Tracking Issues with Resource Health and Log Analytics

I have been away from blogging for a while as I needed to dedicate some more time to my family but now I am back with new blog post. Today’s topic we will focus on two Azure Monitor features – Resource Health and Log Analytics. Resource Health is may be not so known feature of Azure Monitor. The service will basically track the health of your resources for specific known issues. Think of it like something between Service Health which monitors health for specific services rather resources on higher level and Log Analytics/Application Insights which allows you to monitor on lower level. Using all of them you can achieve end-to-end monitoring. There are a number of resources that are supported by resource health with a number of issues that are monitored. My advise is if you do not have any monitoring on an Azure resource you should at least create resource health alerts for it. Even if you have monitoring I would still advise to use resource health as it will alert you on things that you probably cannot or your are not checking with your monitoring.

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Azure Policy for Sending Azure Activity Logs

One of my blog readers has asked me about policy for sending Azure Activity logs to Log Analytics. As I have written before this is now possible via diagnostic settings at subscription level and thus is easier to make this into policy.

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Inside Azure Management v4 – Chapter 10: Implementing Process Automation

Today we are releasing another chapter in preview for Inside Azure Management v4 book. This one is focused on automation in Azure. As I have mentioned before this will be free book with option to purchase via Amazon as well. On this blog post I would like to thank the main authors of the book Pete Zerger, Tao Yang and Kevin Greene. Additionally I would like to thank as well to Ryan Irujo, Alexandre Verkinderen and Bert Wolters who also helped with a few chapters. Download the chapter and subscribe for future book updates from by clicking on the book cover below.

Inside Azure Management v4

Inside Azure Management v4 – Chapter 2: Implementing Governance in Azure

These are challenging times for the whole world but to stay true to ourselves we are preparing for the release of the 4th edition of Inside Azure Management book. We expect to be ready no later than 15th of May but as you can understand many of us are busy supporting our customers from home. The book as always will be free download but of course you will be able to purchase it via Amazon as well if you want to. Return to this blog post in a few days to check for the Amazon link. We have worked hard to update the content to the latest changes inside Azure but also to give you some new scenarios.

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My Thoughts on Azure Naming Conventions and Tags Usage

In IT naming of resources has been around for quite some time. In some of the early days IT personal was using super hero names, constellation names, etc. to name their servers. That was when the number of servers count was equal or less than your fingers. Over the years the number of servers has went up which required using naming convention. Another need for the naming convention was also the different role each server had. Of course with the coming of the cloud the result is that even more resource started to be generated. Strangely though we haven’t changed much our guidelines for naming resources much compared to how we did it on-premises. But may be it is time to change them?

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