Azure Automanage

Simplify management of Windows Server virtual machines

A new approach to managing virtual machines in Azure

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

Reduce costs by automating Windows Server management

Improve workload uptime with optimized operations

Implement security best practices

Automatically apply Azure VM best practices at scale

Reduce cost by automating Windows Server management

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

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

Improve workload uptime with optimized operations

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 if VM configuration drifts from the applied best practices.

Implement security best practices

Improve security with OS baseline and Windows Defender, deployed by default.

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

Customize best practice service settings to meet company and security requirements.

Comprehensive security and compliance, built in

  • Microsoft invests more than USD 1 billion annually on cybersecurity research and development.

  • We employ more than 3,500 security experts completely dedicated to your data security and privacy.

  • Azure has more compliance certifications than any other cloud provider. View the comprehensive list.

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 enrolls, configures, and monitors the entire lifecycle 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. Microsoft Antimalware for Azure Cloud Services and Virtual Machines is also included in the preview, plus security baselines for Windows Server through desired state configuration and guest configuration.
  • You can customize settings for specific services, like Azure Backup retention. For the full list of settings that can be changed, please see our documentation.
  • Currently, Automanage supports only Windows Server Azure 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.

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