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Monitoring Site to Site Connection Windows Azure Pack

Categories: Azure, Hyper-V, Operations Manager, VMM, Windows Azure Pack, Windows Server 2012 R2
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In Windows Azure Pack we can create NAT rules and Site 2 Site VPN connections.

The Gateway servers handles the connection and we have them monitored with Operations Manager

But from a operations point of view more info is always better

But due to the Network Virtualization we just cant push a agent to the server

So for each of our gateway clusters we created a VM in our Windows Azure Pack Portal and another VM behind a Site 2 Site VPN

 

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So on our network we have created a Site to Site VPN

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and after creating the Site to Site VPN tunnnel we can verify that we can ping a VM on the other side of the tunnel

and verify internet connection though a ping against a google dns server

 

Next step was to issue a SCOM Certificate from our CA server

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Setup a host file so the Virtual Machine can find its way home to the operations manager server

And ensure that only each VM used for the probe can access the Operations Manager server though firewall rules

 

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We then need a rule so the Operations Manager server can contact the agent on the VM

 

We then install the Operations Manager agent run the momcert import tool and points to our certificate

And after that we approve the agent in the Operations Manager Console

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We then can setup a ping rule with the worlds best management pack from our friends at OpsLogix

 

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And after a few minutes we can see the management pack in action and we can monitor our Site to Site connection

 

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And to test if our endpoint stops responding we power off the VM used for the probe , we could have used internal interface of the firewall

but targeting a VM also lets us know that the basic infrastructure is alive

 

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and after our threadshold is reached we can see that our endpoint is down and we can react

 

This is a very crude monitoring that works for the basic task of probing the Site to Site functionality

Additional montoring though logs and events on the gateways is also needed but this gives it the basic functionality of the gateway service

 

Microsoft have released a update for data protection manager 2012 SP1 that support backup to Azure

The updates features is support for SQL based workloads and 120 days retention , the 120 days is a BIG feature enhancement

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2779569

Description of an update rollup package that adds features to Windows Azure Online Backup in System Center 2012 SP1 DPM and in Windows Server 2012

This article describes an update rollup package that adds the following features to the Windows Azure Online Backup for Microsoft System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Data Protection Manager (DPM) and for a computer that is running Windows Server 2012:
This update improves the performance of Windows Azure Online Backup.
Windows Azure Online Backup support for a SQL Server data source in System Center 2012 SP1 DPM is available.
The retention range of Windows Azure Online Backup for System Center 2012 SP1 DPM is increased to support 120 recovery points

 

http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/home/features/online-backup/ there is a 300gb trial available install guide here http://flemmingriis.com/?p=1103 the “old” installer needs to be installed before installing the upgrade

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Verify that no jobs are running against Azure before starting the upgrade

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And 16 seconds later we are ready to rock

 

 

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And with the updated integrations we can now add SQL based workload
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And select the Cloud option , as always we need to backup to disk before cloud so short term is a requirement

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And another cool feature we can select what database we want protected with Azure

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And 120 days very very cool Smiley , we still need long term for tape in most environments , but then there is room for new features later on.

 

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And we can create a recovery point manually to the cloud instead of having to wait until the schedule kicks in

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and a short while later our data is moved to the cloud