Application Insights extension for azure websites...

…and configuring Application Insights when you don’t have access to sources.

There is no right answer on whether Service Oriented Architecture is good or bad. Some people likes it. Some are using Azure WebSites to build applications with this paradigm in mind as Azure WebSites are cheap, easy to manage, fast to deploy and scale. With service oriented architecture for every particular web site it’s important to understand not only how this web site behaves, but also how your “dependencies” - services you are calling into - are doing.

Application Insights allows to monitor dependencies for your application. Today to track dependencies Application Insights using Profiling API to inject code into every http and sql call. You will need to use Status Monitor to enable it. However Status Monitor can’t be used for azure web site. That’s why we just released Azure WebSite extension.

This very first release of Application Insights Azure WebSite extension works in assumption that your application has Application Insights of version 0.12+ already configured. Once installed for your WebSite (go to extensions tab and click “Add”), it will enable collection of dependencies information for your Azure WebSite.

In future releases Application Insights Azure WebSite extension will enable Application Insights for any application - even if it doesn’t have Application Insights configured. I want to show you a small hack that you can use to enable Application Insights for an WebSite that you cannot recompile. This post will not have many technical details - just step-by-step instruction with the pictures.

Ok, imagine you have an application. For example it may be Orchard CMS blog from gallery:

create orchard1 application

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open in webmatrix

create web site in IIS

enable application insights for web site

upload changes

no dependencies yet

enable extension

dependencies chart

dependencies for request

It is very easy to use Application Insights Azure WebSite extension. It is also easy to configure Application Insights from Visual Studio. You can also enable Application Insights to your web site even if you cannot recompile it - Status Monitor and a simple hack - registering it in local IIS - will help you.

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