Configuring Azure Diagnostics Log

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​This article will teach you t​he how to configure and implement diagnostics log for Azure resources. This article will help you to prepare for az-303: Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies.


Implement and Monitor an Azure Infrastructure is 50-55% in Az-303. Under Implement cloud infrastructure monitoring we have below topics to cover:

az-303 azure
monitor security Azure Security Center
monitor performance Azure Monitor Metrics
monitor health and availability Azure Monitor
monitor cost Cost Management & Azure Adviser
configure advanced logging App Insights & Log Analytics
configure logging for workloads Initiate automated responses by using Action Groups  
configure and manage advanced alerts  

Implementing Infrastructure Monitoring with Azure Monitor 🐒

We will use Azure Platform Logs to get the detail logs of the Azure resources.

Azure Platform Logs

Provides detailed diagnostics and auditing information for Azure resources and the Azure platform they depend on.

Types of Platform Logs

Azure platform logs are of 2 types:

  1. Activity Logs: This works on subscription level. Who did what and when can be seen here. Example who deleted Azure blob container or Azure Key Vault etc. You can check all of the write operations here.
  2. Resource Logs: Created for each individual resource. You can get logs like who was trying to fetch secretes from Azure vault Instance?

Destinations of Logs

Use the Diagnostic settings to configure Azure Resources to write platform logs to different destinations. Logs can send to below places:

  1. Log Analytics Workspace: Analyze logs using Kusto queries in Azure Data Explorer. Leverage Alerts and Visualizations.
  2. Archive to Storage Account: Cheaper option so you can keep your log for long time.
  3. Stream to an event hub: To stream logs to external systems. Example: security information & event management software.

Destination Requirements

  1. In order to log at Analytics Workspace make sure you put both workspace and resource instance at the same region. This gives performance also.
  2. For streaming to Event Hubs you need Send, Listen and Manage permissions.
  3. For storage account log. Create new storage account for log only don’t put other data in this. So that you have good control over logs.

Demo Configure Logging

We will create Analytics Workspace, Azure Storage Account and Event Hub for logging our Azure Function Resource. Next we will configure the Diagnostics Settings to write logs to all of the above destinations.

Creating Log Storage Account

First create Azure storage for logging at the same region as your Azure resource exist. Sign in to the Azure portal at and follow steps.

Creating Log Analytics Workspace

A Log Analytics workspace provides:

  • A Geographic Location for the data storage.
  • Data isolation by granting different users access rights following one of our recommended design strategies.
  • Scope for configuration of settings like pricing tier, retention, and data capping.

Let’s create a workspace for Analytics Workspace logs. When you create workspace in the same region as the Azure resources it manages then there is no outbound data transfer charges.

Configure Diagnostic Setting to send logs To Analytics Workspace and Azure storage

Next let’s find our azure function and create diagnostic settings to send the log to Analytics Workspace and Storage Account together.

Creating Event Hub for Logging

Sign in to the Azure portal at and follow steps:

📓 Make sure you give Shared access policy as Manage, Send and Listen to the Event Hub.

Configure Diagnostic Setting to send logs to Event Hub

Sign in to the Azure portal at and follow steps:




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