Create update schedules

You can manage update schedules by using the Azure portal or the new PowerShell cmdlet modules.

To create an update schedule via the Azure portal, see Schedule an update deployment.

The Az.Automation module now supports configuring Update Management by using Azure PowerShell. The New-AzAutomationUpdateManagementAzureQuery cmdlet allows you to use tags, location, and saved searches to configure update schedules for a flexible group of machines.

Example script

The example script in this section illustrates the use of tagging and querying to create dynamic groups of machines that you can apply update schedules to. It performs the following actions. You can refer to the implementations of the specific actions when you create your own scripts.

  • Creates an Azure Automation update schedule that runs every Saturday at 8:00 AM.
  • Creates a query for any machines that match these criteria:
    • Deployed in the westus, eastus, or eastus2 Azure location.
    • Has an Owner tag applied with a value set to JaneSmith.
    • Has a Production tag applied with a value set to true.
  • Applies the update schedule to the queried machines and sets a two-hour update window.

Before you run the example script, you'll need to sign in by using the Connect-AzAccount cmdlet. When you start the script, provide the following information:

  • The target subscription ID
  • The target resource group
  • Your Log Analytics workspace name
  • Your Azure Automation account name

            This script orchestrates the deployment of the solutions and the agents.
        .Parameter SubscriptionName
        .Parameter WorkspaceName
        .Parameter AutomationAccountName
        .Parameter ResourceGroupName


    param (
        [string] $SubscriptionId,

        [string] $ResourceGroupName,

        [string] $WorkspaceName,

        [string] $AutomationAccountName,

        [string] $scheduleName = "SaturdayCriticalSecurity"

    Import-Module Az.Automation

    $startTime = ([DateTime]::Now).AddMinutes(10)
    $schedule = New-AzAutomationSchedule -ResourceGroupName $ResourceGroupName `
        -AutomationAccountName $AutomationAccountName `
        -StartTime $startTime `
        -Name $scheduleName `
        -Description "Saturday patches" `
        -DaysOfWeek Saturday `
        -WeekInterval 1 `

    # Using AzAutomationUpdateManagementAzureQuery to create dynamic groups.

    $queryScope = @("/subscriptions/$SubscriptionID/resourceGroups/")

    $query1Location =@("westus", "eastus", "eastus2")
    $query1FilterOperator = "Any"
    $ownerTag = @{ "Owner"= @("JaneSmith") }
    $ownerTag.Add("Production", "true")

    $DGQuery = New-AzAutomationUpdateManagementAzureQuery -ResourceGroupName $ResourceGroupName `
        -AutomationAccountName $AutomationAccountName `
        -Scope $queryScope `
        -Tag $ownerTag

    $AzureQueries = @($DGQuery)

    $UpdateConfig = New-AzAutomationSoftwareUpdateConfiguration -ResourceGroupName $ResourceGroupName `
        -AutomationAccountName $AutomationAccountName `
        -Schedule $schedule `
        -Windows `
        -Duration (New-TimeSpan -Hours 2) `
        -AzureQuery $AzureQueries `
        -IncludedUpdateClassification Security,Critical

Next steps

See examples of how to implement common policies in Azure that can help manage your servers.