Log Analytics is a fantastic place to ship, store, and analyse your logs. Whether they’re coming from a linked Azure resource, machine agents, or you’re posting them from your own applications and services, Log Analytics is a key part of Azure Management & Monitoring. Whether you’re an IT Pro, working in devops, or an application developer - this platform and its capabilities are worth exploring and understanding.
Log Analytics was previously offered as part of the Operations Management Suite (OMS) bundling, though that labelling is in the process of being retired.
To get started you can create a free workspace which lets you ingest up to 5GB of data per month. Once the data is loaded there is no cost to query it, and it’ll be retained for 31 days (you can up retention and ingestion limits as part of paid plan later).
This post will walk through creating a Log Analytics workspace, uploading some logs with PowerShell, and then querying them via the portal. To follow along you’ll need an Azure subscription and the AzureRM PowerShell module - for installation instructions see the prerequisites section at the end of this post.[Read More]