As promised, all Enseva Azure subscriptions have received updated copies of both Ubuntu Server 16.04 and Debian 9.4 templates. With these updates also bring the unification of all instances now being Hyper-V Gen2 instances, which will bring consistency throughout your cloud environment but also some other advantages as well.
What’s special about Gen2 Instances?
- Boot from SCSI Virtual Disk Drive
All connected devices are now done by a virtual SCSI adapter. In Gen1 instances, the boot device was always a legacy IDE adapter.
- Secure Boot
This feature helps prevent unauthorized firmware or UEFI drives from running at boot time.
- Fast Boot Time
Tests have shown Gen2 instances to boot about 20% faster.
- Fewer Devices
Since support for emulated legacy IDE and network devices is no longer required, these have been removed.
- Extended Limits
Gen2 instances introduce support for larger deployments (more CPU, more memory) which open the door for support new and extended hardware profile options.