architecture used by Generation 1 virtual machines. The new architecture enables customers to:

  • Build large virtual machines (up to 12TB)
  • Provision OS disks sizes that exceed 2TB, and
  • Leverage advanced security capabilities like SecureBoot and Virtual Trusted Platform Module (vTPM) to secure their Virtual Machines.

Microsoft introduced Generation 2 virtual machines for on-premises Hyper-V users with Windows Server 2012 R2.

An increasing number of customers are moving their on-premises workloads to Azure and they want native support for Generation 2 virtual machines, on the Microsoft Azure platform. Therefore, we are taking the first step and we are enhancing the Azure infrastructure to support the creation of Generation 2 virtual machines, natively.

If you want to take advantage of these features, you can now create Generation 2 virtual machines in Azure. Note that we will be evolving generation 2 capabilities overtime and based on our customers feedback. For a complete list of capabilities, limitations and details associated with the deployment of Generation 2 virtual machines on Azure, please refer to our documentation.


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