Category Archives : Monitoring

14

Aug

Improving Azure Virtual Machines resiliency with Project Tardigrade

“Our goal is to empower organizations to run their workloads reliably on Azure. With this as our guiding principle, we are continuously investing in evolving the Azure platform to become fault resilient, not only to boost business productivity but also to provide a seamless customer experience. Last month I published a blog post highlighting several initiatives underway to keep improving in this space, as part of our commitment to provide a trusted set of cloud services. Today I wanted to expand on the mention of Project Tardigrade – a platform resiliency initiative that improves high availability of our services even during the rare cases of spontaneous platform failures. The post that follows was written by Pujitha Desiraju and Anupama Vedapuri from our compute platform fundamentals team, who are leading these efforts.” Mark Russinovich, CTO, Azure

This post was co-authored by Jim Cavalaris, Principal Software Engineer, Azure Compute. 

 

Codenamed Project Tardigrade, this effort draws its inspiration from the eight-legged microscopic creature, the tardigrade also known as the water bear. Virtually impossible to kill, tardigrades can be exposed to extreme conditions, but somehow still manage to wiggle their way to survival. This is exactly what we envision our servers to emulate

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31

Jul

Azure Cost Management updates – July 2019
Azure Cost Management updates – July 2019

Whether you’re a new student, thriving startup, or the largest enterprise, you have financial constraints and you need to know what you’re spending, where, and how to plan for the future. Nobody wants a surprise when it comes to the bill, and this is where Microsoft Azure Cost Management comes in.

We’re always looking for ways to learn more about your challenges and how Azure Cost Management can help you better understand where you’re accruing costs in the cloud, identify and prevent bad spending patterns, and optimize costs to empower you to do more with less. Here are a few of the latest improvements and updates based on your feedback:

Azure Cost Management for partners Marketplace usage for pay-as-you-go (PAYG) subscriptions Cost Management Labs Save and share customized views directly in cost analysis Viewing costs in different currencies Manage EA accounts from the Azure portal Expanded availability of resource tags in cost reporting Tag your resources with up to 50 tags Documentation updates

Let’s dig into the details.

 

Azure Cost Management for partners

Partners play a critical role in successful planning, implementation, and long-term cloud operations for organizations, big and small. Whether you’re a partner who sells to or

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22

Jul

What’s the difference between Azure Monitor and Azure Service Health?

It’s a question we often hear. After all, they’re similar and related services. Azure Monitor helps you understand how your applications are performing and proactively identifies issues affecting them and the resources they depend on. Azure Service Health helps you stay informed and take action when Azure service issues like outages and planned maintenance affect you. So what’s the difference?

Azure Monitor and Azure Service Health are complementary services that you will often use together when troubleshooting issues. Let’s go over a typical scenario. For example, let’s say your app is having a problem and experiencing downtime. Your users are complaining and reporting the issue. What’s wrong? You start troubleshooting.

Step 1: Assess the health of Azure with Azure Service Health

As you start troubleshooting, you first want to answer the question: is it me or is it Azure? To make sure Azure as a platform isn’t having any problems, you’ll want to check Azure Service Health. Better yet, you might already know about any issues affecting you if you have Azure Service Health alerts set up. More on this later.

You visit Azure Service Health in the Azure portal, where you check to see if there are any active

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18

Jul

Azure Monitor for containers with Prometheus now in preview

Prometheus is a popular open source metric monitoring solution and is a part of Cloud Native Compute Foundation. We have many customers who like the extensive metrics which Prometheus provides on Kubernetes. However, they also like how easy it is to use Azure Monitor for containers which provides fully managed, out of the box monitoring for Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) clusters. We have been receiving requests to funnel the Prometheus data into Azure Monitor and today, we are excited to share Prometheus integration with Azure Monitor for containers is now in preview and brings together the best of two worlds.

Typically, to use Prometheus you need to setup and manage a Prometheus server with a database. With the Azure Monitor integration, no Prometheus server is needed. You just need to expose the Prometheus end-point through your exporters or pods (application), and the containerized agent for Azure Monitor for containers can scrape the metrics for you. We have provided a seamless onboarding experience to collect Prometheus metrics with Azure Monitor. The example below shows how the coredns metrics, which is part of the kube-dns-metric, is collected into Azure Monitor for logs. 

You can also collect workload metrics from your

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08

Jul

Scale action groups and suppress notifications for Azure alerts

In Azure Monitor, defining what to monitor while configuring alerts can be challenging. Customers need to be capable of defining when actions and notifications should trigger for their alerts, and more importantly, when they shouldn’t. The action rules feature for Azure Monitor, available in preview, allows you to define actions for your alerts at scale, and allows you to suppress alerts for scenarios such as maintenance windows.

Let’s take a closer look at how action rules (preview) can help you in your monitoring setup!

Defining actions at scale

Previously you could define what action groups trigger for your alerts while defining an alert rule. However, the actions that get triggered, whether it is an email that is sent or a ticket created in a ticketing tool, are usually associated with resource on which the alert is generated rather than the individual alert rule.

For example, for all alerts generated on the virtual machine contosoVM, I would typically want the following.

The same email address to be notified (e.g. contosoITteam@contoso.com) Tickets to be created in the same ITSM tool

While you could define a single action group such as contosoAG and associate it with each and every alert rule authored

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01

Jul

Azure Cost Management updates – June 2019
Azure Cost Management updates – June 2019

Whether you’re a new student, thriving startup, or the largest enterprise, you have financial constraints and you need to know what you’re spending, where, and how to plan for the future. Nobody wants a surprise when it comes to the bill, and this is where Azure Cost Management comes in.

We’re always looking for ways to learn more about your challenges and how Cost Management can help you better understand where you’re accruing costs in the cloud, identify and prevent bad spending patterns, and optimize costs to empower you to do more with less.

Here are the improvements that we’ll be looking at today, all based on your feedback:

Reservation and marketplace purchases for Enterprise Agreements and AWS Forecasting your Azure and AWS costs Standardizing cost and usage terminology for Enterprise Agreements and Microst Customer Agreements Keeping an eye on costs across subscriptions with management group budgets Updating your dashboard tiles Expanded availability of resource tags in cost reporting The new Cost Management YouTube channel

Let’s dig into the details.

 

Reservation and marketplace purchases for Enterprise Agreements and AWS

Effective cost management starts by getting all your costs into a single place with a single taxonomy. Now, with the

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19

Jun

Virtual machine scale set insights from Azure Monitor

In October 2018 we announced the public preview of Azure Monitor for Virtual Machines (VMs). At that time, we included support for monitoring your virtual machine scale sets from the at scale view under Azure Monitor.

Today we are announcing the public preview of monitoring your Windows and Linux VM scale sets from within the scale set resource blade. This update includes several enhancements:

In-blade monitoring for your scale set with “Top N”, aggregate, and list views across the entire scale set. Drill down experience to identify issues on a particular scale set instance. Updated mapping UI to display the entire dependency diagram across your scale set while supporting drill down maps for a single instance. UI based enablement of monitoring from the scale set resource blade. Updated examples for enabling monitoring using Azure Resource Manager templates. Use of policy to enable monitoring for your scale set. Performance

The performance views are powered using log analytics queries, offering “Top N”, aggregate, and list views to quickly find outliers or issues in your scale set based on guest level metrics for CPU, available memory, bytes sent and received, and logical disk space used. 

These views will help you quickly determine if a

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13

Jun

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/three-ways-to-get-notified-about-azure-service-issues/Preparing for the unexpected is part of every IT professional’s and developer’s job. Although rare, service issues like outages and planned maintenance do occur. There are many ways to stay informed, but we’ve identified three effective approaches that have helped READ MORE

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13

Jun

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/monitoring-on-azure-hdinsight-part-3-performance-and-resource-utilization/This is the third blog post in a four-part series on Monitoring on Azure HDInsight. Part 1 is an overview that discusses the three main monitoring categories: cluster health and availability, resource utilization and performance, and job status and logs. READ MORE

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30

May

Announcing service monitor alliances for Azure Deployment Manager

Azure Deployment Manager is a new set of features for Azure Resource Manager that greatly expands your deployment capabilities. If you have a complex service that needs to be deployed to several regions, if you’d like greater control over when your resources are deployed in relation to one another, or if you’d like to limit your customer’s exposure to bad updates by catching them while in progress, then Deployment Manager is for you. Deployment Manager allows you to perform staged rollouts of resources, meaning they are deployed region by region in an ordered fashion.

During Microsoft Build 2019, we announced that Deployment Manager now supports integrated health checks. This means that as your rollout proceeds, Deployment Manager will integrate with your existing service health monitor, and if during deployment unacceptable health signals are reported from your service, the deployment will automatically stop and allow you to troubleshoot.

In order to make health integration as easy as possible, we’ve been working with some of the top service health monitoring companies to provide you with a simple copy/paste solution to integrate health checks with your deployments. If you’re not already using a health monitor, these are great solutions to start with:

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