DNN Application Insights v3.0

Hi all. After a while working with React/Redux and the new DNN PersonaBar model introduced on DNN Platform 9.0, I have started to update all my modules to avoid the use of the disappeared Host menu on DNN.

The first module updated has been the DNN Application Insights now available for download on GitHub. This includes:

  • Previous package updates to support version 2.4.0 of Application Insights, including enhanced live metrics streaming (committed by Mitchel Sellers)
  • New UI on the persona bar to setup the module settings
  • Requiring DNN Platform 9.0.1 or later

AppInsights_InstrumentationKey3

If you have any interesting idea to add on the settings area, please let me know. I have been checking all the configuration settings that can be done through the Application Insights configuration system and I will start adding them for the next release.

Updates for the Redis Caching Provider and Azure AD provider are the next ones.

Providing a GUID function in Azure Resource Manager templates with Azure Functions

arm-functionsSome time back while preparing the Global Azure Bootcamp Science Lab, I face the lack of some functions that are not available when authoring Azure Resource Manager templates. When creating some type of resources such as Batch jobs or RBAC related resources, you need to pass a GUID (Universally unique identifier) but there is no function to create them inside the template, so you need to pass them as template parameters making the result awful.

There is already a Feedback item describing the issue (please vote on https://feedback.azure.com/forums/281804-azure-resource-manager/suggestions/13067952-provide-guid-function-in-azure-resource-manager-te) and there are other similar issues when you need to use more sophisticated functions such as date related values.

When trying to provide a workaround, I finally found that could be solved with nested templates, so I started by building a simple ARM Guid template that could be referenced on your primary one. You can check that repo here https://github.com/davidjrh/azurerm-newguid

But when testing the GAB lab with millions of guids, found that from time to time that template was generating duplicated guids, so finally ended by implementing the lab ARM Guid templates by using a WebAPI. You can check the how the guid template was being used at https://github.com/intelequia/GAB2017ScienceLab/blob/master/lab/assets/GABClient.json#L100 (check lines 100 and 398), and the template API implementation available at https://github.com/intelequia/GAB2017ScienceLab/blob/master/src/GABBatchServer/src/GAB.BatchServer.API/Controllers/TemplatesController.cs

Building a GUID function for ARM templates with Azure Functions

Revisiting this today, I thought that could be more cost effective of having that dynamically generated template by using an Azure Function. Here is the step by step so you can deploy your own, and increase your ARM functions arsenal with the same approach.

Remember that the basic idea is to reference this function in your deployment, that will generate a GUID for later usage on your template.

  1. Create an Azure Function App through the Azure Portal.
  2. Add a function triggered by a HTTP request in C#
  3. Copy and paste the following code in the function body

using System.Net;
using System.Net.Http.Headers;


public static async Task<HttpResponseMessage> Run(HttpRequestMessage req, TraceWriter log)
{
     log.Info(“C# HTTP trigger function processed a request.”);


    // parse query parameter
     string numberOfGuids = req.GetQueryNameValuePairs()
         .FirstOrDefault(q => string.Compare(q.Key, “numberOfGuids”, true) == 0)
         .Value;
     if (string.IsNullOrEmpty(numberOfGuids)) {
         numberOfGuids = “1”;
     }


    // validate the input
     int guids;
     if (!int.TryParse(numberOfGuids, out guids)) {
         return req.CreateResponse(HttpStatusCode.BadRequest, “Please pass a valid number on the query parameter ‘numberOfGuids'”);
     }
     if (guids <= 0 || guids > 1000) {
         return req.CreateResponse(HttpStatusCode.BadRequest, $”Invalid number of guids {guids}. Must be a number between 1 and 1000″);
     }


     // prepare the template
     var template = @”{
   “”$schema””: “”
https://schema.management.azure.com/schemas/2015-01-01/deploymentTemplate.json#””,
   “”contentVersion””: “”1.0.0.0″”, “”parameters””: {}, “”variables””: {}, “”resources””: [],
   “”outputs””: {[OUTPUTS]}
}”;
     var outputs = await Task.Run<List<string>>(() =>
     {
         var o = new List<string>();
         for (var i = 0; i < guids; i++)
         {
             o.Add(@”””guid” + i + @”””: { “”type””: “”string””, “”value””: “”” + Guid.NewGuid() + @””” }”);
         }
         return o;
     });
     var result = template.Replace(“[OUTPUTS]”, string.Join(“,”, outputs.ToArray()));


// return the response
return new HttpResponseMessage() {
     Content = new System.Net.Http.StringContent(
         result,
         System.Text.Encoding.UTF8,
         “application/json”
     )
};


}

AzurePortalFunction

Testing the function

Once you have saved the function, you can test it by doing a webrequest. In my case, when I call the URL https://armtemplates.azurewebsites.net/api/NewGuid?numberOfGuids=3 I get this answer:

NewGuidWebYou can pass the number of guids to generate as parameter.

Consuming the GUID template by using a nested template

As I documented on the initial GitHub repo, you can just follow these examples to consume then in different ways:

Example 1. Getting a GUID and using it later

{
  "$schema": "https://schema.management.azure.com/schemas/2015-01-01/deploymentTemplate.json#",
  "contentVersion": "1.0.0.0",
  "parameters": {},
  "variables": {},
  "resources": [ 
    { 
        "apiVersion": "2015-01-01", 
        "name": "MyGuid", 
        "type": "Microsoft.Resources/deployments", 
        "properties": { 
          "mode": "incremental", 
          "templateLink": {
            "uri": "https://armtemplates.azurewebsites.net/api/NewGuid",
            "contentVersion": "1.0.0.0"
          }
        } 
    } 
  ],
  "outputs": {
    "result": {
      "type": "string",
      "value": "[reference('MyGuid').outputs.guid0.value]"
    }
  }
}

Example 2. Getting 2 guids and using them later

{
  "$schema": "https://schema.management.azure.com/schemas/2015-01-01/deploymentTemplate.json#",
  "contentVersion": "1.0.0.0",
  "parameters": {},
  "variables": {},
  "resources": [ 
    { 
        "apiVersion": "2015-01-01", 
        "name": "MyGuids", 
        "type": "Microsoft.Resources/deployments", 
        "properties": { 
          "mode": "incremental", 
          "templateLink": {
            "uri": https://armtemplates.azurewebsites.net/api/NewGuid?numberOfGuids=2,
            "contentVersion": "1.0.0.0"
          }
        } 
    }  
  ],
  "outputs": {
    "result0": {
      "type": "string",
      "value": "[reference('MyGuids').outputs.guid0.value]"
    },
    "result1": {
      "type": "string",
      "value": "[reference('MyGuids').outputs.guid1.value]"
    }
  }
}

If you still have any doubt on how to consume the outputs, check the GAB Science Lab template on line 398 https://github.com/intelequia/GAB2017ScienceLab/blob/master/lab/assets/GABClient.json#L398

Hope this helps! Un saludo y happy coding!