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Getting started with DataDog monitoring against Microsoft Azure

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Getting started with DataDog monitoring against Microsoft Azure
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So after getting constantly bombarded with a sponsored tweet on my timelime for a while, I decided to take a hint and take a closer look at what DataDog actually was.  So this post is actually just a small introduction to it.

Now DataDog is a cloud based monitoring tool, so you can take it for a test drive for 15 days at datadoghq.com

To my surprise they did quite a bit! I got an email from one of their sales guys pretty fast which notified me that they had pretty good support for monitoring Azure environments, so I decided to take a closer look at how it could monitor my Azure environment.

Now for Azure they had two options to do monitoring, which was either leveraging an Azure AD user account which has read only access to the all the resources and resource groups, or it was using guest extensions on Windows VMs or Linux VMs. Of course I did a combination of both, which allows me to get the complete overview of VM guest metrics and host maps with the information from Azure.

Just some of the integrations that are possible in DataDog

You can also notice that DataDog is an option when you deploy virtual machines since it a default extension for Linux and Windows virtual machines, do add the agent using JSON templates, is pretty simple since you just need api_key in the template to authenticate the agent against DataDog

Read the entire article here, Getting started with DataDog monitoring against Microsoft Azure

via Marius Sandbu.

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IT Blog by Marius Sandbu Marius Sandbu (@msandbu on Twitter), works as an Cloud Architect at Exclusive Networks/BigTec in Norway. Primary focusing on Software defined datacenter solution and how they integrate with end-user computing technology and also works alot with cloud solutions like Microsoft Azure. Marius is also an Microsoft MVP, Veeam Vanguard, VMware vExpert and is also the author of many Citrix NetScaler books and shares his thought and ideas about technolgy on his blog.

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