Configuring Azure Monitor Alerts for AKS


Azure Monitor provides a powerful monitoring and alerting solution that allows you to stay informed about the health and performance of your Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) clusters. By configuring alerts, you can proactively monitor critical metrics and receive notifications when certain conditions are met. In this tutorial, you will learn how to configure Azure Monitor alerts for AKS to ensure timely response to any potential issues.


Before you begin, make sure you have the following:

  • An active Azure subscription
  • An AKS cluster deployed in your Azure subscription
  • Access to the Azure portal

Steps to Configure Azure Monitor Alerts for AKS

Follow these steps to configure Azure Monitor alerts for your AKS cluster:

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal.
  2. Navigate to your AKS cluster.
  3. Select "Alerts" from the left-hand menu.
  4. Click on "New alert rule" to create a new alert.
  5. Configure the alert rule properties, such as name, description, severity, and target resource.
  6. Define the condition for the alert based on specific metrics or log queries. For example, you can set a threshold for CPU usage or check for specific log events.
  7. Configure the action group to define how you want to be notified when the alert condition is met. You can choose email notifications, SMS messages, or integration with other monitoring systems.
  8. Review and validate the alert rule settings.
  9. Save the alert rule.

Example Commands

Here's an example of using Azure CLI to create an AKS alert rule for CPU usage:

    az monitor metrics alert create --name MyAKSCPUAlert --resource-group MyResourceGroup --resource /subscriptions/{subscription-id}/resourceGroups/{resource-group}/providers/Microsoft.ContainerService/managedClusters/{cluster-name} --condition "avgCpuUsage > 80" --aggregation "Average" --window-size "5m" --evaluation-frequency "1m" --action email

Common Mistakes to Avoid

  • Not selecting the correct target resource or AKS cluster when creating the alert rule.
  • Setting incorrect or ineffective conditions for the alerts, leading to either excessive notifications or missed critical events.
  • Forgetting to configure the action group to ensure notifications are sent to the appropriate recipients.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. Can I configure multiple alert rules for an AKS cluster?

    Yes, you can create multiple alert rules to monitor different metrics or conditions for the same AKS cluster.

  2. Can I integrate Azure Monitor alerts with third-party tools?

    Yes, Azure Monitor supports integration with popular incident management and notification tools such as ServiceNow and PagerDuty.

  3. How often are the alert conditions evaluated?

    The evaluation frequency of alert conditions can be configured, and the default is usually one minute.

  4. Can I configure alerts based on custom log queries?

    Yes, Azure Monitor allows you to create alert rules based on custom log queries to detect specific events or patterns in your AKS cluster logs.

  5. Can I modify or delete an existing alert rule?

    Yes, you can modify the properties of an existing alert rule or delete it if it is no longer required.


Configuring Azure Monitor alerts for your AKS clusters enables you to proactively monitor their health and performance. By setting up appropriate alert rules and defining conditions based on specific metrics or log queries, you can receive timely notifications when certain thresholds are met or specific events occur. Avoid common mistakes such as selecting the wrong target resource, setting incorrect conditions, or neglecting to configure the action group. With Azure Monitor alerts, you can stay informed and respond promptly to any potential issues in your AKS clusters.