Microsoft Azure: Send Diagnostic Monitoring Data from a Windows IaaS VM to an Event Hub

Use this article as a backgrounder on this topic. It deals primarily with monitoring Cloud Services VMs, but there is much in common between them and IaaS VMs where monitoring is concerned. These are the things that must be put into place in order to see telemetry from your Windows VM going into an Event…

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Send Telemetry to Splunk Enterprise from Azure Resources via Azure Monitor, Part 5

For Part 1 of this blog series, which contains overview material, please click here.  There are several scenarios that must be addressed when thinking about getting telemetry from Azure resources to Splunk. What if Splunk is on premises? What if you’re using Splunk Cloud? You could be using a private network connection to Azure, or…

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Send Telemetry to Splunk Enterprise from Azure Resources via Azure Monitor, Part 4

For Part 1 of this blog series, which contains overview material, please click here.  There are several scenarios that must be addressed when thinking about getting telemetry from Azure resources to Splunk. What if Splunk is on premises? What if you’re using Splunk Cloud? You could be using a private network connection to Azure, or…

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Send Telemetry to Splunk Enterprise from Azure Resources via Azure Monitor, Part 3

For Part 1 of this blog series, which contains overview material, please click here.  There are several scenarios that must be addressed when thinking about getting telemetry from Azure resources to Splunk. What if Splunk is on premises? What if you’re using Splunk Cloud? You could be using a private network connection to Azure, or…

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Send Telemetry to Splunk Enterprise from Azure Resources via Azure Monitor, Part 2

 For Part 1 of this blog series, which contains overview material, please click here.  There are several scenarios that must be addressed when thinking about getting telemetry from Azure resources to Splunk. What if Splunk is on premises? What if you’re using Splunk Cloud? You could be using a private network connection to Azure, or…

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Send Telemetry to Splunk Enterprise from Azure Resources via Azure Monitor, Part 1

Azure Monitor is Microsoft Azure’s built-in pipeline for searching, archiving, and routing your monitoring data, providing a single path for getting Azure data into 3rd party analytics systems. An open source project has recently published a Splunk modular input, or add-on, that allows users to easily send telemetry from Azure-based resources such as VMs, web…

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High(er) Availability Solution for Single-Instance Roles

Some I.T. system architectures include single-instance roles (a single VM in the role), whether because the software running in that tier won’t support multiple instances or it’s too expensive or some other reason. VMs sometimes go down in the public cloud but these single-instance roles really should be resilient to failures if not actually highly…

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Passing Complex Parameters to New-AzureRmResourceGroupDeployment inside an Azure Automation Runbook

An Azure Automation Runbook can be triggered by a webhook and this allows external events to initiate actions inside your environment through the use of an ARM template and New-AzureRmResourceGroupDeployment. Of course, to make the runbook as flexible and useful as possible, Azure Automation Variable Assets should be used to pass in ARM template parameters…

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Shortest path to Azure Automation DSC + Chocolatey VM

Let’s create the smallest useful Azure Automation-controlled setup including one configured VM: Create an Azure Automation account in an empty resource group In the Azure portal, click “+ New”, Management, Automation.  Give it a name like “myAutomation” and create a new resource group named something like “myAutomation”.  Put it in a data center near your…

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