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Upcoming change to Azure Monitor Application Insights Smart Detection emails

Published date: 11 March, 2019

Based on customer feedback, on 1st April 2019, we are changing the default roles that receive email notifications from Azure Monitor Application Insights Smart Detection. This feature proactively analyses the telemetry sent by your application and notifies you if it finds abnormal patterns or issues.

Currently, Smart Detection sends email notifications by default to the Subscription Owner, Subscription Contributor and Subscription Reader roles. These roles often include users who are not actively involved in monitoring, which causes many of these users to receive notifications unnecessarily. To improve this experience, we are making a change so that email notifications go to only the Monitoring Reader and Monitoring Contributor roles by default.

This change will affect all Smart Detection rules, excluding the following ones:

  • Smart Detection rules marked as preview. These rules don’t support email notifications today.
  • Failure Anomalies rule. This rule will start targeting the new default roles after it is migrated from a classic alert to the unified alerts platform. (More information is available in the Azure Monitor documentation.)

To ensure that email notifications from Smart Detection are sent to relevant users, you must assign those users to the Monitoring Reader or Monitoring Contributor role of the subscription. To assign users to one of these roles via the Azure portal, follow the steps described in the Add a role assignment article.

Note: Specific recipients of Smart Detection notifications, configured through the Additional email recipients option in the rule settings, will not be affected by this change. These recipients will continue to receive the email notifications.

If you have any questions or concerns about this change, contact us at

  • Application Insights
  • Azure Monitor
  • Features

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