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How can we improve Azure Diagnostics and Monitoring?

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  1. Alerts based on Queue Size

    I would like to be able to setup an alert and monitor a Cloud Service based on Queue size. So if a queue has more than 10,000 items for 15 minutes send alert.

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      under review  ·  14 comments  ·  Queues  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Adding reports, like SLA/Uptime reports for Virtual Machines, Availability Sets, and Traffic Managers

      Clients like to see reports that show that SLAs are being met or the Uptime of a Virtual Machine, Availability Set and/or Traffic Manager. Could Azure provide reports that could be generated from the data they are already collecting and presenting on the graphs?

      Thanks,
      Scott Weigand

      164 votes
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        17 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Retention Policy for Diagnostics

        Add a retention policy to Azure Diagnostics much like Azure Storage has for logging and analytics. It is currently WAY too hard to clean up old diagnostics data.

        102 votes
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        • Support auto-scaling cloud services by service bus topic / subscription

          At the moment you can only scale by queue size but not topic/subscription size. Given subscriptions can have filters it would be ideal to be able to scale by subscription size and not just general topic size.

          95 votes
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            3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            This is something that we are looking at. In the meanwhile, there is a workaround to forward the items you want to scale by to a queue and scale by that queue.

          • Add CPU and Memory usage metrics per instance

            We use New Relic to monitor our cloud services. Sometimes we see an instance going above 80% CPU, which would possibly be solved by rebooting the instance, but it's imposible to identify which of the instances is in trouble in the portal (Azure portal uses _N to name the instances, New Relic uses an ID).

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            • Add custom charts that pull data from our own SQL database (dashboard like features)

              Since I go to the portal to view the metrics around usage of the site plus CPU data, HTTP response codes, etc. it would be nice to be able to add my own custom data to the portal for viewing alongside these existing charts. For me it would be nice to include custom SQL to build a chart that pulls certain metrics from the database that I have attached to my website. I could see using it for tracking customer registrations, order information, etc. Things that are specific to my site but that provide valuable insight into what is going…

              61 votes
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              • Show memory and network metrics as percentages

                Since each VM / Cloud Service has 3 major metrics: CPU, Memory , Network - diagnostics should collect this metrics by default (logging level minimal).

                Because there are allot of instance types absolute values of Network and Memory counters are not informative and % should be used.
                It is more informative to know that instance is using 90% of memory than to have a value of 600 MB. Same is for the network channel load. For example my service is network intensive and now it is really hard to understand when network channel load comes to it's limit and service…

                56 votes
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                  2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                  This is very good feedback. Today we have separate datasources for what your quotas are (e.g. network, memory), and the metrics that we emit. Ideally, we could bring those two points together to give you a percentage of those metrics.

                  Also, once these are exposed, they will automatically be available for autoscale — already today you can use any exposed metric for scaling.

                • Have the diagnostics engine push remaining data to storage on shutdown

                  I'd like to see the Diagnostics agent be aware of a graceful shutdown scenario (instance count being lowered for example) and if it has been working on a schedule to push data to storage attempt to push any data since the last scheduled transfer over before the system is fully shutdown.

                  If you have a schedule set up to move data every 5 or 10 minutes (or really any time schedule that isn't in the seconds) you could considerable amount of data if the role is shutdown between scheduled pushes. It would be nice if an attempt is actually made…

                  47 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    Thank you for the suggestion. This seems like a reasonable way to make sure that you collect all of the diagnostic data from your virtual machines. I have passed this idea on to the WAD team.

                  • Allow Alert Rules to be renamed

                    As it is now, you have to delete the alert rule and recreate it if you want to change the name.

                    41 votes
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                      4 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Provide functionality to solve character limit api requests.

                      Hi,
                      We are using the new Azure SDK 2.5 Diagnostics for our Cloud Service.
                      Since our Performance Counters are dynamic and rely on process ID and process Identifier (the thing with the #) we cannot set the configuration in the wadcfg files but have to create the configuration during runtime and upload it via the REST API.

                      E.g. ChangeDeploymentConfiguration:
                      https://management.core.windows.net/{0}/services/hostedservices/{1}/deploymentslots/{2}/?comp=config "POST"

                      Today we received an error that the maximum length for the public configuration cannot exceed 20480 characters.

                      That is not acceptable.
                      First of all we have so many performance counters that we can easily reach this limit. And secondly…

                      35 votes
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                      • Monintor VM Status

                        Add a feature to monitor the Status of a VM with some conditions.
                        Ex.: I want to receive an alert when the Status of VM "X" is not "Running".

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                        • Create Activity Log Alerts and Action Groups by PowerShell cmdlts

                          When we want to create Activity Log Alerts and Action Groups, we can only use Azure Portal or Resource Manager templates.
                          However, it well be easier if it will be able to create these resources by PowerShell cmdlts.

                          https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/monitoring-and-diagnostics/monitoring-activity-log-alerts
                          https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/monitoring-and-diagnostics/monitoring-action-groups

                          29 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            Thanks for the suggestion! We’re definitely looking to add PowerShell support for Activity Log Alerts and Action Groups. Currently, we’re hoping that this will be in the October Azure PowerShell release.

                            John Kemnetz
                            Program Manager, Azure Monitor

                          • Auto-Scale explanation of Cool-Down period

                            We need better explanation of auto-scaling rules. Even after reading MSDN documentation, it is unclear.

                            Does a Cool-Down period for scale-down interfere with a scale-up operation? For instance, we have a polling period of 5 minutes for scale up, and 120 minutes Cool-Down for scale down. If however, during the 120 minute Cool-Down period of scale-down no further scale-up operation can take place, this would be awful. Sadly, no information is available.

                            Or what happens if a CPU-Metric-Rule says scale down: but a scale-up Memory-Metric is still firing?

                            Lastly, we need infos as to whether rule-sets (more than one) are…

                            27 votes
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                            • Alert whenever a new VM or Resource is created

                              Currently when a user wants to be notified whenever a new VM is created, there is an alert option 'Create/Update VM' This doesn't help much since it alerts at every update that happens on the VM.

                              It would be nice and helpful if there is just one alert generated only when a VM is created.

                              27 votes
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                              • Add the ability to monitor total RAM usage on a VM

                                We have a graph that monitors CPU usage, Network traffic, and disk read/write, but it would be very nice to have a graph to show RAM usage on a VM over a period of time (much like the CPU). Especially when deciding to switch between say an A2 and an A5.

                                27 votes
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                                  under review  ·  1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Bring back the dashboard tiles that can show me the performance tier and number of instances my app service plan is running at.

                                  I have a dashboard with 7 app service plans on it. For each plan, I had 1 tile that showed me the current tier: S1, S2, S3, etc. and 1 tile that show me the instance count; 1 or 5 or 10, etc.

                                  A week or 2 ago, these tiles stopped working and I got a notise that those tiles have been "Retired".

                                  Now it seems that there is no replacement tile to provide the same information.

                                  How can that be. I hope I am wrong.

                                  Please advise.

                                  See this for more info: https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/9c1c0633-ceff-493f-be9b-f62f8cb279e2/how-can-i-monitore-the-instance-count-of-an-app-service-plan-on-a-dashboard?forum=windowsazurewebsitespreview

                                  26 votes
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                                  • Additional Azure Monitor metric - RAM/Memory resource

                                    Considering there are various CPU, Network and Disk metrics available, could we also have "RAM/Memory % utilization" please?

                                    24 votes
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                                    • Copy Alert Rules from one Azure resource to another

                                      It would be really great if there was a way to copy a set of Alert Rules from one Azure resource to another.

                                      Use Case: I made 15 Alert Rules on our Staging db. I want those on the Prod db now. Same thing with our WebApp, CloudService, SQL Server, etc. It takes a really long time to add these manually and you might forget one or type an email in wrong, and then you miss out on important alerts.

                                      18 votes
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                                      • Better Management of WAD Diagnostic Tables

                                        Today it is really easy to configure the collection of Perf Counters for your PAAS apps. AND nearly impossible to manage the data that produces.

                                        1. I'd like Management Portal to let me set a "Truncate after N Days" setting on all the WAD tables. especially WADPerformanceCountersTable

                                        2. I'd like a Report or Display to help me manage my Azure Tables. Show me "Table Name" "Storage used (MB)" "Num Rows / Num BLOBs" it doesn't have to be exact, a close approximate will do. This would help to understand billing. As it is easy to have 100's GB's in Storage…

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                                        • Download performance metrics from portal

                                          It would be really great to be able to download the performance metrics from a chart as a csv or excel file.

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