Azure Sentinel Agent: Collecting from servers and workstations, on-prem and in the cloud
Published Aug 19 2019 01:43 PM 54.3K Views

This is part of a series of blogs on connectors. You might find what you are looking for also here:


My previous blog posts discussed collecting events from Azure PaaS resources and networking and security sources. But what about collecting from servers? Whether deployed in the cloud, on-prem VMs or even physical machines, those are probably still the biggest attack surface and therefore the most common sources of events.


To collect events from servers wherever those are deployed, use the Azure Log Analytics agent (also called "MMA" for Microsoft Monitoring Agent). The agent supports collecting from Windows machines as well as Linux. The agent can be installed manually or provisioned in Azure using Microsoft VM extensions for Windows or Linux.


Azure Sentinel connectors which utilize the agent 


The agent supports the following Sentinel connectors:

Once you enabled them through the Sentinel's Data Connectors, they will be collected by every agent configured to send data to the workspace.


Additional data streams collected by the Agent


However, the agent is not limited to this telemetry, and Azure Sentinel can collect the following additional data streams using the agent:


AKS and Containiners


To collect control and data plane telemtry from containers, including AKS, see Azure Monitor for containers and how to enable it.

Additional on-premises Microsoft telemetry


For completeness, n addition you can collect on-premises telemetry not using the agent for the following sources:


Agent deployment and management



Agent general data



Agent caching

The agent caches data, which helps prevent data loss in case of communication issues between the agent and the cloud. The following described this mechanism and how it can be controlled.


Output is controlled by modifying the agent configuration files. Specifically, the output configuration file, /etc/opt/microsoft/omsagent/<workspace id>/conf/omsagent.conf . Modify the section below to control the Agent's caching behavior:
<match oms.blob.**>
  type out_oms_blob
  log_level info
  num_threads 5
  buffer_chunk_limit 10m
  buffer_type file
  buffer_path /var/opt/microsoft/omsagent/state/out_oms_blob*.buffer
  buffer_queue_limit 10
  buffer_queue_full_action drop_oldest_chunk
  flush_interval 20s
  retry_limit 10
  retry_wait 30s
  max_retry_wait 9m
Note that for custom logs, the section would be different (for example <match oms.api.**>). The buffer parameters are documented here.


To change the cache size, modify this registry entry
Key: HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\HealthService\Parameters\Management Groups\<Management Group Name>
Value: MaximumQueueSizeKb

Default: 15360
Min Value: 5120
Max Value: 1536000
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