Create and Manage Action Groups in Azure Portal

Overview

This article shows you how to create and manage action groups in the Azure portal.

Action groups enable you to configure a list of actions. These groups can then be leveraged when defining activity log alerts; ensuring that a particular action group is invoked when the activity log alert is triggered.

An action group can have up to 10 of each action type. An action is defined by the combination of:

Name: A unique identifier within the action group.
Action Type: This defines the action that will be performed. Options are send SMS, send Email, or call a Webhook.
Details: Based on the action type, the corresponding phone number, email address or webhook URI needs to be provided.

For information on using Azure Resource Manager templates to configure action groups: Action Group Resource Manager templates

Creating an action group using the Azure portal

  1. In the portal, navigate to the Monitor service

    Monitor

  2. Click the Monitor option to open up the Monitor blade. This blade brings together all your monitoring settings and data into one consolidated view. It first opens to the Activity log section.

  3. Now click on Action groups section

    Action-Group

  4. Click on the Add action group command and fill in the fields

    Add-Action-Group

  5. Provide a Name and Short Name for the action group; The Short Name will be referenced in notifications sent to this group

    Action-Group-Define

  6. The Subscription is the one the Action group will be saved in. It will be auto filled to the subscription you are currently operating under.

  7. Choose the Resource Group this alert will be associated with in the Subscription.

  8. Then, define a list of actions through a combination of:

    1. Name: A unique identifier within the action group.
    2. Action Type: This defines the action that will be performed. Options are send SMS, send Email, or call a Webhook.
    3. Details: Based on the action type, the corresponding phone number, email address or webhook URI needs to be provided.
  9. Select OK when done to create the action group.

Managing your action groups

Once you have created an action group, it will be visible in the Action groups section of the Monitor service. Select the action group you wish to manage, you will be able to:

  • Add, edit, or remove actions.
  • Delete the action group.

Next Steps:

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Get an overview of activity log alerts and learn how to get alerted
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