Diagnostics and Monitoring

How can we improve Azure Diagnostics and Monitoring?

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  1. 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.

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  2. 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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  3. 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

    30 votes
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    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

  4. Custom Diagnostics Appender

    Azure should allow diagnostics data to be stored to a location other than Azure Table Storage (which is a **** of a pain to consume it from any useful logging solutions, e.g. splunk, nagios, etc), since there's no easy way to perform tail (or scalable query) on Table Storage.
    Even sqlserver or servicebus topic would be far more useful. But ideally let the developer to write their own diagnostics appender.

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    planned  ·  Stephen Siciliano responded

    We are working on a way to save diagnostics to blob storage in addition to Table storage. Blobs should be easier for 3rd party tools like splunk to work with.

  5. Alerts Email Links to Metric, Resource, Alert and Portal

    We've set up a few alerts and they are working fine. It was useful in the VSO AI that the emailed alert contained some contextual links. Those links made it quick to get to the metric that triggered the alert for troubleshooting.

    Useful links were: Resource (application in old AI parlance), metric history, alert details and portal.

    How about giving us more links in emails?

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  6. Create new azure powershell commands for retrieving virtual machines cpu % , network in , network out

    Open portal --> click "Virtual machines" --> select the VM you want to monitor --> click "MONITOR" button on the top panel. Then you can view all performance data like cpu , network in , network out etc in the chart and table. To achieve the same thing I found there are no powershell commands. Please Create powershell commands for the same in the future release.

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  7. Reduce the autoscaling and metric collection window (linux and windows)

    Currently, the metrics are collected every 15 minutes when scaling based on CPU. We can reduce the scaling frequency down to 15 minutes causing scaling operations to occur up to 30 minutes after the threshold is met. I'd like to see this time decreased significantly on Linux and windows VM's. In live hosting environments, we should be able to scale in minutes if not seconds based on cpu threshold.

    Thanks!
    -Elliot

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  8. sms

    I would like to get some alerts via sms message instead of email. Is there a way to do this?

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  9. Allow application diagnostics to be enabled for table and blog storage

    In the old portal you could enable application diagnostics to be output to file system, table and blob. In the new portal I can only enable file system. The table and blob options are missing?

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