Use Azure Monitor workbooks to visualize and monitor your data

Once you have connected your data sources to Microsoft Sentinel, you can visualize and monitor the data using the Microsoft Sentinel adoption of Azure Monitor Workbooks, which provides versatility in creating custom dashboards. While the Workbooks are displayed differently in Microsoft Sentinel, it may be useful for you to see how to create interactive reports with Azure Monitor Workbooks. Microsoft Sentinel allows you to create custom workbooks across your data, and also comes with built-in workbook templates to allow you to quickly gain insights across your data as soon as you connect a data source.

This article describes how to visualize your data in Microsoft Sentinel.

  • Use built-in workbooks
  • Create new workbooks


You must have at least Workbook reader or Workbook contributor permissions on the resource group of the Microsoft Sentinel workspace.


The workbooks that you can see in Microsoft Sentinel are saved within the Microsoft Sentinel workspace's resource group and are tagged by the workspace in which they were created.

Use built-in workbooks

  1. Go to Workbooks and then select Templates to see the full list of Microsoft Sentinel built-in workbooks.

    To see which are relevant to the data types you have connected, the Required data types field in each workbook will list the data type next to a green check mark if you already stream relevant data to Microsoft Sentinel.

    Go to workbooks.

  2. Select View template to see the template populated with your data.

  3. To edit the workbook, select Save, and then select the location where you want to save the JSON file for the template.


    This creates an Azure resource based on the relevant template and saves the JSON file of the workbook and not the data.

  4. Select View saved workbook.

    View workbooks.

    Select the Edit button in the workbook toolbar to customize the workbook according to your needs. When you're done, select Save to save your changes.

    For more information, see how to Create interactive reports with Azure Monitor Workbooks.


To clone your workbook, select Edit and then Save as, making sure to save it with another name, under the same subscription and resource group. Cloned workbooks are displayed under the My workbooks tab.

Create new workbook

  1. Go to Workbooks and then select Add workbook to create a new workbook from scratch.

    New workbook.

  2. To edit the workbook, select Edit, and then add text, queries, and parameters as necessary. For more information on how to customize the workbook, see how to Create interactive reports with Azure Monitor Workbooks.

  3. When building a query, make sure the Data source is set to Logs and Resource type is set to Log Analytics, and then choose the relevant workspace(s).


    We recommend that your query uses an Advanced Security Information Model (ASIM) parser and not a built-in table. This ensures that the query will support any current or future relevant data source rather than a single data source.

  4. After you create your workbook, save the workbook, making sure you save it under the subscription and resource group of your Microsoft Sentinel workspace.

  5. If you want to let others in your organization use the workbook, under Save to select Shared reports. If you want this workbook to be available only to you, select My reports.

  6. To switch between workbooks in your workspace, select Open Icon for opening a workbook. in the toolbar of any workbook. The screen switches to a list of other workbooks you can switch to.

    Select the workbook you want to open:

    Switch workbooks.

Refresh your workbook data

Refresh your workbook to display updated data. In the toolbar, select one of the following options:

  • Refresh, to manually refresh your workbook data.

  • Auto refresh, to set your workbook to automatically refresh at a configured interval.

    • Supported auto refresh intervals range from 5 minutes to 1 day.

    • Auto refresh is paused while you're editing a workbook, and intervals are restarted each time you switch back to view mode from edit mode.

    • Auto refresh intervals are also restarted if you manually refresh your data.


    By default, auto refresh is turned off. To optimize performance, auto refresh is also turned off each time you close a workbook, and does not run in the background. Turn auto refresh back on as needed the next time you open the workbook.

To print a workbook, or save it as a PDF, use the options menu to the right of the workbook title.

  1. Select options > Print content.
  2. In the print screen, adjust your print settings as needed or select Save as PDF to save it locally.

For example:

Print your workbook or save as PDF.

How to delete workbooks

To delete a saved workbook (either a saved template or a customized workbook), in the Workbooks page, select the saved workbook that you want to delete and select Delete. This will remove the saved workbook.


This removes the workbook resource as well as any changes you made to the template. The original template will remain available.

Next steps

In this article, you learned how to visualize your data in Microsoft Sentinel, using Azure Workbooks.

To learn how to automate your responses to threats, see Set up automated threat responses in Microsoft Sentinel.

To learn about popular built-in workbooks, see Commonly used Microsoft Sentinel workbooks.