In the first part of this series, we introduced the confusion and complexity that tends to occur when looking at the long list of monitoring tools available for Azure.

We then provided a list of currently available tools that we will explore further.

We’ve discussed each of these tools individually, providing a short overview of what it is, and tried to make the information more real and meaningful by providing a real-world type of example of the tool in use.


Key Takeaways

If I can leave you with some key takeaways from this series it would be this:

  • Start getting into the habit of using Azure Monitor as your first point for all monitoring toolsets.
  • Even if you are familiar and comfortable with the “classic” Operations Management Suite (OMS) portal, start shifting to the new Azure portal experiences.
  • Deep-dive into the new Log Analytics query language, and the additional power and insights we gain from it.
  • Although the Operations Management Suite (OMS) has several security solutions, start using Azure Security Center (ASC) as your first point for all security toolsets.
  • Keep a close eye on Network Watcher, as just like OMS-to-Azure Monitor and OMS-to-Azure Security Center, it will become another important starting point for all network-related toolsets.


I hope you have found this series interesting and valuable. I had fun writing it, and digging into all the different monitoring toolsets of Azure, understanding how they work, and when you would use them.

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