In this final post of the series ‘Monitor your Azure RemoteApp environment with OpInsight’ I want to take a look in how we can monitor the User Profile Disks. The User Profile disk mechanism is used to save ‘personal’ data of users in Azure RemoteApp. Each user will get a 50 GB User Profile Disk (VHD) which will be mounted during the logon process of the user. In this blogpost I want to focus on how we can monitor the usage of the User Profile Disk by using the Near-Realtime-Performance monitoring functionality of OpInsight.
With this blogpost I want to explain how you can connect your existing Azure RemoteApp environment with Azure Operational Insights. Operational Insights is part of the Operations Management Suite and is a cloud monitoring solution which can be used to collect information from different sources. In this blogpost I want to focus on adding a Hybrid Azure RemoteApp collection to OpInsight. In coming blogposts, I will explain what Azure Operational Insights can monitor from the Azure RemoteApp environments.
In one of my last OpsMgr deployments I configured Audit Collection Services for auditing security related information. ACS is still working great but there were no improvements made to ACS since OpsMgr 2007 R2. So it’s lacking high-availability possibilities, for now I’ve created my own solution, but still it’s a pity that there is not much improvement. With OpInsights we get a new solution for security auditing. With the Intelligence Pack Security and Audit you can send your security information to OpInsights, when uploaded you can use the OpInsights functionality to query your information.
Yesterday I finally published my first Operational Insights blogpost. This blogpost described a very basic approach in creating an OpInsights account and installing the Microsoft Monitoring Agent on your servers. I ended this blogpost with an active account and 5 connected servers. The next step is to activate intelligence packs. But let we first look into intelligence packs. Intelligence Packs contain a collection of logic, visualization and data acquisition rules. These packs are used inside OpInsights to add extra functionality to OpInsights. You can compare them to Management Packs which we know from Operations Manager. We have the following Intelligence Packs available in OpInsights:
As a big fan of System Center Operations Manager I’m also interested in the development of Microsoft Azure Operational Insights (OpInsights). But what is OpInsights? What functionality do we get with OpInsights? Well looking at the website we get the following functionality:
- Log Management – Collect, Combine, correlate and visualize all your machine data
- Capacity Planning – Manage your datacenter capacity
- Update Assessment – Ensure you server are up to date
- Change Tracking – Track server configuration changes
Based on the above list of functionality can we place OpInsights in a solution category like monitoring, server/client management, etc. At this moment it’s a combination different solutions but none of them are fully implemented. In my opinion OpInsights is a great data analyzing tool for analyzing your systems data, with OpInsights you can easily analyze and visualize that data. But at this moment it is not (yet) a monitoring solution which you can use to monitor your environment.