Sep 292017
 

I recently wanted to create an Azure Resource Manager (ARM) template with a number of interdependent resources. This post contains a number of “Things I Learned”. Hopefully, you can avoid some of the problems I had.

The resources were:

  • SQL server and database
  • Azure function app
  • Azure web app for an ASP.NET Core site
  • Storage account
  • Application Insights instance for the web app
  • Application Insights instance for the function app

In my previous post I described a place to get detailed logs about Web App site extension installation. I had spent a long time to figure out the reason that the installation of the Application Insights site extension failed.

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Sep 282017
 
Azure App Service - Web App

While trying to figure out a problem I had when using an ARM template to deploy a web app to Azure, I found a nice debug log that contains the full steps that the web app makes to install site extensions.

My problem is that the deployment fails while installing the Application Insights site extension. I haven’t found the solution yet, so if you have any tips, please feel free to reach out to me.
Update: I found the problem, and also a solution.
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Dec 082015
 

azureappinsightsIn the first part of this series I wrote about what Azure Application Insights (AI) can do and how to add extra information to the tracking telemetry your application sends to AI.

The solution that I wanted to add AI tracking to was a Windows Service with self-hosted WCF services. One service is the server side of a SOAP service where the caller defined the SOAP WSDL, and the other WCF service is a single method that receives raw XML as a http POST message. To track each request to the WCF service, I decided to use a message inspector.

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May 272014
 

In my last two posts, I described installing the Microsoft Monitoring Agent and how to enable Visual Studio Application Insights for a web application.

It seems like a lot of work, and as yet you haven’t seen what you gain by installing the agent on your web server and adding a strange configuration file to your web application. You might wonder why you should do all of that.

This is why:

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May 272014
 

In my last blog post, I talked about installing the Visual Studio Application Insights monitoring agent.

That’s all very nice. But you don’t actually gain much by just installing the agent. You need to tell it what to monitor. This post describes how to do that.

If you have web applications running in IIS, and you want to monitor their performance, you are pretty much all set by simply installing the monitoring agent, and adding a single config file to your project. The config file ApplicationInsights.config lets the monitoring agent know that you want this web application monitored, and it allows you to configure some settings about what you want monitored.

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May 202014
 

Visual Studio Online has a relatively new feature called Application Insights. It’s currently in preview, but it already has lots of nice features for gaining insights into what is going on with your web app (or Windows Phone app or Azure web site).

I’m planning to do a few blog posts on this subject. This first part is about installing the monitoring agent and getting the first Application Insights information from my apps to the Application Insights portal.

In my current main project, we have a lot of WCF services hosted with my company’s hosting branch. We don’t have a lot of information about the service health and their use, other than what monitoring services we have built ourselves. Since that is not our main business, we decided to use a third-party service to monitor those things.

We have evaluated a few options, and decided to go further with VS Application Insights, as it seemed to be enough for our needs – and while we evaluate, its free. I guess it will come at a cost when it gets out of preview.

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