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Azure - DNS Zone

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by Owen Jenkins

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Cloud - Azure - DNS Zones Opspack

Azure DNS is a hosting service for DNS domains. It provides name resolution using the Microsoft Azure infrastructure and allows efficient management of DNS records using the same credentials, APIs and tools as other Azure services. Since the Azure DNS service is based on the Azure Resource Manager, it provides the same Resource Manager features, such as; role based access control, activity logs and resouce locking. As well as this, Azure DNS also supports private DNS domains, allowing you to use your own custom domain names.

What You Can Monitor

This Opspack allows you to monitor all the metrics you need to efficiently run Azure DNS Zones on Microsoft Azure. After installation, you'll be able to check the number of queries served, the number of record sets as well as the percentage of record set capacity utilized by a DNS Zone.

Service Checks

Host Template Service Check Description
Cloud - Azure - DNS Zones Azure - DNS Zone - Query Volume Total number of Bytes transmitted within time period [Default Timespan = 240mins, Granularity = 60mins]
Cloud - Azure - DNS Zones Azure - DNS Zone - Record Set Count Number of Record Sets in a DNS zone [Default Timespan = 240mins, Granularity = 60mins]
Cloud - Azure - DNS Zones Azure - DNS Zone - Record Set Capacity Percent of Record Set capacity utilized by a DNS zone [Default Timespan = 240mins, Granularity = 60mins]


  • Ensure your Opsview Monitor version is newer than 07 September 2018. Check Opsview Release Notes for the latest version of Opsview Monitor.

Setup Azure for Monitoring

To monitor your Azure environment, you need to configure it for monitoring. This requires Administrator access on Azure.

You need to retrieve the following credentials, which will allow Opsview Monitor access to the metrics for your Azure VM:

  • Subscription ID
  • Tenant/Directory ID
  • Client/Application ID
  • Secret Key

Follow the below steps to retrieve this information.

Step 1: Find Subscription ID

The Subscription ID can be found in the Subscriptions section under the All services section from the Azure dashboard.

Find Azure Subscription ID

Find Azure Subscription ID

Step 2 : Find the Tenant/Directory ID

The Tenant/Directory ID can be found in the Azure Active Directory under the Properties section from the Azure dashboard.

Find Azure Tenant/Directory ID

Step 3: Find the Client/Application ID for your application

You need to create and register your application if you haven't already. Use the following documentation from Microsoft: Create an Azure Active Directory application

The Client/Application ID can be found in Azure Active Directory under the App registrations section from the Azure dashboard.

Find Azure Client/Application ID

Step 4: Generate the Secret Key for your application

You will need to create a Secret Key for your application, once this has been created its value will be hidden so save the value during creation.

To create the Secret Key, select your application from the list, select the Settings within your application and then select the Keys option.

There you can create a new key by adding the description and expiration period and the value will be generated.

Create Secret Key

Step 5: Provide access to the subscription you wish to monitor

Navigate to the Subscriptions section and select the Subscription you selected before.

In the Subscription to be monitored, click Access Control (IAM).

Then click the Add button, select the required role and select the application, once for each of the following roles: * Reader

Add Subscription to Application

Add Subscription to Application

If you are running more than one subscription these steps will need to be done for each one you wish to monitor.

Setup and Configuration

To configure and utilize this Opspack, you simply need to add the 'Cloud - Azure - DNS Zones' Opspack to your Opsview Monitor system.

Step 1: Import the Opspack

Download the cloud-azure-dns-zones.opspack file from the Releases section of this repository. Navigate to Host Template Settings inside Opsview Monitor and select Import Opspack in the top left corner.

Add Variables

Then click Browse and select the cloud-azure-dns-zones.opspack file. Click Upload and then click Import when the file is uploaded. You may see a 'CONFLICT' warning message after uploading - this is because all 'Cloud - Azure' Opspacks utilize the same variable (AZURE_CREDENTIALS) for authorizing access to your resources. Just click Overwrite and the Opspack should import successfully.

Add Variables

Step 2: Add the host template

Add the relevant host template (as listed in the Service Checks table above). If this is a resource that is applicable for a host check (has a valid hostname or IP) then you can fill in the Primary Hostname/IP field with this, and then open the Advanced section at the bottom and change the Host Check Command type to TCP Port 80 (HTTP). If the resource has no hostname or public IP, then change Host Check Command to Always assumed to be UP.

Add Host Template

Step 3: Add and configure variables required for this host

Add 'AZURE_CREDENTIALS' to the host, then override the Subscription ID, Client ID, Secret Key and Tenant ID to match the values retrieved earlier.

Add Variables

Depending on your host template, you will require different additional variables declared as specified below:

Host Template Variables Required

These can be filled out as follows:


Add Variables

Step 4: Apply changes and the system will now be monitored

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ODI-1747 Fixes and Improvements to Authentication Process

Improvements to Azure authentication error handling


ODI-1453 Initial Release of Azure Opspacks for Opsview Monitor 6.0

Initial release of Opspack to work with Opsview Monitor 6.0