Setting Up Alerts in Azure Monitor

What is Azure Monitor?

Azure Monitor is a comprehensive cloud monitoring service provided by Microsoft Azure. It allows you to gain insights into the performance and health of your applications and infrastructure. Setting up alerts in Azure Monitor is a critical part of managing your Azure resources and services effectively.

Key Features of Azure Monitor Alerts

Azure Monitor Alerts offer several key features and capabilities, including:

  • Customizable Conditions: Define alert conditions based on specific metrics, logs, or application insights data.
  • Multiple Notification Channels: Choose how you want to be alerted, such as email, SMS, webhook, or integration with other monitoring systems.
  • Thresholds and Actions: Set thresholds for alert triggers and specify actions to be taken when an alert is fired, such as auto-scaling or running a runbook in Azure Automation.
  • Escalation: Create multiple alert rules with different severities and escalation paths for more complex scenarios.
  • Integration: Seamlessly integrate with Azure services and external systems to create custom workflows and actions in response to alerts.

Getting Started

To set up alerts in Azure Monitor, follow these steps:

  1. Sign in to your Azure Portal.
  2. Navigate to the Azure resource you want to set up alerts for, such as a virtual machine or an application in Application Insights.
  3. Configure alert rules, conditions, and actions based on your specific monitoring requirements.
  4. Test your alert configuration and make any necessary adjustments to ensure accurate alerting.

Sample Code

Here's a simple example of how to create an alert rule using Azure Resource Manager (ARM) template:

"$schema": "",
"contentVersion": "",
"resources": [
"type": "Microsoft.Insights/metricalerts",
"name": "alert1",
"apiVersion": "2014-04-01",
"location": "global",
"tags": {
"displayName": "Alert 1"
"properties": {
"description": "My first alert rule",
"severity": 2,
"enabled": true,
"scopes": [
"evaluationFrequency": "PT5M",
"windowSize": "PT5M",
"targetResourceRegion": "global",
"targetResourceType": "Microsoft.Compute/virtualMachines",
"targetResourceUri": "/subscriptions/{subscription-id}/resourceGroups/{resource-group-name}/providers/Microsoft.Compute/virtualMachines/{vm-name}",
"criteria": {
"odata.type": "Microsoft.Azure.Monitor.SingleResourceMultipleMetricCriteria",
"allOf": [
"name": "totalRequests",
"operator": "GreaterThan",
"threshold": 100,
"timeAggregation": "Total",
"metricName": {
"localizedValue": "Total Requests",
"value": "totalRequests"
"dimensions": [],
"metricNamespace": ""
"actions": {
"odata.type": "Microsoft.Azure.Monitor.MultipleEmails"


Setting up alerts in Azure Monitor is a fundamental practice for ensuring the health and performance of your Azure resources. By configuring alerts with the right conditions and actions, you can proactively respond to issues and maintain a reliable and responsive cloud environment.