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Public preview: Apply settings inside machines using Azure Policy's guest configuration

Published date: August 24, 2021

In a major milestone for Azure Governance and the PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) community, we are announcing that starting today, Azure Policy's guest configuration feature is in public preview for applying configurations to Azure virtual machines and Arc-enabled machines. Guest configuration is integrated with Azure Security Center, Azure Automanage, and will continue to expand.

We have listened to your feedback, that it should be easy to configure the state of virtual machines in Azure and machines that are hybrid connected by Azure Arc. Top priorities include regulatory, security, and operational compliance.

Using guest configuration, you can apply configurations provided by Microsoft or create your own configuration packages using PowerShell DSC version 3. You can also begin testing DSC configurations from Azure Automation in the new guest configuration platform.

To learn more, view the latest documentation:

  • Azure Policy
  • Azure Arc enabled servers
  • Azure Arc
  • Azure Guest Configuration for Azure Arc Connected Servers
  • Azure Automanage
  • Compliance
  • Features
  • Management