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Create Workbooks with KQL queries


In today's data-driven world, Azure provides a wealth of data waiting to be analyzed. Azure Log Analytics, powered by Kusto Query Language (KQL), enables users to explore and visualize data effectively. Let's dive into how to leverage KQL-Based Workbooks in Azure Log Analytics to gain valuable insights through compelling graphs and diagrams.

Implementing KQL-Based Workbooks

  1. Setting Up Azure Log Analytics: Ensure you have an active Azure subscription and access to Azure Log Analytics. Create a Log Analytics workspace from the Azure portal and connect your data sources, such as Azure Monitor, Application Insights, or custom logs.

  2. Creating a Workbook: Navigate to your Log Analytics workspace in the Azure portal, select "Workbooks" from the left-hand menu, and create a new workbook. You can also choose from existing templates to accelerate your analysis.

  3. Writing KQL Queries: In the workbook, use Kusto Query Language (KQL) to craft queries that retrieve data from your Log Analytics workspace. KQL allows you to filter, aggregate, and transform data efficiently.

  4. Visualization with Graphs: After querying the data, enhance your insights by creating visualizations with graphs. Choose from various graph types such as line charts, bar charts, pie charts, or area charts, depending on the data and the story you want to convey.

  5. Diagram Visualization: Apart from traditional graphs, KQL-Based Workbooks enable you to create dynamic and interactive diagrams. Utilize diagrams like topology maps, network diagrams, or flowcharts to depict the relationships and dependencies within your data.

  6. Interactive Controls: Enhance user experience by adding interactive controls like drop-down menus, time range selectors, or variable inputs. These controls allow users to customize and explore data on their terms.

  7. Sharing and Collaboration: Share your workbook with relevant stakeholders, empowering them to view and interact with the data-driven insights. Collaborate with teams by granting them access to workbooks or exporting them for offline review.

  8. Automate with Scheduled Queries: Automate data analysis by scheduling queries to run at regular intervals. This ensures that your workbooks stay up-to-date with the latest data without manual intervention.