How to query logs from Azure Monitor for containers

Azure Monitor for containers collects performance metrics, inventory data, and health state information from container hosts and containers, and forwards it to the Log Analytics workspace in Azure Monitor. Data is collected every three minutes. This data is available for query in Azure Monitor. You can apply this data to scenarios that include migration planning, capacity analysis, discovery, and on-demand performance troubleshooting.

Container records

Examples of records that are collected by Azure Monitor for containers and the data types that appear in log search results are displayed in the following table:

Data type Data type in Log Search Fields
Performance for hosts and containers Perf Computer, ObjectName, CounterName (%Processor Time, Disk Reads MB, Disk Writes MB, Memory Usage MB, Network Receive Bytes, Network Send Bytes, Processor Usage sec, Network), CounterValue, TimeGenerated, CounterPath, SourceSystem
Container inventory ContainerInventory TimeGenerated, Computer, container name, ContainerHostname, Image, ImageTag, ContainerState, ExitCode, EnvironmentVar, Command, CreatedTime, StartedTime, FinishedTime, SourceSystem, ContainerID, ImageID
Container log ContainerLog TimeGenerated, Computer, image ID, container name, LogEntrySource, LogEntry, SourceSystem, ContainerID
Container node inventory ContainerNodeInventory TimeGenerated, Computer, ClassName_s, DockerVersion_s, OperatingSystem_s, Volume_s, Network_s, NodeRole_s, OrchestratorType_s, InstanceID_g, SourceSystem
Inventory of pods in a Kubernetes cluster KubePodInventory TimeGenerated, Computer, ClusterId, ContainerCreationTimeStamp, PodUid, PodCreationTimeStamp, ContainerRestartCount, PodRestartCount, PodStartTime, ContainerStartTime, ServiceName, ControllerKind, ControllerName, ContainerStatus, ContainerStatusReason, ContainerID, ContainerName, Name, PodLabel, Namespace, PodStatus, ClusterName, PodIp, SourceSystem
Inventory of nodes part of a Kubernetes cluster KubeNodeInventory TimeGenerated, Computer, ClusterName, ClusterId, LastTransitionTimeReady, Labels, Status, KubeletVersion, KubeProxyVersion, CreationTimeStamp, SourceSystem
Kubernetes Events KubeEvents TimeGenerated, Computer, ClusterId_s, FirstSeen_t, LastSeen_t, Count_d, ObjectKind_s, Namespace_s, Name_s, Reason_s, Type_s, TimeGenerated_s, SourceComponent_s, ClusterName_s, Message, SourceSystem
Services in the Kubernetes cluster KubeServices TimeGenerated, ServiceName_s, Namespace_s, SelectorLabels_s, ClusterId_s, ClusterName_s, ClusterIP_s, ServiceType_s, SourceSystem
Performance metrics for nodes part of the Kubernetes cluster Perf | where ObjectName == “K8SNode” Computer, ObjectName, CounterName (cpuAllocatableBytes, memoryAllocatableBytes, cpuCapacityNanoCores, memoryCapacityBytes, memoryRssBytes, cpuUsageNanoCores, memoryWorkingsetBytes, restartTimeEpoch), CounterValue, TimeGenerated, CounterPath, SourceSystem
Performance metrics for containers part of the Kubernetes cluster Perf | where ObjectName == “K8SContainer” CounterName ( cpuRequestNanoCores, memoryRequestBytes, cpuLimitNanoCores, memoryWorkingSetBytes, restartTimeEpoch, cpuUsageNanoCores, memoryRssBytes), CounterValue, TimeGenerated, CounterPath, SourceSystem
Custom Metrics InsightsMetrics Computer, Name, Namespace, Origin, SourceSystem, Tags1, TimeGenerated, Type, Va, _ResourceId

1 The Tags property represents multiple dimensions for the corresponding metric. For additional information about the metrics collected and stored in the InsightsMetrics table and a description of the record properties, see InsightsMetrics overview.


Support for Prometheus is a feature in public preview at this time.

Search logs to analyze data

Azure Monitor Logs can help you look for trends, diagnose bottlenecks, forecast, or correlate data that can help you determine whether the current cluster configuration is performing optimally. Pre-defined log searches are provided for you to immediately start using or to customize to return the information the way you want.

You can perform interactive analysis of data in the workspace by selecting the View Kubernetes event logs or View container logs option in the preview pane. The Log Search page appears to the right of the Azure portal page that you were on.

Analyze data in Log Analytics

The container logs output that's forwarded to your workspace are STDOUT and STDERR. Because Azure Monitor is monitoring Azure-managed Kubernetes (AKS), Kube-system is not collected today because of the large volume of generated data.

Example log search queries

It's often useful to build queries that start with an example or two and then modify them to fit your requirements. To help build more advanced queries, you can experiment with the following sample queries:

Query Description
| project Computer, Name, Image, ImageTag, ContainerState, CreatedTime, StartedTime, FinishedTime
| render table
List all of a container's lifecycle information
| where not(isempty(Namespace_s))
| sort by TimeGenerated desc
| render table
Kubernetes events
| summarize AggregatedValue = count() by Image, ImageTag, Running
Image inventory
Select the Line chart display option:
| where ObjectName == "K8SContainer" and CounterName == "cpuUsageNanoCores" | summarize AvgCPUUsageNanoCores = avg(CounterValue) by bin(TimeGenerated, 30m), InstanceName
Container CPU
Select the Line chart display option:
| where ObjectName == "K8SContainer" and CounterName == "memoryRssBytes" | summarize AvgUsedRssMemoryBytes = avg(CounterValue) by bin(TimeGenerated, 30m), InstanceName
Container memory
| where Name == "requests_count"
| summarize Val=any(Val) by TimeGenerated=bin(TimeGenerated, 1m)
| sort by TimeGenerated asc
| project RequestsPerMinute = Val - prev(Val), TimeGenerated
| render barchart
Requests Per Minute with Custom Metrics

The following example is a Prometheus metrics query. The metrics collected are counts and in order to determine how many errors occurred within a specific time period, we have to subtract from the count. The dataset is partitioned by partitionKey, meaning for each unique set of Name, HostName, and OperationType, we run a subquery on that set that orders the logs by TimeGenerated, a process that makes it possible to find the previous TimeGenerated and the count recorded for that time, to determine a rate.

let data = InsightsMetrics 
| where Namespace contains 'prometheus' 
| where Name == 'kubelet_docker_operations' or Name == 'kubelet_docker_operations_errors'    
| extend Tags = todynamic(Tags) 
| extend OperationType = tostring(Tags['operation_type']), HostName = tostring(Tags.hostName) 
| extend partitionKey = strcat(HostName, '/' , Name, '/', OperationType) 
| partition by partitionKey ( 
    order by TimeGenerated asc 
    | extend PrevVal = prev(Val, 1), PrevTimeGenerated = prev(TimeGenerated, 1) 
    | extend Rate = iif(TimeGenerated == PrevTimeGenerated, 0.0, Val - PrevVal) 
    | where isnull(Rate) == false 
| project TimeGenerated, Name, HostName, OperationType, Rate; 
let operationData = data 
| where Name == 'kubelet_docker_operations' 
| project-rename OperationCount = Rate; 
let errorData = data 
| where Name == 'kubelet_docker_operations_errors' 
| project-rename ErrorCount = Rate; 
| join kind = inner ( errorData ) on TimeGenerated, HostName, OperationType 
| project-away TimeGenerated1, Name1, HostName1, OperationType1 
| extend SuccessPercentage = iif(OperationCount == 0, 1.0, 1 - (ErrorCount / OperationCount))

The output will show results similar to the following:

Log query results of data ingestion volume

Next steps

Azure Monitor for containers does not include a predefined set of alerts. Review the Create performance alerts with Azure Monitor for containers to learn how to create recommended alerts for high CPU and memory utilization to support your DevOps or operational processes and procedures.