Windows Azure Monitors

ManageEngine IT360 connects with Windows Azure servers through REST APIs and determines the Health status as well as the Performance of their Role Instances.


Steps to Create a New Windows Azure Monitor

Note: Before creating a new Windows Azure monitor, you have to configure proxy settings.

To create a new Windows Azure monitor, follow the steps given below:

  1. Login to IT360 console with the Username and Password of an Admin user.

  2. Click the Admin tab in the header pane.

  3. Click Discover/Add under Discovery.

  4. Choose the option Add from the Discover/Add type dropdown and select the Application radio button.

  5. In the Add New Monitor wizard displayed, click Windows Azure under Cloud Apps (see this screenshot). In the Add Monitor wizard displayed, do the following:

  6. Specify the Display Name of the Windows Azure server.

  7. Enter the Subscription ID for your Windows Azure account. (Note: Subscription ID can be obtained by signing into using your windows live id. Then click Hosted Service and navigate to Storage & CDN, then to Storage Accounts)

  8. Enter the Account Name and Account key of your Windows Azure Storage account.

  9. Check the checkbox if your service is HTTPS-enabled.

  10. Specify a Timeout interval, in seconds.

  11. Specify the Polling interval, in minutes. (The time interval to monitor the different parameters configured for a Monitor)

  12. Now, Associate the above Monitor Instances to a Business Service. i.e. choose the Business Service, to which you want to associate Amazon, from the combo box. If no Business Service is found, Create one by clicking the Create New Business Service link.

  13. Click Add Monitor(s). This discovers the Amazon server from the network and starts monitoring it.


Creating and Deploying Management Certificates in Azure

  1. Login to the machine, in which you have installed Windows Azure SDK and IIS 7.

  2. Go to 'Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> IIS Manager' to load the IIS 7 Management console.

  3. In the IIS section of the center pane, double-click Server Certificates.

  4. Click Create Self-Signed Certificate in the Actions panel.

  5. Enter a Name for the file.

  6. Close the IIS Manager and open the Certificate Manager.

  7. Under Trusted Root Certification Authorities, open Certificates.

  8. Right-click your certificate, choose All Tasks and Export. The Certificate Export Wizard appears. Click Next.

You can export the certificate with or without a private key. First, export the certificate without a private key to be uploaded to Windows Azure Portal. Then export the certificate again with a private key to be used in Service Management API.

Exporting the certificate without a private key

  1. When the Certificate Export Wizard appears, Click Next.

  2. On the Export Private Key page, click No.

  3. Select the CER file format and click Next.

  4. Enter a name and click Next.

  5. Click Finish to start the export process.

Exporting the certificate with a private key

  1. When the Certificate Export Wizard appears, Click Next.

  2. On the Export Private Key page, click Yes, export the private key.

  3. Keep the default value, then click Next.

  4. Specify a password for protecting your private key and click Next.

  5. Specify a name for the PFX file and click Next.

  6. Click Finish to start the export process.

The .cer file can be uploaded in the Windows Azure portal and the .pfx file that has the private key can be used in IT360.


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