Azure Monitor

When you have critical apps and business processes that depend on the services of Azure, Azure monitor is the go-to solution to monitor their availability and performance. This article answers all your queries about Azure Monitor and how it works.

Azure Monitoring provides data to ensure that your data on cloud applications that helps you to identify problems and troubleshoot them. In addition to it, you can gain deep insights into your application to improve performance and automate the activities.

Azure Monitoring Cloud apps?

There are multiple tools for monitoring Azure applications and services. Here are some principal tools:

1. Azure Monitor is a cloud-based application monitoring tool at the infrastructure-level. Dealing with the data transmission giving information on when and what resources are to start.

2. Application Insights are a production monitoring solution to view each data transmission process by installing a package. It analyzes all the processes of transmission along with recording each step. Thereby debugging an app to understand your user's activities.

3. Log Analytics tracks the performance of the cloud application that is running in the production stage. It supports on-premises other cloud-based infrastructure across the data sources. All the data that is stored in the central repository can be queried as per the business requirement and visualize it so that an appropriate decision can be made.

4. System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) is for data managing, process monitoring on large cloud installations.

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Monitoring Data and Uses:

1. You can streamline all the data monitoring activities to other locations in real-time.

2. Store the monitoring data by using a retention policy.

3. Support multiple data querying language to access the data from the app or Azure database system.

4. Graphical Visualization of data with more impactful graphics and chart using the Azure portal with live streaming is provided to support internal auditing and make appropriate decisions.,

5. Automate the monitoring data process by the trigger alerts.

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Azure Monitor Limitations :

1. No Remote Desktop

When an application in deploying or troubleshooting the problems, you would access the server to check the log files, review IIS settings, event viewer, etc. would be done in the Azure portal only. There is no remote desktop available. Everything is online.

2. Management tools, other Software Installations

Microsoft managed completely about servers and databases. If your corporate uses traditional monitoring tools like Nagios, Splunk, and many others, you do not have access for 3rd party software and management tools to install.

3. No Performance Counters

Performance counters are key metrics for applications without which there is no way to monitor garbage collection, IIS queuing and a lot of other data transforming activities.

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Azure Monitor Features What Are They?

In-built monitoring public preview feature.

1. Check performance metrics and logs activity of your resources within the Azure portal.

2. Configure automated alert rules on resources.

3. Diagnostics logs provide all the information about operations and errors that occurred on resources that help in auditing and troubleshooting.

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4. A single dashboard that shows how, when and what your resources are doing.

5. Perform custom log search on data across resources and subscriptions using OMG logs.

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Last updated: 03 Apr 2023
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Anji Velagana is working as a Digital Marketing Analyst and Content Contributor for Mindmajix. He writes about various platforms like Servicenow, Business analysis,  Performance testing, Mulesoft, Oracle Exadata, Azure, and few other courses. Contact him via and LinkedIn.

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