The Start/Stop VMs during off-hours feature start or stops enabled Azure VMs. It starts or stops machines on user-defined schedules, provides insights through Azure Monitor logs, and sends optional emails by using action groups. The feature can be enabled on both Azure Resource Manager and classic VMs for most scenarios.
The feature provides a decentralized low-cost automation option for users who want to optimize their VM costs. You can use the feature to:
- Schedule VMs to start and stop.
- Schedule VMs to start and stop in ascending order by using Azure Tags. This activity is not supported for classic VMs.
- Autostop VMs based on low CPU usage.
Here is the procedure for low cpu usage