Azure VMs Previews Features to Enhance Security and Uptime

  • New features in preview for Azure VMs could reduce downtime from updates and improve VM security.
  • Hotpatching allows Azure VMs running a preview version of Windows Server to install security updates without rebooting.
  • Trusted launch enables Secure Boot and vTPM support for Azure Gen 2 VMs, which could protect VMs from rootkit attacks.
  • However, these capabilities are available only for newly deployed VMs, and there is no upgrade path for existing VMs.

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