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Azure Automanage: A month into the life of a new Azure service

by Eamon McCarthy Earls
Assistant Editor,

Over a month has already passed since Microsoft hosted its Ignite 2020 conference. At an event dominated by talk of edge computing and hybrid cloud, if you blinked you might have missed another important announcement: the public preview of Azure Automanage.

We spoke with Azure professionals about the significance of the recent Automanage announcement.

What the offering means for users

Automanage helps users to apply VM management best practices defined in the Azure Cloud Adoption Framework. When a VM's configuration shifts from the controls applied to it, Automanage detects and remediates the change, updating it to the desired configuration.

Microsoft indicates that a major role for Automanage is automating frequent error-prone management tasks, like onboarding and configuration for Security Center and Backup. The Azure team sees Automanage playing a security rule through OS baseline setting, in combination with Windows Defender.

Adam Cuipa, principle cloud architect at Navisite said:

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About Eamon McCarthy Earls

As the assistant editor at, Eamon helps to oversee editorial content on the site and supports site management and strategy. He can be reached at

Before joining, Eamon was editor for at TechTarget, where he covered networking technology, IoT, and cybersecurity. He is also the author of multiple books and previously contributed to publications such as the Boston Globe, Milford Daily News, and DefenceWeb.