Create a Log Analytics workspace in the Azure portal

In the Azure portal you can set up a Log Analytics workspace, which is a unique Log Analytics environment with its own data repository, data sources, and solutions. The steps described in this article are required if you intend on collecting data from the following sources:

  • Azure resources in your subscription
  • On-premises computers monitored by System Center Operations Manager
  • Device collections from System Center Configuration Manager
  • Diagnostics or log data from Azure storage

For other sources, such as Azure VMs and Windows or Linux VMs in your environment, see the following topics:

If you don't have an Azure subscription, create a free account before you begin.

Sign in to Azure portal

Sign in to the Azure portal at

Create a workspace

  1. In the Azure portal, click All services. In the list of resources, type Log Analytics. As you begin typing, the list filters based on your input. Select Log Analytics.

    Azure portal

  2. Click Create, and then select choices for the following items:

    • Provide a name for the new Log Analytics Workspace, such as DefaultLAWorkspace.
    • Select a Subscription to link to by selecting from the drop-down list if the default selected is not appropriate.
    • For Resource Group, choose to use an existing resource group already setup or create a new one.
    • Select an available Location. For more information, see which regions Log Analytics is available in.
    • If you are creating a workspace in a new subscription created after April 2, 2018, it will automatically use the Per GB pricing plan and the option to select a pricing tier will not be available. If you are creating a workspace for an existing subscription created before April 2, or to subscription that was tied to an existing Enterprise Agreement (EA) enrollment, select your preferred pricing tier. For more information about the particular tiers, see Log Analytics Pricing Details.

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  3. After providing the required information on the Log Analytics Workspace pane, click OK.

While the information is verified and the workspace is created, you can track its progress under Notifications from the menu.

Next steps

Now that you have a workspace available, you can configure collection of monitoring telemetry, run log searches to analyze that data, and add a management solution to provide additional data and analytic insights.