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
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.
Here you will be able to configure the server with the right Azure subscription, resource group and log analytics workspace.
After the server is connected to the Azure Log Analytics workspace, the management of alerts rules is done in the Azure portal.
First, you will need to create a New alert rule.
You can choose a signal logic. In our case, we want to monitor the free disk space on the server.
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.
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.
- Connect Windows Admin Center to Azure Monitor
- Azure Update Management using Windows Admin Center
- Sync File Server with Azure File Sync in Windows Admin Center
- Configure Azure Site Recovery from Windows Admin Center
- How to Setup the Azure Network Adapter
- How to Setup Azure Backup in Windows Admin Center
You can download Windows Admin Center here. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment.
WAC is also part of the Azure Stack HCI solutions, check out my blog about it.