Create classic metric alerts in Azure Monitor for Azure services - PowerShell



This article describes how to create older classic metric alerts. Azure Monitor now supports newer, better metric alerts. These alerts can monitor multiple metrics and allow for alerting on dimensional metrics. Powershell support for newer metric alerts is coming soon.

This article shows you how to set up Azure classic metric alerts using PowerShell.

You can receive an alert based on monitoring metrics for, or events on, your Azure services.

  • Metric values - The alert triggers when the value of a specified metric crosses a threshold you assign in either direction. That is, it triggers both when the condition is first met and then afterwards when that condition is no longer being met.
  • Activity log events - An alert can trigger on every event, or, only when a certain event occurs. To learn more about activity log alerts click here

You can configure a classic metric alert to do the following when it triggers:

  • send email notifications to the service administrator and co-administrators
  • send email to additional emails that you specify.
  • call a webhook
  • start execution of an Azure runbook (only from the Azure portal)

You can configure and get information about alert rules using

For additional information, you can always type Get-Help and then the PowerShell command you want help on.

Create alert rules in PowerShell

  1. Log in to Azure.

  2. Get a list of the subscriptions you have available. Verify that you are working with the right subscription. If not, set it to the right one using the output from Get-AzureRmSubscription.

    Set-AzureRmContext -SubscriptionId <subscriptionid>
  3. To list existing rules on a resource group, use the following command:

    Get-AzureRmAlertRule -ResourceGroup <myresourcegroup> -DetailedOutput
  4. To create a rule, you need to have several important pieces of information first.

    • The Resource ID for the resource you want to set an alert for
    • The metric definitions available for that resource

      One way to get the Resource ID is to use the Azure portal. Assuming the resource is already created, select it in the portal. Then in the next blade, select Properties under the Settings section. RESOURCE ID is a field in the next blade. Another way is to use the Azure Resource Explorer.

      An example Resource ID for a web app is


      You can use Get-AzureRmMetricDefinition to view the list of all metric definitions for a specific resource.

      Get-AzureRmMetricDefinition -ResourceId <resource_id>

      The following example generates a table with the metric Name and the Unit for that metric.

      Get-AzureRmMetricDefinition -ResourceId <resource_id> | Format-Table -Property Name,Unit

      A full list of available options for Get-AzureRmMetricDefinition is available by running Get-Help Get-AzureRmMetricDefinition -Detailed.

  5. The following example sets up an alert on a web site resource. The alert triggers whenever it consistently receives any traffic for 5 minutes and again when it receives no traffic for 5 minutes.

    Add-AzureRmMetricAlertRule -Name myMetricRuleWithWebhookAndEmail -Location "East US" -ResourceGroup myresourcegroup -TargetResourceId /subscriptions/dededede-7aa0-407d-a6fb-eb20c8bd1192/resourceGroups/myresourcegroupname/providers/Microsoft.Web/sites/mywebsitename -MetricName "BytesReceived" -Operator GreaterThan -Threshold 2 -WindowSize 00:05:00 -TimeAggregationOperator Total -Description "alert on any website activity"
  6. To create webhook or send email when an alert triggers, first create the email and/or webhooks. Then immediately create the rule afterwards with the -Actions tag and as shown in the following example. You cannot associate webhook or emails with already created rules via PowerShell.

    $actionEmail = New-AzureRmAlertRuleEmail -CustomEmail
    $actionWebhook = New-AzureRmAlertRuleWebhook -ServiceUri
    Add-AzureRmMetricAlertRule -Name myMetricRuleWithWebhookAndEmail -Location "East US" -ResourceGroup myresourcegroup -TargetResourceId /subscriptions/dededede-7aa0-407d-a6fb-eb20c8bd1192/resourceGroups/myresourcegroupname/providers/Microsoft.Web/sites/mywebsitename -MetricName "BytesReceived" -Operator GreaterThan -Threshold 2 -WindowSize 00:05:00 -TimeAggregationOperator Total -Actions $actionEmail, $actionWebhook -Description "alert on any website activity"
  7. To verify that your alerts have been created properly by looking at the individual rules.

    Get-AzureRmAlertRule -Name myMetricRuleWithWebhookAndEmail -ResourceGroup myresourcegroup -DetailedOutput
    Get-AzureRmAlertRule -Name myLogAlertRule -ResourceGroup myresourcegroup -DetailedOutput
  8. Delete your alerts. These commands delete the rules created previously in this article.

    Remove-AzureRmAlertRule -ResourceGroup myresourcegroup -Name myrule
    Remove-AzureRmAlertRule -ResourceGroup myresourcegroup -Name myMetricRuleWithWebhookAndEmail
    Remove-AzureRmAlertRule -ResourceGroup myresourcegroup -Name myLogAlertRule

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