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How to configure Azure Monitor for VMs on Azure Stack Hub

AzureMonitor

Azure Monitor is the platform service that provides a single source for monitoring Azure resources. With Azure Monitor, you can visualize, query, route, archive, and otherwise take action on the metrics and logs coming from resources in Azure. Azure Stack Hub has built-in Azure Monitor capabilities; however, they are limited. Therefore, if you are looking for a more feature-rich solution, you should use public Azure Monitor. Virtual Metric announces the newest addition to its infrastructure monitoring suite. You can as well refer to some of the related guides: How to configuring azure monitor for vms on azure stack hub, how to configure vm update management on azure stack hub, how to create a load balancer for azure stack hub, how to install and configure Ansible on Ubuntu, how to install Ansible on Windows with Cygwin, how to automate infrastructure deployments in the cloud with ansible and azure pipelines, how to install Kerberos packages in Windows via Cygwin, how to configure a remote server (windows) to Support Ansible, and how to deploy azure vmware solution private cloud.

To complete the steps in this article, you must have appropriate access to a subscription in the Azure and Azure Stack Hub portals.

Microsoft Azure Stack HCI Monitoring

With the Azure Stack HCI monitoring and reporting tool within VirtualMetric, you can collect, visualize into charts and analyze a wide variety of counters and statistics from your environment, including virtual machines on-premise and within the cloud, Windows server, resources, performance, and more. Like in this article, the Azure Stack HCI monitoring software is completely agentless and delivers features like dashboards, dashboards playlists, smart recursive alarms and notifications, inventory collection, and full customization of all reports inside. The advanced Microsoft Azure Stack HCI observability solution can be easily integrated within your infrastructure and you can start to collect metrics from physical infrastructure and virtual machines within minutes. In this article, I’ll be explaining how to utilize public Azure Monitor with Azure Stack Hub instead of the built-in Azure Monitor.

Enabling Azure Monitor for VM Insights

From the Azure portal, select Virtual machinesVirtual machine scale sets, or Servers – Azure Arc and select a resource from the list. In the Monitoring section of the menu, select Insights and then Enable. The following example shows an Azure virtual machine, but the menu is similar for Azure virtual machine scale set or Azure Arc.

  • From the Azure portal
  • Select Virtual machines -> select a VM resource created on the list
  • In the Monitoring section of the menu -> select Insights -> then Enable.
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Creating the Log Analytics Workspace

A Log Analytics Workspace is an Azure resource and a container where data is collected, aggregated, and serves as an administrative boundary.
Creating an Azure Monitor Log Analytics workspace has some specific considerations you need to account for before choosing to create a new workspace.

  • Log in to the Azure portal.
  • Create a Log Analytics Workspace in your Azure subscription:
    • Click Create a resource
    • In the search bar, search for log analytics
    • Click Log Analytics Workspace
    • Click Create
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Then provide the following details below:

  • Subscription to link the workspace to
  • Resource group to host the workspace in
  • unique Name for the Log Analytics Workspace
  • Region to host the workspace in
  • Click Review + Create once finished, then click Create. The Log Analytics Workspace will now begin deploying. A notification will appear in the top right of the portal.
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Once deployment is complete, navigate to the resource group you placed the Log Analytics Workspace in.

  • Click the newly created workspace.
  • On the new blade, under Settings, select Agents management.
  • Note down the Workspace ID and Primary Key values.
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You can as well like to configure additional data sources just as it is shown below

  • Under Settings, select Agents configuration.
  • From the Windows event log tab
  • Click Add windows event log
  • Select an event log from the dropdown and use the checkboxes to determine the severities that you want to collect for this log type.
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Installing the extensions

  • From the Azure portal
  • Select Virtual machines -> select a VM resource created on the list that you want to enable Azure Monitor on. Go to Settings, select the Extensions blade.

Note: For any monitoring to work correctly, the VM must have HTTPS (port 443) enabled in the Network Security Group rules.

  • Click Add at the top, select the extension Agent for Windows Server Monitoring, click Create and then OK, and wait for the deployment to finish before continuing.
  • Provide the extension with the Workspace ID and Primary Key values (noted down previously), then click OK.
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Configuring the Log Analytics Workspace

  • In public Azure, select Monitor from the favorites menu on the left.
  • In the new blade under Insights, click Virtual Machines on the left.
  • You will see three usage analytics tabs (Get StartedPerformance and Map) for the VMs you have enabled Azure Monitor for VMs on.
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  1. At the top, click the Performance tab, then on the right, move the switch from Azure to Hybrid
  2. A prompt will appear to upgrade the workspace, click Upgrade. In the new blade, click Upgrade again.
  3. Upon refreshing the page, the prompt will disappear and the workspace will begin showing usage analytics for the VMs you’ve enabled Azure Monitor for VMs on.

Note: It can take between 30 minutes and 6 hours for the dashboard to display updated data from Azure Monitor enabled VMs.

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To Executing Kusto Query Language (KQL) queries to retrieve data from the Log Analytics Workspace

  • Navigate to the Log Analytics Workspace you created.
  • Under General, click Logs.
  • Enter the KQL query in the New Query 1 tab, then click Run. The below example will select data from the event log table Event, filtering for events of type System and containing the phrase was unexpected, then sorted by the TimeGenerated field in descending order.
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Summary

This article provided an overview of the configuring Azure Monitor for VMs on Azure Stack Hub, and knowing how to enabling Azure Monitor for VM Insights, creating the Log Analytics Workspace,
Installing the extensions, configuring the Log Analytics Workspace. I hope you found this article useful for your project.

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