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Microsoft Azure Monitoring

Would be great if we could monitor our Actual Microsoft Azure Hybrid cloud rather than just the VMs hosted in the cloud.  Would also be good if we could monitor our DaaS SQL Databases in Azure as well as our web applications.  We currently have to log into the MS Azure portal to get any metrics, for example http requests on a web app and the errors.

You should be able to monitor the subscriptions, monitor the various data centers which Azure is hosted in. Traffic Manager etc

The possibilities of your platform monitoring Azure are vast to say the least and we'd be very happy to assist with monitoring ideas and testing as we have been doing.

"Logic will get you from A to B.  Imagination will take you everywhere" - Albert Einstein.  Everywhere including Microsoft Azure Cloud
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Re: Microsoft Azure Monitoring

Hi Robert,

Thank you for the suggestions. 

Site24x7 Azure VM extensions is our first step towards Azure monitoring. Azure monitoring is already in our Product Road Map and we will be including it in Site24x7 in the near future.

I will get in touch with you for further discussion through our regular support channel. 
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HI, any update on when we can expect to see more support for Azure monitoring?
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Our Wish list


  • 1.       Alerting for when a server is restarted – We have tested the resource check profile and added in the server restart codes from the logs but this doesn’t work.
  • 2.       Monitor web apps in Microsoft Azure i.e http request errors (would be great if we can stop/start webapps from Site24x7 and from the mobile app in a similar way that we can with services on servers)
  • 3.       Azure Subscription Monitoring i.e. when new resources are added to the subscription such as VMs, Web Apps, Databases, we can be notified
  • 4.       The ability to enter Azure Subscription details into Site24x7, then it queries and pulls all of our resources, allowing us to choose which resources we would like to monitor, then we can drill down into each resource to specify how we monitor them.
  • 5.       Microsoft Azure Data centre region outage alerting i.e. if the US East region were to suffer an outage, it would be good to know (as far as MS Azure will inform you) so you can alert based on the information provided if any.
  • 6.       Ability to write custom plugins for Azure itself in addition to the VMs that are running in Azure with strong support for PowerShell scripting
  • 7.       Microsoft Azure Storage Monitoring
  • 8.       Microsoft Server Cluster Monitoring
  • 9.       Microsoft SQL Server Cluster Monitoring
  • 10.   Server Memory Maps – this will show graphically what services/processes are using what % of memory
  • 11.   Active Directory  Replication Monitoring – Monitor Sites, DFSR, health check monitors.
  • 12.   IIS Logs resource profile checks – This may be in place already but need more documentation about this
  • 13.   Linux Servers in Azure Cloud to have the same level of monitoring/alerting capabilities as Microsoft Servers
  • 14.   Better support for Windows PowerShell interaction with Site24x7
  • 15.   Microsoft DSC support – At the moment we are using MS DSC as a configuration management tool to deploy Site24x7 agent to servers; however, we are unable to configure the monitoring specifics in our DSC scripts, which means we have to log into Site24x7 to assign the monitor group, threshold template, notification template, Disk space utilization thresholds and services to monitor etc.
  • 16.   Microsoft DSC alerting – alert us when DSC has to pull a node back into its Desired State Configuration and what changes were made to bring the server back in line.
  • 17.   The ability to select whether a custom dashboard is made public or private.
  • 18.   All Dashboards should auto-refresh – nobody has time to sit there refreshing the page to see if monitoring information is up-to-date.  We shouldn’t need to install third party plugins for google chrome for example for such a basic feature that should be standard.
  • 19.   Custom Azure Dashboards, again, with the ability to make this public or private.  All Private Dashboards, should require login to Site24x7.

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by Raji
Hi Robert,

Thanks for your details requirements. These are definitely helpful in our analysis / requirement gathering for the Azure monitoring feature.

We will keep you posted as we move ahead and see some progress.

Regards,
Raji.

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Re: Microsoft Azure Monitoring

by Raji
Hi Ole,

We understand Azure monitoring is important. We are in the very early stages of analysis. We haven't started on the implementation yet. So, it is too early to commit on a specified time line. It will take another quarter to get a clarity on the implementation details and then we could give some time line.

We will keep this post updated.

Regards,
Raji.

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Any update on this?
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Hi Ole,
  We haven't been able to go deep into this yet. However we are working on related areas which will help us move very fast once we start. We will update this post as things move along.
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When can we expect movement on this please?  Azure support lacking very much so! Especially Service Bus queue monitoring.
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Please give an update on Azure Monitoring roadmap and timeline ....
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Any Update in this topic? We need this feature also! Please give us the beta version for the portal. Thx
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Hi Guys,

  We have started with Azure Monitoring. 

Here are the list of things that we will take up initially and progress iteratively.

1. AutoDiscover Azure resources and their meta information.

2. Use our Azure VM Extensions to install agents in Azure VMs automatically.

3. Azure Web App monitoring.

 

Points 1 and 2 will make sure that all Azure VMs are monitored automatically and auto scaling taken care of.

 

With regards to Service bus monitoring, this is a classic resource and MS themselfs are coming out of it. Hence it would be unwise to support them at this point. More techincally, APIs for monitoring these (classic resources) may well be stopped. Hence we will concentrate on the new ARM based resources now.

 

Please feel free to comment on this. If you need more specific Azure resources that you need to monitor please feel free to post them here.

-Jasper

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Hello,


I am trying to monitor an instance of Azure SQL and I do not see how.
It would be very helpful if someone could put the steps of how to do it.


Thank you,

Oriol

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Re: Re: Re: Re: Microsoft Azure Monitoring

Hi Oriol,

   "monitor an instance of Azure SQL". 

- By "Instance" if you mean SQL Server Instance (Azure VM with SQL server) then our SQL monitoring can help you; here is the link to the help page. You need to install our agent in your Azure SQL Server VM and start monitoring (You can use the Site24x7's Azure extension to install the agent. Link for installing the extension is here). 

- If you are asking for direct Azure SQL (PaaS) service monitoring, we are yet to provide this feature. As part of Azure monitoring we are starting with Azure VM and Azure Web App monitoring for Azure (see my above reply) after which we may take up SQL as a service.

However you can use our APM Insight feature to monitor your Azure SQL queries of an application and drill down which SQL query is causing the problem.

Please feel free to converse with us. 

Jasper Paul,

Site24x7 Team.

 

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Re: Re: Re: Microsoft Azure Monitoring

Hi,

How are your progress on this. Any ETA for a release?

Regards

Ole Petter

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Re: Re: Re: Re: Microsoft Azure Monitoring

Hi Ole, 

  We are working on it. ETA for it is still not decided. BTW, how do you want Azure Monitoring to be? 

Is the full Monitoring solution for Azure that you want or is there any particular use case you would like us to solve?

-Jasper

Site24x7

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Hi Guys, 

 We are rethinking of how to best solve Azure use cases. Doing the full blown Azure monitoring (i.e support service by service) is one way and solving the most critical use cases like auto scaling and avoiding false alerts due to the dynamic nature of cloud is another way. 

We already have one of a kind integration with our Azure Extensions. We want to leverage them to the fullest.

Please post your suggestions here. If possible please explain 2-3 problem that you find difficult to solve.

-Jasper

Site24x7 Team

 

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