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Azure Update Manager

Centrally govern and manage software updates at scale

Manage software updates to Azure, on-premises, and multicloud machines

Azure Update Manager is a service that helps manage updates for all your machines, including those running on Windows and Linux, across Azure, on premises, and on other cloud platforms. Monitor update compliance from a single dashboard. Make updates in real time, schedule updates within a maintenance window, or automatically update during off-peak hours.

Read the announcement blog to learn more about Azure Update Manager

Single dashboard to view update compliance for your entire fleet of machines in Azure, on premises, and other cloud environments

Patch management for instant deployment of critical updates to help secure your machines

Dynamic scoping, an advanced capability of schedule patching, to group machines based on criteria and apply updates at scale

Flexible patching options such as automatic virtual machine (VM) guest patching, maintenance schedules, and on-demand updates 

Extended Security Updates for Windows Server 2012 and SQL Server enabled by Azure Arc are now available.

Gain central visibility for update management

  • Oversee update compliance for your entire fleet of Windows and Linux machines including Azure machines and Azure Arc–enabled servers on a single dashboard.
  • View compliance status for each individual machine, easily deploy updates, and track results.
An overview in Update management center with graphs displaying machine update status by classification and more
Updates for a virtual machine in Azure

Manage updates natively in Azure with zero onboarding

  • Start managing updates for your machines natively in Azure with an intuitive user experience.
  • Use the service globally in all Azure and Azure Arc regions.

Apply security and critical patches with access controls

  • Provide granular access control for patch management at a per-resource level.
  • Delegate permissions for patch management tasks using role-based access control (RBAC).
A list of machines and updates for a user in Update management center
A list of machines and updates for a user in Update management center

Manage updates with flexibility

  • Install updates right away, schedule updates for a fixed time, or update automatically during off-peak hours.
  • Sync patch cycles in relation to Patch Tuesday—the unofficial term for Microsoft's scheduled security fix release on every second Tuesday.
  • Check for pending updates automatically or on demand in the Azure portal.
  • Implement patch assessment and deployment schedules with Azure Policy and dynamic scoping.

Get Extended Security Updates

  • Secure your distributed Windows Server 2012 R2 and SQL Server 2012 resources beyond the end-of-support deadline with flexible pricing options.
  • View compliance status for each individual machine, easily deploy updates, and track results.
Dialog box opened to enable extended security updates in Azure Arc

Comprehensive security and compliance, built in

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Frequently asked questions about Azure Update Manager

  • No. Update Manager is now offered as an Azure service with no dependencies on Azure Automation or Azure Monitor logs.

  • Update Manager is available for no additional charge with your Azure account. For Azure Arc resources, the price is up to USD 5 per server per month.

  • Read the documentation to get started.

  • Patch management is the process of applying updates to secure vulnerabilities, fix bugs, improve functionality, and optimize performance.

  • Read the Azure SLA.

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