Application Insights Tools for Visual Studio

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Easily create, configure, and test Application Insights telemetry collection for your applications, right from Visual Studio.

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by srki71 | March 28 2014

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  • Any plans to support Silverlight projects?
    1 Posts | Last post April 09, 2014
    • is the Telemetry SDK available as a Portable Library? Would like to use with Silverlight app I've been building (
  • WP8 deploying to device
    2 Posts | Last post April 09, 2014
    • Vevy good feature however . I have a solution with wp8 project and portable class library and when I actually want to deploy to wp8 dev device I got error 
      "Deployment failed because an app with target platform x86 cannot be deployed to Device. If the target platform is win32/ x86, select an emulator. If the target platform is ARM, select Device"  which is understandable is there any workaround ?  for that problem ? 
    • if you're going to deploy to a device, you'll have to manually set the build configuration to ARM, then build, then deploy.  Then do the opposite when you deploy to the simulator.  
      I think you can also run into this if you don't have the emulators installed at all.  In that case you just have to change the platform once, and things should work after that.
  • Error adding App Insights to a project in VS 2013 Express
    2 Posts | Last post April 09, 2014
    • I'm getting an exception when I wanted to add App Insights to an existing Windows Store 8.1 project (html/js). Creating new projects (ex. Windows Store javascript Blank app) with App Insights also results in the same exception. It works on C# Windows Store apps.
      Could not add Application Insights to project.
      Failed to install package:
      with error
      Exception setting Value’: “Object of type ‘System.String’ cannot be converted to
      type ‘System.U1nt32’.”
      Please try again later.
    • I'm presuming you're on an Update 2 build? 
      If so, then this is something we're tracking, and will be fixed in a future update of the vsix/nuget packages.
  • CPU build selection for apps
    1 Posts | Last post April 09, 2014
    • I have questions regarding store apps. What's the story in regards to the CPU build selection within VS? I watched a Build session from Channel 9 where x86 was chosen in the demo. Is this just to enable the debug logging or does it mean an app that's currently built and deployed to the store with 'Any CPU' now needs 3 builds and three packages to be uploaded to the store?
  • Duplication of MMA?
    4 Posts | Last post April 01, 2014
    • If I have already installed and configured Microsoft Monitoring Agent on my prod web servers, are the changes made by using this tool necessary? I see it effectively adds an HTTPModule to my web site and creates a config file that looks a lot like the collection_plan.xml. Not sure if I need to make these changes if I'm already monitoring it using MMA and Visual Studio Online.
    • Then newest version of the vsix (1.2) uses a new ApplicationInsights.config file that uses the same schema as the newest version of the MMA.  This allows you to do all of the collection plan editing in VS and it will deploy along with the website.
    • Just to be clear, then. With this latest version of the VS tool the collection_plan.xml settings file that MMA was running off of is no longer used, and the ApplicationInsights.config file becomes the exclusive source of data feeding my AI portal on Is that correct? If so, does that mean I can uninstall MMA from my prod servers? I'm trying to understand the overlap here...
    • Discussion and answer here
  • Availability for Express?
    4 Posts | Last post February 27, 2014
    • Will AI be available for the Express SKU as well?
    • Yes, Application Insights Tools for Visual Studio is currently supported for all 2013 Express SKUs, as well as Professional, Premium and Ultimate 2013.
    • Does it support VS 2012?
    • It does not support VS2012. It's currently supporting VS2013 and update1.