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Compute>Host groups

  • Automatic host assignment for Azure dedicated host groups


  • Updates to Microsoft Intune

Let’s look at each of these updates in greater detail.


Compute>Host groups

Automatic host assignment for Azure dedicated host groups


You can now simplify the deployment of Azure VMs in Dedicated Hosts by letting the platform select the host in the dedicated host group to which the VM will be deployed. Additionally, you can use Virtual Machine Scale Sets in conjunction with Dedicated Hosts. This will allow you to use scale sets across multiple dedicated hosts as part of a dedicated host group.


Step 1: Click “Create a resource”




Step 2: Type in “Host groups” in the search box -> select “Host Groups” when it appears below the search box




Step 3: Click on the drop down arrow to the right of “Create” under “Host Groups” and select “Host Groups” from the drop down option




Step 4: Put in the required fields as marked with an * -> check the “Support automatic host assignment” box -> click on “Review + create”




Step 5: A preview of what will be created will appear -> click on “Create”




Step 6: When the host group deployment is complete, click “Go to resource” to open the host group so you can proceed to add a host




Step 7: Click on “Add host”




Step 8: Put in the required fields as marked with an *, making sure to select the same subscription ID and resource group as your host group -> click on “Review + create”




Step 9: A preview of what will be created will appear  -> click on “Create”




Step 10: Now that you have created a host group, you will need to create a Virtual Machine (or Virtual Machine Scale Set) to add to the host group.

  1.          Click on “Create a resource” as in step 1 above

  2.          Select “Compute” -> click on the “Virtual machine” icon




Step 11: Click “Create”




Step 12: Fill in all required information in the “Basics” tab




Step 13: Then click on the “Advanced” tab option




Step 14: Scroll down to the Host section:

  1. Select the Host group name from the drop down options

  2. Host assignment options will then appear; select “Automatic”

  3. Click on “Review + create”



Important Notes:

  • Make sure you use the same Subscription, Resource group, Region, and size Family as your dedicated host

  • Due to the recent changes in the Create Virtual Machine experience, make sure that “Availability zone” in your Host group matches up with “Availability options” of your Virtual Machine (or Virtual Machine Scale Set).  For example, if you use availability zone “1” in “Create a host group”, then select “Availability Zones” in “Availability options”  and set “Availability zone” to “1”.  However, if you use “(none)” in Availability zone in “Create host group”, then make sure you use “No infrastructure redundancy required” in Availability options in “Create a Virtual Machine”.





Updates to Microsoft Intune

The Microsoft Intune team has been hard at work on updates as well. You can find the full list of updates to Intune on the What’s new in Microsoft Intune page, including changes that affect your experience using Intune.


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