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  1. Make data retention period configurable by data type / event content

    For now data retention period is fixed to 90 days and can't be changed.
    In reality telemetry events have different values and should be stored accordingly.
    For example I'm interested in storing exception data only for a day or two, just to raise alerts. Trace records are needed to diagnose particular behavior\ reproduce a bug, so they should be kept just for the time I need to get this job done.
    On the contrary user related events, like purchases, logins, specific actions are very valuable and should be stored for years.
    These retention rules are unique to each business, so…

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      1 comment  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Support Authenticated User id in usage scenarios

      Support Authenticated User id in usage scenarios . For retention currently we are showing retention users value wrt user_Id column. It would be good if we can support user_AuthenticatedId. Similarly for other usage blade like users, session, workbook, funnel etc.

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        0 comments  ·  Usage Analytics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        Counting by authenticated users is supported in the Users, Sessions, Events, and Cohorts tools. The Retention tool doesn’t support authenticated user counting, but the “N-period retention” workbook template does…check it out in the Workbooks tool. Counting authenticated users is on the backlog for the Funnels tool, but no ETA on when it will arrive.

        - David from the App Insights team

      • Add Cloud Role Name to Live Metrics Stream

        On the Live Metrics Stream, the list of servers is displayed.

        1. Allow to list a column called 'cloud role name' next to the server name. This makes it clear which server correlates with which server.
        2. Allow easy filtering of the entire page by 'cloud role name'.

        When multiple roles share a single application insights resource, it an be hard to figure out which server is doing what. Still, it makes sense to log in a single app insights resource in order to have the relation and querying benifits.

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          0 comments  ·  Metrics & charting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • SQL query monitoring for ASP.NET Core

          Currently SQL query monitoring is supported for 'classic' ASP.NET projects. For ASP.NET Core projects however SQL queries don't get monitored at all. Not when target .NET Full and not when targeting .NET Core.

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          • Enable ARM configuration of smart detection rules

            Programmatic control over Smart Detection rule settings is needed.

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              5 comments  ·  Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              Thank you for posting this suggestion.

              While work has not started on this suggestion yet, configuring Smart Detection rules via ARM and integrating with Action Groups are in our plans, and something we’d very much like to add after the current set of priorities are implemented. We’ll keep posting updates here as anything changes.

              As for supporting “to define separate rules sets based on resource groups”, could you please clarify on this suggestion? Are you looking to configure Smart Detection rules at the resource group level rather than on the individual Application Insights resource?

              Thanks,
              Harel Broitman

            • PerformanceCollectorModule should support every possible performance counter.

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              Currently list of supported performance counters is hard-coded in AppInsights.WindowsServer library.
              This is a huge limiting factor. We need to be able to monitor every possible performance counter. This includes counters with dynamic naming like .NET Data Provider for SQL Server. It will require adding process id placeholder and maybe regex support in performance counter name.

              https://github.com/Microsoft/ApplicationInsights-dotnet-server/blob/4093e9a6d350a9d4759eb64a2be17a90dc23f85a/Src/PerformanceCollector/Perf.Shared.NetFull/Implementation/WebAppPerformanceCollector/CounterFactory.cs

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                2 comments  ·  SDK  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Ability to disable weekly digest and all mail using ARM

                The defaults digest and welcome mail setting of spamming all accounts in the Azure subscription doesn't work in practice and real world scenario's, with lots of people working in Azure using multiple Dev, Test, Acceptance environments.
                We would like to have an option to disable these mails while creating an AI resource, so we can add this to our ARM template.

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                  1 comment  ·  Service monitoring and diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Add duration to C# TrackPageView

                  PageViews from javascript include page view load time, useful for tracking performance.

                  PageViews in C# only have one parameter: name. This is a start, but we would like to know how long it takes each page in our WPF app to load from each of our users.

                  We have the data in our app (time started, time end, and duration), but there is no good way of getting it to application insights. The TrackMetric method allows duration, but you can't select it in AI and look at custom properties nor can you search for it!

                  Reference: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/application-insights/app-insights-api-custom-events-metrics#page-views

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                    0 comments  ·  SDK  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • save selected columns in the query url

                    each time we open our saved queries we need to filter the columns again the to see only the relevant columns we need

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                      0 comments  ·  Metrics & charting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • App Insight integration with Azure Key Vault

                      It would be great to have a tight integration of App Insight with Azure Key Vault so that it allows App Insight able to fetch credentials directly from Key Vault during run time to run the availability web tests. We don't want to hard code anything in web tests to connect to Key Vault but rather it should be able to connect and fetch required credentials from Vault and run the web tests.

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                        0 comments  ·  Integrations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Support for on-prem

                        It would be great to use Application Insights for on-premises scenarios as well.

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                          4 comments  ·  Service monitoring and diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Allow pinned Analytics Dashboard Charts to click through to event search view.

                          One of the great features of Application Insights is the ability to drill down into the data by clicking through the metrics charts to create new filtered search blades.

                          Many useful built in portal tiles have been removed recently (e.g. 'Top Crashes' showing Impacted User Count); Analytics allows us to recreate the same view on a dashboard in a more general way but the pinned chart does not have the same "drill down" abilities to the data that the old built in tiles had.

                          It would be great if there was an option to allow clicking through the pinned charts…

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                            0 comments  ·  Analytics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            Thank you for the great suggestion! The team is currently heads down with a lot of other work, but we have a set of dashboarding improvements in mind in the next few months. We’ll update the status to “in progress” once we get going on these.

                          • Setting threshold for Available MBytes

                            We can gather Available MBytes (\Memory\Available MBytes) of Cloud Service as App Insights telemetry with setting Diagnotics configuration as pic1.png.
                            However, I don't know how can we determine the supplementary unit for that when we want to set an alert rule. The unit of it appears just "count" as pic2.png.
                            Also, as far as I checked, it is not "MBytes" but "Bytes" contrary to the name of the counter.
                            It would be nice if all unit of counters are displayed clearly.

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                                0 comments  ·  Smart Detection  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Add HTTP Queue Length metric

                                Add HTTP Queue Length metric to Servers table (and maybe a graph)

                                6 votes
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                                • C++ SDK for server and desktop applications

                                  We'd like to use Application Insights with our native (Win32) server application written in C++, as well as our Win32 desktop application (C++).

                                  Without C++ support we can't build a full stack solution based on Application Insights.

                                  6 votes
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                                  • Get status monitor for other platforms (Java based web servers, BDD servers, Linux or Windows)

                                    Status monitor gather a lot of useful info, it would be nice getting a status monitor for other web servers (Tomacat, Apache), hooking into Java SDK too, and compatible with Windows and Linux.

                                    Also, status monitor for other types of servers like SQL Server or Oracle, or non web based app servers would be usefull to understand system behaviors for end to end analysis.

                                    Moreover, installing an agent while system is already in production is a change easy to test and apply, whereas asking for a new release including custom telemetry can take time (depending on continous deployment efficiency).

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                                    • Export Workbooks as PDF

                                      It would be really useful to export workbooks as PDF so they can be shared with users that do not have access to the Azure Portal.

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                                      • VueJs Support

                                        Add support for VueJs that supports the entire Analytics feature set. There is an open source one currently, but its pretty basic.

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                                        • Capture Region of Executing Process as part of analytics data

                                          In the analytics schema, we have fields cloud_RoleName and cloud_RoleInstance. When an application is deployed to multiple regions and each deployment is using a single instrumentation key, it would be useful to split data by the cloud geographic region that processed the telemetry,

                                          e.g. cloud_GeoRegion, to contain data such as 'West Europe', 'West US', 'UK West' etc.

                                          This would apply to any of the schemas, where cloud_RoleName and cloud_RoleInstance are recorded.

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                                            3 comments  ·  Usage Analytics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                            Sergey might be able to help you find ways to do this on your own. But we don’t have any plans to do this automatically in the App Insights SDK, given the breadth and telemetry size consequences of that kind of change.

                                            - David from the App Insights team

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