If you ever need to test Application insights or any of the other Azure features that need an application such as Front Door there is a simple way to create a test application baked into Azure.
In your Azure portal simple click on “New Resource” and search for Bakery and click Create
Now give the App a name, choose your subscription, resource group and an applicable App Service Plan. Remember the more robust the plan the higher the cost, there is a free limited Tier available called F1 Shared. Then click Create.
After a few minutes your application will be deployed and ready for use with Azure Features. select App Services in your Azure Portal and then click on your Bakery Application
You can find the URL for your new site at the top right of the Overview blade.
Browsing the URL you should see the below site.
For an extra tip if you need the site again you can turn it off instead of deleting it to save some costs. Just press stop in the application overview.
A new feature in Azure, Workbooks combine text, Analytics queries, Azure Metrics, and parameters into rich interactive reports.
For those of your familiar with SCOM, think of workbooks as a pre-bundled set of metrics similar to the dashboards you are already familiar with. It offers a simple method to share useful dashboards which can also be copied and exported.
Let’s dive right in.
So how do I find them?
Simply navigate to Monitor in the Azure portal and click on Workbooks, currently in preview at the time of this article.
Whats available currently?
There are several pre-build templates out of the box as well as a GIT available as a repository for additional templates.
VM Metrics Example
Below are several sample outputs of the various workbooks, not only do they look good but they also contain rich useful information on every object in your subscription that is metric enabled.
An updated management pack has been released for Microsoft Azure Stack, version 22.214.171.124 is available here.
Azure Stack is an extension of Azure, bringing the agility and fast-paced innovation of cloud computing to on-premises environments. Only Azure Stack lets you deliver Azure services from your organization’s datacenter, while balancing the right amount of flexibility and control—for truly-consistent hybrid cloud deployments.
New in this version:
Implemented “Edit Deployment” wizard.
Improved the authentication by means of Azure Active Directory (UPN authentication) and Active Directory Federation Services (UPN and AD FS SPN authentication).
Implemented UI improvements in “Add Deployment” wizard.
Implemented the Capacity Dashboard.
Implemented Auto Maintenance Mode Monitoring Rule that checks if any updates are run on Azure Stack regions and switches regions that are being updated to maintenance mode in Operations Manager. Implemented Turn Off Auto Maintenance Mode and Turn On Auto Maintenance Mode tasks to manually disable and enable the Auto Maintenance Mode.
Implemented improvements to reflect changes in the API.
Updated the display strings.
Added a workaround to support Alert names and descriptions to be displayed in the Operations Manager Reports as a plain text.
Fixed issue with “Add subscription” wizard pertaining to China subscriptions; added a corresponding guidance regarding the required user activity for China subscriptions monitoring, see the corresponding Note
It looks like there has been an updated released of the Azure Pack MP but the documentation has not been updated and the version on the download page still shows the original release 126.96.36.199. Hopefully this is corrected soon.