Updating Azure Alert Email

We have a number of Email’s setup for alerting that need to be changed. Rather than go to each alert and update their properties I chose to update each available alert in my subscriptions using PowerShell.  This post is about how I did that.

I will assume for the purposes of this post that you already are aware of the means to connect to Azure. If you aren’t familiar with that process see the article posted here.

The first thing I needed to figure out is how do I get my already configured alerts.  I chose to use the Cmdlet Get-AzureRmResource.  I then took the results of my query to find all the alerts in the current subscription context:

$alerts = get-AzureRmResource `
 | Where-Object{$_.resourcetype -like '*alert*'}

Now that I have all my resources that look like an alert I can now iterate through each and find the properties of each alert Get-AzureRmAlertRule:

foreach($alert in $alerts)
get-azureRmalertRule -Resourcegroup `
$alert.ResourceGroupName -Name $alert.Name
Properties : Microsoft.Azure.Management.Insights.Models.Rule
Tags : {[$type,
 Microsoft.WindowsAzure.Management.Common.Storage], [hidden-link:/subscripti
 ers/Microsoft.Web/serverfarms/EasyAuth, Resource]}
Id : /subscriptions/xxxx/resourceGroups/AzureTes
Location : East US
Name : LongHttpQueue 

After some testing of this particular function I discovered that the extra switch of -DetailedOutput provided the detail I was looking for.

foreach($alert in $alerts)
get-azureRmalertRule -Resourcegroup `
$alert.ResourceGroupName -Name $alert.Name
Properties :
 Name: : LongHttpQueue EasyAuth
 Condition :
 DataSource :
 MetricName : HttpQueueLength
 ResourceId : /subscriptions/xxxxxxxx-xxxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxxxxxxx/re
 Operator : GreaterThan
 Threshold : 100
 Aggregation operator: Total
 Window size : 00:05:00
 Description : The HTTP queue for the instances of EasyAuth has a
 large number of pending requests.
 Status : Disabled
 Actions :
 SendToServiceOwners : True
 E-mails : 

Tags :
 $type :
Id : /subscriptions/xxxxxxxx-xxxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxxxxxxx/resourceGroups/AzureTes
 ting/providers/microsoft.insights/alertrules/LongHttpQueue EasyAuth
Location : East US
Name : LongHttpQueue EasyAuth

Now I need to find out what the Email property was for this object I retrieved from the Get-AzureRmAlertRule.   If I inspect the object a little closer I find that there is a  sub Object called properties and then under that object I find another object that my Emails are associated to.   What I discovered through trial and error was that the Actions property was an array of settings.  The first item if set is the customEmails and whether or not an email should be sent upon alert activation (shown below).

PS PS:\azure> $t = get-azureRmalertRule -Resourcegroup `
'Azure Testing' -Name 'LongHttpQueue EasyAuth'
PS PS:\azure> $t.properties.Actions[0]

CustomEmails SendToServiceOwners
------------ -------------------
{} True

So this means if there are no emails set then the Array Count is Zero.  The other item that happens to be in the Action Object is whether or not a WebHook is set or not.  This can be seen by looking at the serviceuri in the actions object as shown below:

PS PS:\azure> $t =(get-azurermalertrule -name 'CPUHigh Dev' `
 -resourcegroup Dev -DetailedOutput)

PS PS:\azure> $t.properties.Actions | fl

Properties : {[$type, Microsoft.WindowsAzure.Management.Common.Storage.CasePreservedDict
 ionary`1[[System.String, mscorlib]],
ServiceUri : https://s1events.azure-automation.net/webhooks?token=xxxx

CustomEmails : {email@email.com, email2@email.com}
SendToServiceOwners : True

On to how to change the email.  According to the blog article from Microsoft, you can only delete or add alert rules. I found this to be partially true.  In that if I already have an alert I can update it by just calling Add-AzurermMetricAlertRule.

Now to add email Items to the Add-AzurermMetricAlertRule you can do it two different ways:

The first way is use the Cmdlet Microsoft provides which creates an object of the precise thing you want and in the format the Add-AzurermMetricAlertRule expects:

$email = 'youremail@youremailServer.com'
$newEmailObj = new-azurermAlertRuleEmail -CustomEmails $email
add-azurermmetricalertrule -name $Name `
 -Location $Location -ResourceGroup $ResourceGroupName `
-operator ($alert.operator) -Threshold ($alert.threshold)`
 -TargetResourceId $alert.DataSource.ResourceUri`
 -MetricName $alert.DataSource.MetricName`
 -WindowSize $alert.WindowsSize`
 -TimeAggregationOperator $alert.TimeAggregation`
 -Description $targetResourceId.properties.Description`
 -Actions $newEmailObj

Or the other way you can do it is when you have the return result of alert already in an object you can use the .Add of the object to add an email to it.

$email = 'youremail@youremailServer.com'
$targetResourceId = (get-azurermalertrule -ResourceGroup `
$ResourceGroupName -Name $Name -DetailedOutput)
$actions = $targetResourceId.properties.Actions
 if($actions.count -eq 0)
new-azurermAlertRuleEmail -CustomEmails $email ))
[($targetresourceid.properties.actions.count -1)].SendToServiceOwners = $true
 $addedEmail = $true
 $emailActions = $targetResourceId.properties.Actions.Count -1
 $emails = $actions[$emailActions].customemails
 if($emails -notcontains $email)
 $addedEmail = $true

I chose to use the .add method as I’m doing this over and over again and it was to my advantage to use that method. Only when I have a case of there not being an alert ($actions.count -eq 0) do I use the New-AzureRmAlertRuleEmail.

I assume if there isn’t at least one item in $actions then it’s safe to add the email.

$emailActions = $targetResourceId.properties.Actions.Count -1
 $emails = $actions[$emailActions].customemails

I use $addedEmail to tell my function whether or not I need to add the email. This is because the the function will run these steps in a ForEach loop.

Now that I have a means to get the alert email and update it doing the converse is a matter of  changing the .Add method to a .Remove method and Bingo I have a add and a delete.  To see the entire script in action see this Gist. PS. I’m still working on the help. Will update the GIST as it is updated:

I hope this helps someone out.

Until then keep scripting


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