Operations Manager 2012: Monitoring Windows Azure

Date: 02/07/2013 - Author: Silvio Di Benedetto

Monitoring of internal resources is very easy, because the main concept is that all the elements are inside the same infrastructure and that is possible install the agent into the servers. Different way for all the resources on the Cloud, because management is not under our control. System Center 2012 Operations Manager allows you to make pro-active monitoring, faster and easier, for on-Premise and on-Cloud; this kind of activity is provided by Management Pack, that expand the potential of the product. In another article I've talked about Amazon Web Services monitoring, now it's time for Windows Azure.

The first step is download Windows Azure Management Pack from this link: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=38414

Import the MP into Operations Manager. Create a new certificate from Computer Template, from the Operations Manager machine; this certificate must be exported in both version: .pfx and .cer. The .cer must be imported into Windows Azure portal, as showed in figure 1.


Figure 1 - Import SCOM .cer

Now it's possible configure Operations Manager. The new MP enable a link into Administration pane, called Windows Azure, as showed in figure 2.


Figure 2 - Windows Azure MP

The first step of the wizard is import the .pfx certificate; insert the password and the Subscription ID of Windows Azure - figure 3. After that select the Proxy Agent, a dedicated machine who will check resource on Azure: in small environment it's possibile choose the same Management Server, as showed in figure 4. You can also insert more then one Subscription ID.


Figure 3 - Select Certificate


Figure 4 - Select Proxy Agent

When the wizard will be closed, all the Azure resources will be under monitoring. With this version of MP, it's possible manage these kind of elements:
  • Storage
  • Cloud Services
  • Virtual Machine (with some limitation)
Into Authoring Pane it's possible create a new template from Windows Azure Monitoring - see figure 5.


Figure 5 - Windows Azure Monitoring

Wizard allows to select which one subscription use and which elements take under monitoring, as showed in figure 6. Closed the last step, you need wait few minutes to see the first results.


Figure 6 - New Azure Monitoring

Figure 7 show the right working of Management Pack; not only Health State view but there are also Performance Monitor view that allows to see the right state with the graphic details, as showed in figure 8.


Figure 7 - Active Monitoring


Figure 8 - Performance Monitor

The future version of Azure MP will be more detailed but with this release it's possible take under control all the most important function provided on the Cloud. Another important point is merging of Private and Public Cloud....and all of these function with one tool: System Center 2012 Operations Manager.
 

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