Smart Detection in Application Insights

Smart Detection automatically warns you of potential performance problems and failure anomalies in your web application. It performs proactive analysis of the telemetry that your app sends to Application Insights. If there is a sudden rise in failure rates, or abnormal patterns in client or server performance, you get an alert. This feature needs no configuration. It operates if your application sends enough telemetry.

You can access the detections issued by Smart Detection both from the emails you receive, and from the Smart Detection blade.

Review your Smart Detections

You can discover detections in two ways:

  • You receive an email from Application Insights. Here's a typical example:

    Email alert

    Click the big button to open more detail in the portal.

  • The Smart Detection blade in Application Insights. Select Smart Detection under the Investigate menu to see a list of recent detections.

View recent detections

Select a detection to see its details.

What problems are detected?

Smart Detection detects and notifies about a variety of issues, such as:

(The help links in each notification take you to the relevant articles.)

Smart Detection email notifications

All Smart Detection rules, except for rules marked as preview, are configured by default to send email notifications when detections are found.

Configuring email notifications for a specific Smart Detection rule can be done by opening the Smart Detection Settings blade and selecting the rule, which will open the Edit rule blade.

Alternatively, you can change the configuration using Azure Resource Manager templates. See Manage Application Insights smart detection rules using Azure Resource Manager templates for more details.

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Next steps

These diagnostic tools help you inspect the telemetry from your app:

Smart Detection is completely automatic. But maybe you'd like to set up some more alerts?