Installing AzureMonitoringAgent and linking it to your Log Analytics Workspace
Published Sep 15 2023 12:46 AM 2,349 Views

The current Service Fabric clusters are currently equipped with the MicrosoftMonitoringAgent (MMA) as the default installation. However, it is essential to note that MMA will be deprecated in August 2024, for more details refer- We're retiring the Log Analytics agent in Azure Monitor on 31 August 2024 | Azure updates | Microsof.... Therefore, if you are currently utilizing MMA, it is imperative to initiate the migration process to AzureMonitoringAgent (AMA).


Installation and Linking of AzureMonitoringAgent to a Log Analytics Workspace:

  1. Create a Log Analytics Workspace (if not already established):


  1. Create Data Collection Rules:
  • Access the Azure portal and search for "Data Collection Rules (DCR)”.
  • Select the same resource group and region as of your cluster.
  • In Platform type, select the type of instance you have like Windows, Linux or both.
  • You can leave data collection endpoint as blank.
  • In the resources section, add the Virtual machine Scale Set (VMSS) resource which is attached to the Service fabric cluster.


  • In the "Collect and deliver" section, click on Add data source and add both Performance Counters and Windows Event Logs one by one.




  • Choose the destination for both the data sources as Azure Monitor Logs and in the Account or namespace dropdown, select the name of the Log Analytics workspace that we have created in step 1 and click on Add data source. 



  1. Adding the VMSS instances resource with DCR:
  • Once the DCR is created, in the left panel, click on Resources.
  • Check if you can see the VMSS resource that we have added while creating DCR or not.


  • If not then, click on "Add" and navigate to the VMSS attached to service fabric cluster and click on Apply.
  • Refresh the resources tab to see whether you can see VMSS in the resources section or not. If not, try adding a couple of times if needed.


  1. Querying Logs and Verifying AzureMonitoringAgent Setup:
  • Please allow for 10-15 minutes waiting period before proceeding. After this time has elapsed, navigate to your Log Analytics workspace, and access the 'Logs' section by scrolling through the left panel.
  • Run your queries to see the logs. For example, query to check the heartbeat of all instances:Heartbeat | where Category contains "Azure Monitor Agent" | where OSType contains "Windows"           




  1. Perform the uninstallation of the MicrosoftMonitoringAgent (MMA): Once you have verified that the logs are getting generated, you can go to Virtual Machine Scale Set and then to the "Extensions + applications" section and delete the old MMA extension from VMSS.   




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