Tag Archives: azure

How to enable tracing in ASP.NET Web API using Application Insights

If you were wondering on other day what this line from the default template does:


Then know that it does exactly what is says: enables tracing using system.diagnostics API.

To forward this tracing to Application Insights, you need to install these two packages:

Install-Package Microsoft.AspNet.WebApi.Tracing
Install-Package Microsoft.ApplicationInsights.TraceListener

and add a trace listener:

  <trace autoflush="true">
      <add name="AppInsightsListener" type="Microsoft.ApplicationInsights.TraceListener.ApplicationInsightsTraceListener, Microsoft.ApplicationInsights.TraceListener" />

That’s it! The Trace category is now being populated:

asp.net web api tracing ai

Happy tracing!

Troubleshooting site-to-site connection in Azure: error 797, 663.

When I created a site-to-site connection in Azure Networks (classic) and tried to connect to the gateway from my on-premise VPN server running on virtual Windows Server 2012 R2 for the first time I found the following error in Application Event Log:

CoId={guid}: The user SYSTEM dialed a connection named {name} which has failed. The error code returned on failure is 797.

Solution: in RRAS -> Ports -> Properties: WAN Winiport (IKEv2) make sure you have at least 1 port enabled.

Next error I got was:

CoId={guid}: The user SYSTEM dialed a connection named {name} which has failed. The error code returned on failure is 663.

Solution: in the same settings make sure you have Demand-dial routing connection (inbound and outbound) enabled.

Happy routing!

How to select Azure subscription if you have more than one using PowerShell

If you have more than one Azure subscription in your account and try to upload a vhd using the instruction:

  1. Get-AzurePublishSettingsFile
  2. Import-AzurePublishSettingsFile d:\credentials.publishsettings
  3. Add-AzureVhd -LocalFilePath d:\my.vhd -Destination http://example.com/blob/container

You may get an error saying that selected account doesn’t have given blob.
That’s because the first subscription is selected by default and the target blob is in the another one.

To select the proper subscription use the following command:

Get-AzureSubscription | Select -Last 1 | Select-AzureSubscription

(For instance, the last one).