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Azure Automanage

Simplify and optimize IT management with automated operations

A new approach to managing virtual machines in Azure

Simplify IT management with optimised, automated operations across the entire life cycle of dev/test and production virtual machines (VMs).

Reduce cost by automating Windows Server and Linux management

Improve workload uptime with optimised operations

Automatically apply patches and security best practices

Best experience for Windows Server

Reduce cost by automating Windows Server and Linux management

Automate frequent, time-consuming and error-prone management tasks such as onboarding and configuration of Azure Backup and Security Center to realise operational savings.

Eliminate the need for service discovery, enrolment and configuration for dev/test and production VMs.

Improve workload uptime with optimised operations

Achieve high availability by applying security patches to new Windows Server workloads automatically and without downtime.

Improve business continuity by automatically applying VM best practices as defined in the Microsoft Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure.

Reduce administrative overhead through automated remediation for instances where VM configuration drifts from the applied best practices.

Automatically apply patches and security best practices

Apply security updates to new Windows Server workloads without any reboot.

Improve security with OS baselines and Azure Security Center free tier, deployed by default.

Achieve security best practices across an Azure VM’s entire lifecycle with point-and-click simplicity, drift detection and auto-remediation.

Comprehensive security and compliance, built in

Azure Automanage preview is free

There will be no charges specific to Automanage during the preview. Pricing for Automanage will be announced in the future and a notice will be provided prior to the end of the preview. Should you choose to continue using Automanage after the notice period, you’ll be billed at the applicable rates.

Azure Automanage resources

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Frequently asked questions about Azure Automanage

  • Automanage enrols, configures and monitors the entire life cycle of dev/test and production VMs for services such as Azure Security Center, Update Management, change tracking, VM inventory, desired state configuration, guest configuration, automation accounts and log analytics. In addition, Azure Backup and VM insights monitoring are additional services that are configured when using the Azure Virtual Machine best practices – production configuration profile. In preview, Microsoft Antimalware for Azure Cloud Services and Virtual Machines, as well as security baselines, are included for Windows Server VMs through desired state configuration and guest configuration. Linux VMs will not have Microsoft Antimalware or auto-remediation, and the security baseline will be audit only.
  • You can customise settings for specific services such as Azure Backup retention. For the full list of settings that can be changed, please see our documentation.
  • Yes, Automanage is compatible with both Linux and Windows VMs.
  • Detailed information on pricing is unavailable during preview.
  • You can enable Automanage with point-and-click simplicity on selected new and existing VMs, and disable it at any time.
  • There are two differences:
    1. Linux virtual machines do not have Microsoft Antimalware enabled via best practices.
    2. Azure Automanage will apply the Linux security baseline via guest configuration; however, the baseline for Linux VMs will be audit only. Auto-remediation is not yet supported for Linux VMs that drift from the configured baseline.

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