Preview of Microsoft’s Azure Bastion Service Now Available

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This week Microsoft announced the preview release of its new managed Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) Azure Bastion, which provides users a seamless and private connection to Azure virtual machines (VMs) through the Azure Portal.

Previously, organizations could set up their own “jump server” or “bastion host” to get private connections. However, they’d have to have a “Remote Desktop Services (RDS) gateway” in place in order to set up a jump server. They would also would need to handle “the configuration and managing of authentication, security policies and access control lists (ACLs).” Moreover, they’d be tasked with “managing availability, redundancy, and [the] scalability of the solution,” Microsoft suggested.

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