Create and manage action groups in the Azure portal


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

You can configure a list of actions with action groups. These groups can then be used by each alert you define, ensuring that the same actions are taken each time an alert is triggered.

An action group can have up to 10 of each action type. Each action is made up of the following properties:

  • Name: A unique identifier within the action group.
  • Action type: Send an Voice call or SMS, send an email, call a webhook, send data to an ITSM tool, call an Azure app, or run an Automation runbook.
  • Details: The corresponding phone number, email address, webhook URI, or ITSM Connection Details.

For information on how to use Azure Resource Manager templates to configure action groups, see Action group Resource Manager templates.

Create an action group by using the Azure portal

  1. In the portal, select Monitor. The Monitor blade consolidates all your monitoring settings and data in one view.

    The "Monitor" service

  2. In the Settings section, select Action groups.

    The "Action groups" tab

  3. Select Add action group, and fill in the fields.

    The "Add action group" command

  4. Enter a name in the Action group name box, and enter a name in the Short name box. The short name is used in place of a full action group name when notifications are sent using this group.

    The Add action group" dialog box

  5. The Subscription box autofills with your current subscription. This subscription is the one in which the action group is saved.

  6. Select the Resource group in which the action group is saved.

  7. Define a list of actions by providing each action's:

    a. Name: Enter a unique identifier for this action.

    b. Action Type: Select Email/SMS/Push/Voice, Webhook, ITSM, or Automation Runbook.

    c. Details: Based on the action type, enter a phone number, email address, webhook URI, Azure app, ITSM connection, or Automation runbook. For ITSM Action, additionally specify Work Item and other fields your ITSM tool requires.


    ITSM Action requires an ITSM Connection. Learn how to create an ITSM Connection.

  8. Select OK to create the action group.

Manage your action groups

After you create an action group, it's visible in the Action groups section of the Monitor blade. Select the action group you want to manage to:

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

Next steps