PRTG has embedded sensor types to monitor Microsoft Azure

 Originally published on March 14, 2021 by Sascha Neumeier
Last updated on March 29, 2021 • 7 minute read

Do you still have a classic server infrastructure at your company? With a stuffed server room and all data and applications on premises? I suspect not. Because cloud services that are affordable, easily configured and accessible from everywhere have finally arrived, and I'm sure at least some of your data infrastructure is already cloud-based. Which means you've surely come into contact with Amazon Web Services, the Google Cloud Platform or Microsoft Azure. Or all three.

I'd like to tell you a little bit more about the possibilities of monitoring Microsoft Azure environments with PRTG.

With recent releases of PRTG Network Monitor, we have gradually released new sensor types that deal with monitoring Microsoft Azure services. At the moment, the following sensor types are available in PRTG:

Microsoft Azure Virtual Machine Sensor

Monitors the status of a virtual machine in a Microsoft Azure subscription

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Microsoft Azure Subscription Cost Sensor

Monitors the cost in a Microsoft Azure subscription

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Microsoft Azure Storage Account Sensor

Monitors the performance metrics of a storage account in a Microsoft Azure subscription

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Microsoft Azure SQL Database Sensor

Monitors the performance metrics of an SQL Database in a Microsoft Azure subscription

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The last two sensor types mentioned above are still in beta stage (as of March 2021). If you want to set them up now, you have to activate the Experimental Features setting in PRTG.

Experimental Features in PRTG - what's that?

What do we mean by beta sensors? By our definition, a beta phase generally begins when the sensor is feature-complete, but might still contain bugs. When we release a sensor, even if it is still in beta phase, it still meets all stability requirements and has gone through the same testing processes as all other components of PRTG.

To get access to these beta sensors, you need to activate Experimental features in PRTG. This is quite easy and you can read everything about Experimental Features and how you activate it here: New handling of beta sensors in PRTG

We need your expert insights from the field

In addition to the existing sensors, we have other Microsoft Azure sensor types planned on our PRTG product road map. One that we are currently working on is a Microsoft Azure Storage Advanced Sensor. This sensor type will monitor more detailed information about the files, containers, blobs, and queues of your Microsoft Azure storage account.

But that's not all. What about monitoring Azure Active Directory, Application Gateway, or API Management? Which features of Microsoft Azure do you use in practice, and which would you like to be able to monitor with PRTG?

We've created a survey about this, and I'd be super happy if you take a moment to participate. On the survey page you can also optionally enter your email address if you would like to test our new Azure sensors at a very early stage of development.

Our developers profit greatly from getting more information on what services you use and what you expect from monitoring Microsoft Azure services.

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What if you are using AWS or GCP and not Azure?

It's also possible that you don't use Microsoft Azure in your company, but instead work with Amazon Web Services and/or the Google Cloud Platform. In that case, it's pretty good that you've read this far. Because even with GCP and AWS, PRTG will be of assistance to you. Besides various Amazon sensor types, PRTG also provides a sensor for monitoring your running AWS costs. You can read more about this in the article Monitor your AWS costs with PRTG.

By the way, you can also even install PRTG Network Monitor in the cloud. The article How to deploy PRTG Network Monitor in AWS, Azure and GCP tells you how.

Don't miss our Microsoft Azure survey!

Now don't forget to take part in the survey about your desired Microsoft Azure sensors, and feel free to use the comment function here on the blog for discussions about monitoring Microsoft Azure and the others.

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