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Diagnostics and Monitoring

  1. do not loose the usage overview

    The existing usage overview (6 horizontal bars, with reset timing) is easy to understand and absorb at a quick glance.
    (a) there is nothing like this in the new version.
    (b) if the 'third' panel (website detail) is off screen when the user selects a different website, there is no indication that the new data is available.

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  2. Scaling of Worker Roles according to Service Bus Message Queues -> Regard Message Status (NOT scale up for scheduled messages)

    Since i would like to auto scale worker roles according to service bus message bus queue lengths it does not make any sense IMHO to scale up regardless of the status the messages actually have. If there are messages scheduled and not likely to become active for a long time it is not possible at the moment to scale according to queue length that actually matters -> Active Messages.

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    This is a good idea. Thanks for raising it. We will take a look at this autoscale support.

    Any additional votes?

  3. Add a Counter for the Autoscale Instances to the Monitor

    Pmease add a Metric for the Autoscale to the Monitor-Tab of the Portal

    3 votes
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  4. Pause the Streaming Log

    When you scroll up in the streaming log it shouldn't continue pushing you to the bottom. And when you scroll back to the bottom, it should continue to stream in the UI.

    6 votes
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  5. Request and errors lense: need ability to navigate to errror description itself

    I see the number of HTTP errors, but anywhere I click (including clickable number of errors) I get to the list of requests. There I can see the error request time, but it does not navigate to the error description.

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  6. Make alerts more actionable (e.g. "Open a support ticket")

    This was feedback given in the mvp summit session on the current (Old-New) portal.

    When I have an alert or something is 'limited' that shows me the red exclamation point I expect to be able to "do something" or "go somewhere for help".

    I would love to get "this problem is causing your service to be down - go here to open up a support ticket for that".

    I also expect any 'limited' message to be archived so that I can go back to them. Many times I've had 'limited' show up and I send a message to someone about…

    11 votes
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  7. 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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  8. Alert on Auto Scaling

    Hi,

    I've just enabled the Auto-Scaling feature for one of our Websites.
    However I miss the option to be alerted when the number of assigned instances changes.

    Can you please add an alert feature?

    thanks!

    4 votes
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    under review  ·  Nir Mashkowski responded

    We currently put an entry in the Operation Log whenever there is a Success or Failure in autoscaling. We also send an email on the Failure, but not success of autoscale. The reason for this is it would be extremely noisy – we do many thousands of scale actions in a day.

    We may potentially add this as an opt-in only feature in the future, but it’s not on the immediate roadmap.

  9. Better notifications of services that fail to start at deployement

    Azure gives notifications in the portal is a Cloud Service cannot be reached by the Host or if the deployment fails. It would be nice to have notification if a service fails to start. Note there maybe failed services starts even if the webrole or worker roll starts. For example, the Windows Time service maybe set to auto start, but it failed to start.

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  10. Windows azure diagnostics

    Windows Azure should provide an API to directly read WAD log files generated on Local Storage without having to transfer them on Azure storage

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    Being able to read the logs locally without waiting for them to be pushed to storage makes sense — it would potentially reduce lag in getting information. I will pass this feedback to the WAD team.

  11. 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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    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.

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  13. Built-in logging for low-level issues

    Multiple times I ran into issues where roles would not properly start or where log transfer to Blob storage does not work. This is an absolute time killer because the remedy is trial-and-error, waiting for a forum answer or contacting WAZ support.
    I would expect that Windows Azure provides low-level "bootstrap" log information for troubleshooting right out of the box. Non-inclusive list of things I would want to see is (all based on personal experience):
    -Assembly binding issues, missing assemblies, assembly version mismatches.
    -Misconfigured diagnostic log connection strings
    -Which overridden role methods were called plus any exceptions that might have…

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    Thank you for the feedback, I agree that understanding the issues that are preventing your role from starting would be very useful — I myself have had roles that have failed to start and wanted to know why that was.

  14. Logging - Abstract the hell out of it and add seamless support for using Enterprise Blocks.

    Logging is so important and every application needs it. Most of the microsoft applications written today use Enterprise application blocks. There should be way for us to be NOT worry about logging when we migrate our on-premisis applications to run on Azure.

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    This is an interesting suggestion. Do you still consider Enterprise Blocks to be an important way to instrument your applications, given the other options now available?

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