Microsoft Azure Operational Insights – Connecting Without SCOM

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I previously blogged about Microsoft Azure Operational Insights (MAOI). There are two ways you are able to connect to MAOI, first and best way 🙂 is using SCOM to connect using it’s built-in connector. Another and very easy way is to just install the Microsoft Monitoring Agent and connect this agent directly to MAOI. How this works?  I just want to show you here.

First create a Organizational Account or a Microsoft Account here  https://preview.opinsights.azure.com/ .

Next log into the portal and click on Servers and Usage…

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Click on Configure

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Now you are provided with the download link and the Workspace ID and Workspace Key…

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Download the agent and run the setup…

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I Agree

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Next

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Select Connect the agent to Microsoft Azure Operational Insights…(you also could connect additionally to a SCOM management group)

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Provide the Workspace ID and Primary Workspace Key as provided in the portal…

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Install

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Finish

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If you need to change the settings of the agent, just go to the Control Panel applet

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After a short time the server will be visible in the portal…

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I assume the agent will run on the same platforms as the SCOM 2012 R2 agent but there is currently just a Windows 64-bit version available, I assume other platforms will follow.

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