Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Installing Microsoft Antimalware for Windows Azure Virtual Machines

One of the many changes that came about as part of the switch from the Azure Classic Portal to the new Azure Portal was the way in which you install Microsoft Antimalware for your Windows Azure Virtual Machines.

In the past, you would simply choose "Microsoft Antimalware" as part of the wizard when you are setting up your virtual machine for the first time.  Unfortunately, that practice also did not allow you to go back and set it up later once the virtual machine was created.

While Microsoft has made it easier to turn on now at a later point in time, since it is no longer part of the initial creation process of the Windows Azure VM and it is disabled by default, it is also easier to forget!

Fortunately, installing Microsoft Antimalware after the fact is relatively simple.

First click on the Settings for your virtual machine:

In the Settings menu, you should see a menu option for "Extensions".  Once you click on that you should get a list of the currently installed extensions.  In the toolbar for that new screen, you should be able to click on the "Add" button to get a list of additional extensions to install:

In that list, you will find the listing for "Microsoft Antimalware".  You can click on it to open another screen for configuring Antimalware and creating it on your Windows Azure VM:

Once you read through the details screen, you can click on the "Create" button.  This will then provide you a final screen to configure the settings for Microsoft Antimalware:

Once you have configured all of the rules for running Microsoft Antimalware, you can click on the OK button to set it up on your Windows Azure VM.  It should now show up in the list of installed extensions for your VM listed as "IaaSAntimalware":

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