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  • Blog Post: Application Insights: Exception Telemetry

    Application Insights lets you monitor your live application for its availability, performance and usage. Exception telemetry is of course, a central piece of this. In this blog, we’ll look at the compelling diagnostics experience enabled by capturing exceptions along with request telemetry. I’ll also...
  • Blog Post: Updated Application Insights Status Monitor to support .12 (and later) Application Insights SDK

    The latest release of the Application Insights Status Monitor tool provides an update to the runtime instrumentation agent, which is a component of Application Insights that automatically discovers your code dependencies like SQL databases, other HTTP endpoints and Azure storage accounts.  This...
  • Blog Post: Application Insights SDK (0.11.0-prerelease)

    What is it? Application Insights SDK lets you send telemetry to the Application Insights portal, where you can find out what users are doing with your application. 0.11.0 is the latest SDK release for Application Insights. This SDK includes new functionality and new concepts in addition to a change...
  • Blog Post: Perform diagnostic search across your Application Insights telemetry

    In Application Insights, we’ve just upgraded Diagnostic Search so that you can search all the raw telemetry such as page views, as well as the trace log calls that you can insert. This makes it a lot easier to find and follow chains of events in your app. So for example, if you inserted some log4Net...
  • Blog Post: Application Insights tools in Visual Studio 2013 Update 3

    Application Insights Tools 2.1 comes pre-installed in the Visual Studio 2013 Update 3, released last month. When you create a new project with it, analytics reports appear in the new Microsoft Azure Preview portal , instead of the older Visual Studio Online portal . Existing projects are unaffected....
  • Blog Post: Connecting Microsoft Application Insights from “behind the firewall”

      One of the members of our happy ALM Family, Stuart Preston, did a great post on setting up Application Insights to an Application running from behind the firewall. Thanks Stuart!!   **************************** Microsoft Application Insights: Connecting from “behind the firewall” Working...
  • Blog Post: Enhance your Application Availability Monitoring with VS 2013 Web Test Plugins

    You may be aware Application Insights in Visual Studio Online provides you with the capability of monitoring the availability of your web applications through the use of Visual Studio Web Tests . If not, you may want to take a peek at this post before continuing. Now, let’s assume your application...
  • Blog Post: Application Insights SDK (0.10.0-prerelease)

    What is it? Application Insights SDK lets you send telemetry to the Application Insights portal, where you can find out what users are doing with your application. 0.10.0 is the latest SDK release for Application Insights. This SDK includes new functionality and new concepts in addition to a change in...
  • Blog Post: Monitoring your existing Applications

    Sometimes you want to monitor a web application that’s already installed and running – without updating the code or redeploying it. Maybe it has some kind of performance issues or is throwing exceptions and you need to apply instrumentation ASAP. Now you can do that with Application Insights Status Monitor...
  • Blog Post: Application Insights - instrumentation approaches for running tests

    [this summer Beckylin Orooji from the University of Central Florida in Orlando studying Computer Science interned with the Application Insights team in the developer division at Microsoft.  Below is a blog she authored based on some end to end scenarios she worked on] In my scenario today I have...
  • Blog Post: Application Insights tools for Visual Studio included in Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 RC

    Today, as part of the Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 Release Candidate, projects enabled for Application Insights will result in an Application Insights resource being provisioned in an Azure subscription (visible in Portal Preview at https://portal.azure.com ). Currently the Application Insights Blade...
  • Blog Post: Perform diagnostic search across your logs – Now Improved!

    You no longer have to install any agent on your server to use the fast diagnostic log search in Application Insights. You simply add Application Insights to your app project, together with an adapter for your favorite logging platform. Your log events are sent to the portal, where you can query them...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the New Application Insights Alerts Page

    (Posting for one of the PMs on the Application Insights team Soubhagya Dash or just “Dash” as we call him in the hallways)   We are excited to announce the new Alerts page user experience! This experience replaces the prior page and has been rebuilt ground up with significant back-end service improvements...
  • Blog Post: Latest Microsoft Monitoring Agent

    The Application Insights team has released a new agent for Application Performance Management scenarios.  This updated agent is version 7.1.11196.0 and is available here .  If you are already using version 7.1.11115.0 then upgrading to this agent can be done by uninstalling the old one and...
  • Blog Post: Application Insights in DevDays Finland

    It is always very interesting to see how different technologies are adopted at different rates in different geographies for instance MSMQ initially had its largest user base Australia.  In rolling out Application Insights we have seen a large uptake in Europe namely Netherlands and Finland. ...
  • Blog Post: Brisbane ALM User Group: Integrating Application Insights in the end to end ALM workflow by Anthony Borton

    The warming weather and the Thunder Showers this weekend definitely left me a little homesick for Australia…which compelled me to announce this weeks ALM User Group in Brisbane.  Next week is “bring a friend” week at the Brisbane ALM User Group with with every person who brings a friend receiving...
  • Blog Post: Monitoring Custom Performance Counters in Application Insights

    I have had several folks ask me how to monitor custom performance counters in Application Insights. Since I hadn’t played with performance counters in a while I thought I would go through the MSDN documentation on this topic from end to end. Step 1.  Create the performance Counter In Visual Studio...
  • Blog Post: New agent for Application Insights available

    We are excited to announce that there is an updated version of Microsoft Monitoring Agent (MMA) available now. Performance counter collection frequency was reduced from 5 minutes to 1 minute for standard and custom counters so you’ll see trends more granularly and faster. There are also improvements...
  • Blog Post: Application Insights Webinar April 17th 8:00am PST

    If you are looking to get started with Application Insights I will be hosting a webinar Thursday 8:00am PST where I will be walking through a getting started session looking at Availability Monitoring, Performance Monitoring, Usage Monitoring and how to make all this actionable! Register for event: https...
  • Blog Post: Integrating testing tools and devops at the Seattle Area Software Quality Assurance Group April 17th

    The thought leaders in the area of Testing locally  run  “Seattle Area Software Quality Assurance Group ”.  I have been asked me to come in and show them how Microsoft is integrating Testing tools into the DevOps work flows! Definitely looking forward to it! 3rd Thursday, April 17th, ...
  • Blog Post: Case study: Application Performance Monitoring with Application Insights

    James Beeson, Alan Wills - Our group runs about 20 web applications, serving a community of about 100k users spread around the world. Since we started using Application Insights, we’ve found we have a much clearer view of our applications’ performance, and as a result, our users are seeing...
  • Blog Post: Team Foundation Server 2013 Update 2 and Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 Release Candidate now available

    This final release of Team Foundation Server 2013 Update 2 and release candidate of Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 has over 100 new features and over 30 in JUST in the ALM space alone!  As many already know the developer division is now continually adding features to Visual Studio and these quarterly...
  • Blog Post: Application Insights at the Danish Developer Conference April 30th

    If you happen to be in Denmark April 30th and looking for some great content one of the XAML MVPs will be doing a session on Application Insights…including best practices on how they instrumented the Windows Store Build Application. Thanks Thomas!   A look at Application Insight Application Insight...
  • Blog Post: Next best thing to being at Build (Build Application)

    I am getting ready for Build and realized I wanted an easy way to view, search and add sessions to my schedule…Luckily the the folks at BlueFragments have created this Application! Of course this application is entirely instrumented with Application Insights – which I will be demoing at the Build conference...
  • Blog Post: Installing the Application Insights tools for Visual Studio could win you cool prizes at Build

    This year not only am I lucky enough to go to Build but I am going down with a bunch of cool prizes such as the new Arc Mice (I have been trying to get one of these since Christmas!!) or a Premium Turtle Beach Xbox One (noise canceling!) Gaming Headset Which begs the question:  “How do I get one...
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