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Azure Automanage for Azure Arc enabled servers

Azure Automanage for Arc enabled servers

At the last Azure Hybrid and Multicloud digital event, Microsoft not just announced the general availability of Azure SQL enabled by Azure Arc, but also announced the public preview of Azure Automanage for Azure Arc enabled servers. Azure Automanage is a service that eliminates the need to discover, know how to onboard, and how to configure certain services in Azure Management services for your Azure Virtual Machine (VM) and with the new preview also for Linux and Windows Servers which are running outside of Azure. These servers can run on-premises, at the edge, or at other cloud providers, and can now benefit from the automatic configuration of Azure Management services.

Azure Automanage
Azure Automanage

If you want to learn more about Azure Automanage, check out my blog article and video about Azure Automanage for virtual machines.

With the new announcement, you can now leverage Azure Automanage for your Azure Arc enabled servers running in Hybrid and Mutlicloud environments.

Azure Automanage for Machines Best Practices – Arc enabled servers

These Azure Management services are automatically onboarded for you when you use Automanage Machine Best Practices on an Azure Arc-enabled server. These recommendations are part of the Cloud Adoption Framework. For all of these services, Azure will auto-onboard, auto-configure, monitor for drift, and remediate if drift is detected. 

You can learn more about Azure Automanage for Azure Arc enabled servers on Microsoft Docs.

Supported operating systems

Automanage supports the following operating systems for Arc enabled servers

  • Windows Server 2012/R2
  • Windows Server 2016
  • Windows Server 2019
  • CentOS 7.3+, 8
  • RHEL 7.4+, 8
  • Ubuntu 16.04 and 18.04
  • SLES 12 (SP3-SP5 only)

Configure Azure Automanage for Azure Arc enabled server

Enabling Azure Automanage for Azure Arc enabled servers is very simple and straightforward as it is for Azure VMs.

If the requirements are met, you can navigate to Automanage in the Azure portal.

Automanage
Automanage

Here you can select the virtual machines or Azure Arc enabled server you want to be automatically managed and different configuration profiles.

Azure Automanage Azure Arc enabled Servers
Azure Automanage Azure Arc enabled Servers

Configuration profiles are the foundation of this service. They define precisely which services are onboarded to your machines and, to some extent, what the configuration of those services would be. There are currently two default configuration profiles available.

  • Azure virtual machine best practices – Dev/Test configuration profile is designed for Dev/Test machines.
  • Azure virtual machine best practices – Production configuration profile is for production.
Customize Configuration Profiles Preferences
Customize Configuration Profiles Preferences

After a couple of minutes, Azure Automanage is configured.

If you want to configure Azure Automanage for multiple virtual machines, you can also use an Azure Policy.

Conclusion

Azure Automanage is an excellent new service that helps customers easily onboard management services to their Azure virtual machines and with Azure Arc enabled servers which are running on-premises or other cloud providers. If you want to learn more, check out the full documentation on Microsoft Docs. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment.



Automanage for Azure virtual machines

Automanage for Azure virtual machines

For me, one of the most impressive announcements at Microsoft Ignite, next to many of the Azure Arc and Azure Stack announcements, was the announcement of the Azure Automanage for virtual machines (VMs) public preview. As you know, Microsoft Azure offers many management services for Azure virtual machines (VMs). However, finding and configured these services can be some work. Azure Automanage for virtual machines helps to address precisely that. Azure Automanage for virtual machines is a service that eliminates the need to discover, know how to onboard, and how to configure certain services in Azure that would benefit your virtual machine.

UPDATE: Azure Automanage now also supports servers running outside of Azure (on-premises or other cloud providers) using Azure Arc. Check out my blog for more details: Azure Automanage for Arc enabled servers

In summary, Azure Automanage provides the following features to reduced cost by automating Windows Server management, improved workload uptime with optimized operations, and implementation of security best practices.

  • Intelligently onboards virtual machines to select best practices Azure services
  • Automatically configures each service per Azure best practices.
  • Monitors for drift and corrects for it when detected.
  • Provides a simple experience (point, click, set, forget)

You can find more information on Microsoft Docs.