Monitor a web app with web server logs

In this scenario you will create a resource group, app service plan, web app and configure the web app to enable web server logs. You will then download the log files for review.

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Launch Azure Cloud Shell

The Azure Cloud Shell is a free Bash shell that you can run directly within the Azure portal. It has the Azure CLI preinstalled and configured to use with your account. Click the Cloud Shell button on the menu in the upper-right of the Azure portal.

Cloud Shell

The button launches an interactive shell that you can use to run the steps in this topic:

Screenshot showing the Cloud Shell window in the portal

If you choose to install and use the CLI locally, this topic requires that you are running the Azure CLI version 2.0 or later. Run az --version to find the version. If you need to install or upgrade, see Install Azure CLI 2.0.

Sample script


# Variables

# Create a Resource Group
az group create --name myResourceGroup --location $location

# Create an App Service Plan
az appservice plan create --name AppServiceMonitorPlan --resource-group myResourceGroup --location $location

# Create a Web App and save the URL
url=$(az webapp create --name $appName --plan AppServiceMonitorPlan --resource-group myResourceGroup --query defaultHostName | sed -e 's/^"//' -e 's/"$//')

# Enable all logging options for the Web App
az webapp log config --name $appName --resource-group myResourceGroup --application-logging true --detailed-error-messages true --failed-request-tracing true --web-server-logging filesystem

# Create a Web Server Log
curl -s -L $url/404

# Download the log files for review
az webapp log download --name $webappname --resource-group myResourceGroup

Clean up deployment

After the script sample has been run, the follow command can be used to remove the resource group and all resources associated with it.

az group delete --name myResourceGroup

Script explanation

This script uses the following commands to create a resource group, web app, and all related resources. Each command in the table links to command specific documentation.

Command Notes
az group create Creates a resource group in which all resources are stored.
az appservice plan create Creates an App Service plan. This is like a server farm for your Azure web app.
az webapp create Creates an Azure web app.
az webapp log config Configures which logs an Azure web app will persist.
az webapp log download Downloads the logs of the an Azure web app to your local machine.

Next steps

For more information on the Azure CLI, see Azure CLI documentation.

Additional App Service CLI script samples can be found in the Azure App Service documentation.