I’ve been spending some time recently working with the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform of as a Service (PaaS) solutions from Microsoft available in Azure. Relevant blog posts I’ve worked on related to these topics include:
- Integration points between Azure and System Center: http://www.systemcentercentral.com/blog-series-kicking-the-tires-on-windows-azure-15-installments/
- Getting more benefits from your MSDN subscription: http://blogs.catapultsystems.com/cfuller/archive/2013/02/28/windows-azure-%E2%80%93-get-more-benefits-from-the-msdn-subscription-windowsserver-azure.aspx
- Performance tests for Windows 2012 in Azure versus a local Hyper-V environment: http://blogs.catapultsystems.com/cfuller/archive/2013/05/10/performance-tests-for-windows-server-2012-in-azure-vs-a-hyper-v-based-private-cloud-azure-sysctr-scom.aspx
- Configuring Web EndPoint Monitoring in Azure: http://blogs.catapultsystems.com/cfuller/archive/2013/03/13/configuring-web-endpoint-monitoring-in-azure-azure-scom.aspx
My underlying area of interest in all of this is around System Center (Operations Manager specifically) and Azure. So when I realized it was quick and easy to access the Azure portal through the Operations Manager console I figured it’s time to put together a quick blog post on the topic.
Question: How can I quickly access my Azure resources within the Operations Manager console?
Answer: The Azure portal can be added in the Operations Manager console through adding a new Web Page View as shown below:
Add a name for the view and the appropriate URL.
The example above shows how to access the top level portal, but you can also browse to the specific location in the portal and cut and paste over that URL instead.
After authentication (shown below) you can either go to the home page for the Azure portal or directly to the location you browsed to in the Azure portal.
The Azure portal appears to be fully functional – the screenshots below show various views including the home page.
The dashboard page:
And the monitoring page:
This also works via the web version of the OpsMgr web console as shown below:
Summary: Are you looking for a quick way to provide information on what’s going on in Azure within Operations Manager? Try a Web Page View pointing to the Azure portal!