Automation

Azure Automation allows you to automate the creation, monitoring, deployment, and maintenance of resources in your Azure environment using a highly-available workflow execution engine. Orchestrate time-consuming, error-prone, and frequently repeated tasks against Azure and third party systems to decrease time to value for your cloud operations.

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  1. Update the scheduler after creation

    I cannot see there is a way to delete/update a "Linked" scheduler with runbook

    531 votes
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      44 comments  ·  Scheduling  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Provide more control of how runbooks are allocated to a sandbox

      There are several scenarios that cause sandboxes to crash or runbooks to fail in both hybrid workers or in Azure.
      1) Sandboxes fail with out of memory randomly. If the wrong combination of runbooks get executed in a sandbox the the sandbox can crash intermittently. If there was a way to control how many jobs run in a sandbox, or flag particular runbox to run by themselves and not share a runbook this problem could be mitigated.
      2) If runbooks land in a sandbox that require different subscriptions one of the runbooks will fail. Someway of preventing this so that…

      337 votes
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        1 comment  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Bring Azure Automation and DSC to Azure Stack

        Please bring Azure Automation and DSC to on-premises to Azure Stack . This is an important part of the hybrid cloud story.

        This is a copy from here: https://feedback.azure.com/forums/344565-azure-stack/suggestions/11632959-where-is-sma-in-microsoft-azure-stack .

        217 votes
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          4 comments  ·  Integration with other products  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Creation of Run As accounts using ARM Template

          Creation of Run As accounts using ARM Template

          212 votes
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            14 comments  ·  Integration with other products  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Make SSH calls from runbooks

            Provide an SSH client module, so runbooks can be used to execute commands over SSH on Linux machines.

            166 votes
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              started  ·  8 comments  ·  Linux support  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Azure Automation too slow

              I'm finding that the time taken to spin up a runbook is too slow. I have webhooks triggering runbooks that sometimes take upwards of several minutes before they start. To be usable I'd expect the runbooks to start almost immediately.

              157 votes
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                7 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Enable AzureResourceManager module in Azure Automation

                This may be a bug but when trying to run any AzureResourceManager type command such as: Get-AzureResource or Set-AzureResource the following error is received:

                The term 'Get-AzureResource' is not recognized as the name of a cmdlet, function, script file, or operable program. Check the spelling of the name, or if a path was included, verify that the path is correct and try again.

                This is really important for being able to do things like change the hosting plan from free to standard (would be great if that was more easy/direct too)

                128 votes
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                  22 comments  ·  Integration with other products  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • It would be nice to be able to rename things like a schedule for a runbook.

                  It would be nice to be able to rename things like a schedule for a runbook.

                  122 votes
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                    12 comments  ·  User Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    under review  ·  Beth Cooper responded

                    Thanks for sharing this feedback. Right now, you can’t rename any Automation resources. Are you looking for just schedule rename or are there other resources that you would like to rename?

                  • Alert from Azure Automation

                    Add the possibility to set up an alert when something goes wrong with the Automation job.

                    121 votes
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                      4 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • az cli support in runbooks

                      az command cannot be found when using in a runbook

                      116 votes
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                        7 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Dynamic menu for Input Parameters and/or Activities. Either a drop-down or multi-select list, etc.

                        1. As an Input Parameter to the Runbook, an array of possible values could be presented to the admin either as a drop-down or multi-select list, e.g., a list of servers. Ideally populated from any valid Data Source.
                        2. Same idea but in Activities. Currently Out-GridView and Read-host are available in the Azure Automation cmdlet library but are not supported due to the design of Posh Workflow.

                        Closest existing feature request I could find is:
                        http://feedback.azure.com/forums/246290-azure-automation/suggestions/6560476-display-parameter-help-messages-in-ui

                        115 votes
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                          6 comments  ·  User Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          under review  ·  Beth Cooper responded

                          Thanks for the feedback! We can investigate adding the ability to specify parameters values to be displayed as a drop down.

                          Can you request #2 in more detail?

                        • Allow bash, perl, php scripts on Azure Automation

                          Will be great allow bash, perl or php scripts on automation scripts

                          109 votes
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                            5 comments  ·  Scheduling  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • trigger runbooks based on azure actions

                            trigger runbooks based on azure actions that are being triggered similar to the actions in SMA?

                            For example triggering a runbook whenever a storage account is being created or when an azure vm is created.

                            A practical example would be to install some sysinternal programs using the OneGet PowerShell module once a vm is being created.

                            108 votes
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                              started  ·  5 comments  ·  Integration with other products  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Ability to be able to Re-Run Azure Automation jobs with the same parameters

                              A lot of times during unit testing as well as development we face the need to re-run the jobs after executing it once with the same parameters. It would be a lot more productive if we could re-run our jobs so that we dont have to manually enter the same values again (Via the portal as well as via the cmdlets)

                              104 votes
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                                1 comment  ·  User Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Webhooks ARM Template

                                Webhooks from ARM Template still don't work.
                                I've seen the schema you're providing: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/templates/microsoft.automation/automationaccounts/webhooks
                                The PowerShell commandlets first request to generate a token before it is apply in the template.
                                When I run the ARM Template with your schema I cannot provide the URI and i get the error: "Invalid uri"

                                I know it's a duplicate of https://feedback.azure.com/forums/246290-automation/suggestions/13227531-webhooks-arm-template
                                but you've closed the item and it is still not working.

                                104 votes
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                                  7 comments  ·  Webhooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Better support for Azure Automation in ARM templates

                                  At the moment I'm busy with adding Azure Automation to my ARM template for our environment. I've got some issues with the current support of this feature in ARM.

                                  Azure Automation is not covered by a JSON schema so the editor support of VS2015 is limited. Please provide a schema for this feature.

                                  ARM supports the creation of the automation account, runbooks, credentials and variables the same way as for example VMs. Each-time you run your template these resources are created or modified.

                                  If I add the creation of a schedule to the template I'v got 2 problems: the startTime…

                                  99 votes
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                                    15 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Provide Visual Studio Authoring capabilities

                                    Provide the same authoring capabilities being provided in Azure Automation in Visual Studio. Would have the ability to create runbooks and assets and upload them to Azure Automation. Be able to download existing runbooks and assets to Visual Studio.

                                    97 votes
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                                      3 comments  ·  PowerShell authoring  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      under review  ·  Beth Cooper responded

                                      Thanks for the feedback! We will look into this. Currently, we don’t have the end-to-end integration that you are describing, but you can author your runbooks (minus the assets) in Visual Studio, then copy them into Automation and add variables. You could use a tool like: http://adamdriscoll.github.io/poshtools/ to get all the syntax highlighting.

                                    • RBAC - delegate a single runbook using RBAC instead of having to delegate the complete automation account.

                                      The possibility to delegate a single runbook using RBAC instead of having to delegate the complete automation account. As of right now a user needs to click his/her way to the runbook through the automation account.

                                      96 votes
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                                        8 comments  ·  Role Based Access Control  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Azure Automation Cannot Connect to Azure SQL using Azure Active Directory (ADAL)

                                        Azure Automation cannot connect to Azure SQL using the Azure Active Directory Admin Account as Azure Automation does not have the ADALsql.dll. Please add this .dll. You can see here for more information: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/45107165/create-adalsql-dll-azure-automation-module-the-module-was-expected-to-contain-a

                                        94 votes
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                                          3 comments  ·  PowerShell authoring  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Remove quid requirement for jobs resource types in ARM templates

                                          CompilationJob and Job resource types require a guid for the resource name. Because of this PowerShell is needed to prevent inserting a guid manually. Which makes template more complex and prevents template only deployment. (Deploy to Azure button)
                                          Resource Types
                                          Microsoft.Automation/AutomationAccounts/jobs
                                          Microsoft.Automation/AutomationAccounts/Compilationjobs
                                          Please remove the requirement of the guid in the resource name. The job identifier/name of the underlying job can still be a guid.

                                          93 votes
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                                            3 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                            under review  ·  Beth Cooper responded

                                            Thank you for the feedback. This is something that we are looking at to see if it is feasible.

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