Azure Stack 1906 update

Applies to: Azure Stack integrated systems

This article describes the contents of the 1906 update package. The update includes what's new improvements, and fixes for this release of Azure Stack.

Important

This update package is only for Azure Stack integrated systems. Do not apply this update package to the Azure Stack Development Kit.

Build reference

The Azure Stack 1906 update build number is 1.1906.0.30.

Update type

The Azure Stack 1906 update build type is Express. For more information about update build types, see the Manage updates in Azure Stack article. The expected time it takes for the 1906 update to complete is approximately 10 hours, regardless of the number of physical nodes in your Azure Stack environment. Exact update runtimes will typically depend on the capacity used on your system by tenant workloads, your system network connectivity (if connected to the internet), and your system hardware specifications. Runtimes lasting longer than the expected value are not uncommon and do not require action by Azure Stack operators unless the update fails. This runtime approximation is specific to the 1906 update and should not be compared to other Azure Stack updates.

What's in this update

  • Added a Set-TLSPolicy cmdlet in the privileged endpoint (PEP) to force TLS 1.2 on all the endpoints. For more information, see Azure Stack security controls.

  • Added a Get-TLSPolicy cmdlet in the privileged endpoint (PEP) to retrieve the applied TLS policy. For more information, see Azure Stack security controls.

  • Added an internal secret rotation procedure to rotate internal TLS certificates as required during a system update.

  • Added a safeguard to prevent expiration of internal secrets by forcing internal secrets rotation in case a critical alert on expiring secrets is ignored. This should not be relied on as a regular operating procedure. Secrets rotation should be planned during a maintenance window. For more information, see Azure Stack secret rotation.

  • Visual Studio Code is now supported with Azure Stack deployment using AD FS.

Improvements

  • The Get-GraphApplication cmdlet in the privileged endpoint now displays the thumbprint of the currently used certificate. This improves the certificate management for service principals when Azure Stack is deployed with AD FS.

  • New health monitoring rules have been added to validate the availability of AD Graph and AD FS, including the ability to raise alerts.

  • Improvements to the reliability of the backup resource provider when the infrastructure backup service moves to another instance.

  • Performance optimization of external secret rotation procedure to provide a uniform execution time to facilitate scheduling of maintenance window.

  • The Test-AzureStack cmdlet now reports on internal secrets that are about to expire (critical alerts).

  • A new parameter is available for the Register-CustomAdfs cmdlet in the privileged endpoint that enables skipping the certificate revocation list checking when configuring the federation trust for AD FS.

  • The 1906 release introduces greater visibility into update progress, so you can be assured that updates are not pausing. This results in an increase in the total number of update steps shown to operators in the Update blade. You might also notice more update steps happening in parallel than in previous updates.

Networking updates

  • Updated lease time set in DHCP responder to be consistent with Azure.

  • Improved retry rates to the resource provider in the scenario of failed deployment of resources.

  • Removed the Standard SKU option from both the load balancer and public IP, as that is currently not supported.

Changes

  • Creating a storage account experience is now consistent with Azure.

  • Changed alert triggers for expiration of internal secrets:

    • Warning alerts are now raised 90 days prior to the expiration of secrets.
    • Critical alerts are now raised 30 days prior to the expiration of secrets.
  • Updated strings in infrastructure backup resource provider for consistent terminology.

Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where resizing a managed disk VM failed with an Internal Operation Error.

  • Fixed an issue where a failed user image creation puts the service that manages images is in a bad state; this blocks deletion of the failed image and creation of new images. This is also fixed in the 1905 hotfix.

  • Active alerts on expiring internal secrets are now automatically closed after successful execution of internal secret rotation.

  • Fixed an issue in which the update duration in the update history tab would trim the first digit if the update was running for more than 99 hours.

  • The Update blade includes a Resume option for failed updates.

  • In the administrator and user portals, fixed the issue in marketplace in which the Docker extension was incorrectly returned from search but no further action could be taken, as it is not available in Azure Stack.

  • Fixed an issue in template deployment UI that does not populate parameters if the template name begins with '_' underscore.

Security updates

For information about security updates in this update of Azure Stack, see Azure Stack security updates.

Update planning

Before applying the update, make sure to review the following information:

Download the update

You can download the Azure Stack 1906 update package from the Azure Stack download page.

Hotfixes

Azure Stack releases hotfixes on a regular basis. Be sure to install the latest Azure Stack hotfix for 1905 before updating Azure Stack to 1906. After updating, install any available hotfixes for 1906.

Azure Stack hotfixes are only applicable to Azure Stack integrated systems; do not attempt to install hotfixes on the ASDK.

Before applying the 1906 update

The 1906 release of Azure Stack must be applied on the 1905 release with the following hotfixes:

After successfully applying the 1906 update

After the installation of this update, install any applicable hotfixes. For more information, see our servicing policy.

Automatic update notifications

Customers with systems that can access the internet from the infrastructure network will see the Update available message in the operator portal. Systems without internet access can download and import the .zip file with the corresponding .xml.

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Archived release notes

You can see older versions of Azure Stack release notes on the TechNet Gallery. These archived release notes are provided for reference purposes only and do not imply support for these versions. For information about Azure Stack support, see Azure Stack servicing policy. For further assistance, contact Microsoft Customer Support Services.

Next steps