Azure Subscriptions (classic) Test

A Microsoft Azure subscription grants you access to Microsoft Azure services and to Microsoft Azure Platform Management Portal.

A Microsoft Azure subscription has two aspects:

  • Microsoft Azure account, through which resource usage is reported and services are billed.
  • The subscription itself, which governs access to and use of Microsoft Azure services that are subscribed to. The subscription holder manages services (Microsoft Azure, Azure SQL database, Azure Storage etc) through Microsoft Azure Platform Management Portal.

In target environments where critical applications are to be hosted on Microsoft Azure, it becomes a necessity to create a Microsoft Azure subscription. Once the subscription is created, monitoring the utilization of the allocated resources within the subscription may pose a challenge to the administrators. In order to help administrators to keep track of the resources allocated to the subscription and the resources utilized, the eG Enterprise provides you with the Azure Subscriptions (classic) test.

This test helps administrators to figure out the maximum amount of resources i.e., cores, virtual machines, storage accounts, cloud services etc allocated to the Azure Subscription and also helps to detect irregularities in the allocation of the resources, if any.

This test is disabled by default. To enable the test, go to the enable / disable tests page using the menu sequence : Agents -> Tests -> Enable/Disable, pick Microsoft Azure as the Component type, Performance as the Test type, choose this test from the disabled tests list, and click on the < button to move the test to the ENABLED TESTS list. Finally, click the Update button.

Target of the Test: Microsoft Azure

Agent deploying the test: A remote agent

Output of the test: One set of results for the target Microsoft Azure being monitored

  1. TEST PERIOD - How often should the test be executed
  2. Host– The host for which the test is being configured
  3. SUBSCRIPTION ID- Specify the GUID which uniquely identifies your subscription to the target Microsoft Azure that is to be monitored.
  4. CERTIFICATE PATH - In order to collect metrics from the target Microsoft Azure, the eG agent communicates via Microsoft Azure Service Management API Requests. By default, a management certificate is required to authenticate Microsoft Azure Service Management API Requests. The Management certificate should be associated with the subscription ID. The management certificate can be created on your own or you can request Microsoft Azure portal to create a certificate on behalf of you. Prior to creating a management certificate, you have to create a keystore. The steps for creating a management certificate and the keystore is discussed elaborately in Section 1.1. The created keystore will reside in the <JAVA_INSTALL_DIR>\jre7\bin folder. Specify the exact path to the keystore file in this text box. If you have requested Microsoft Azure portal to create the management certificate, then, specify the exact path on which you have stored the keystore file. For example, if the keystore file created is WindowsAzureKeyStore.jks and if you have stored it in D:\Azure folder, then specify the CERTIFICATE PATH as D:\Azure\WindowsAzureKeyStore.jks.
  5. CERTIFICATE PASSWORD - Specify the password that is provided while creating the keystore in this text box.
  6. confirm password - Confirm the password by retyping it here.
  7. dd frequency - Refers to the frequency with which detailed diagnosis measures are to be generated for this test. The default is 1:1. This indicates that, by default, detailed measures will be generated every time this test runs, and also every time the test detects a problem. You can modify this frequency, if you so desire. Also, if you intend to disable the detailed diagnosis capability for this test, you can do so by specifying none against DD frequency.
  8. detailed diagnosis - To make diagnosis more efficient and accurate, the eG system embeds an optional detailed diagnostic capability. With this capability, the eG agents can be configured to run detailed, more elaborate tests as and when specific problems are detected. To enable the detailed diagnosis capability of this test for a particular server, choose the On option against DETAILED DIAGNOSIS. To disable the capability, click on the Off option.

    The option to selectively enable/disable the detailed diagnosis capability will be available only if the following conditions are fulfilled:

    • The eG manager license should allow the detailed diagnosis capability.
    • Both the bad and normal frequencies configured for the detailed diagnosis measures should not be 0.

Measures reported by the test:

Measurement Description Measurement Unit Interpretation

Max cores:

Indicates the maximum number of cores that can be allocated to the subscription.

Number

 

Current cores:

Indicates the number of cores that are currently utilized in the subscription.

Number

If the value of this measure is equal to the Max cores measure, then it indicates that no more cores in the subscription can be utilized. Administrators are therefore alerted to monitor the high utilization of the cores.

Core utilization:

Indicates the percentage of cores utilized in the subscription.

Percent

A value close to 100 indicates that the subscription ID is running out of cores.

Max storage accounts:

Indicates the maximum number of storage accounts that can be allocated to the subscription.

Number

 

Current storage accounts:

Indicates the number of storage accounts that are currently utilized in the subscription.

Number

If the value of this measure is equal to the Max storage accounts measure, then it indicates that no more storage accounts can be utilized in the subscription.

The detailed diagnosis of this measure if enabled, lists the storage accounts associated with the subscription.

Storage accounts utilization:

Indicates the percentage of storage accounts utilized in the subscription.

Percent

A value close to 100 indicates that the subscription is running out of storage accounts.

Max cloud services:

Indicates the maximum number of cloud services that can be allocated to the subscription ID.

Number

 

Current cloud services:

Indicates the number of cloud services that are currently utilized in the subscription.

Number

If the value of this measure is equal to Max cloud services, then it indicates that all the allocated cloud services are already utilized.

The detailed diagnosis of this measure if enabled, lists the cloud services that were created for the subscription.

Cloud services utilization

Indicates the percentage of cloud services utilized in the subscription.

Percent

A value close to 100 indicates that the subscription is running short of cloud services.

Max virtual network sites:

Indicates the maximum number of virtual network sites that can be allocated to the subscription.

Number

 

Current virtual network sites:

Indicates the number of virtual network sites that are currently allocated to the subscription.

Number

If the value of this measure is equal to the Max virtual network sites, then it indicates that no more virtual network sites can be utilized in the subscription.

Virtual network sites utilization:

Indicates the percentage of virtual network sites utilized in the subscription.

Percent

A value close to 100 indicates that the subscription is running out of virtual network sites.

Max local network sites:

Indicates the maximum number of local network sites that can be allocated to the subscription.

Number

 

Max DNS servers:

Indicates the maximum number of DNS servers that can be allocated to the subscription.

Number

 

The detailed diagnosis of the Current cloud services measure if enabled, lists the cloud services that were created in the subscription.

Figure 1 : The detailed diagnosis of the Current cloud services measure

The detailed diagnosis of the Current storage accounts measure if enabled, lists the storage accounts that were created in the subscription.

Figure 2 : The detailed diagnosis of the Current storage accounts measure