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  • Hi we have hundred of devices (from PC, to OS embed, printers, point of sale devices etc., ) all across 100s of sites. we are looking at SCOM and config manager to monitor these peripherals as well as mobile devices.  would like to understand what are some of the limits on azure to do this?  what do we need to have in place from network connectivity at branch sites... could we use expressRoute to connect to 100s of branches.. our corp data center is somewhat disconnected/loosely connected with these remote sites but now we need to monitor, report on  etc.,

    could we setup hosted SCOM per sub-set of sites; potentially having more than 1 per region as we are talking about 1000s of devices! any thoughts on this would be helpful 

     
    Thursday, September 25, 2014 4:53 AM

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  • Hi,

    Firstly, you can indeed use Expressroute to connect multiple sites/branches.

    ExpressRoute is an Azure service that enables you to create private connections between Azure datacenters and infrastructure that’s on your premises or in a colocation environment. ExpressRoute connections do not go over the public Internet, and offer higher security, more reliability, faster speeds and lower latencies than typical connections over the Internet.

    In order to have an Overview and setup an Expressroute, you might want to check the below link

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/azure/dn606309.aspx

    With respect to SCOM,  to know about the prerequisites for hosting SCOM, you could refer to the below link

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn249696.aspx

    And for step-by-step proceedure for creating SCOM on Azure, plese follow the below articles

    http://blogs.technet.com/b/meacoex/archive/2012/07/28/part-4-monitor-azure-with-system-center-operation-manager-scom.aspx

    http://blogs.technet.com/b/cbernier/archive/2013/10/23/monitoring-windows-azure-with-system-center-operations-manager-2012-get-me-started.aspx

    Hope this helps !

    Regards,

    Sowmya

    • Proposed as answer by Sowmya K R Monday, September 29, 2014 8:08 AM
    • Marked as answer by Sowmya K R Saturday, October 11, 2014 11:31 AM
    Thursday, September 25, 2014 4:03 PM
  • Hi Swamya - thanks for the help. appreciate it.  The from the blogs i decipher that the we need to install system center management pack on an on-premise server. We don't have on-premise server!  So we are hosting our server in the Azure VM and planning to install System Center that will monitor not the cloud VMs but devices at out site. Offcourse we are going to connect Azure to our site via expressroute.  So i assume its possible to install Management packs or do we require one?   I checked the technet blog you provided already regarding SCOM. 

    Download the System Center Management Pack for Windows Azure: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=38414 and execute the .msi on the server where Operations Manager 2012 w/SP1 is installed. Install files either in the default directory specified or another directory of your choice.

    Regarding expressroute - not much info on whom to contact. Anyways, I am reaching out to AT&T - co-loc is cost effective but no clarity..  We have onsite data-center. 

    Tuesday, September 30, 2014 2:05 PM
  • Hi I have not received any reply.  Could you clarify the below:

    1) Can I install System Center in the Azure itself for monitoring VMs in one or more VNET?  No where in the net mentioned about this? Do you have any knowledge of this?

    The reason why I ask:  We don't have any ON-PREMISE IT!  Which means no SERVER on-site.

    So your clarification is much appreciated?

    Why do we need this? --> 1) A WAY FOR us to monitor Azure VM, Websites and Web Apps (we are not going to rely on BUILT-IN MONITORING OFFERED BY AZURE which is limited. !!)

    2) we have several VNETs spanning US and Europe. So we are looking at SCVMM and possibly site recovery service to create a AZURE ONLY D/R Site. i.e from one azure site to another!! ALL CLOUD. Again no physical site we are talking about.. IF THERE IS A BETTER OPTION FOR this, PLEASE LET ME KNOW.

    MANY THANKS

    Saturday, October 11, 2014 5:36 PM