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Advanced load testing with Websurge

Load testing your web applications and services is an essential part of modern web development. There are many tools that can help you with that, for example Azure DevOps or Apache JMeter. I am about to show you another tool, that you can run from your Windows PC. The tool is calledWebsurge and it’s build…

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Validate Azure ARM templates with PowerShell

If you are writing and using ARM templates as as a base of your infrastructure as code (IaC) principle, then the next few lines might be interesting to you. If you are new to IaC read this or if you are new to ARM templates read here. We are using ARM templates with Azure DevOps…

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Add release annotations to Application Insights from Azure DevOps

When we are releasing software to different environments through our release pipelines, we usually want to mark that in our monitoring system. Normally that is a time-stamp or annotation and can help us diagnosing performance issues if they arise. We extensively use Application Insights for monitoring and logging system and Azure DevOps (formerly VSTS) for…

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Setup email alerts from Azure log service

We all do some sort of logging on our servers, may be log files, database, Application Insights, etc. But that won’t do us much good, if there are no active measures set against them. I am talking about automatic alerts, which will allow us to react quickly in case of performance issues or failures. That’s…

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Add VM performance counters to Azure Log Service

Welcome back. In this post I will continue the discussion about the Azure Log Service, which builds on-top of Shipping logs to Azure and pre-parsing logs. You are welcome to read them first. Now I will write about adding a custom performance counter monitor to Microsoft monitoring agent on Windows Server machine. But first a…

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Shipping logs to Azure Log Analytics

Recently I was involved in a small project, where we needed to improve the monitoring of the business critical 3rd party Web services. Those are installed on-prem. Web services are developed and maintained by another company, but as with most of our projects, we tried to solve the problem by existing services in Azure. “Luckily”…

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