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Azure Automanage

Simplify and optimize IT management with automated operations

Effortless automation of cloud and on-premises infrastructure

Automanage offers a unified solution to simplify IT management in the cloud. With point-and-click simplicity, automate operations and apply consistent best practices across the entire lifecycle of Windows Server and Linux virtual machines (VMs).

With Automanage for Windows Server, access unique capabilities for Windows Server only on Azure. Deploy security updates without having to reboot with hotpatch. Securely transfer files using the Server Message Block (SMB) over QUIC protocol. Retain private IP addresses by extending subnets to the cloud during migration.

Reduce costs by automating Windows Server and Linux management

Improve workload uptime with optimized operations

Automatically apply patches and security best practices

Proactively detect drift and automatically remediate

Automated VM configuration management

  • Eliminate the need for discovery, enrollment, and configuration of Azure services that support VM management best practices in the cloud.
  • Effortlessly manage dev/test and production machines with predefined or custom configuration profiles.
  • Proactively detect and automatically remediate drift if machines diverge from the desired configuration state.

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Consistent security best practices at scale

  • Consistently apply security policy through Microsoft Defender for Cloud and Microsoft security baselines.
  • Drive efficiency by automating frequent, time-consuming, and error-prone management tasks such as onboarding and configuration of Azure Monitor and Azure Backup.

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Innovative capabilities for Windows Server on Azure

Automanage for Windows Server offers capabilities exclusively for VMs running on Azure.

  • Quickly deploy security updates to Windows Server 2022 Server Core VMs on Azure without having to reboot every time using hotpatch.
  • Easily migrate your workloads to Azure by extending on-premises IP subnets and preserving the original private IP addresses.
  • Securely access files when working remotely without a VPN using built-in SMB over QUIC, a secure file-serving protocol.

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Comprehensive security and compliance, built in

Automanage preview is free

There are no charges specifically for Automanage during the preview. Pricing for Automanage will be announced in the future, and users will be notified before the end of the preview. If you'd like to continue using Automanage after the preview, you'll be billed at the applicable rates.

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Frequently asked questions about Automanage

  • Automanage enrolls, configures, and monitors the entire lifecycle of dev/test and production VMs for products, services, and features such as Azure Security Center, update management, change tracking, VM inventory, desired state configuration, guest configuration, automation accounts, and log analytics.

    In addition, Automanage configures Azure Backup and VM insights monitoring when using the Azure Virtual Machine Best Practices–Production configuration profile.

    During the Automanage preview, Microsoft Antimalware for Azure Cloud Services and Virtual Machines—as well as security baselines—is included for Windows Server VMs through desired state configuration and guest configuration. Linux VMs will not have Microsoft Antimalware for Azure or auto-remediation, and the security baseline will be audit-only.

  • You can customize settings for specific services, like Azure Backup. For the full list of settings that can be changed, see the documentation.
  • Yes. Automanage is compatible with both Linux and Windows VMs.
  • Detailed information on pricing is unavailable during the preview.
  • You can enable Automanage with point-and-click simplicity on selected new and existing VMs, and disable it at any time.
  • Linux VMs don't have Microsoft Antimalware for Azure enabled via best practices. Windows VMs do.

    Automanage will apply the Linux security baseline via guest configuration, though 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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