In my previous post I created a small test lab environment. Now it would be nice if we can gather some knowledge and determine if some recommendations can be made to have a optimum Azure experience.
The first thing that comes to mind is building a System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager infrastructure. The problem for me here is that my lab running at the Azure infrastructure. For a few servers I consider this a bit overkill.
As an alternative, I’ve decided to have a look at System Center Advisor’s successor: Microsoft Azure Operational Insights
Operational Insights is currently in Preview, it functionality is rather limited but I expect this to grow very soon.
You can create your Operation Insights subscription at https://preview.opinsights.azure.com/
After completing the subscription some Agents need to be installed on the VMs. Here’s how to do it
After logging on the Overview page is displayed.
Select Server and Usage.
On this pane you have all the information you need to deploy the Microsoft Monitoring Agent. Yes, it’s the same one used by System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager. It allows you to report to an OpsMgr Management Group and to Operational Insights.
Since Microsoft has documented the configuration very well, I recommend using their instruction pages to have the Agent Installed and configured.
After a while the Agents start reporting to Operational Insights and some data comes in. As you may have noticed in the Overview pane, I’ve got some work to do 😉
You can add some Intelligence Packs as well to get more information about your VMs.
After running it for a while, I must admit that I like this functionality very much. Operational Insights is already subject of debate if this is a ‘OpsMgr killer’. In my hunble opinion it isn’t, but I expect it to become one eventually once on-premises environments start to shrink.