Configure Application Insights with Azure

1.25 hours
  • 4 Learning Objectives

About this Hands-on Lab

Application Insights can assist us in determining the availability and performance of our web applications. In this lab, we deploy Application Insights into our Azure Lab environment and use it to run a URL ping test against our sample web app.

Learning Objectives

Successfully complete this lab by achieving the following learning objectives:

Verify the existence of Azure resources

Log in to the Azure Portal with the provided credentials. Click on All Resources in the navigation hub menu and become familiar with the provisioned Azure resources. These include:

  • An Azure web application service plan.
  • An Azure web app.
Configure Application Insights for the Azure Web App

In the Azure Web App, enable Application Ingishts with a basic collection level. Verify that Application Insights are enabled.

Create and configure the URL Ping Test

Inside of Application Insights, create a new URL ping test using the URL of the Azure Web App. Then, modify the default alert rule for the ping test, creating a new Action Group to notify you via email, first when the Action Group is created, and later when a failure is detected.

Cause an App Service failure

Stop the Azure Web App to create a failure in the URL ping test. Verify that you have received an email message detailing the failure.

Additional Resources

You are the web administrator for User Illusions, a virtual reality gaming company based in Hollywood, CA. You must ensure that your company website is up and running at all times. If an outage is detected, you must be notified so that you can take action quickly.

You will need to:

  • Enable Application Insights on an Azure Web App
  • Create a URL Ping Test in Application Insights
  • Configure an action group to notify you (via email) of an outage.

If you get stuck, feel free to check out the solution video or the detailed instructions under each objective. Good luck!

Tools

To enable and configure Application Insights, you will be using the Azure Portal. You can access the portal by clicking here.

Lab Suffix

Pre-deployed lab resources will all end with a unique five-character suffix. Make note of this suffix, as you may need it when naming resources during the lab.

WARNING: Be Prepared for UI Changes

Given the fluid nature of Microsoft cloud tools, you may experience user interface (UI) changes that were made following the development of this hands-on lab that do not match up with lab instructions. When any such changes are brought to our attention, we will attempt to update the content accordingly. However, if changes occur, students will have to adapt to the changes and work through them in the hands-on labs as needed.

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