This is the third post of substance in the my new Microsoft Azure Administration mini-series hosted primarily off the Aditi Technologies blog that parallel my just-release Pluralsight course entitled “Microsoft Azure Administration New Features (March 2014)”.

Azure Management Services help you better manage your Azure services.
• The Azure Service Dashboard which gives you a 10,000 foot status view of all the global Azure provided services.
• Are you worried about exceeding spending limits each month on your Azure bill and don’t have the time or desire to check your current costs on a regular basis? Using the Billing Alert Service means you don’t have to fret about rising bill costs like you used to. And since Billing Alerts in an integrated component of Management Services we will cover them both in unison so it all makes sense as a synergistic management solution
• Another type of alert, Service Alerts, allows you monitor a Windows Azure service based on a metric value and become notified when that value reaches a certain limit. New alerts have just been added for SQL Azure database and Azure Web sites of which you can now take advantage.
• The new Auto-scaling feature in preview allows us to scale up instances of Cloud Service and IaaS VMs, and we will look at the later in this module
• Operation Logs give you a record of what operations transpired within your subscription. All of these features help you better manage your Azure Services and give you more control over what’s going on from both a technical and spending prerogative. We will open up some Operation Logs and see how to filter/view the log messages of what has gone on within our system at the Admin level.
• Web endpoint status allows Azure to monitor the exposed endpoints on both your PaaS Cloud Service and your IaaS VMs and we will see how that works and how to configure it.

If you go into my course on Pluralsight (Microsoft Azure Administration New Features (March 2014).) you will find a lot more information on Microsoft Azure Management Services plus be able to watch videos of how to use these concepts. In addition, the course includes a wealth of information and demos on the Azure Scheduler, Azure Recovery Services, Azure Traffic Manager, Azure BizTalk Services, HDInsight, and improvements to Azure Storage and Web Sites. Hope to see you there!