Query data in a Basic and Auxiliary table in Azure Monitor Logs

Basic and Auxiliary logs tables reduce the cost of ingesting high-volume verbose logs and let you query the data they store with some limitations. This article explains how to query data from Basic and Auxiliary logs tables.

For more information about Basic and Auxiliary table plans, see Azure Monitor Logs Overview: Table plans.


Other tools that use the Azure API for querying - for example, Grafana and Power BI - cannot access data in Basic and Auxiliary tables.

Permissions required

You must have Microsoft.OperationalInsights/workspaces/query/*/read permissions to the Log Analytics workspaces you query, as provided by the Log Analytics Reader built-in role, for example.


Queries on data in Basic and Auxiliary tables are subject to the following limitations:

Kusto Query Language (KQL) language limitations

Queries of data in Basic or Auxiliary tables support all KQL scalar and aggregation functions. However, Basic or Auxiliary table queries are limited to a single table. Therefore, these limitations apply:

Time range

Specify the time range in the query header in Log Analytics or in the API call. You can't specify the time range in the query body using a where statement.

Query scope

Set the Log Analytics workspace as the scope of your query. You can't run queries using another resource for the scope. For more information about query scope, see Log query scope and time range in Azure Monitor Log Analytics.

Concurrent queries

You can run two concurrent queries per user.

Auxiliary log query performance

Queries of data in Auxiliary tables are unoptimized and might take longer to return results than queries you run on Analytics and Basic tables.


You can’t purge personal data from Basic and Auxiliary tables.

Run a query on a Basic or Auxiliary table

Running a query on Basic or Auxiliary tables is the same as querying any other table in Log Analytics. See Get started with Azure Monitor Log Analytics if you aren't familiar with this process.

In the Azure portal, select Monitor > Logs > Tables.

In the list of tables, you can identify Basic and Auxiliary tables by their unique icon:

Screenshot of the Basic Logs table icon in the table list.

You can also hover over a table name for the table information view, which specifies that the table has the Basic or Auxiliary table plan:

Screenshot of the Basic Logs table indicator in the table details.

When you add a table to the query, Log Analytics identifies a Basic or Auxiliary table and aligns the authoring experience accordingly.

Screenshot of Query on Basic Logs limitations.

Pricing model

The charge for a query on Basic and Auxiliary tables is based on the amount of data the query scans, which depends on the size of the table and the query's time range. For example, a query that scans three days of data in a table that ingests 100 GB each day, would be charged for 300 GB.

For more information, see Azure Monitor pricing.

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