Introduction to Azure Service Bus in the Preview Portal

Published By: Bill Chesnut

Recently Microsoft has added the Service Bus to the Preview (new) Portal and has added several new features, I will provide you with an introduction to the portal and the new features.

In the portal you can see all of the Service Bus name spaces that I have defined, which subscription they belong to and the location

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If I select one of the name spaces, I can see all the Queues, Topics and Relays under that namespace, including the type, current size and max size

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When I open a topic, you are presented the the Dashboard, showing the size and incoming messages, I also see some details about the topic down the right side, including “View Connection String”, the connection string now seem like the preferred method to connect to the service bus.

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When I click on the “View Connection String” link, I am presented with the connection string, similar to the SQL Databases. I could then copy this string and use it to connect to my Service Bus Namespace.

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When I select the monitor tab, I see more details about the size and incoming message activity, at the bottom of this screen there is a button to “Add Metrics” to see additional information

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When I click on the “Add Metrics” button, here are the metrics I can add

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if I expand the individual metrics I get a list of the subscriptions, this topic has 600 subscriptions, but there does not seem to be a way to scroll this list, there is a search feature on the title line.

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When I select the Subscriptions tab, I get a list of all of the subscriptions, including the message count, which in the past has been difficult and time consuming to get. There is also a Create button, to create a new subscription

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When I click the “Create” button I am present with the following 2 screen to create a subscription, but it does not seem to have anywhere to add the filter

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The last one that I will look at is the Relay

When I select the Relays tab, you are presented with this screen, monitoring of the Relays are possible but you cannot create them from the Portal

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Well I hope that this give you an introduction to the capabilities now available in the Preview Portal for working with the Azure Service Bus Queues, Topics and Relays.

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