Step-by-step guide to setting up Azure Arc for an on-prem Windows Server

Azure Arc, introduced at Microsoft Ignite 2019, extends Azure management tools to on-premises infrastructure. I’ll go over how to set up the agent in this guide.

Azure Arc pane

Head over to the Azure Arc pane (https://aka.ms/hybridmachineportal). Click the +Add icon in the topleft, then Add machines using interactive script > Generate Script.

Selecting a method

On the Generate script pane, select the appropriate resource group:

OnPrem-Lab

Register for the preview and then you can download the script!

Azure Arc Script

Once you download the script, run it as an admin on the server of your choice:

Soon there will be a prompt to authenticate, so open a browser and enter the code in the PowerShell window:

And now the device shows up in Azure!

Azure Arc Agent in Apps & features

From what I can tell, the most useful (and only) features of Azure Arc for on-prem Windows Servers would be controlling access via Azure AD and monitoring using Log Analytics. Let me know if you’re interested in exploring these topics and I can set up another guide!

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