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Multi Step WebTests #26050

karthikdevarakonda opened this issue Mar 1, 2019 — with · 2 comments


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With the deprecation of multistep webtests, Can you please provide an alternative for the same to continue with the availability tests.

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commented Mar 1, 2019

Hi @karthikdevarakonda, thanks for the question!

I am a PM on Azure Monitor, currently focused on the availability monitoring space. This is a problem that I'm currently looking at and trying to solve.

Current state is: As of right now, we have no plans to drop support for Visual Studio multi-step tests, and (although this is not a guarantee), we do not intend to drop support for them without a 1 year lead time, a sufficient replacement, and migration guidance. Visual Studio 2019 will still have the ability to write multi-step tests, and the support lifecycle for a Visual Studio product is 5 years. My recommendation is to continue using Visual Studio multi-step web tests.

That being said, eventually support for these tests will be dropped. We understand that no one wants to invest in a technology that will eventually be deprecated , however we do not yet have a sufficient replacement in this space.

There is a workaround for which support will not be deprecated - and that is to run your own web tests in any language for which we have an SDK, run them on your own server or on Azure functions/containers/VMs, and send the results to your Application Insights resource using the TrackAvailability() API. This is a more DIY approach, as you are then responsible for ensuring your test runs at regular intervals and sending the test results to App Insights. This approach also has limitations with how much data is displayed in the portal, but we are improving the amount of information that is displayed in the next few months.


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commented Mar 2, 2019

@karthikdevarakonda Hope @morgangrobin's response answers your question!

We are now going to close this thread as resolved, but if there are any further questions regarding the documentation, please tag me in your reply and we will be happy to continue the conversation.

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