First Look at Azure Automanage

Published Oct 29 2020 01:01 AM 32.7K Views

At Microsoft Ignite 2020 the team announce Azure Automanage, which is an exciting new preview service which aims to simplify the management of Windows Server virtual machines.


When you deploy a virtual machine (VM) into any environment, on prem or within the Cloud there are other components and services that you need to consider.  Backup, Monitoring, Patch Management, etc.  The management and operations of a VM.   What Azure Automanage helps you with is enrolling and configuring those supporting components for you.


Using best practices as defined by the Cloud Adoption Framework, Azure Automanage helps enroll your VM with the following Azure services:


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Azure Automanage is a straightforward, point, click, set, forget experience that helps eliminate the need to discover, know how to onboard and configure the above services.


As Azure Automanage is currently in preview (at the time of writing this article), there is no cost to using it, however it is important to note that Automanage only supports Windows VMs located in the following regions; West Europe, East US, West US 2, Canada Central, West Central US.


With Automanage when you are working through the onboarding experience you will be presented with two configuration profiles, one for Dev/Test and one for Production.  The reason for the two profiles is that certain services are recommended depending on the environment, for example within Production backup is essential but as your Dev/Test environments typically have a lower impact on your business if they are not available backup isn’t included.


There are some settings that can be configured/personalised within a configuration profile, these personalisations are within a range so not to breach Microsoft’s best practices.  If you wished to make changes to the configuration profile AFTER Automanage is enabled, you would have to Disable Automanage and then look at setting it up again with the changes that you wish to make to the configuration profile.


Azure auto manage can also be enabled through Azure Policy if that is something that you are utilising within your environment and your will to find the policy under Definitions, Categories and then Enable Automanage – Azure virtual machine best practices.


If you want to see Azure Automanage in action checkout the short video that walks you through the onboarding process and shows you what it looks like within the Azure portal.  



Azure Automanage is in preview but it is available for everybody if you go into your Azure portal experience and you can test the service and interact with it, we'd love to hear your feedback from it so if anybody has any questions or feedback please do leave a comment at the bottom of this post.

Occasional Visitor

It is helpful for technical team get insights and can it be integrated any AI Azure services

Occasional Visitor

Do we have an idea as to when this will be rolled out for all Regions US? And can one implement if subscription is managed by another vendor?


@PDominguez, there is some support for US regions in the current iteration.  Unfortunately I don't have any insight into when other regions will get the service, but hopefully we won't have long to wait. 


When you say another vendor manages the subscription what do you mean exactly? Do you mean a CSP agreement?

Occasional Visitor

Thank you Techielass..I (we) anxiously await..Keep up the good work


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