Azure Active Directory logs are delayed, alerts are affected • The Register

Microsoft has warned users that Azure Active Directory does not currently produce reliable sign-in logs.

“Customers using Azure Active Directory and other downstream affected services may experience a significant delay in the availability of log data for resources,” explains the Azure status page. Tools like Azure Portal, MSGraph, Log Analytics, PowerShell and/or Application Insights are all affected.

Azure AD and the other tools above all work.

However, Microsoft has warned that the incident “could result in missed or failed alerts.”

Or in other words, bad things could happen but you might not hear about it. Or you will get some strange warnings.

Both scenarios are suboptimal.

The software giant discovered the issue on May 31 at 21:35 UTC. At 05:15 UTC on June 1, the issue remained unresolved.

Microsoft’s most recent update on this issue, with a timestamp of 04:15 UTC on June 1st, stated that the company is “currently investigating a recently introduced build as the cause” and “is continuing to investigate a full cause”.

Azure engineers are working to revert Azure AD to a version without the issue causing this issue, with “signs of recovery” already evident.

Azure AD issues – like the September 2020 outage – tend to be widespread because the tool’s inherent purpose is to authenticate users to multiple services.

Then isn’t it great that Microsoft is promoting the use of the service instead of on-premises Active Directory?

The timing of this incident is also exquisite, as it began on the same day that Microsoft expanded and rebranded its identity and access tools under the Entra name. ®

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