Connect hybrid machines to Azure from Windows Admin Center

You can enable Azure Arc-enabled servers for one or more Windows machines in your environment by performing a set of steps manually. Or you can use Windows Admin Center to deploy the Connected Machine agent and register your on-premises servers without having to perform any steps outside of this tool.

Automatic connection for SQL Server

When you connect a Windows or Linux server to Azure Arc that also has Microsoft SQL Server installed, the SQL Server instances will automatically be connected to Azure Arc as well. SQL Server enabled by Azure Arc provides a detailed inventory and additional management capabilities for your SQL Server instances and databases. As part of the connection process, an extension is deployed to your Azure Arc-enabled server and new roles will be applied to your SQL Server and databases. If you don't want to automatically connect your SQL Servers to Azure Arc, you can opt out by adding a tag to the Windows or Linux server with the name ArcSQLServerExtensionDeployment and value Disabled when it's connected to Azure Arc.

For more information, see Manage automatic connection for SQL Server enabled by Azure Arc.


  • Azure Arc-enabled servers - Review the prerequisites and verify that your subscription, your Azure account, and resources meet the requirements.

  • Windows Admin Center - Review the requirements to prepare your environment to deploy and configure Azure integration.

  • An Azure subscription. If you don't have one, create a free account before you begin.

  • The target Windows servers that you want to manage must have Internet connectivity to access Azure.


This deployment method requires that you have administrator rights on the target Windows machine or server to install and configure the agent. You also need to be a member of the Gateway users role.


Perform the following steps to configure the Windows server with Azure Arc-enabled servers.

  1. Sign in to Windows Admin Center.

  2. From the connection list on the Overview page, in the list of connected Windows servers, select a server from the list to connect to it.

  3. From the left-hand pane, select Azure hybrid services.

  4. On the Azure hybrid services page, select Discover Azure services.

  5. On the Discover Azure services page, under Leverage Azure policies and solutions to manage your servers with Azure Arc, select Set up.

  6. On the Settings\Azure Arc for servers page, if prompted authenticate to Azure and then select Get started.

  7. On the Connect server to Azure page, provide the following:

    1. In the Azure subscription drop-down list, select the Azure subscription.
    2. For Resource group, either select New to create a new resource group, or under the Resource group drop-down list, select an existing resource group to register and manage the machine from.
    3. In the Region drop-down list, select the Azure region to store the servers metadata.
    4. If the machine or server is communicating through a proxy server to connect to the internet, select the option Use proxy server. Using this configuration, the agent communicates through the proxy server using the HTTP protocol. Specify the proxy server IP address or the name, and port number that the machine will use to communicate with the proxy server.
  8. Select Set up to proceed with configuring the Windows server with Azure Arc-enabled servers.

The Windows server will connect to Azure, download the Connected Machine agent, install it and register with Azure Arc-enabled servers. To track the progress, select Notifications in the menu.

To confirm installation of the Connected Machine Agent, in Windows Admin Center select Events from the left-hand pane to review MsiInstaller events in the Application Event Log.

Verify the connection with Azure Arc

After you install the agent and configure it to connect to Azure Arc-enabled servers, go to the Azure portal to verify that the server has successfully connected. View your machine in the Azure portal.

A successful machine connection

Next steps