Reimage a virtual machine

When updating an instance in a Virtual Machine Scale Set, there are some changes that can't be applied to existing instances without performing a reimage. Reimaging a virtual machine in a Virtual Machine Scale Set replaces the old OS disk with a new OS disk. This allows changes to the OS, data disk profile (such as admin username and password), and custom data to be applied. To reimage a set of existing instances in a scale set, you must individually reimage each instance.

If reimaging a virtual machine using an ephemeral OS disk, the instance is restored it to it's initial state and any local data is lost. For instances using nonephemeral OS disks, the retaining of old OS disk depends on the value of delete option of OS disk. For more information, see set delete options when creating a virtual machine

Reimaging a virtual machine that was created outside of the scale set and later attached can only be reimaged if the virtual machine OS profile matches the OS profile of the scale set.

In the menu under Settings, navigate to Instances and select the instances you want to reimage. Once selected, click the Reimage option.

Screenshot showing reimaging scale set instances using the Azure portal.

Next steps

Learn how to set the Upgrade Policy of your Virtual Machine Scale Set.