Last week, a new preview feature was launched on Windows Azure: Azure Alerts.
This feature is really easy to understand/use.
To play with it, go into your Settings workspace in the Azure Portal:
Once there, you will arrive to a filtered view:
This view will be helpful to filter your alerts when you've quite a few numbers of them.
To create a new alert, just click the "Add Rule" in the taskbar.
A new view will show to define your alert:
There, you can choose a name and a description (the first 2 textboxes).
The 3 dropdowns under are used as dependent filters.
In my case, I choose the X subscription, the Virtual Machine Service and finally one of my Virtual Machines.
The different service types where to put an alert are: Web Site, Virtual Machine, Mobile Service and Cloud Service:
Once done, you can go on the next view and select a metric (CPU %, Disk R/W, Network In/Out) you want to watch:
Here, I'll use the CPU Percentage and for my test, I'll set the Threshold to 1 (so I'm sure to receive an alert!J)
The units are: % for the CPU, Bytes/s for the Disk R/W and Bytes for the Network In/Out.
In the Alert Evaluation Windows, you'll choose a time span during which you want to monitor the metric.
Here are the values of this dropdown:
Finally, you can choose to send an email to admins and co-admin or to anyone else (my case here) and to enable the rule.
Once created, you'll see this new rule in the list of rules of the first view (settings – ALERTS):
From there, you can now edit, disable or delete the rule with the Taskbar:
My alert status is marked as "Not Activated". It means it's enabled but not activated.
If your alert is disabled, you'll see this:
When the alert is activated, you'll see this message in your taskbar:
And on the settings – ALERT, you'll see your alert as active:
And in the Dashboard for this alert, you can see this useful history information:
And here is how the email alert looks like:
My feeling about this new feature is quite positive. It's simple to use and very effective.
Waiting to see what will be added/updated between the preview and final version! J