Application Insights Performance Counters for Azure Web Apps, Expands Cloud Certifications

Now monitor performance counters for Azure Web Apps using Visual Studio Application Insights. Microsoft expands, renews international cloud certifications in seven countries.

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Microsoft has announced that the renew and expansion of Azure Certification to seven additional new countires.

"We continue to maintain the largest portfolio of cloud certifications. In the first half of 2016, we achieved four new international certifications as well as renewed and expanded other certifications in seven countries," the company wrote.

For access to any of the certifications mentioned above or any other compliance certifications achieved by Microsoft Azure, visit our Service Trust Portal or Microsoft Trust Center.

In addition, today, the company added new Visual Studio Application Insights Performance Counters for Azure Web Apps.

The Microsoft Azure team has added a new Aggregate Metrics package that houses new telemetry monitoring on an apps use of resources and varied workloads.

The new Aggregate Metrics package adds a new telemetry, "so you can now monitor your app's use of resources as workload varies," explains the Azure team.

To get started, simply install the Aggregate Metrics prerelease NuGet package in your app. This package is now in the SDK Labs feed.

The team further stated "until recently, Performance Counters such as CPU and network usage weren't available on the Azure portal when monitoring your app," adding "This is because Azure Web Apps don't run on their own machines," the team said.

You should then be able to view the below performance charts in your Application Insights Metrics Explorer within the Azure portal:

performance charts in your Application Insights Metrics Explorer within the Azure portal.

Additionally, the team also implemented custom performance counters, "such as thread and handle count," to provide even more detailed insights into app performance.

These counters are specific and can be added independently to a project based on your app's needs.

At the moment there are few custom counters, as their availability is limited by provided content from the Azure Web Apps team, added Azure team.

To get started with Custom Counters, check here.

Finally, a preview release of alerting and monitoring for Azure backup is launched today.

, which is currently the top-voted idea on Azure backup UserVoice.

The team notes, in a continuation of the simplified experience using the new Recovery Services vault, "customers can now monitor cloud backups for their on-premises servers and Azure IaaS virtual machines in a single dashboard."

In addition, they can also configure email notifications for all backup alerts.

Here is how to enroll your subscription for the preview release:

  1. Login to your Azure account from Windows PowerShell. Learn more on how to install Azure PowerShell.
    PS C:> Login-AzureRmAccount
  2. Select the subscription which you want to register for preview
    PS C:> Get-AzureRmSubscription –SubscriptionName "Subscription Name" | Select-AzureRmSubscription
  3. Register this subscription for alerting preview
    PS C:> Register-AzureRmProviderFeature -FeatureName MABAlertingFeature –ProviderNamespace Microsoft.RecoveryServices

Introducing Recovery Services Vault

Introducing Alerting & Monitoring

In other news, you will now able to view and monitor the health of your Windows and Linux agents in OMS.

With agent heartbeat events, "you can gain insights into the performance, availability and geo-location of your agents," the team stated.

If you have SCOM agents or direct agents connected to OMS, we will automatically start to generate and collect these agent heartbeat events. Best of all, they do not count towards your data volume.