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Microsoft Azure Development Cookbook Second Edition by Neil Mackenzie, Roberto Freato

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Configuring diagnostics in Cloud Services

An Azure Cloud Service might comprise multiple instances of multiple roles. These instances all run in a remote Azure data center, typically 24/7. The ability to monitor these instances nonintrusively is essential both in detecting failure and in capacity planning.

Diagnostic data can be used to identify problems with a Cloud Service. The ability to view the data from several sources and across different instances eases the task of identifying a problem. The process to configure Azure Diagnostics is at the role level, but the diagnostics configuration is performed at the instance level. For each instance, a configuration file is stored in a XML blob in a container named wad-control-container located in ...

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