Application Insights

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  1. Add support for Intranet application testing (not just via Internet). E.g., via NTLM

    App Insights works great for externally-facing applications. Would like the same rich experience for Internal/Intranet applications.

    86 votes
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      15 comments  ·  Web tests  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      In order to help with adopting the SDK to send results from your custom availability tests, we have added a new Azure function template called “AppInsightsHttpAvailability-CSharp”. To find this, please select “Monitoring” in the scenario dropdown when you go to add a new Azure function from a template. You can get more information from its source here: https://github.com/Azure/azure-webjobs-sdk-templates/tree/dev/Templates/contents/AppInsightsHttpAvailability-CSharp.

      You can replace the template test with any arbitrary test, use client certificates, deploy to an App service environment so it can access network protected applications.
      Give it a run and let us know if it works for your scenarios. Also, what other templates would you like us to provide? We are looking at providing a Docker template with Selenium and AI SDK baked in. I don’t have an ETA on that at this time though.

      Thanks,
      Soubhagya Dash
      5/31/2017

    • Bring Application Insights to Azure Stack

      APM-tools are crucial in our organisation. An on-prem solution for this is important for organisations that aren't allowed to store data outside on-prem datacenter.

      Would be a shame to be forced to use other on-prem software like appdynamics.

      68 votes
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        1 comment  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Support source maps in JavaScript exceptions

        Consider a large modern javascript application. Without seeing actual stack traces, diagnosing problems is really hard.

        We currently have the following setup:
        - Source maps are generated during build time and stored in private BLOB containers. We don't want to share sourcemaps for private projects with the world.
        - When JavaScript exception occurs, we gather the stack traces (using other js libraries such as stacktrace.js) and send a message to our backend service. This backend service finds appropriate source maps (it depends on client app version), prepares the de-obfuscated stack trace and logs a monitoring event.

        It would be nice…

        41 votes
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          7 comments  ·  Service monitoring and diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Add support for calculated metrics to App Insights

          I would like the ability to combine two metrics in a third, calculated metric. For example, I might want to create a "Custom Error Percentage" metric that divides custom errors per second by requests per second. I could then alert off an error metric that has been normalized for scale instead of one that's specifically tied to RPS.

          36 votes
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            2 comments  ·  Metrics & charting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Add support for Redis (via StackExchange.Redis) for dependency monitoring.

            We already have great support for SQL and HTTP dependency monitoring and I think adding Redis would be a great addition. A good start would be monitoring through the StackExchange.Redis library.

            35 votes
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              3 comments  ·  Service monitoring and diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              We are looking at contributing to the StackExchange.Redis and the ServiceStack.Redis SDKs, to write Diagnostic Source events for calls to Redis, and update our .net SDK to read those to send the dependency telemetry.

              Thoughts on this? What other SDKs would you like us to support?

              Thanks,
              Soubhagya Dash
              5/31/2017

            • Longer data retention

              Please provide longer retention for raw data. I'm willing to pay for (the additional azure storage)!

              29 votes
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                4 comments  ·  Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                This is still on the team’s backlog, but there are other higher priority items such as cross-resource queries and enabling Log Analytics to run on the same Analytics backend and query-language that have needed resources first.

                Thank you for your patience! We do understand how important this is for our customers!

                Dale

              • Add support for viewing raw body requests

                It would be great to see raw body request on analytics. Good for monitoring restful api calls (for example json payloads)

                27 votes
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                  6 comments  ·  Analytics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Alerting on dependency monitoring

                  Looking for is the ability to create alerts for off-box dependencies. For each explicate dependency (Web Service, SQL Database, Azure Storage, etc.):
                  - Alert on % of requests failed (flexible on window). Success based on:
                  - HTTP response (for web services)
                  - Connection Established/Failed
                  - Alert on average transaction time exceeding a threshold
                  - Alert on requests/sec exceeding a threshold

                  24 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Alerting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Can AI support work item creation for on-premises TFS deployments?

                    The existing work item creation integration flow targets hosted vsts accounts. Can AI also support work item creation for on-premises TFS deployments (as opposed to VSTS which is available now)?

                    22 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Work Item integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • server response time needs to ignore signalr

                      The average response time metric is not very useful if it is counting signalr persistent connections. I can't filter out these requests in the default dashboard graphs and it's a pain to filter it out in every single graph I create. There needs to be a way to ignore certain patterns from being tracked.

                      19 votes
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                        planned  ·  3 comments  ·  SDK  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Allow Application Insights to continuous export to Event Hubs

                        Allow Application Insights to continuous export to Event Hubs for 3rd Party SIEM integration. This follows other patterns like Azure Monitor using export logging to Event Hubs to be consumed by a 3rd party SIEM, like Splunk.

                        17 votes
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                          1 comment  ·  Continuous Export  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                          Thank you for this suggestion. I certainly understand how this would streamline many scenarios for exporting data from Application Insights, but at this point this work remains down the backlog.

                          -Dale

                        • Enable migration of current apps from US data centers to EU datacenters [Europe]

                          Adding a tracking item specifically for enabling migration of existing applications to EU datacenters. (Forking from the suggestion to store data in the EU - which is now completed - see https://feedback.azure.com/forums/357324-application-insights/suggestions/9508143.)

                          16 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Support resizing of pinned dashboards

                            When pinning an analytic to the dashboard, I currently can't customize its size, so a detailed bar-chart takes up the same size as a query that just produces a single number. This wastes space for small items and makes detail hard to see where it is needed. It would be a good idea to support resizing of pinned dashboard (This idea was originally suggested Via the Analytics portal feedback channel).

                            16 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  Analytics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Application Insights encryption at rest

                              Azure application insights data at rest encryption, is this on the roadmap?

                              15 votes
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                                4 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Where multiple app services send their telemetry to a single application insights instance, allow configuration of alerts at the app level.

                                At the moment app insights alerts such a server exceptions do not differentiate which app service threw the exception if there are multiple app services talking to the same instance.

                                14 votes
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                                • Enable to clear data of the resource

                                  Currently if i want to clear the data, I have to delete the resource and create a new one. Please add the clear data function.

                                  14 votes
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                                    4 comments  ·  Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                    We’re working on getting this functionality, but it would be great to hear more above specifically what sort of data clearing you’d like to do. Can you describe in detail the scenarios you have in mind?
                                    Thank you
                                    Dale

                                  • Enable collecting POST parameters by configuration

                                    When an exception happens and the details are captured on Application insight, it would be great if POST parameters were available as well.
                                    This feature can be turned off for certain pages via configuration r even posting an extra parameter like Ignore Post Parameters.
                                    This will make sure sensitive application data like login information is not captured.
                                    This feature can only work when a http POST ends up with a 500 error to assist debugging application, to make sure huge data is not captured and never used.

                                    14 votes
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                                      1 comment  ·  SDK  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                      There are natural PII concerns in auto-collecting POST parameters, and it’s something, as Dan mentioned, you can do yourself with telemetry initializer. That said, please keep upvoting so we can see how many folks are impacted by not having a more streamlined way of collecting POST parameters.
                                      Best, Michael
                                      -AppInsights Product Management

                                    • First class support for Service Fabric

                                      While Service Fabric was in preview there was a nuget package for AI in SF, but seems that it has not gone GA with SF. Would love to see health reports from SF in AI, along with monitoring of services/actors.

                                      13 votes
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                                        4 comments  ·  Service monitoring and diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Make Smart Detection data available via the App Insights REST API

                                        It would be great if information on issues identified by Proactive Detection was available via the App Insights REST API.

                                        12 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  Smart Detection  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                          Thank you for showing your support for this feature and seeing the value it would add to Smart Detection.

                                          We are continuing to assess when we can address this. Any more specific feedback on exactly what you’d like to see and how you would use this would be great.

                                          Thank you
                                          Dale

                                        • Add IIS logs Application Insights

                                          Allow App Insights to capture the IIS logs from the webservers. This would be very helpful when debugging on prem servers.

                                          12 votes
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                                            0 comments  ·  Service monitoring and diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                            We are working with the WAD2AI owners to see if IIS logs can be ingested that way, given that WAD already supports IIS log collection.

                                            Can you please clarify what are you looking to get out of the IIS logs? Most of the information in there is already available from the requests metadata we collect with AI.

                                            Best,
                                            Michael Milirud
                                            -AI Product Team

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