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Hi,

is there any way to monitor Windows Azure based services?

Our idea is to implement HTTP tests to monitor the service but we need to monitor also the servers (Worker Role, Server Role), CPU Usage, Memory,...; and also storage usage.

There is not a direct way to monitor via Sensor (like Amazon CloudWatch).

You can't monitor it using via HTML/REST Sensor because you can't specify certiain values in the header.

Do you have in your roadmap to implement Azure Services monitoring?

Thanks in advance.

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Created on Jan 11, 2012 9:05:38 AM by  Santiago Estepa (0) 1



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We ended up rolling out our own solution based on intermediate HTTP endpoint which returns Azure metrics and then using normal HTTP XML/JSON sensors. Our solution is described here:

Created on Mar 16, 2017 4:34:32 PM by  MikhailShilkov (160) 1 1

Last change on Mar 16, 2017 8:07:29 PM by  Luciano Lingnau [Paessler Support]



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I am not aware of a monitoring API provided by the Azure Cloud to get hypervisor based "external" metrics of virtual machines there (like e.g. CloudWatch). If such an API becomes available we will be happy to create such a sensor.

You can of course use all standard sensors of PRTG to monitor services inside the Azure Cloud just like you can monitor any other server/service.

Created on Jan 11, 2012 3:04:31 PM by  Dirk Paessler [CEO Paessler AG]



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Hello,

thanks in advance for your quick answer.

Microsoft has a public REST API to monitor Windows Azure. The information is at the following link:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windowsazure/ff800682.aspx

Sending a GET request with certain content header variables gets a response with an XML, which informs the state of deployed platform elements.

I am doing tests with "HTTP XML/REST Value" sensor but I can't specify in the query any content header values that are necesary to receive the XML.

¿Is there a way to specify those values in the header thru that sensor?

Thanks

Created on Jan 12, 2012 10:29:18 AM by  Santiago Estepa (0) 1



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Hi Santiago,

What exact (name and value) http headers are needed here? If you can provide me with that information, we can do some one-on-one testing.

You can send this to my personal email address, to be found here in the left pane under "send an email".

Regards,

Created on Jan 12, 2012 8:13:02 PM by  PRTGToolsFamily [http://prtgtoolsfamily.com] (12,315) 3 4



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Yes, there is a custom sensor available on Google Code

"This sensor Gets the XML result from a Service Management Resource of an Azure account. "

Set up is a little tricky due to the use of certificates in the Azure cloud.

Created on Feb 9, 2012 9:27:24 AM by  Dirk Paessler [CEO Paessler AG]



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This should be a #1 feature request for PRTG with the way enterprises are conducting hybrid IT(Cloud/OnPrem). There are mobile apps that give you basic subscription usage etc.

Created on Mar 16, 2015 8:05:25 PM by  prajeshhpatel (0)



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This sensor is no longer supported. Is there any new solution?

Created on Jun 30, 2016 1:51:53 PM by  jaroslavmraz (0)



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Dear Jaroslav

I am sorry, considering the current Azure share in the cloud market, and the complexity of the Azure API authentication process, we focus on other PRTG features.

Created on Jun 30, 2016 2:36:34 PM by  Arne Seifert [Paessler Support]



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So does this mean that Paessler is not working on or planning to work on any Azure specific Monitoring Features for PRTG?

Created on Sep 1, 2016 10:40:34 PM by  rogersinel (0)



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Dear rogersinel

We are currently not working on, nor do we have plans yet to implement Azure sensors. If the market share of Azure changes, a new decision will be made by us.

Created on Sep 2, 2016 9:08:26 AM by  Arne Seifert [Paessler Support]

Last change on Sep 2, 2016 9:08:55 AM by  Arne Seifert [Paessler Support]



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Your kidding me right? Microsoft Azure with not enough market share? They had 11% at the time you posted this which is a significant share and they are quickly catching up. https://rcpmag.com/articles/2016/08/02/microsoft-behind-aws-in-cloud.aspx https://mspoweruser.com/cio-surey-finds-microsoft-azure-will-overtake-amazon-aws-infrastructure-service/

Im not sure how you can so easily dismiss Azure when it is growing so fast and the number 2 in the space. It is responses like this from a vendor that send providers like us searching for a new solution/partner..

Created on Dec 2, 2016 2:24:07 PM by  ASMGi (0)



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Market share of Azure? They are number 2 and held 11% of the market at the time you posted that. It is growing all the time too.

Created on Dec 2, 2016 3:01:39 PM by  ASMGi (0)



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Dear ASMGi

We see the increasing share and put Azure sensors on our 'wish list'. We are analyzing the situation.

Created on Dec 2, 2016 3:37:44 PM by  Arne Seifert [Paessler Support]



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We've at my company written several custom sensor for Azure, what are people looking for? Currently we're monitoring things like App services, Deployments, Billing, Services buses, storage, Azure SQL etc.

Created on Dec 7, 2016 12:04:38 PM by  Mattias Karlsson (0)



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This question has been going on for far too long. It is simply unacceptable that PRTG doesn't have capabilities to monitor Azure at this point. We are using Azure more and more every day and a large portion of our infrastructure is moving to Azure. If Paessler doesn't step up and add Azure support soon -- I will be looking for another monitoring solution that does.

Created on Jan 3, 2017 12:38:00 PM by  Toby Miller (0)



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Mattias - I personally am looking for the ability to monitor all aspects of Azure. Everything you mentioned is on my wish list. Any chance you'd consider releasing the code open source, or if not, maybe consider selling it?

Created on Jan 3, 2017 12:42:38 PM by  Toby Miller (0)



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Please add Azure and AWS monitoring they are the largest two hosting companies and is growing each year. Don't get me wrong I love PRTG but your Cloud monitoring is somewhat lacking You should make sensors to monitor the Azure Site2Site Traffic, Backups, VM stats

Created on Feb 3, 2017 2:07:20 AM by  TDSI (70) 1



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We are still investigating our options to monitor Azure. It is a bit more complicated than anticipated.

Created on Feb 3, 2017 12:13:13 PM by  Arne Seifert [Paessler Support]



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We ended up rolling out our own solution based on intermediate HTTP endpoint which returns Azure metrics and then using normal HTTP XML/JSON sensors. Our solution is described here:

Created on Mar 16, 2017 4:34:32 PM by  MikhailShilkov (160) 1 1

Last change on Mar 16, 2017 8:07:29 PM by  Luciano Lingnau [Paessler Support]



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