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The Azure Monitor feature collects and aggregates logs and metrics from a variety of sources into a common data platform where it can be used for analysis, visualization, and alerting.
The azure monitor metrics are numerical values that describe some aspect of a system at a particular point in time. They are collected at regular intervals and are identified with a timestamp, a name, a value, and one or more defining labels.
The Azure Resource Metrics will periodically retrieve the azure monitor metrics using the Azure REST APIs as MetricList. Additional azure API calls will be executed in order to retrieve information regarding the resources targeted by the user.
All the tasks executed against the Azure Monitor REST API will use the Azure Resource Manager authentication model. Therefore, all requests must be authenticated with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). One approach to authenticate the client application is to create an Azure AD service principal and retrieve the authentication (JWT) token. For a more detailed walk-through, have a look at using Azure PowerShell to create a service principal to access resources https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/powershell/azure/create-azure-service-principal-azureps?view=azps-2.7.0. It is also possible to create a service principal via the Azure portal https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/develop/howto-create-service-principal-portal. Users will have to make sure the roles assigned to the application contain at least reading permissions to the monitor data, more on the roles here https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/role-based-access-control/built-in-roles.
Required credentials for the
Client ID:: The unique identifier for the application (also known as Application Id)
Client Secret:: The client/application secret/key
Subscription ID:: The unique identifier for the azure subscription
Tenant ID:: The unique identifier of the Azure Active Directory instance
The azure credentials keys can be used if configured
Resource Manager Endpoint ::
Optional, by default the azure public environment will be used, to override, users can provide a specific resource manager endpoint in order to use a different azure environment.
https://management.chinacloudapi.cn for azure ChinaCloud
https://management.microsoftazure.de for azure GermanCloud
https://management.azure.com for azure PublicCloud
https://management.usgovcloudapi.net for azure USGovernmentCloud
Active Directory Endpoint ::
Optional, by default the associated active directory endpoint to the resource manager endpoint will be used, to override, users can provide a specific active directory endpoint in order to use a different azure environment.
https://login.microsoftonline.com for azure ChinaCloud
https://login.microsoftonline.us for azure GermanCloud
https://login.chinacloudapi.cn for azure PublicCloud
https://login.microsoftonline.de for azure USGovernmentCloud
Period:: (string) Reporting interval. Metrics will have a timegrain of 5 minutes, so the
Period configuration option for
monitor should have a value of
300s or multiple of
300sfor relevant results.
Resources:: (string) Contains following options:
resource_id:: (string) The fully qualified ID's of the resource, including the resource name and resource type. Has the format
Should return a list of resources.
Users might have large number of resources they would like to gather metrics from. In order to reduce verbosity, they will have the options of entering a resource group and filtering by resource type, or type in a “resource_query” where they can filter resources inside their subscription. Source for the resource API’s: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/rest/api/resources/resources/list https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/rest/api/resources/resources/listbyresourcegroup
resource_group:: (string) Using the resource_type configuration option as a filter is required for the resource groups entered. This option should return a list resources we want to apply our metric configuration options on.
resource_type:: (string) As mentioned above this will be a filter option for the resource group api, will check for all resources under the specified group that are the type under this configuration.
resource_query:: (string) Should contain a filter entered by the user, the output will be a list of resources
metrics:: List of different metrics to collect information
namespace:: (string) Namespaces are a way to categorize or group similar metrics together. By using namespaces, users can achieve isolation between groups of metrics that might collect different insights or performance indicators.
name:: (string) Name of the metrics that's being reported. Usually, the name is descriptive enough to help identify what's measured. A list of metric names can be entered as well
aggregations:: (string) List of supported aggregations.
Azure Monitor stores all metrics at one-minute granularity intervals. During a given minute, a metric might need to be sampled several times or it might need to be measured for many discrete events.
To limit the number of raw values we have to emit and pay for in Azure Monitor, they will locally pre-aggregate and emit the values:
Minimum: The minimum observed value from all the samples and measurements during the minute.
Maximum: The maximum observed value from all the samples and measurements during the minute.
Sum: The summation of all the observed values from all the samples and measurements during the minute.
Count: The number of samples and measurements taken during the minute.
Total: The total number of all the observed values from all the samples and measurements during the minute.
If no aggregations are filled, the primary aggregation assigned for this metric will be considered.
dimensions:: List of metric dimensions. Dimensions are optional, not all metrics may have dimensions. A custom metric can have up to 10 dimensions.
A dimension is a key or value pair that helps describe additional characteristics about the metric being collected. By using the additional characteristics, you can collect more information about the metric, which allows for deeper insights.
By using this key, you can filter the metric to see how much memory specific processes use or to identify the top five processes by memory usage.
Metrics with dimensions are exported as flattened single dimensional metrics, aggregated across dimension values.
name:: Dimension key
value:: Dimension value. (Users can select * to return metric values for each dimension)
ignore_unsupported:: (bool) Namespaces can be unsupported by some resources and supported in some, this configuration option makes sure no error messages are returned if the namespace is unsupported.
The same will go for the metrics configured, some can be removed from Azure Monitor and it should not affect the state of the module.
Users can select the options to retrieve all metrics from a specific namespace using the following:
- resource_query: "resourceType eq 'Microsoft.DocumentDb/databaseAccounts'" metrics: - name: ["DataUsage", "DocumentCount", "DocumentQuota"] namespace: "Microsoft.DocumentDb/databaseAccounts" ignore_unsupported: true dimensions: - name: "DatabaseName" value: "*"
Costs: Metric queries are charged based on the number of standard API calls. More information on pricing here https://azure.microsoft.com/id-id/pricing/details/monitor/.
Authentication: we are handling authentication on our side (creating/renewing the authentication token), so we advise users to use dedicated credentials for metricbeat only.
The application ID
Azure metric dimensions.
The namespace selected
The resource group
The id of the resource
The name of the resource
Azure resource tags.
The type of the resource
The subscription ID
The Azure metric timegrain
The cloud account or organization id used to identify different entities in a multi-tenant environment. Examples: AWS account id, Google Cloud ORG Id, or other unique identifier.
Availability zone in which this host is running.
Image ID for the cloud instance.
Instance ID of the host machine.
Instance name of the host machine.
Machine type of the host machine.
Name of the project in Google Cloud.
Name of the cloud provider. Example values are aws, azure, gcp, or digitalocean.
Region in which this host is running.
Unique container id.
Name of the image the container was built on.
Runtime managing this container.
Data stream dataset name.
Data stream namespace.
Data stream type.
ECS version this event conforms to.
A host is defined as a general computing instance. ECS host.* fields should be populated with details about the host on which the event happened, or from which the measurement was taken. Host types include hardware, virtual machines, Docker containers, and Kubernetes nodes.
Operating system architecture.
If the host is a container.
Name of the domain of which the host is a member. For example, on Windows this could be the host's Active Directory domain or NetBIOS domain name. For Linux this could be the domain of the host's LDAP provider.
Hostname of the host. It normally contains what the
Unique host id. As hostname is not always unique, use values that are meaningful in your environment. Example: The current usage of
Host ip addresses.
Host mac addresses.
Name of the host. It can contain what
OS build information.
OS codename, if any.
OS family (such as redhat, debian, freebsd, windows).
Operating system kernel version as a raw string.
Operating system name, without the version.
Operating system platform (such centos, ubuntu, windows).
Operating system version as a raw string.
Type of host. For Cloud providers this can be the machine type like
The type of the service data is collected from. The type can be used to group and correlate logs and metrics from one service type. Example: If logs or metrics are collected from Elasticsearch,