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Hotpatch is now available on preview images of Windows Server VMs on Azure with the Desktop Experience installation mode

Published date: April 18, 2023

Hotpatch is now available for preview images of Windows Server Azure Edition VMs running the Desktop Experience installation mode. Hotpatch is a feature that allows you to patch and install updates to Windows Server Azure Edition virtual machines on Azure without requiring a reboot! 

It was previously available for the Server Core installation mode, but now, Windows Server Azure Edition VMs installed with the Desktop Experience installation mode (the Windows Explorer shell, Start Menu, etc.) will no longer reboot every month for security updates, providing:

  • Lower workload impact with less reboots
  • Faster deployment of updates as the packages are smaller, install faster, and have easier patch orchestration with Azure Update Manager
  • Better protection, as the hotpatch update packages are scoped to Windows security updates that install faster without rebooting

Calls to action:

  1. Try out Hotpatch today by using preview image of Windows Server Azure Edition VMs on Azure
  2. Learn more in the blog and documentation 
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