Configure Azure Alerts in Azure VMware Solution

In this article, you'll learn how to configure Azure Action Groups in Microsoft Azure Alerts to receive notifications of triggered events that you define. You'll also learn about using Azure Monitor Metrics to gain deeper insights into your Azure VMware Solution private cloud.

Note

Incidents affecting the availability of an Azure VMware Solution host and its corresponding restoration are sent automatically to the Account Administrator, Service Administrator (Classic Permission), Co-Admins (Classic Permission), and Owners (RBAC Role) of the subscription(s) containing Azure VMware Solution private clouds.

Supported metrics and activities

The following metrics are visible through Azure Monitor Metrics.

Signal name Signal type Monitor service
Datastore Disk Total Capacity Metric Platform
Percentage Datastore Disk Used Metric Platform
Percentage CPU Metric Platform
Average Effective Memory Metric Platform
Average Memory Overhead Metric Platform
Average Total Memory Metric Platform
Average Memory Usage Metric Platform
Datastore Disk Used Metric Platform
All Administrative operations Activity Log Administrative
Register Microsoft.AVS resource provider. (Microsoft.AVS/privateClouds) Activity Log Administrative
Create or update a PrivateCloud. (Microsoft.AVS/privateClouds) Activity Log Administrative
Delete a PrivateCloud. (Microsoft.AVS/privateClouds) Activity Log Administrative

Configure an alert rule

  1. From your Azure VMware Solution private cloud, select Monitoring > Alerts, and then New alert rule.

    Screenshot that shows where to configure an alert rule in your Azure VMware Solution private cloud.

    A new configuration screen opens where you'll:

    • Define the Scope
    • Configure a Condition
    • Set up the Action Group
    • Define the Alert rule details

    Screenshot showing the Create alert rule window.

  2. Under Scope, select the target resource you want to monitor. By default, the Azure VMware Solution private cloud from where you opened the Alerts menu has been defined.

  3. Under Condition, select Add condition, and in the window that opens, selects the signal you want to create for the alert rule.

    In our example, we've selected Percentage Datastore Disk Used, which is relevant from an Azure VMware Solution SLA perspective.

    Screenshot showing the Configure signal logic window with signals to create for the alert rule.

  4. Define the logic that will trigger the alert and then select Done.

    In our example, only the Threshold and Frequency of evaluation have been adjusted.

    Screenshot showing the threshold, operator, aggregation type and granularity, threshold value, and frequency of evaluation for the signal alert logic.

  5. Under Actions, select Add action groups. The action group defines how the notification is received and who receives it. You can receive notifications by email, SMS, Azure Mobile App Push Notification or voice message.

  6. Select an existing action group or select Create action group to create a new one.

  7. In the window that opens, on the Basics tab, give the action group a name and a display name.

  8. Select the Notifications tab, select a Notification Type and Name. Then select OK.

    Our example is based on email notification.

    Screenshot showing email, SMS message, push, and voice settings for the alert.

  9. (Optional) Configure the Actions if you want to take proactive actions and receive notification on the event. Select an available Action type and then select Review + create.

    • Automation Runbooks - to automate tasks based on alerts

    • Azure Functions – for custom event-driven serverless code execution

    • ITSM – to integrate with a service provider like ServiceNow to create a ticket

    • Logic App - for more complex workflow orchestration

    • Webhooks - to trigger a process in another service

  10. Under the Alert rule details, provide a name, description, resource group to store the alert rule, the severity. Then select Create alert rule.

    The alert rule is visible and can be managed from the Azure portal.

    Screenshot showing the new alert rule in the Rules window.

    As soon as a metric reaches the threshold as defined in an alert rule, the Alerts menu is updated and made visible.

    Screenshot showing the alert after reaching the threshold defined in the alert rule.

    Depending on the configured Action Group, you'll receive a notification through the configured medium. In our example, we've configured email.

    Screenshot of an Azure Monitor Alert with the error string, and the date and time event was triggered.

Work with metrics

  1. From your Azure VMware Solution private cloud, select Monitoring > Metrics. Then select the metric you want from the drop-down.

    Screenshot showing the Metrics window and a focus on the Metric drop-down.

  2. You can change the diagram's parameters, such as the Time range or the Time granularity.

    Other options are:

    • Drill into Logs and query the data in the related Log Analytics workspace
    • Pin this diagram to an Azure Dashboard for convenience.

    Screenshot showing the time range and time granularity options for metric.

Next steps

Now that you've configured an alert rule for your Azure VMware Solution private cloud, you may want to learn even more about:

You can also continue with one of the other Azure VMware Solution how-to guides.