Enable vulnerability scanning with Microsoft Defender Vulnerability Management

Microsoft Defender Vulnerability Management is included with Microsoft Defender for Servers and uses built-in and agentless scanners to:

  • Discover vulnerabilities and misconfigurations in near real time
  • Prioritize vulnerabilities based on the threat landscape and detections in your organization

To learn more about agentless scanning, see Find vulnerabilities and collect software inventory with agentless scanning


Microsoft Defender Vulnerability Management Add-on capabilities are included in Defender for Servers Plan 2. This provides consolidated inventories, new assessments, and mitigation tools to further enhance your vulnerability management program. To learn more, see Vulnerability Management capabilities for servers.

Defender Vulnerability Management add-on capabilities are only available through the Microsoft Defender 365 portal.

If you've enabled the integration with Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, you automatically get the Defender Vulnerability Management findings without the need for more agents.

Microsoft Defender Vulnerability Management continuously monitors your organization for vulnerabilities and periodic scans aren't required.

For a quick overview of Defender Vulnerability Management, watch this video:


As well as alerting you to vulnerabilities, Defender Vulnerability Management also provides functionality for Defender for Cloud's asset inventory tool. Learn more in Software inventory.

You can learn more by watching this video from the Defender for Cloud in the Field video series:


Aspect Details
Release state: General availability (GA)
Machine types: Azure virtual machines
Azure Arc-enabled machines
Supported machines
Pricing: Requires Microsoft Defender for Servers Plan 1 or Plan 2
Prerequisites: Enable the integration with Microsoft Defender for Endpoint
Required roles and permissions: Owner (resource group level) can deploy the scanner
Security Reader can view findings
Clouds: Commercial clouds
National (Azure Government, Microsoft Azure operated by 21Vianet)

Onboarding your machines to Defender Vulnerability Management

The integration between Microsoft Defender for Endpoint and Microsoft Defender for Cloud takes place in the background, so it doesn't involve any changes at the endpoint level.

  • To manually onboard one or more machines to Defender Vulnerability Management, use the security recommendation "Machines should have a vulnerability assessment solution":

    Screenshot of the window that shows the options for selecting a vulnerability assessment solution from the recommendation.

  • To automatically find and view the vulnerabilities on existing and new machines without the need to manually remediate the preceding recommendation, see Automatically configure vulnerability assessment for your machines.

  • To onboard via the REST API, run PUT/DELETE using this URL: https://management.azure.com/subscriptions/.../resourceGroups/.../providers/Microsoft.Compute/virtualMachines/.../providers/Microsoft.Security/serverVulnerabilityAssessments/mdetvm?api-version=2015-06-01-preview

The findings for all vulnerability assessment tools are in the Defender for Cloud recommendation Vulnerabilities in your virtual machines should be remediated. Learn about how to view and remediate findings from vulnerability assessment solutions on your VMs

Learn more

You can check out the following blogs:

Next steps

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