Azure Monitor Workspace, Managed Prometheus and Prometheus Alerts via Bicep

Recently Azure Monitor team has introduced Azure Monitor workspace. This is a new resource that is described as "Azure Monitor workspaces will eventually contain all metric data collected by Azure Monitor. Currently, the only data hosted by an Azure Monitor workspace is Prometheus metrics.". So basically this new resource is a store for metrics and in future will also support Azure resource metrics. This is similar to Azure Log Analytics workspace which is store for logs. Of course Azure Log Analytics can also store metrics but Azure Monitor workspace is optimized for the structure of metrics data. We are yet to see full picture of this initiative. Currently Azure Monitor workspace is known also as Azure Monitor managed service for Prometheus (Managed Prometheus). The full documentation on this new feature/service you can find here. As a long time user and expert on Azure Monitor and Log Analytics I wanted to try this feature and test its capabilities. My knowledge on Prometheus and Grafana is very little so I always like to challenge myself with such exercises. This new feature has 3 distinct scenarios:

  • Using Prometheus and Grafana only – you do not have to use Log Analytics and Container Insights
  • Using Prometheus and Grafana along with Log Analytics and Container Insights
  • Use your own Prometheus server and send data to Azure Monitor workspace and visualize it in Grafana. You can use Log Analytics and Container Insights as additional monitoring as well.
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Enable Defender for Cloud Auto provisioning agents via Bicep

Often I see questions around how I can the auto provisioning agents capabilities (now renamed to Settings & monitoring) in Defender for Cloud via API.

Defender for Cloud Settings and Monitoring
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Examples from my Azure Bootcamp 2021 session

At Azure Bootcamp Bulgaria 2021 I have presented "Azure Deployments – Past, Present and Future". In the demos I had two examples:

  • Advanced ARM template templates for deploying Azure SQL Database
  • The above example converted to the new Bicep language

You can find both examples uploaded here. The Bicep example is also published in the Bicep repository examples.