AzureDiagnstics table is used by many Azure Services when you send diagnostic logs thus the 500 column limit that Microsoft is trying to fix for that table. When you hit that limit there is currently the described workaround but let’s say you have used one service that was sending logs and you no longer use that service. The logs associated with that service are yet to purged but you also want to clean up any custom columns that the service was using. That way you can free some slots for new custom columns for new services that will send logs to AzureDiagnostics table. Of course you can delete the custom column from Log Analytics blade but you do not want to delete a custom column that is also used by another service. This will be a short blog post that I will show you how to find if custom column is used by more than one service by using Kusto query language.
I have been away from blogging for a while as I needed to dedicate some more time to my family but now I am back with new blog post. Today’s topic we will focus on two Azure Monitor features – Resource Health and Log Analytics. Resource Health is may be not so known feature of Azure Monitor. The service will basically track the health of your resources for specific known issues. Think of it like something between Service Health which monitors health for specific services rather resources on higher level and Log Analytics/Application Insights which allows you to monitor on lower level. Using all of them you can achieve end-to-end monitoring. There are a number of resources that are supported by resource health with a number of issues that are monitored. My advise is if you do not have any monitoring on an Azure resource you should at least create resource health alerts for it. Even if you have monitoring I would still advise to use resource health as it will alert you on things that you probably cannot or your are not checking with your monitoring.
The time has come to publish the Inside Azure Management v4 book. This is the only free book that focuses on Azure Management. If you want you can also support us with purchase from Amazon. Links for both the free and purchasable version you will find below. It is needless to say that the authors of this book Pete Zerger, Tao Yang and Kevin Greene and me have put a lot of effort. Additionally also Ryan Irujo, Alexandre Verkinderen and Bert Wolters have put also a lot of effort in authoring of certain chapters. I would like to thank to all authors for the great work. Comparing v3 to v4 release we have tried to make the existing content better with providing even more examples. Overall we have followed the same guidance as before: trying to give you less content that is already available and focus on tips, tricks, scenarios and examples. Any feedback you can send it to us via e-mail: insidemscloud (at) outlook.com. I hope that you will enjoy our work and you will find it useful.
On 31st of March I will be bringing session for Azure Virtual Day. The title of the session is Tips and Tricks on Azure Monitor Alerts. I will go through the different types of Azure Monitor alerts and will share my insights on using those. You can check the full schedule of the event from the link below:
I have promised that I will write the last part of this series and I am doing it later than never. After the December holidays I have been occupied with some community stuff that hopefully will see light in the next months. Due those community duties I was not able to write the last part sooner.
In this last part we will cover Azure Alerts Common schema. I will try not to cover things that are already in the official documentation but I want to mention a few important things. If you haven’t checked the documentation please do before reading the rest of the blog post.