Windows Azure Application Monitoring Management Pack–now available
At the PDC conference last year we first announced that the System Center team was working on a management pack for Windows Azure. On Friday they released the first version of the management pack to the download center. You can download the management pack from here.
Having the ability to monitor Windows Azure applications from System Center Operations Manager is a key requirement that I’ve heard from many customers. I haven’t played with the MP since we included it in the TechEd North America keynote demo. It looks like the team added several key features to give more insight into the applications running in Windows Azure. Here are the key features described in the readme:
- Discover Windows Azure applications.
- View the status of each role instance.
- Collect and monitor performance information.
- Collect and monitor Windows events.
- Collect and monitor the .NET Framework trace messages from each role instance.
- View performance, event, and the .NET Framework trace data from Windows Azure storage account.
- Change the number of role instances.
I also encourage you to check out the Windows Azure MMC management tool and the Windows Azure Powershell cmdlets that Ryan Dunn created. These are designed primarily for configuration instead of monitoring, however, they can be very helpful for automating and simplifying the management of your Windows Azure applications.