View Azure Update Management update assessments

In your Azure Automation account, select Update Management to view the status of your machines.

This view provides information about your machines, missing updates, update deployments, and scheduled update deployments. In the COMPLIANCE column, you can see the last time the machine was assessed. In the UPDATE AGENT READINESS column, you can see the health of the update agent. If there's an issue, select the link to go to troubleshooting documentation that can help you correct the problem.

To run a log search that returns information about the machine, update, or deployment, select the corresponding item in the list. The Log Search pane opens with a query for the item selected:

Update Management default view

View missing updates

Select Missing updates to view the list of updates that are missing from your machines. Each update is listed and can be selected. Information about the number of machines that require the update, operating system details, and a link for more information are all shown. The Log search pane also shows more details about the updates.

Missing Updates

Update classifications

The following tables list the update classifications in Update Management, with a definition for each classification.

Windows

Classification Description
Critical updates An update for a specific problem that addresses a critical, non-security-related bug.
Security updates An update for a product-specific, security-related issue.
Update rollups A cumulative set of hotfixes that are packaged together for easy deployment.
Feature packs New product features that are distributed outside a product release.
Service packs A cumulative set of hotfixes that are applied to an application.
Definition updates An update to virus or other definition files.
Tools A utility or feature that helps complete one or more tasks.
Updates An update to an application or file that currently is installed.

Linux

Classification Description
Critical and security updates Updates for a specific problem or a product-specific, security-related issue.
Other updates All other updates that aren't critical in nature or that aren't security updates.

For Linux, Update Management can distinguish between critical updates and security updates in the cloud while displaying assessment data. (This granularity is possible because of data enrichment in the cloud.) For patching, Update Management relies on classification data available on the machine. Unlike other distributions, CentOS doesn't have this information available in the RTM versions of the product. If you have CentOS machines configured to return security data for the following command, Update Management can patch based on classifications:

sudo yum -q --security check-update

There's currently no supported method to enable native classification-data availability on CentOS. At this time, only best-effort support is provided to customers who have enabled this functionality on their own.

Next steps

After you view any update assessments, you can schedule an update deployment by following the steps at Manage updates and patches for your Azure VMs.