Use PowerShell to set alerts in Application Insights


This article has been updated to use the new Azure PowerShell Az module. You can still use the AzureRM module, which will continue to receive bug fixes until at least December 2020. To learn more about the new Az module and AzureRM compatibility, see Introducing the new Azure PowerShell Az module. For Az module installation instructions, see Install Azure PowerShell.

You can automate the configuration of alerts in Application Insights.

In addition, you can set webhooks to automate your response to an alert.


If you want to create resources and alerts at the same time, consider using an Azure Resource Manager template.

One-time setup

If you haven't used PowerShell with your Azure subscription before:

Install the Azure Powershell module on the machine where you want to run the scripts.

Connect to Azure

Start Azure PowerShell and connect to your subscription:


Get alerts

Get-AzAlertRule -ResourceGroup "Fabrikam" [-Name "My rule"] [-DetailedOutput]

Add alert

Add-AzMetricAlertRule  -Name "{ALERT NAME}" -Description "{TEXT}" `
 -ResourceGroup "{GROUP NAME}" `
 -ResourceId "/subscriptions/{SUBSCRIPTION ID}/resourcegroups/{GROUP NAME}/providers/microsoft.insights/components/{APP RESOURCE NAME}" `
 -MetricName "{METRIC NAME}" `
 -Operator GreaterThan  `
 -Threshold {NUMBER}   `
 -WindowSize {HH:MM:SS}  `
 [-SendEmailToServiceOwners] `
 [-CustomEmails "EMAIL1@X.COM","EMAIL2@Y.COM" ] `
 -Location "East US" // must be East US at present
 -RuleType Metric

Example 1

Email me if the server's response to HTTP requests, averaged over 5 minutes, is slower than 1 second. My Application Insights resource is called IceCreamWebApp, and it is in resource group Fabrikam. I am the owner of the Azure subscription.

The GUID is the subscription ID (not the instrumentation key of the application).

Add-AzMetricAlertRule -Name "slow responses" `
 -Description "email me if the server responds slowly" `
 -ResourceGroup "Fabrikam" `
 -ResourceId "/subscriptions/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000/resourcegroups/Fabrikam/providers/microsoft.insights/components/IceCreamWebApp" `
 -MetricName "request.duration" `
 -Operator GreaterThan `
 -Threshold 1 `
 -WindowSize 00:05:00 `
 -SendEmailToServiceOwners `
 -Location "East US" -RuleType Metric

Example 2

I have an application in which I use TrackMetric() to report a metric named "salesPerHour." Send an email to my colleagues if "salesPerHour" drops below 100, averaged over 24 hours.

Add-AzMetricAlertRule -Name "poor sales" `
 -Description "slow sales alert" `
 -ResourceGroup "Fabrikam" `
 -ResourceId "/subscriptions/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000/resourcegroups/Fabrikam/providers/microsoft.insights/components/IceCreamWebApp" `
 -MetricName "salesPerHour" `
 -Operator LessThan `
 -Threshold 100 `
 -WindowSize 24:00:00 `
 -CustomEmails "","" `
 -Location "East US" -RuleType Metric

The same rule can be used for the metric reported by using the measurement parameter of another tracking call such as TrackEvent or trackPageView.

Metric names

Metric name Screen name Description
basicExceptionBrowser.count Browser exceptions Count of uncaught exceptions thrown in the browser.
basicExceptionServer.count Server exceptions Count of unhandled exceptions thrown by the app
clientPerformance.clientProcess.value Client processing time Time between receiving the last byte of a document until the DOM is loaded. Async requests may still be processing.
clientPerformance.networkConnection.value Page load network connect time Time the browser takes to connect to the network. Can be 0 if cached.
clientPerformance.receiveRequest.value Receiving response time Time between browser sending request to starting to receive response.
clientPerformance.sendRequest.value Send request time Time taken by browser to send request. Browser page load time Time from user request until DOM, stylesheets, scripts and images are loaded.
performanceCounter.available_bytes.value Available memory Physical memory immediately available for a process or for system use.
performanceCounter.io_data_bytes_per_sec.value Process IO Rate Total bytes per second read and written to files, network and devices.
performanceCounter.number_of_exceps_thrown_per_sec.value exception rate Exceptions thrown per second.
performanceCounter.percentage_processor_time.value Process CPU The percentage of elapsed time of all process threads used by the processor to execution instructions for the applications process.
performanceCounter.percentage_processor_total.value Processor time The percentage of time that the processor spends in non-Idle threads.
performanceCounter.process_private_bytes.value Process private bytes Memory exclusively assigned to the monitored application's processes.
performanceCounter.request_execution_time.value ASP.NET request execution time Execution time of the most recent request.
performanceCounter.requests_in_application_queue.value ASP.NET requests in execution queue Length of the application request queue.
performanceCounter.requests_per_sec.value ASP.NET request rate Rate of all requests to the application per second from ASP.NET.
remoteDependencyFailed.durationMetric.count Dependency failures Count of failed calls made by the server application to external resources.
request.duration Server response time Time between receiving an HTTP request and finishing sending the response.
request.rate Request rate Rate of all requests to the application per second.
requestFailed.count Failed requests Count of HTTP requests that resulted in a response code >= 400
view.count Page views Count of client user requests for a web page. Synthetic traffic is filtered out.
{your custom metric name} {Your metric name} Your metric value reported by TrackMetric or in the measurements parameter of a tracking call.

The metrics are sent by different telemetry modules:

Metric group Collector module
Browser JavaScript
performanceCounter Performance
remoteDependencyFailed Dependency
Server request


You can automate your response to an alert. Azure will call a web address of your choice when an alert is raised.

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