Enable Profiler for Azure Cloud Services
Receive performance traces for your instance of Azure Cloud Services by enabling the Application Insights Profiler. Profiler is installed on your instance of Azure Cloud Services via the Azure Diagnostics extension.
In this article, you:
- Enable your instance of Azure Cloud Services to send diagnostics data to Application Insights.
- Configure the Azure Diagnostics extension within your solution to install Profiler.
- Deploy your service and generate traffic to view Profiler traces.
- Make sure you've set up diagnostics for your instance of Azure Cloud Services.
- Use .NET Framework 4.6.1 or newer.
- If you're using OS Family 4, install .NET Framework 4.6.1 or newer with a startup task.
- OS Family 5 includes a compatible version of .NET Framework by default.
Track requests with Application Insights
When you publish your instance of Azure Cloud Services to the Azure portal, add the Application Insights SDK to Azure Cloud Services.
After you've added the SDK and published your instance of Azure Cloud Services to the Azure portal, track requests by using Application Insights:
- For ASP.NET web roles: Application Insights tracks the requests automatically.
- For worker roles: You need to add code manually to your application to track requests.
Configure the Azure Diagnostics extension
Locate the Azure Diagnostics diagnostics.wadcfgx file for your application role.
Add the following
SinksConfig section as a child element of
<WadCfg> <DiagnosticMonitorConfiguration>...</DiagnosticMonitorConfiguration> <SinksConfig> <Sink name="MyApplicationInsightsProfiler"> <!-- Replace with your own Application Insights instrumentation key. --> <ApplicationInsightsProfiler>00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000</ApplicationInsightsProfiler> </Sink> </SinksConfig> </WadCfg>
The instrumentation keys that are used by the application and the
ApplicationInsightsProfiler sink must match each other.
Deploy your service with the new Diagnostics configuration. Application Insights Profiler is now configured to run on your instance of Azure Cloud Services.
On March 31, 2025, support for instrumentation key ingestion will end. Instrumentation key ingestion will continue to work, but we'll no longer provide updates or support for the feature. Transition to connection strings to take advantage of new capabilities.
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