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A lap around Application Insights with Anthony Borton

Application Insights is a feature of Visual Studio Online that enables engineering teams, IT operations, and other stakeholders to monitor the availability, performance, and usage of both applications and services. In this presentation, Visual Studio ALM MVP Anthony Borton will demonstrate what Application Insights is and why you should be seriously looking at it today for your applications.

About Anthony:
Anthony Borton is a senior ALM consultant/trainer for Enhance ALM, an Australian based company specializing in helping organisations successfully adopt ALM best practices. He is a Microsoft Visual Studio ALM MVP and a Microsoft Certified Trainer. Anthony is an engaging speaker with experience presenting at conferences around the world including Microsoft TechEd in the United States, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. He is the author of eight TFS 2013 training courses and delivers the most comprehensive range of TFS courses in the world today. You can find out more about his courses at

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  • Shaw I.

    Great presentation and very timely one for me as I am just about to embark on a large-scale deployment of a web app :)

    March 19, 2014

  • Anthony B.

    Thanks for finding and sharing the answer Adrian. It was good to see you at the meetup.

    1 · March 19, 2014

  • Adrian C.

    One of the questions I asked was how Application Insights knows that a deployment has occurred. Anthony wasn't quite sure however I've found out.

    Builds are tracked using a marker file "BuildInfo.config" produced during the build. These marker files can be produced via a vanilla MSBUILD process, hence TeamCity would be capable of producing them.

    If you are using Visual Studio Online to store your source code then Application Insights will have extra abilities to link into your builds. For other build systems I assume you'll have information that a build occurred without those links.

    Information on producing the build markers is here:

    1 · March 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    interesting insights into Windows server technology

    March 19, 2014

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