Preview release of the Management Pack for Windows Azure Fabric now available

Preview release of the Management Pack for Windows Azure Fabric now available

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Hi, we are excited to announce the preview of the Management Pack for Windows Azure Fabric. This Management Pack enables you to monitor the availability and performance of Azure fabric resources that are running on Windows Azure.


You will find the preview Management Pack as well as the draft documentation (MP Guide) on the Microsoft Download Center.

Note that this is a completely new Management Pack that does not upgrade the previous Azure Management Pack. Note also that this Management Pack requires System Center Operations Manager 2012 SP1 or later. This Management Pack is currently not supported in production environments.


The following monitoring scenarios are covered by the Management Pack


Monitoring scenario




Associated rules and monitors


Role Instance Availability and Status

This scenario monitors the role
  instance health of each role instance as reported by Windows Azure

  • Windows Azure Role Instance Status Monitor


Role Instance Performance

This scenario monitors the CPU and
  Memory utilization of each role instance

  • Available Megabytes
      of Memory
  • Total CPU Utilization

Scale up/down

This scenario enables you to scale up
  or down the number of role instances per role, by using a task

  • Change number of role
      instances (task on the Role)

Virtual Machine Availability and Status

This scenario monitors the role
  instance health of each Virtual Machine instance as reported by Windows Azure

  • Virtual Machine Status

Storage Availability

This scenario monitors the availability
  of the Storage Account endpoint

  • Storage Account
      Availability Monitor

Storage Size

This scenario monitors the size of the
  storage account and optionally alerts if the size of the storage account is too large

  • Storage Account Size

Topology Dashboard

This scenario allows you to see how
  your monitored resources are related to each other

  • Topology dashboard
  • Service Vicinity dashboard

Certificate health

This scenario monitors certificate expiration of management and cloud service certificates and alerts if the certificates are about to expire

  • Windows Azure
      Subscription Certificate Expiration Monitor
  • Windows Azure Hosted Service Certificate Expiration Monitor

Hybrid Application definition and

This scenario allows you to model a
  hybrid application using a new Distributed Application template and track availability and capacity of the application using provided dashboards

  • Distributed Application template
  • Availability dashboard
  • Cloud Service capacity dashboard


Submitting feedback

You can submit feedback by sending mail directly to akep at Microsoft dot com. You can also submit feedback by commenting on this blog post.


We are looking forward to your feedback on this Management Pack. 





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  • Vlad has also done a short demo of this on Channel9 -

    I also demoed the same (a bit longer demo) in this session at MMS2013

  • Hello,

    Thank you so much for the information. Can i monitor the BLOB storage in SCOM 2012. As i already configured the Azure MP.



  • Shiva, if you watch the recording of the session I linked earlier ( ), Storage monitoring is shown: I start talking about this new Azure MP at around 00:12 minutes from the start, and I demo it as from 00:18 and at around 00:20 I show how you can add Cloud Services, VMs and Storage accounts to the "Windows Azure Monitoring" template so that monitoring gets enabled. At 00:25 I show monitor that looks for how much storage space is being used and the collection rule that collects the same metric.