Manually trigger a "System Updates" scan

Category: azure security center


Shane Castle (ObjectSharp) on Tue, 15 Dec 2015 21:39:04

I have a few VM's in Security Center that are showing as needing updates. I've run Windows Update on those machines, but Azure Security Center still says the updates are needed.

The details blade shows the last scan was 6 days ago. Is there a way to manually trigger a scan for required updates on a VM?


Thomas W Shinder - MSFT on Wed, 16 Dec 2015 16:59:25

Hi Shane -

At this point during the public preview, manual triggering of scans isn't available. I'll take this back to the product group feature request.



codytchamberlain on Wed, 27 Jan 2016 18:21:14

Is there documentation around when Security Center (or the vm?) initiates and runs the baselines and update scans?

Thomas W Shinder - MSFT on Thu, 28 Jan 2016 16:06:18

Hi Cody -

We don't have that documented for the Public Preview. The times will vary as we optimize the system, so any number we provide now might not be true in the future. We'll make a note into include that information in our documentation by the time Azure Security Center reaches General Availability and out of preview status.



codytchamberlain on Thu, 04 Feb 2016 14:58:36

Sounds good, thanks. I had a clean install of the security extensions in my VM and it ran for a week or two but the security scan never occurred. I just removed the agent and re-enabled it to see if that will force a scan to run. We'll see how that works.

Key items will be having the ability (even from powershell) to force a scan to run. I think that would be more helpful than documented scan times. Just my opinion.


Thomas W Shinder - MSFT on Mon, 08 Feb 2016 15:48:14

Hi Cody -


We do plan on PowerShell integration and I'll take back to the team the desire to be able to trigger a scan on demand using PowerShell.

Thanks for the suggestions!


frferreira1979 on Thu, 02 Jun 2016 10:53:49

Hi Tom,

Is the powershell trigger already available, or is there any integration package avaliable on Azure for this issue?