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Azure Monitor Log Analytics UI updates – June 2019

Published date: July 23, 2019

Here are Azure Monitor Log Analytics UI updates for June 2019:

Log Analytics dashboard picker

Log Analytics dashboards can visualize Log Analytics queries, giving you the ability to find, correlate, and share IT operational data in the organization.

We have improved our pin to dashboard process to be more intuitive and aligned with other similar processes on Azure

Read more about Azure dashboards and how to pin Azure Monitor Logs queries to a dashboard in this article.

New grid controls for Extend, Include and Exclude functions

Log Analytics queries provides a lot of functionality and power to analyze and query logs.

We added new controls to allow quicker insights by allowing more actions right from the result set in the UI:



the include function will add a where clause to the query – that will filter only records that comply with the condition, in this example, clicking the “= include” button will create the following where clause in the query:

|where TenantId == "50e1c476-7a43-4a49-a683-65f0c96fd3e7"

In a a similar way the exclude function will filter out records from the query:

|where TenantId != "50e1c476-7a43-4a49-a683-65f0c96fd3e7"

The new Extendcolumn control is very handy in cases where a query contains a nested JSON in one of the columns. Clicking the Extend column control will create an extend clause in the query for the data element selected.

Query optimization tools

Azure Monitor Logs is a very flexible system, allowing the composition of a variety of queries spanning multiple sources of data.

In some cases, queries gets so complex, they can’t complete in reasonable time.

One of the main reasons for this is queries running on multiple Log Analytics workspaces in different regions.

To read more about how Azure Monitor Logs is configured – follow this link.

To help with this we have created an optimization system designed to allow the scoping down on queries by explicitly selecting the data regions for the query to run against.

In cases where Azure Monitor Logs detects a query that is not optimal it will provide an actionable alert:

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You will than be able to select a data region scope for the query to execute against, making the query more optimal:

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Please note that sub optimal queries may not be operationalized – therefore some options such as export to Power BI, Pin to dashboard will not be available until such time the query is optimized.

To read more about query limitations in Azure Monitor Logs follow this link.


Try out these new portal updates today and let us know your feedback!

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