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Microsoft: A New Planned Maintenance Experience for your Virtual Machines

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We’re excited to announce the availability of a new planned maintenance experience in Azure, providing you more control, better communication, and better visibility. While most planned maintenance is performed without any impact to your virtual machines using memory preserving maintenance, some do require a reboot to improve reliability, performance, and security.

What’s new?

  • More control: You now have the option to proactively initiate a redeploy of your VMs on your schedule within a pre-communicated window, ensuring that planned maintenance will be performed when it is most convenient for you.
  • Better communication: We added planned maintenance to the Azure Monitor experience where you can create log-based alerts. With Azure Monitor notifications, you can add multiple email recipients to maintenance alerts, receive SMS messages, and configure webhooks, which integrate with your third-party software, to alert you of upcoming maintenance.
  • Better visibility: We recently introduced Azure Service Health in the Azure Portal, which provides you planned maintenance information at the VM level. Additionally, we introduced Scheduled Events, which surfaces information, including upcoming planned maintenance, via REST API in the VM. You can use this capability as part of maintenance preparation. Lastly you can view upcoming maintenance information via PowerShell and CLI.

Read the entire article here, A new Planned Maintenance experience for your virtual machines

Via the fine folks at Microsoft.

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