Onboard Azure Arc-enabled servers to Microsoft Sentinel

This article is intended to help you onboard your Azure Arc-enabled server to Microsoft Sentinel and start collecting security-related events. Microsoft Sentinel provides a single solution for alert detection, threat visibility, proactive hunting, and threat response across the enterprise.


Before you start, make sure that you've met the following requirements:

Onboard Azure Arc-enabled servers to Microsoft Sentinel

Microsoft Sentinel comes with a number of connectors for Microsoft solutions, available out of the box and providing real-time integration. For physical and virtual machines, you can install the Log Analytics agent that collects the logs and forwards them to Microsoft Sentinel. Azure Arc-enabled servers supports deploying the Log Analytics agent using the following methods:

  • Using the VM extensions framework.

    This feature in Azure Arc-enabled servers allows you to deploy the Log Analytics agent VM extension to a non-Azure Windows and/or Linux server. VM extensions can be managed using the following methods on your hybrid machines or servers managed by Azure Arc-enabled servers:

  • Using Azure Policy.

    Using this approach, you use the Azure Policy Deploy Log Analytics agent to Linux or Windows Azure Arc machines built-in policy to audit if the Azure Arc-enabled server has the Log Analytics agent installed. If the agent is not installed, it automatically deploys it using a remediation task. Alternatively, if you plan to monitor the machines with Azure Monitor for VMs, instead use the Enable Azure Monitor for VMs initiative to install and configure the Log Analytics agent.

We recommend installing the Log Analytics agent for Windows or Linux using Azure Policy.

After your Arc-enabled servers are connected, your data starts streaming into Microsoft Sentinel and is ready for you to start working with. You can view the logs in the built-in workbooks and start building queries in Log Analytics to investigate the data.

Next steps

Get started detecting threats with Microsoft Sentinel.