Migrating to Azure Monitor Agent: Benefits, Tips, and Feedback

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The Log Analytics agent will be retired on August 31, 2024, and Microsoft recommends migrating to Azure Monitor Agent. This article provides feedback and tips on the migration, as well as the benefits of Azure Monitor Agent, such as cost savings and a simplified management experience.

Introduction

The Log Analytics agent is set to be retired on August 31, 2024, so it’s important to start planning your migration to Azure Monitor Agent. This article provides feedback and additional tips to help with the migration process.

Benefits

Azure Monitor Agent offers a variety of immediate benefits, including cost savings, a simplified management experience, and a more secure and reliable agent.
“Azure Monitor Agent provides an improved agent experience, better security, and cost savings compared to the legacy Log Analytics agents.”

What’s New

Azure Monitor Agent provides a number of new features, including:

Flexible Deployment

Azure Monitor Agent can be deployed to Windows and Linux machines, as well as Azure virtual machines. It also supports a variety of deployment options, including Azure Automation, System Center Configuration Manager, and PowerShell.

Improved Security

Azure Monitor Agent provides improved security with features such as secure communication protocols, encryption, and authentication.

Cost Savings

Azure Monitor Agent offers significant cost savings compared to the legacy Log Analytics agents. It also provides more efficient data collection and storage, which can further reduce costs.

What’s Important to Know

When migrating to Azure Monitor Agent, it’s important to understand the following:

Agent Version

Azure Monitor Agent is a new agent and is not compatible with the legacy Log Analytics agents. To ensure a successful migration, you must ensure that all machines are running the latest version of Azure Monitor Agent.

Data Collection

Azure Monitor Agent collects data differently than the legacy Log Analytics agents. To ensure that all data is collected correctly, you must configure the agent to collect the appropriate data sources.

Data Retention

Azure Monitor Agent stores data differently than the legacy Log Analytics agents. To ensure that data is retained for the appropriate amount of time, you must configure the agent to store the data for the desired period.

Conclusion

Migrating to Azure Monitor Agent from Log Analytics agent can provide a variety of benefits, including cost savings, a simplified management experience, and improved security. It’s important to understand the differences between the two agents, and to ensure that all machines are running the latest version of Azure Monitor Agent. With the right preparation, the migration process can be completed quickly and easily.

Key points from the article:

  • Consolidates and improves on legacy Log Analytics agents
  • Simplified management experience
  • Cost savings
  • Improved security features
  • Ability to monitor on-premises and cloud-based workloads
  • From the Azure Developer Community Blog