Using App Insights to monitor Publishes in Sitecore

So, wouldn’t it be nice to record particular events in Sitecore – E.g. Publishes – into Application Insights? Well, yes, I thought – and it turned out that this had already been done by Ramkumar Dhinakaran several years ago…

However, using his code I found I wanted to make changes – to record the types of update (not just the total processed), and as published his code seemed to have problems with full-site publishes. Thus, I offer the following:

public class PublishEventTracker
	public void PublishEnd(object sender, EventArgs args)
			Publisher publisher = Event.ExtractParameter(args, 0) as Publisher;
			if (publisher != null)
				Item currentItem = publisher.Options.RootItem;
				BaseJob job = JobManager.GetJob(publisher.GetJobName());
				var messages = job.Status.Messages;

				int created = GetCount("created", messages);
				int deleted = GetCount("deleted", messages);
				int updated = GetCount("updated", messages);
				int skipped = GetCount("skipped", messages);

				//Record in Azure Telemetry
		catch (Exception e)
			Log.Error("PUBLISH TELEMETRY LOG: Could not correctly gather publishing telemetry " + e.ToString(), this);

	private int GetCount(string pattern, System.Collections.Specialized.StringCollection messages)
		Regex rgx = new Regex(pattern + ": +(\\d+)");
		foreach (var msg in messages)
			Match m = rgx.Match(msg);

				var result = m.Groups[1].Value;

				int processedNum = 0;
				if (int.TryParse(result, out processedNum))
					return processedNum;
				} else
					return -2;
		return -1;

	private void TrackPublish(string sourceDatabase, 
							  string targetDatabase, 
							  string publishMode, 
							  string userName, 
							  string publishedLanguage, 
							  int created,
							  int deleted, int updated, 
							  int skipped, 
							  bool publishSubitems, 
							  bool publishRelated, 
							  string itemId, 
							  string itemPath)
		TelemetryClient client = new TelemetryClient();

		int total = 0;
		if (created >= 0) total += created;
		if (deleted >= 0) total += deleted;
		if (updated >= 0) total += updated;

		Dictionary<string, string> props = new Dictionary<string, string>();

		props.Add("UserName", userName);
		props.Add("SitecoreItemID", itemId);
		props.Add("SitecoreItemPath", itemPath);
		props.Add("SitecoreItemLanguage", publishedLanguage);
		props.Add("PublishMode", publishMode);
		props.Add("PublishSubItems", publishSubitems.ToString());
		props.Add("PublishRelated", publishRelated.ToString());
		props.Add("Publish", sourceDatabase + " > " + targetDatabase);

		//Sitecore Instance Name
		props.Add("InstanceName", Sitecore.Configuration.Settings.InstanceName);
		props.Add("Created", created.ToString());
		props.Add("Deleted", deleted.ToString());
		props.Add("Updated", updated.ToString());
		props.Add("Skipped", skipped.ToString());

		//Track Event
		client.TrackEvent("sitecore:publishevent", props);

		client.GetMetric(new MetricIdentifier("Sitecore Publishing", "Processed Items", "Target Database")).TrackValue(total, targetDatabase);

Add this in via config on the Publish:End event, and publishes will be recorded into App Insights as custom events. Also note that we’re tracking the total number of created/updated/deleted items as a metric, which means that they can be graphed over time.

Using App Insights to monitor Publishes in Sitecore

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