Provision Update Management for On-Premises Systems
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1 hour 15 minutes
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Advanced

This IT Pro Challenge virtual lab shows learners how to use the Azure Portal to create an Azure Automation Account and Log Analytics Workspace, install and configure Microsoft Monitoring Agent on a remote computer, configure the remote computer to be a Hybrid Runbook Worker, as well as enable and provision an updated schedule.

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This Learn On Demand Pro Series is part of a Career Path: Become a System Administrator

Overview

In this IT Pro Challenge, learners will understand how to create and configure an Azure Automation Account and Azure Log Analytics Workspace, configure Microsoft Monitoring Agent on a remote machine, and then configure that machine to use the Hybrid Runbook Worker feature of Azure Automation. Learners will also enable and provision an updated schedule for both the Azure Automation Account and the Azure Log Analytics Workspace. The skills acquired in this lab are useful for careers in network or system administration.

Overview

For this hands-on lab, the scenario is that you are a system administrator, and your company is using Operations Management Suite to migrate their update management solutions to Azure. Your job is to create and configure the necessary resources (Azure Automation Account, Log Analytics workspace, Microsoft Monitoring Agent, Azure Automation Hybrid Runbook Worker) to support automation and report updates on-premise systems. You also need to configure a schedule and maintenance window for the systems.

Create and configure an Automation Account

To begin the lab, you first need to sign in to the Azure Portal and create an Azure Automation Account (UpdateAutomation) in the provided resource group. Note the Primary Access Key and URL for later use, and then add credentials (Name, User name, Password) to the UpdateAutomation Automation Account.

Create and configure a Log Analytics workspace

Next, in the provided resource group, you will create an Azure Log Analytics workspace (UpdateLOD12521864), an environment for monitoring Azure log data. You will then add the Automation & Control and __Automation Hybrid Worker __solutions, and make a note of the Workspace ID and Primary Key for later use in the lab.

Install and configure the Microsoft Monitoring Agent on the remote system

The Microsoft Monitoring Agent provides a way to watch and report on application and system health. You will download and install the Microsoft Monitoring Agent on the provided remote machine (WIN-A7ABC560CF2), connect that machine to the workspace you created (UpdateLOD12521864) in the previous step using as the Workspace ID and as the Workspace Key.

Provision a Hybrid Runbook Worker

Now you need to configure the remote machine (URL, Key, GroupName) to be a Hybrid Runbook Worker.

A runbook is just a collection of procedures and operations. In Azure, runbooks are stored and managed in Azure Automation, and they cannot access resource groups in other clouds. The Hybrid Runbook Worker feature allows you to run runbooks directly on the computer hosting the role.

Enable and provision an updated schedule

Next, you need to enable update management for the Automation Account and the Log Analytics workspace you created at the beginning of the lab. Then, you will schedule an update deployment in the UpdateAutomation Automation Account using various settings (Ex: Name, Machines to update, Update classifications, etc.).

Challenge validation

Finally, in Azure Portal, you will test your configurations by using the Compliance view of the Update Management blade in the __UpdateAutomation __Automation Account.

Summary Conclusion

By taking this lab, you will learn how to create and configure an Automation Account and a Log Analytics workspace. You will also learn how to install and configure the Microsoft Monitoring Agent on a remote system, provision a Hybrid Runbook Worker, and enable and provision an updated schedule.

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