Friday, October 26, 2018

Azure Monitor for virtual machines

In Microsoft Ignite Microsoft VM team have announced number of services and products that they are going to launch in near future. One of it was public preview of Azure Monitor for VMs. According to Microsoft, users can view Health, Performance, Dependencies of a VM easily.

How to access?

To view details about Azure VMs just navigate to your Azure VM blade. From there users can check single VM. Also users can check the deployment statuses that all the VMs behaving as expected.

Features of Azure Monitor for VMs

  • Show up the VM health and availability of VMs 
  • Visualize the understand trends of VM resource utilization together with guest-level performance issues Troubleshoot.
  • Keep checking, back-end VM dependencies connections, and determine customers who are going to affect by issues.
  • Keep track of resource utilizing, Connections, an health of VMs hotspots

VM Health

This model includes the out of the box configurable VM Health criteria. Microsoft also using the same health modeling services internally.
This feature shows some main points like VM availability status (Normal / Warning/ Critical), VMs which report health issues by resource type or OS.  Health status of Disk, CPU, network adapters and memory details. The best part is near-real time alerts, which is user can configure easily. 
Source: Azure Blog

VM Maps

The base of VM maps are OMS Service Map solution which is inheriting. It includes several existing features like VM resource blade integration with Azure-centric user experience, dependency maps, Azure metadata. All these features are available for Resource groups and subscriptions. User can see how the processes are interacting with VMs, monitor connections failures and surprise dependencies to third party services. Also user can view send and receive bytes by processes and network as well as server level latency.
Source: Azure Blog

VM Performance

Mainly performance view is based on Log analytics and have the features for filtering and sorting. For the sorting mechanism Microsoft use, “Top N” algorithms and for searches as well. So users can easily search or sort through out the subscription or region. This is made up with aggregation of VM metrics and inheriting by all VMs.

Source: Azure Blog

Get started with Azure Monitor
The Azure monitor feature has enabled in On-Prem or hybrid VMs as well as users who are using scale sets and they still cannot access Health option since its currently supports only for Azure VMs. But Performance and Map is available for all VMs right now. In future Azure Monitor will support for other resource types as well.
Simply find “Virtual Machines (preview)” menu of Azure Monitor and enjoy.

Source: Azure Blog

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