Assessment options in update management center (preview)

Applies to: ✔️ Windows VMs ✔️ Linux VMs ✔️ On-premises environment ✔️ Azure Arc-enabled servers.

This article provides an overview of the assessment options available by update management center (preview).

Update management center (preview) provides you the flexibility to assess the status of available updates and manage the process of installing required updates for your machines.

Periodic assessment

Periodic assessment is an update setting on a machine that allows you to enable automatic periodic checking of updates by update management center (preview). We recommend that you enable this property on your machines as it allows update management center (preview) to fetch latest updates for your machines every 24 hours and enables you to view the latest compliance status of your machines. You can enable this setting using update settings flow as detailed here or enable it at scale by using Policy.

Screenshot showing periodic assessment option.

Check for updates now/On-demand assessment

Update management center (preview) allows you to check for latest updates on your machines at any time, on-demand. You can view the latest update status and act accordingly. Go to Updates blade on any VM and select Check for updates or select multiple machines from update management center (preview) and check for updates for all machines at once. For more information, see check and install on-demand updates.

Update assessment scan

You can initiate a software updates compliance scan on a machine to get a current list of operating system updates available.

  • On Windows - the software update scan is actually performed by the Windows Update Agent.
  • On Linux - the software update scan is performed using OVAL-compatible tools to test for the presence of vulnerabilities based on the OVAL Definitions for that platform, which is retrieved from a local or remote repository.

In the Updates (preview) page, after you initiate an assessment, a notification is generated to inform you the activity has started and another is displayed when it is finished.

Screenshot of the Updates (preview) page.

The Recommended updates section is updated to reflect the OS updates applicable. You can also select Refresh to update the information on the page and review the assessment details of the selected machine.

In the History section, you can view:

  • Total deployments—the total number of deployments.
  • Failed deployments—the number out of the total deployments that failed.
  • Successful deployments—the number out of the total deployments that were successful.

A list of the deployments created are shown in the update deployment grid and include relevant information about the deployment. Every update deployment has a unique GUID, represented as Activity ID, which is listed along with Status, Updates Installed, and Time details. You can filter the results listed in the grid in the following ways:

  • Select one of the tile visualizations
  • Select a specific time period. Options are: Last 30 Days, Last 15 Days, Last 7 Days, and Last 24 hrs. By default, deployments from the last 30 days are shown.
  • Select a specific deployment status. Options are: Succeeded, Failed, CompletedWithWarnings, InProgress, and NotStarted. By default, all status types are selected. Selecting any one of the update deployments from the list will open the Assessment run page. Here, it shows a detailed breakdown of the updates and the installation results for the Azure VM or Arc-enabled server.

In the Scheduling section, you can either create a maintenance configuration or attach existing maintenance configuration. See the section for more information on how to create a maintenance configuration and how to attach existing maintenance configuration.

Next steps

  • To view update assessment and deployment logs generated by update management center (preview), see query logs.
  • To troubleshoot issues, see the Troubleshoot update management center (preview).