Microsoft Operations Management Suite: Getting Started

Chiyo OdikaAZURE, Microsoft Operations Management Suite, OMS2 Comments

This article is the second installment in a series of articles on Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS). A detailed listing of the articles in the series can be tracked here:

The first article in the series gave an overview of OMS, and briefly reviewed the solutions that underlie the OMS SaaS offering. In this article, I will show you how to get started with Microsoft Operations Management Suite.

There are two ways to create a Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) Workspace. The first approach is to create a workspace through the Azure Management Portal, assuming that you have a Azure subscription. Check out the Free Trial offer if you don’t have a subscription yet. The second method is to create a workspace through the Microsoft Operations Management suite overview page.

Create a OMS Workspace through the Azure Management Portal

  1. Sign in to the Azure Management Portal
  2. On the command bar at the bottom of the window, click New
  3. Under App Services, click Operational Insights, click Quick Create and then click the Account drop down to select and use an existing workspace or create a new one
  4. Select your pricing tier and location, and select Create Workspace


NOTE:If you have an existing OpInsights Preview or OMS workspace that does not show up in the Azure Management Portal under accounts, it is likely because your Azure account does not have permissions to the workspace. Grant your Azure account permissions in the OMS workspace, and follow these steps again.

Create a workspace through the OMS Overview Page

  1. Navigate to the OMS overview and click on Try for Free:
  2. In the resulting login page, enter your account information. If you have an Azure subscription, enter the account you use to access the Azure portal, if not enter an account of your choosing, and we will review account permissions later on.
  3. In the Create New Workspace page, choose a workspace name, associate it with your email account, and choose a geographical location


NOTE: If you have an existing workspace which you used with Operational Insights Preview, your workspace will be moved over to OMS, and assigned to the Free data tier which has attendant limitations on the amount of data you can send up to the service endpoints, and the retention period. You will also be able to link your existing workspace to an Azure subscription for billing purposes.

  1. In the Link Azure Subscription page, click on the Link button to link your workspace to an existing Azure subscription, if you already have one. You will also have the option of creating a new subscription, or deferring the link action in the mean time, by clicking on the Not Now button.


NOTE: If you select not to link your workspace to an existing or new Azure subscription, your workspace will be subject to the limitations referenced above for the Free data tier

You will now be taken to your workspace overview page from where you can further customize your workspace, connect to data sources and interact with the solutions that will enable you to address the key challenges in your infrastructure.


In the next post in this series, we will look at how to select data sources, and the logic, visualization, and data acquisition rules that are available to you in the solutions gallery. We will also take an indepth look at what happens behind the scenes when you select these solutions in the OMS Portal.



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