ARM Templates: Deploying Azure Monitor Alerts

In my series of blog posts about working with ARM templates I have gone through a lot of different use cases. In the last post I covered how to deploy a nested template to keep the main template a lot cleaner. One thing all posts have in common is that I´m using Azure Monitor as the main track which I´m deploying. I have deployed dozens of Log Analytics Workspaces for this. Now it´s time for deploying Azure Monitor alerts as well.

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ARM Templates: Working with nested templates in Azure

Working with nested templates in Azure ARM templates is something that not all are using, and I don´t think everyone knows about it either. Nested templates are helpful when you want to do a more complex deployment of some resources. Basically, what this means is that you can deploy multiple templates from a single main template. You use one single parameters file and then pass those parameters on to the nested templates along the way.

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ARM Templates: Working with parameters in Azure

Working with parameters in Azure is something I want to discuss a bit more than what I´ve done earlier. Azure tags have recently been covered on this blog, my previous post about that can be found here. Since I posted that article, I had another Azure blogger, Martin Ehrnst who is also an Azure MVP (his blog here) reached out to me teaching me a few things. When I did the last Azure tags post, I created one parameter for each tag I wanted to create. However, that´s not necessary.

Instead of creating one parameter for each tag, I have switched over to a new way of doing it. Instead of creating a single string, I create the tags as an object type. This means that I will be able to pass multiple values (in this case its tags) as one parameter instead. Have a look below.

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ARM Templates: Working with naming conventions

In my last post which you can find here, I wrote about how to get started writing ARM templates for you Azure deployments. In the end I provided an ARM template built solely for that blog post. But the template was really basic and didn’t have much logic built into it, except for addressing a parameter to name the automation account and a variable to set the location where to create the automation account.

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Azure Governance – What´s that and why should I care?

Ever since Azure was a new thing and before it “went live”, we´ve been fed with how easy it is to get started using different services. One of my first experiences were when I deployed my blog on to the Azure platform somewhere back in 2012, and I was up and running in literally less than fifteen minutes, and this was the first time I did it which is why it took that long a time. It was just as simple as picking a WordPress instance from the gallery and deploying it. A similar experience was when I deployed my first virtual machine. A few clicks and a short time for the deployment and I had my new virtual machine ready to connect to.

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Get notified on Azure service health issues

More and more services are moving to the cloud, Azure is one of the larges players but AWS and Google Cloud are also two large players. But just because resources are moving to the cloud doesn’t change the fact that we need to know how our environment is doing. Since I´m a monitoring guy, I write a lot about Azure Monitor and the capabilities of it to help us monitor our resources in the best possible way. But there is another aspect I want to touch as well, Azure service health.

While we monitor our resources using Azure Monitor, who monitors Azure Monitor as a service? Microsoft of course monitors all the Azure services to keep track of the status and to take immediate action when something goes down. We have the possibility to check up on Azure services from within Azure Monitor and that´s what I will be telling you more about with this post.

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Looking at the available Azure Monitor data sources

The available Azure Monitor data sources is an interesting topic. Azure Monitor is a really powerful monitoring solution solely based in Azure, with a lot of capabilities. When the now retired Operations Management Suite were first presented, it was presented as a cloud agnostic solution meaning you could place your resources in any cloud besides from Azure, such as Amazon AWS or Google Cloud and still being able to monitor the resources. This is of course a real good thing (and necessary) since not everyone has or will have all their applications or servers in Azure only, there´s still a lot of on-prem servers and applications but also a lot of resources deployed in other public clouds as well.

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Azure Monitor – Getting started with alerting

Azure Monitor is a quite new addition to the monitoring sphere when talking about monitoring Microsoft technologies. Traditionally it has been System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) that´s been the go-to guy but with the new addition of Azure Monitor some things have changed. From time to tome one can hear the phrase “SCOM is dead” and that you should go all-in with Azure Monitor instead. But is it really that easy?
In my opinion, no it’s not. While Azure Monitor has a lot of strengths being cloud-based with regularly updates and additions, it still lacks some things that we´re used to from using SCOM for all these years.

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Migrating lots of agents to Azure Log Analytics

A while ago we were involved in a project with one of our customers where our goal was to connect a large amount of servers to Azure Log Analytics. They had already done this with a connection through SCOM, but when they added another management group to their servers, so called multi-homing it stopped working. This was a huge issue since the data they were sending to Log Analytics were really important to them, and we started discussing how to do this the best way. We eventually decided to go with a direct connection to Log Analytics, instead of going through SCOM as they had done before.

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