Using Generic Aspect to monitor Amazon Web Services

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The Management Pack for AWS allows you to monitor services provided by Amazon Web Services (AWS). Itaws generic.jpg has aspects and policies to discover topology, monitor the services, collect performance metrics, and generate events. However, until the Management Pack (MP) for AWS version 2018.05, you could only monitor 14 services provided by AWS. To enable you to monitor all existing services, Micro Focus has developed the AWS Generic Aspect.

AWS Generic is used to monitor services for which there are no specific out-of-the-box aspects provided. It enables you to discover and monitor all services provided by AWS now, and in the future. Plus, it is simple to configure, customize, and deploy!

If you are using this aspect to monitor a service, you no longer have to worry about new metrics that are added to services. Any new metrics added to any service that is being monitored using the AWS Generic aspect are seamlessly included. What’s more, this aspect can discover and collect custom dimension, and also collect CloudWatch agent metrics. With the AWS Generic aspect, you can create Measurement Threshold policy to set and customize thresholds.

Security is an important consideration for any service. If you have deployed the MP for AWS on Cloud, you can configure the role-based authentication and then deploy the Generic Aspect using just the account ID. Once configured, it adds another tier of security.

After you have configured the role-based authentication, you can monitor multiple accounts using the role ARN (Amazon Resource Number) of the respective accounts. The benefit of doing this is that you do not need Operations Agent on all accounts. You can install Operations Agent on a single EC2 instance and then use it to monitor multiple accounts.

However, to avoid CI duplication and conflicts with data logging, ensure that you do not monitor a service with both out-of-the-box aspects and the Generic Aspect. Use only one of them. Again, AWS Generic should be used to monitor services for which there are no specific out-of-the- box aspects provided, as specific CIs are discovered with monitoring automation capabilities along with performance dashboard. 

For more information about deploying the AWS Generic Aspect, role-based authentication and enabling access to multiple accounts, see the Management Pack for AWS release notes

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