Category Archives : Monitoring

04

Mar

Announcing preview of Backup Reports

We recently announced a new solution, Backup Explorer, to enable you as a backup administrator to perform real-time monitoring of your backups, helping you achieve increased efficiency in your day-to-day operations.

But what if you could also be proactive in the way you manage your backup estate? What if there was a way to unlock the latent power of your backup metadata to make more informed business decisions?

For instance, any business would be well-served following a systematic way of forecasting backup usage. Often, this involves analyzing how backup storage has increased over time for a given tenant, subscription, resource group, or for individual workloads. Such analysis requires the paired ability to aggregate data over a long period of time and present it in a way that allows the reader to quickly derive insights.

Today, we are pleased to announce the public preview of Backup Reports. Leveraging Azure Monitor Logs and Azure Workbooks, Backup Reports serve as a one-stop destination for tracking usage, auditing of backups and restores, and identifying key trends at different levels of granularity.

With our reports, you can answer questions including ‘Which Backup Item(s) consume the most storage?’, ‘Which machines have had consistently misbehaving backups?’, ‘What

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26

Feb

Azure Cost Management + Billing updates – February 2020

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 + Billing comes in.

We’re always looking for ways to learn more about your challenges and how Azure Cost Management + Billing 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:

New Power BI reports for Azure reservations and Azure Hybrid Benefit Quicker access to help and support We need your feedback What’s new in Cost Management Labs Drill in to the costs for your resources Understanding why you see “not applicable” Upcoming changes to Azure usage data New videos and learning opportunities Documentation updates

Let’s dig into the details.

 

New Power BI reports for Azure reservations and Azure Hybrid Benefit

Azure Cost Management + Billing offers several ways to report on your cost and usage

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05

Feb

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/backup-explorer-now-available-in-preview/As organizations continue to expand their use of IT and the cloud, protecting critical enterprise data becomes extremely important. And if you are a backup admin on Microsoft Azure, being able to efficiently monitor backups on a daily basis is READ MORE

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28

Jan

Azure Cost Management updates – January 2020
Azure Cost Management updates – January 2020

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 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:

Automate reporting for Microsoft Customer Agreement with scheduled exports Raising awareness of disabled costs What’s new in Cost Management Labs Custom RBAC role preview for management groups New ways to save money with Azure Recent changes to Azure usage data <!–li>New videos</li–> Documentation updates

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Automate reporting for Microsoft Customer Agreement with scheduled exports

You already know you can dig into your cost and usage data from the Azure portal. You may even know you can get rich reporting from the Cost Management Query API or get

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14

Jan

Learning from cryptocurrency mining attack scripts on Linux

Cryptocurrency mining attacks continue to represent a threat to many of our Azure Linux customers. In the past, we’ve talked about how some attackers use brute force techniques to guess account names and passwords and use those to gain access to machines. Today, we’re talking about an attack that a few of our customers have seen where a service is exploited to run the attackers code directly on the machine hosting the service.

This attack is interesting for several reasons. The attacker echoes in their scripts so we can see what they want to do, not just what executes on the machine. The scripts cover a wide range of possible services to exploit so they demonstrate how far the campaign can reach. Finally, because we have the scripts themselves, we can pull out good examples from the Lateral Movement, Defense Evasion, Persistence, and Objectives sections of the Linux MITRE ATT&CK Matrix and use those to talk about hunting on your own data.

Initial vector

For this attack, the first indication something is wrong in the audited logs is an echo command piping a base64 encoded command into base64 for decoding then piping into bash. Across our users, this first command

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06

Jan

Azure Cost Management 2019 year in review
Azure Cost Management 2019 year in review

When we talk about cost management, we focus on three core tenets:

Ensuring cost visibility so everyone is aware of the financial impact their solutions have. Driving accountability throughout the organization to stop bad spending patterns. Continuous cost optimization as your usage changes over time to do more with less.

These were the driving forces in 2019 as we set out to build a strong foundation that pulls together all costs across all account types and ensures everyone in the organization has a means to report on, control, and optimize costs. Our ultimate goal is to empower you to lead a healthier, more financially responsible organization.

All costs behind a single pane of glass

On the heels of the Azure Cost Management preview, 2019 started off strong with the general availability of Enterprise Agreement (EA) accounts in February and pay-as-you-go (PAYG) in April. At the same time, Microsoft as a whole embarked on a journey to modernize the entire commerce platform with the new Microsoft Customer Agreement (MCA), which started rolling out for enterprises in March, pay-as-you-go subscriptions in July, and Cloud Solution Providers (CSP) using Azure plan in November. Whether you get Azure through the Microsoft field, directly from

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18

Dec

New features in Azure Monitor Metrics Explorer based on your feedback

A few months ago, we posted a survey to gather feedback on your experience with metrics in Azure Portal. Thank you for participation and for providing valuable suggestions!

We want to share some of the insights we gained from the survey and highlight some of the features that we delivered based on your feedback. These features include:

Resource picker that supports multi-resource scoping. Splitting by dimension allows limiting the number of time series and specifying sort order. Charts can show a large number of datapoints. Improved chart legends. Resource picker with multi-resource scoping

One of the key pieces of feedback we heard was about the resource picker panel. You said that being able to select only one resource at a time when choosing a scope is too limiting. Now you can select multiple resources across resource groups in a subscription.

Ability to limit the number of timeseries and change sort order when splitting by dimension

Many of you asked for the ability to configure the sort order based on dimension values, and for control over the maximum number of timeseries shown on the chart. Those who asked explained that for some metrics, including available memory and remaining disk space,

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13

Dec

New features in Azure Monitor metrics explorer based on your feedback

A few months ago, we posted a survey to gather feedback on your experience with metrics in Azure Portal. Thank you for participation and providing valuable suggestions! We appreciate your input, whether you are working on a hobby project, in a governmental organization, or any size company—small to huge.

We want to share some of the insights we gained from the survey and highlight some of the features that we delivered based on your feedback. These features include:

Resource picker that supports multi-resource scoping.Splitting by dimension allows limiting the number of time series and specifying sort order.Charts can show large number of datapoints.Improved chart legends.
Resource picker with multi-resource scoping

One of the key pieces of feedback we heard was about the resource picker panel. You said that being able to select only one resource at a time when choosing a scope is too limiting. Now you can select multiple resources across resources groups in a subscription.

 Ability to limit the number of timeseries and change sort order when splitting by dimension

Many of you asked for ability to configure the sort order based on dimension values, and for control over the maximum number of timeseries shown on the chart. Those who asked, explained

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02

Dec

Azure Cost Management updates – November 2019
Azure Cost Management updates – November 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 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:

Cost Management now available for Cloud Solution Providers What’s new in Cost Management Labs Customizing the name on dashboard tiles Upcoming changes to Azure usage data Save up to 72% with Azure reservations–now available for 16 services New videos Documentation updates

Let’s dig into the details.

Cost Management now available for Cloud Solution Providers

In case you missed it, as of November 1, Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) partners can now see and manage costs for their customers using Azure Cost Management in the Azure portal by transitioning them to Azure plan

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13

Nov

Improving observability of your Kubernetes deployments with Azure Monitor for containers

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/improving-observability-of-your-kubernetes-deployments-with-azure-monitor-for-containers/Over the past few years, we’ve seen significant changes in how an application is thought of and developed, especially with the adoption of containers and the move from traditional monolithic applications to microservices applications. This shift also affects how we READ MORE

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