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Azure Batch rendering VM images & licensing will be retired on 29 February 2024

Published date: February 24, 2021

Batch pools can currently be created using Marketplace VM images containing pre-installed graphics and rendering applications that have pay-for-use application licensing. These VM images and the pay-for-use licensing will not be available for use starting 29 February 2024. 

Action required 

Prior to 29 February 2024, you will need to create a custom Virtual Machine image with the required applications installed, which you then use to create new Batch pools. Standard licenses will need to be purchased for the required applications and installed on a license server that is on the same virtual network as your Batch pool.  Your old pools using the Marketplace images will need to be deleted. 

The Batch documentation contains guidance for creating and using custom VM images to create pools with the required applications, as well as information on using standard application licensing

After 29 February 2024, the Marketplace VM images containing the graphics and rendering applications will no longer be available and it will therefore not be possible to create Batch pools with them.  

More information 

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