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Monitoring Azure Virtual Machines without agents

By: Netreo
May 6, 2015

Effective immediately, Netreo users can now monitor their Azure infrastructure-as-a-service (IAAS) Windows Azure Virtual Machines without provisioning special agent software.

Netreo was recently enhanced to offer a “white-glove” approach to instrumenting Azure Diagnostics extension on Windows VMs.  After stepping thru short Setup Wizard or configuring a new Azure Virtual Machine via “Add New” button from the dashboard, Netreo will do the heavy lifting and automagically deploy a pre-configured Azure Diagnostics extension.

Special notes about this functionality

  • Netreo will issue UpdateRole API call to Azure Management API in order to deploy Diagnostics Extension.  This may temporarily yank non-load balanced VMs in and out of Azure’s load balancer.
  • Netreo will override any existing Diagnostics Extension configuration on the VM with its own.  It is setup to only capture performance counters and Windows event logs at this time.
  • Netreo agent is still the recommended approach when
    • monitoring of Windows Services or Processes is required
    • execution of PowerShell scripts is needed for self-healing functionality

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