Defender - Machines should be configured securely

Ryan Pighin 66 Reputation points

We are new to Azure and have a few VMs running. In our recommendation from Defender for cloud there are a lot of fixes we need to apply under "Machines should be configured securely (see below example). Wondering how sites deal with this? Are you aware of a policy that can be created to make these changes instead of doing it one by one? We are not using an Azure domain so we do not have the option of a GPO. Just looking for a more efficient way of tackling these current server and any future servers that are built.


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  1. Givary-MSFT 30,931 Reputation points Microsoft Employee

    @Ryan Pighin

    Thank you for reaching out to us. As I understand you are looking to remediate the issues reported by defender for cloud for your Azure VM's.

    As you mentioned you don't have domain setup, you can leverage Desired state Configuration option to push these settings to the Azure Machines.

    Reference articles:,How%20do%20I%20deploy%20the%20prerequisites%20for%20the%20security%20configuration%20recommendations%3F,-To%20deploy%20the

    Let me know if you have any further questions.

    Please remember to "Accept Answer" if answer helped, so that others in the community facing similar issues can easily find the solution.

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