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Configure and run Discovery for your Azure subscription

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Configure and run Discovery for your Azure subscription

Specify the subscriptions to manage and configure the Discovery schedule for discovering resources in the subscriptions.

Before you begin

Role required: cloud_admin or sn_azure.admin

About this task

You use the Subscriptions form to:
  • View the list of subscriptions that the service principal can access.
  • From the list, specify which subscriptions that you, the cloud_admin, want to administer.
Note: Running multiple scheduled jobs at one time can cause significant performance degradation. When possible, schedule cloud discovery, billing data download, and resource optimization jobs to run a few hours apart instead of overlapping.


  1. Open the Azure Subscriptions form. Either:
    • From the related list on the Service Principal form
    • Navigate to Microsoft Azure Cloud > Configuration > Accounts (Subscriptions).
  2. On the Azure Subscriptions form, click the subscription to configure.
  3. Click the Create Discovery Schedule related link.
  4. On the Discovery Schedule form, specify the schedule for Discovery. For example, you can schedule Discovery to run every day at 3:00 AM for a total of 365 days.
    Note: Do not modify the values in the remainder of the fields. These values are populated automatically during discovery.
    Field Value
    Name Name of the Azure subscription that uses the Discovery schedule that is defined on this page.
    Discover Type of resources to discover.
    MID server MID server that will manage the Discovery process.
    Active Check box to activate this schedule.
    Max run time Overall time period over which the schedule applies. For example, enter 365 days if you want this schedule to be used for one year. Specify a period less than a day using hh:mm:ss format.
    Run The options are described in the following step.
  5. Specify the Run option.
  6. Click Submit.


Discovery runs and populates your CMDB (configuration management database) and images that you can later approve to offer to cloud users in the catalog. The current state of the resource, if applicable, is updated accordingly (for example, Azure virtual machine instances, Azure virtual networks, Azure subnets, etc.). The Cloud admins use the Accounts (Subscriptions) module to specify which subscriptions to manage and to configure the Discovery schedule for subscriptions.