Limitations of Azure App Services

Remote Desktop Is Not Available

Typically, when we are deploying an app or troubleshooting application problems, you would tend to remote into the server to look at log files, review IIS settings, look at event viewer, etc. When you first start using Azure Web Apps, you have to get used to this and learn about the other ways of doing most of these functions. Deploying code is done via Visual Studio, git, a build server, or FTP. Viewing App Service log files, event viewer, running processes, and other tasks can be accomplished via the kudu console, Stackify, and/or Azure portal.

Limits on Installing 3rd Party Software and Management Tools

One of the biggest benefits of Azure App Services is also a big limitation. You don’t have to manage Windows Server at all and Microsoft is completely responsible for everything. But, you also have no access to install virtually all 3rd party software. This can be a negative if your corporate IT uses traditional monitoring tools like Nagios, SolarWinds, Dynatrace, Splunk and many others.

There are some vendors who have adapted their products to work with Azure App Services but there are very few. You can check the Azure marketplace to look for potential solutions. Do note that some of the listed products may only work for virtual machines and not Azure Web Apps.

Performance Counters Are Not Available

Performance counters can be a pain to work with. But they are critical to understanding key metrics about IIS, applications, and the .NET CLR. Without performance counters there is no way to monitor things like garbage collection, IIS queuing and a lot of other data that can be critical to troubleshooting weird performance problems.


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