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This course looks into how to capture log data and metrics from Azure services and feed this information into different locations for processing. We take a look at diagnostic logging, which can help to troubleshoot services and create queries and alerts based on that data. We also look into Azure Adviser, cost consumption reporting, and how we can baseline resources. This is an introduction to these advanced areas of Azure services.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand how to use and configure diagnostic logging for Azure services
  • Gain an understanding of Azure Monitor and how to create and manage alerts
  • Review cost consumption reporting and how to create scheduled reports
  • Investigate different methods for baselining resources

Intended Audience

  • People who want to become Azure cloud architects
  • People preparing for Microsoft’s AZ-303 exam


  • General knowledge of Azure services

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This session covered a wide range of topics and was focused on understanding diagnostic logging and what the differences are between activity logs, resource logs, and guest OS logging. We looked at various ways to enable diagnostic logging, including through the portal, PowerShell, CLI, and through Resource Group templates. We looked at where we could send the information: into a storage account, blobs for files and tables for metrics, event hubs for streaming information, and into Log Analytics where we could run queries against the data and enable a range of out-of-the-box solutions. We also looked into creating alerts and sending them to an action group and exploring ways we could baseline deployed resources using armed templates, DSC, and change tracking. 

In the final section, we covered material around tracking costs, including applying and enforcing resource tags, creating and running reports, and scheduling reports to be sent via email or saved to a storage account. I hope you've enjoyed this course and you found it useful.


About the Author

Matthew Quickenden is a motivated Infrastructure Consultant with over 20 years of industry experience supporting Microsoft systems and other Microsoft products and solutions. He works as a technical delivery lead managing resources, understanding and translating customer requirements and expectations into architecture, and building technical solutions. In recent years, Matthew has been focused on helping businesses consume and utilize cloud technologies with a focus on leveraging automation to rapidly deploy and manage cloud resources at scale.