Defrag Tools #171 - Application Insights Profiler

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In this episode of Defrag Tools, Andrew Richards and Chad Beeder talk to Dan Taylor and Chuck Weininger about Application Insights Profiler. The profiler allows you to get detailed performace data from Azure App Services.


[00:00] Introductions
[01:10] Forza Horizon 3 Awesomeness in Australia
[03:55] Application Insights Profiler Introduction
[05:00] How the profiler collects data
[06:48] Enabling Application Insights Profiler for an Azure App Service
[08:48] View example traces using the Music Store app
[10:53] Understanding the call stack shown in the detailed trace window
[14:15] What are common performance bugs?
[15:10] Does disk contention get shown?
[16:12] How do I start using Application Insights Profiler
[17:20] Conclusion



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    The Discussion

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      Is it possible to use Application Insights in a system that is not Azure? If so, how can this be done?

    • User profile image

      Hi @Ch9,

      It is very sad, with a brand new facility and Studios, that you can't get more the "Low Quality" Video 24 hours later....


      Very disapointed,



    • User profile image

      @PhotM: Thanks for pointing this out! This is now fixed for this video.

      There's definitely a bug in our uploader tool, will report this to our dev team :) 



    • User profile image

      @golnazal: Then I am glad I said something.... I almost didn't. I hope you can get it fixed.

      Best Regards,


    • User profile image

      can i use app insights profiling on IAAS machine, any near by plans if not?

    • User profile image

      @nareshbo: We don't support it yet, but we expect to have a preview ready soon. If you send us an email to serviceprofilerhelp  at, we'll contact you when the preview is ready and you can give it a try.

      Thanks for your interest!


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