Azure Alert Management

Azure Alert Management provides a unified alerting experience across all Azure monitoring services including but not limited to Azure Monitor (Metrics and Activity Logs), Application Insights and OMS Log Analytics with support for third party services coming in future.
Azure Alert Management provides features such as alert correlation and state management.
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  1. There should be a maintanance mode feature in App Insight for planned downtime

    We have 8 web tests under one App Insight workspace to monitor the availability of our service. Now we have to do planned maintenance which will affect all these 8 web tests. Since there is no quick option available on App Insight to put entire workspace on maintenance mode we have to individually click on "Disable Webtest" button for each web tests before beginning the maintenance and then post maintenacen activities we have to again click on "Enable Webtest" button for each of these 8 webtests which is not efficient.

    Can we please get "Maintenance mode" feature in App Insight…

    31 votes
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    • Customize Alert Email

      Alert Templates should be provided to configure the email subject, body and priority of email. This will help in categorizing the alerts in queues.

      21 votes
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      • Add exception details like call stack to Alert emails for quicker investigation

        Alert emails for exceptions do not show exception message and call stack. It forces us to click on app insights link which is slow to open and we've to click through multiple links to get to call stacks which is slow and can take many minutes. This is productivity loss and sometimes we don't get to investigate all alerts due to the overhead involved because of lack of this feature

        18 votes
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        • Application Insights: Increase length of message property

          Message of logged exception is often cut off. Full data cannot be displayed.
          Please increase length of message property to get full data.

          14 votes
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          • To enable/disable Alert Rule add new Powershell CmdLet

            We often have the need to enable or disable Alert Rules programatically with powershell. It seems there is no real cmdLet to set properties of Alert Rules.
            In the powershell documentation of Alerts Rules I posted a script with a workarround to enable/disable/toggle alert rules.
            Issue can be found here: https://github.com/MicrosoftDocs/azure-docs/issues/5284
            The documentation team liked the feedback to create a new CmdLet for this.

            Proposal: Set-AzureRmMetricAlertRule to change properties (ie. description, enabled etc.)

            P.S.
            Official documentation can be found here:
            https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/monitoring-and-diagnostics/insights-powershell-samples#create-metric-alerts

            12 votes
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            • Add metric charts to alert email

              It will be helpful to see a chart of the metric the alert email is about. Please add this to the email content.

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              • alert when a metric sample is no longer sent (missing data)

                Please support the ability to configure an alert rule to trigger then the associated metric data is no longer sent (missing data)., so that we can detect issues with the application that result in lack of data. The alert shall auto-resolve when data next arrives (and if the threshold criteria is satisfied).

                9 votes
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                  we have not closed on a plan at this time. As a workaround however, please note the update here: https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/357324-application-insights/suggestions/14428134-add-alerts-based-on-results-of-analytics-queries. With the support for metrics derived from analytics queries, you can track an aggregate of the data received, and set a different number when there are no results. Let us know if that works for you.

                • Auto-adjusting alerts based on moving averages, and more

                  Please enable alerts by a percent or hard number above or below a threshold calculated by AI, as in the average value of this metric for this time of day for this day of the week. On Sunday and Monday, we have low traffic to our apps, so it is very unlikely for alerts based on Friday volume to trigger, even though there may be issues for the low volume users on a Sunday or Monday.

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                  • App Insight should allow user to decide how often alert email should be repeated when issue is still not resolve and being investigated

                    App Insight should allow user to decide should alert email notification need to be generated for the same issue or not and how often? Sometimes it takes time to investigate and fix the issue after it gets reported by App Insight alert email.

                    This is especially important when we have automated process in place to generate a ticket when App Insight sends alert email notification but then ticketing system start creating duplicate tickets when App Insight sends alert emails for the same issue with same subject line until it gets resolved.

                    Additionally, it would be better if App Insight alert…

                    7 votes
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                      This feature request is very similar to what OMS supports in its alert rule configuration. We expect to have similar capabilities over the next few months. I do not have an ETA at this time, and will keep you posted.

                      Thanks,
                      Dash

                    • Add Alert Rule name or description in the monitoring alert emails

                      When monitoring alert emails are received from Application Insights they refer to the performance metric and threshold that has been crossed (or whatever has caused the alert rule to be activated)

                      It would be useful if they also contained the name or description of the Alert Rule as this will often be more immediately meaningful to the recipients - particularly if they are support personnel.

                      I've attached two screenshots:

                      One shows the alert rule configuration - with meaningful name.
                      And the other shows the alert email received - with just the performance metric described

                      6 votes
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                        • Add the ability to configure alerting service windows in Application Insights

                          Please add the ability to configure service windows in AppInsights Alerting. We provide some services to customers in timeframes that are not 24/7, for example 10x7 or 8x5 (Business Hours). I would like to supress alerts that occur outside these services windows and provide uptime reports for our services within those service windows.

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                          • Localization an Alert E-mail

                            Currently an alert e-mail is in English only. For much more cloud operates can easily understand the alert e-mail, I hope it could be configurable the alert e-mail in each languages.

                            3 votes
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                            • Add the ability to be alerted based on the number of messages in a DeadLetter of a Service Bus entity

                              Hi,
                              It is possible to create an alert based on the number of messages in a ServiceBus queue/subscription but only for the Active queue not for the DeadLetter queue.
                              But the DeadLetter queue is the most important counter because messages in error are going into this queue so beeing alerted when a message is published into this queue is a good way to detect an error.

                              3 votes
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                              • Timely Health Alert reporting

                                Difficult to find the best place for this....

                                Today at 09:45 GMT, I discovered that I could not start a de-allocated VM in UKSouth, and raised a Microsoft support ticket at 09:47BST.

                                No issues were shown on the Portal Service Health and no alerts were received, until 12:32 -apparently the fault started at 06:50 UTC.

                                And then the Portal Service Health showed the issue at UKWest and not UKSouth.

                                As a consequence this has got me very concerned regarding running a service and reporting to my customers, and seems at odds with Service Management Reporting at SLAs.

                                I am less…

                                3 votes
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                                  • Support Multi-Action Alert rule specification in single Activity Log resource

                                    Currently I have to create three activity log alert resources to monitor start/stop/restart of a virtual machine.. it would be great and simplify/ease the life of Azure admin's if multi action activity log alert is made available

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                                    • Customized alert email subjects for down and up

                                      We use StatusPage.io to provide a status page to our user base.

                                      StatusPage enables us to trigger a status change based on email sent to a specific email address.

                                      The catch is that the subject must contain the word "UP" or "DOWN". Application Insights sends canned emails that cannot be customized.

                                      The suggestion is therefore to provide a way to customize more aspects of the mail being sent during alerting. Especially to be able to send a different subject or body on site down vs. site up.

                                      2 votes
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                                      • Allow alerts on trace severity

                                        I am using Log4Net along with Application Insights. I would like to get email/phone alerts of events with a certain severity (determined by me), every hour.

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                                        • App Insight alert email should show all the recipients in To line

                                          App Insight allows to set list of recipients who wants to receive alert email in the event when there is a failure with availability web tests. We can provide more than one recipients using semicolon.

                                          Let's say we specified more than 1 recipients to receive email alert from App Insight then when recipient actually receive the alert email it only shows 1 email address of the person who received it.

                                          It would be better to show all the all the recipients in To line of App Insight alert email so everyone who is looking at that email to know who…

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