Operations Management Suite on Azure, AWS and on premises

Microsoft started really pushing things to Operations Management Suite – PaaS offering for multi cloud vendor infrastructure monitoring solution. This IT Management Solution provides Log Analytics, Automation, Backup and Site Recovery, Security and many other implemented solutions. Solutions are constantly added to OMS and Microsoft is making everything that you would have everything in one place – starting with infrastructure from different cloud vendors and finishing with PaaS monitoring. Not all PaaS diagnostics are available at OMS workspace at the moment but Microsoft is intensively working on it.

On boarding is extremely simple. There are different scenarios how you can achieve monitoring data start flowing to your OMS workspace. You can connect and install windows agent which requires Workspace ID and Primary or Secondary key, connect via Azure portal, connect to storage account where diagnostics are being enabled on VM or through the System Center Operations Manager.

I have setup the infrastructure which has 3 Windows Servers 2012 R2 on my home lab, 3 Windows Servers and 1 SQL Server on Microsoft Azure and 1 Windows Server running on AWS. I simply deployed OMS agents by installing the agents on premises and AWS and deploying OMS extension via Azure portal. And here we go, all VMs connected and running without any additional effort!

VMs on OMS

I am even able to do a quick check in which countries my infrastructure are deployed by running the following Log Analytics query:

  Type=Heartbeat | distinct RemoteIPCountry

VM countries

If you do have problems with Microsoft Monitoring Agent connecting with OMS service, you need to make sure that firewall is configured to allow access to OMS. Requirements are as per below:

Agent Resource Ports Bypass HTTPS inspection
*.ods.opinsights.azure.com 443 Yes
*.oms.opinsights.azure.com 443 Yes
*.blob.core.windows.net 443 Yes
ods.systemcenteradvisor.com 443

More information how to setup firewall settings and proxy in Log Analytics can be found here.

This is how easy it is setup OMS monitoring for your infrastructure. And it does not need to be only on Azure or AWS. It can be on any cloud vendor! What it makes even more attractive that it is not limited for Windows Servers but it has wide support on Linux machines as Amazon, CentOS, Debian, Oracle, Red Hat Enterprise, Suse, Ubuntu Linux servers. So everything can be in one centralised space. You can start playing with Operations Management Suite by registering and using Free Data plan and you even don’t need to have Azure subscription. Good luck!

Thank you for reading!
MagicMarty

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