Configure Service Health Alerts in Azure

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Service Health provides you with a customisable dashboard which tracks the health of your Azure services in the regions where you use them. In this dashboard, you can track active events like ongoing service issues, upcoming planned maintenance, or relevant health advisories. When events become inactive, they get placed in your health history for up to 90 days.

Finally, something which I will be configuring and covering in this blog post, you can use the Service Health dashboard to create and manage service health alerts which proactively notify you when service issues are affecting you.

  1. Login to your Azure Portal
  2. Search and click Service Health

3. Click Health alerts from the left pane

4. Click + Add service health alert

5. I want to be notified of service issues in region UK South, UK West and global outages.

6. Select the services you wish to be notified of. I would like to be notified of all services so have left the default of 187 services at the time of writing this blog post.

7. Select the event type

Service Health currently tracks four types of health events that may impact your resources:

Service issues – Problems in the Azure services that affect you right now.

Planned maintenance – Upcoming maintenance that can affect the availability of your services in the future.

Health advisories – Changes in Azure services that require your attention. Examples include deprecation of Azure features or upgrade requirements (e.g upgrade to a supported PHP framework).

Security advisories – Security related notifications or violations that may affect the availability of your Azure services.

8. Next, we create the action group to trigger a notification when an issue is reported. Click the link Add action groups

9. Click + Create action group

10. Complete details (see example below). Click Next: Notifications

11. Select your notification method.

12. For the purpose of this demo, i’ll be enabling notifications via email. Input details as required and click OK

13. A name is required. Input a name for your alert.

14. Click review and create

Note: If you wish to configure additional actions post an alert being triggered, the actions tab provides a number of options you may wish to analyse. See screenshot below.

14. Click create and that’s your alert notification created

In the meantime, browse through the service health sections to find out if there are any existing service issues in your region or regions around the world. Another great site to track Azure service status updates is the Azure Status website

I hope you found this useful. Please comment below if you have any further questions.

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