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Get started with Microsoft Azure Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) calculator

In an earlier post, I described how to install MAP Toolkit to do inventory of an IT environment and in this post, I will show how to get started to compare the cost for an on-prem environment to Azure.

To get started install MAP Toolkit and do an inventory as described in this earlier post. When this is done use the export function in MAP Toolkit to export the inventory into an Excel sheet.

Go to the page https://www.tco.microsoft.com, Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) Calculator (Preview at the time of writing), and click Start Now to use the tool.

Open the MAP Toolkit inventory file and do the following modifications to it.

  1. Delete the top 3 rows with plain text.
  2. Remove any non-integer values in cores and RAM (System Memory) column.
  3. Save and close the file.

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Import the file by doing the following in the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) Calculator.

  1. At the Inputs screen, select the Bulk Input radio button and select the MAP radio button.
  2. Press the Upload File button
  3. Confirm that the filename is shown on screen indicating that it is ready for upload. Enter the remaining Storage and Networking parameters and press Calculate.

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When the calculation has been done, you will have a report that looks something like this.

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Log Analytics View for Azure Automation DSC

Feel free to download and use my Log Analytics view for Azure Automation DSC. To get started with DSC please use the right menu on my blog and look through the examples. Also, before using this view the logs from Azure Automation DSC need to exist in Log Analytics. Please see my earlier post to push the logs into Log Analytics Link.

Picture of Log Analytics View

Log Analytics View for Azure Automation DSC

Link for download view: DSC Node Compliance Status (Last Hour)

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Monitor Azure DSC in Azure Automation with Azure Log Analytics

Recently it became possible to monitor Azure DSC in Azure Automation with Log Analytics. Here is how to do this setup in the Azure Portal.

First go to the Log Analytics workspace and click on Azure Resources. Select the Automation Account where DSC exists.

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Select DscNodeStatus and click Save. In my example, I also want information about jobs in Azure Automation.

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Verify that you have nodes added for Azure DSC and then go to Search in Log Analytics.

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Do a search for Category=DscNodeStatus and you will see information from Azure DSC.

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For more information and to do this in PowerShell, see the following documentation page: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/automation/automation-dsc-diagnostics

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