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 Ken Cenerelli | February 06 2015

I have used these tools for some demonstrations recently. The interaction between VSO and Visual Studio works great. However, if you want to interact with Azure then make sure you are using the 2.x version of the SDK.

by Marcel Raad | July 21 2014

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  • Cannot disable this Extension
    1 Posts | Last post February 02, 2015
    • So far I have had few problems running my web site with Application Insights locally.
      One is stated here with workaround.
      But also when adding the client-side javascript to the page causes my IIS Express to crash. I was wondering if the extension was causing the problem.
      But I can't disable this extension, not even after running VS2013 as Admin.
  • Support for all .Net assemblies
    1 Posts | Last post January 28, 2015
    • I'd really like to see support for WinForms, Console Apps, Windows Services, etc. We need a good, robust analytics/telemetry solution for these types of applications as well.
  • Log4Net adaptor
    1 Posts | Last post November 06, 2014
    • I issued the specified command:
      PM> Install-Package Microsoft.ApplicationInsights.Log4NetAppender -Version 0.10.0-build17704 -Pre 
      and got:
      Successfully added 'Microsoft.ApplicationInsights.Log4NetAppender 0.10.0-build17704' to mypjt.Web.
      however - when the webproject runs i see output:  
      log4net:ERROR Could not create Appender [aiAppender] of type [Microsoft.ApplicationInsights.Log4NetAppender.ApplicationInsightsAppender, Microsoft.ApplicationInsights.Log4NetAppender]. Reported error follows.
      System.TypeLoadException: Could not load 
      references look correct so I'm not sure where to troubleshoot next.
  • Windows Service / Worker Role Support
    2 Posts | Last post October 31, 2014
    • When will windows services and worker roles be supported?
    • It's on the backlog for the Azure version.
  • adding bulk URL tests
    2 Posts | Last post October 31, 2014
    • Is there an easy way to add URL tests (availability) rather than one by one? Can they be added programatically or through a bulk insert ?
    • Not currently.
  • Universal App support
    4 Posts | Last post October 31, 2014
    • When will universal apps be supported?
    • Any news regarding this point?
    • Not in the immediate future. We're now focusing on building up the Azure version of Application Insights. Device apps in that version are a little way down the line yet. 
    • (But we are working on it.)
  • CPU build selection for apps
    7 Posts | Last post August 07, 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?
    • The instrumentation being added in the current version is native, so this requires specifying the CPU; this will be fixed in a future update.  We are looking to make this fix available in late June or early July. Sorry for the inconvenience.
    • @Dave Lubash - Is there any update on the ETA for the Any CPU version of this?
    • The newest version of the SDKs, which are supported in the (just released) VS 2012 Update 3 do support Any CPU.  However, they also point at the azure preview portal instead of the existing VSO portal, so your data gets routed to a different place.
    • Nice one, thanks John, I'll have a look at that now.
    • Unless I'm mistaken, for store apps there's not much benefit in doing this at the moment because the preview portal doesn't support showing telemetry for them at the moment, right? Is there any rough timeline for when this might become available?
      Also, I encountered an error whilst adding telemetry to my existing windows store app project - I documented my experience here:
    • yes, you are correct.  The preview portal really only supports apps right now.  I've forwarded both this and your sdk install issue to the respective teams that own those things.
  • Could not add Application Insights to project
    1 Posts | Last post August 07, 2014
    • Getting an error when trying to add to an MVC 5 app. 
      "Could not add Application Insights to project.
      Failed to install package:
      with error:
      Project unavailable.
      Please try again later.
  • What Changed in v1.3.2?
    2 Posts | Last post July 23, 2014
    • Release notes for this version? Is this a bugfix update? Any enhancements? 
    • 1.3.2 only contained changes to some web service calls that the extension makes.  There were no other fixes or changes.
  • v1.3.2 breaks VS 2013
    2 Posts | Last post July 23, 2014
    • After updating the extension to v1.3.2 whenever I open VS 2013 I get a number of errors and the Team Explorer pane shows a generic error and won't load. If I load a solution it throws even more errors as it tries to load projects. I disabled the extension and now everything works fine again. You can view the VS error log with my VS info appended at the bottom at!51187&authkey=!ANN575wn8b2sh8A&ithint=file%2c.txt
      Strangely enough I just tried re-enabling the extension to get the generic Team Explorer pane error message and everything seems to be working fine now. Still thought I would let you know though so you can investigate.
    • Now that you've re-enabled it, the extension is working fine?  
      Nothing in the log jumps out at me, most of the errors there are editor related, and the AI extension does not integrate with the editor.  If it happens again, reply with the error that team explorer shows.  We do integrate with some of the same things team explorer does, so that would be helpful if you see it again!
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