Windows Admin Center Azure Monitor Setup

Connect Windows Server to Azure Monitor

As mentioned in blogs posts before, Windows Admin Center allows admins to extend their on-prem environments with hybrid Azure services. The latest addition is the integration of Azure Monitor in Windows Admin Center. This allows you to connect your Windows Server to Azure Monitor. Azure Monitor collects events and performance counters from Windows Server to run analytics and reporting in Azure and take action when a particular condition is detected. This can then be a notification (SMS, email, push notification) and/or a direct action using Azure Logic Apps, Azure Functions, Azure Automation Runbooks, webhooks or integration into ITSM tools.

Setup monitoring and alerts for Windows Server to Azure Monitor with Windows Admin Center

Windows Admin Center Azure Monitor Setup

Windows Admin Center Azure Monitor Setup

Setting up the Azure Monitor connection in Windows Admin Center is simple. Select the server you want to connect to Azure Monitor. Go to Settings and then Monitoring Alerts.

Connect Windows Server to Azure Monitor

Connect Windows Server to Azure Monitor

Here you will be able to configure the server with the right Azure subscription, resource group and log analytics workspace.

Windows Admin Center Azure Monitor Setup done

Windows Admin Center Azure Monitor Setup done

After the server is connected to the Azure Log Analytics workspace, the management of alerts rules is done in the Azure portal.

Azure Monitor New Alert Rule

Azure Monitor New Alert Rule

First, you will need to create a New alert rule.

Azure Monitor Configure signal logic

Azure Monitor Configure signal logic

You can choose a signal logic. In our case, we want to monitor the free disk space on the server.

Azure Monitor Configure signal logic setup

Azure Monitor Configure signal logic setup

The alert logic can now be configured with the condition you want to trigger the action. In this example we choose to trigger the action if there is less than 10% diskspace available.

Configure add action group

Configure add action group

The last thing we need to do is to add and configure the action group. This can be a notification in the form of an Email, SMS, Push notification or voice message or you can trigger an Azure Function, Logic App, Webhook or an Automation Runbook.

I hope this gives you a quick overview, how you can setup Azure Monitor in Windows Admin Center, and how you can set up alerts and actions using Azure Monitor.

Configure Azure Hybrid Services in Windows Admin Center Video Series

I have created a short video series which shows how to set up the Azure Hybrid services directly from Windows Admin Center. You can start with the intro here and then follow the different videos, and check out our overview blog about Configure Azure Hybrid Services in Windows Admin Center.

Besides, you can also have a look at my other blog post about how to set up Azure hybrid cloud services.

You can download Windows Admin Center here. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment.

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