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Monitoring and Reporting in Azure

In this lecture, were going to take a look at tags, Azure Monitor, Azure Service Health, and how to most effectively monitor applications and services.


In this lecture, you’ll be delving into the essentials of monitoring and reporting within the Azure ecosystem. The discussion will begin with an explanation of how tags are employed to organize Azure resources by adding metadata, which helps in creating a structured taxonomy for easy management and billing purposes.

You’ll learn that each tag has a name and value, and there are limits to the number of tags per resource and the length of tag names and values, with some specific limitations depending on the resource type. Moreover, you’ll understand that tags on a resource group don’t get inherited by resources within it and that organizations use Azure policy to manage tagging.

The lecture will then shift focus to Azure Monitor, a service that provides the ability to collect and analyze telemetry data from both cloud and on-premises environments, aiming to improve application performance and identify issues proactively. You’ll see how Azure Monitor works by collecting different types of monitoring data, ranging from application performance to the health and operations of Azure services.

You will also discover the functionality of Azure Service Health, which offers personalized alerts and support in case of Azure service issues. It’s comprised of Azure status, service health, and resource health, each serving a distinct purpose in maintaining service operations.

The tools and features of Azure Monitor are categorized into four main functions: analyze, respond, visualize, and integrate. You’ll be introduced to various Azure monitoring services like Application Insights, Azure Monitor for containers, and Azure Monitor for VMs. Each service caters to different monitoring needs, from web applications to container workloads and virtual machines.

You’ll understand the importance of responding to issues with proactive measures such as alerts and autoscaling and how visualization tools help present data effectively. Lastly, the lecture will cover how Azure Monitor can be integrated with other systems and services to enhance its capabilities.

Overall, this lecture is aimed at giving you a comprehensive understanding of how tagging works, what Azure Monitor entails, the components of Azure Service Health, and how to effectively monitor and respond to the health and performance of applications and services in Azure.

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