Generally available: Simplify management and operations with Azure Automanage Machine Best Practices
Published Oct 12 2022 11:17 AM 7,791 Views

We are thrilled to announce that Azure Automanage Machine Best Practices is now generally available for Azure VMs and Arc-enabled servers!


Azure Automanage machine best practices is a consolidated management solution that simplifies daily server management through effortless automation by handling the initial setup and configuration of Azure best practice services such as Azure Monitor, Backup, Microsoft Defender, Update Management, etc. Automanage continuously monitors machines across their entire lifecycle automatically bringing them back into conformance should they drift from the desired state.


With Automanage machine best practices, you can take advantage of built-in configuration profiles that support production or dev/test machines. We also offer the flexibility to create your own custom profiles by selecting the set of services and settings you want Automanage to configure and monitor for you. This can be done in Azure or hybrid environments through Azure Arc with point-and-click simplicity using the Azure portal or at-scale using Azure Policy or ARM templates.




Automanage machine best practices handles onboarding and configuration, it remediates drift and works across both Windows and Linux. It supports VMs in Azure but also virtual or physical machines on-premises and even VMs in other hyperscale clouds. In addition, Automanage machine best practices is free to use—you only pay for the services you enable, just as you would if you were doing it all manually.


Let’s dive into the new capabilities and show you how you can get started with optimizing your IT operations with Azure Automanage.


What’s new for Azure Automanage machine best practices


Automanage supports new customization options and more operating systems including Windows 10/11 as well as Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Canonical Ubuntu, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. You can take advantage of additional customization using custom configuration profiles with support for enhanced backup settings. You now have the ability to apply different auditing modes for Azure Compute Security Baselines through the custom profile. For Log Analytics, Automanage supports custom workspaces and the ability to apply custom tags consistently across servers to aid with tag-based governance policies. Automanage also supports more Arc-enabled services such as Microsoft Antimalware.


Unique capabilities for Windows Server


Azure Automanage for Windows Server offers unique capabilities that improve uptime of Windows Server VMs in Azure, offer secure connectivity to edge file servers, and simplify migration:

  • Hotpatch for Windows Server is a new way to install updates on supported Windows Server Azure Edition VMs that doesn’t require a reboot
  • SMB over QUIC provides secure, reliable connectivity to edge file servers over untrusted networks like the Internet
  • Azure Extended Network preserves on-premises IP addresses when moving machines to Azure


Get started


-  To enable Azure Automanage for servers in Azure and Arc-enabled servers, start by browsing to the Automanage portal and click “Enable on existing machine”.



- Then select a built-in profile/or create a custom configuration profile in the Configuration profile selection option.



- After you choose/create your profile, select the Azure virtual machines and/or Arc-enabled servers that you want your custom profile applied to.



- Once you have selected the machines, you can click on “Review + Create”. This will initiate the Configuration profile assignment process. Automanage has now configured your machines with the best practices services. You can click on the status column to get the latest Automanage status report for your machines.



- You can also click on the configuration profile name to see details about the services configured on your machine.




Additionally, we have integrated new options to help you easily onboard your machines to Automanage:


- Through the Azure Virtual Machine view in the Azure portal




- Through the Azure Arc-enabled server view in the Azure portal




Related resources


To keep learning about the exciting new capabilities of Azure Automanage:

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