Deploy and manage updates using the Update view

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

This article describes how you can manage machines from an updates standpoint.

The Updates blade allows you to manage machines from an updates viewpoint. It implies that you can see how many Linux and Windows updates are pending and the update applies to which machines. It also enables you to act on each of the pending updates. To view the latest pending updates on each of the machines, we recommend that you enable periodic assessment on all your machines. For more information, see enable periodic assessment at scale using Policy or enable using update settings.

Screenshot that shows number of updates and the type of updates pending on your Windows and Linux machines.

Classic use case

This option is helpful when you discover a vulnerability and want to fix it by applying a specific update on all machines on which it was pending. For example, a vulnerability is discovered in software, which can potentially expose the customer's environment to risk like remote code extension. The Central IT team discovers this threat and want to secure their enterprise's environment by applying an update abc that would mitigate vulnerability. Using the Updates view, they can apply the update abc on all the impacted machines.

Summarized view

In the Overview blade of Azure Update Manager, the Updates view provides a summary of pending updates. Select the individual updates to see a detailed view of each of the pending category of updates. Following is a screenshot that gives a summarized view of the pending updates on Windows and Linux machines.

Screenshot that shows number of updates and the type of updates pending on your Windows and Linux machines.

Updates list view

You can use either the Overview blade or select the Updates blade that provides a list view of the updates pending in your environment. You can perform the following actions on this page:

  • Filter Windows and Linux updates by selecting the cards for each.

  • Filter updates by using the filter options at the top like Resource group, Location, Resource type, Workloads, Update Classifications

  • Edit columns, export data to csv or see the query powering this view using the options at the top.

  • Displays a ribbon at the top that shows the number of machines that don't have periodic assessment enabled on them and suggestion to enable periodic assessment on them.


    We recommend you to enable periodic assessment to see the latest pending updates on the machines.

    Screenshot that shows the pending updates and various filter options from Updates.

  • Select any row of the Machine(s) applicable column for a list view of all machines on which the update is applicable. Using this option, you can view all the machines on which the update is applicable and pending. You can trigger One-time update to install the update on demand or use the Schedule updates option to schedule update installation on a later date.

    Screenshot that shows the machines for which updates are applicable and pending.

  • Multi-select updates from the Updates list view and perform One-time updates or Schedule updates.

    Screenshot that shows multi selection from list view.

  • One-time update - Allows you to install update(s) on the applicable machines on demand and can take instant action about the pending update(s). For more information on how to use One-time update, see how to deploy on demand updates.

    Screenshot that shows how to install one-time updates.

  • Schedule updates - Allows you to install updates later, you have to select a future date on when you would like to install the update(s) and specify an end date when the schedule should end. For more information on scheduled updates, see how to schedule updates.

    Screenshot that shows how to schedule updates.

Next steps