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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      0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Runbooks should be able to run asynchronously

      Need to be able to start / stop VMs in parallel.

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        0 comments  ·  Start / Stop VM  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • How to automate SAML Signing Certificate managment

        How to automate SAML Signing Certificate managment

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        • multiple powershell module versions in automation module

          We can't have multiple version of a powershell module in automation.

          We develop some DSC resources and we using in different configuration of project but sometime we havnt the same version in each configuration. Like old configuration for project1 with xPSDesiredStateConfiguration with 4.0.0.0 and new configuration for project2 with xPSDesiredStateConfiguration version 6.2.0.0 .
          So each time we want to compile we need to upload the old or new version. It's not working like a nugget server keeping old version.

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            0 comments  ·  Source control integration  ·  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 .

            17 votes
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              0 comments  ·  Integration with other products  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • REST API: Job/<guid>/GetOutput fails with wrong content-type

              Call to get output fails with error:

              {"error":{"code":"UnsupportedMediaType","message":"The content media type 'text/plain' is not supported. Only 'application/json' is supported."}}
              HTTP response: 415

              url:
              var url = 'https://management.azure.com/subscriptions/'; + subscription_id + '/resourceGroups/' + resource_group + '/providers/Microsoft.Automation/automationAccounts/' + account_name + '/jobs/' + guid + '/output?api-version=2015-10-31';

              even when header is set correctly:
              r.setRequestHeader('Authorization','Bearer ' + token.getAccessToken());
              r.setHttpMethod('get');
              r.setRequestHeader('Content-Type','application/json');
              r.setEndpoint(url.replace(/\s+/g,''));

              Same issue using all cyurrently available API Versions.

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                1 comment  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                • azurerm.network is missing. why?

                  azurerm.network is missing. Why?

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                    0 comments  ·  PowerShell cmdlets  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Automation Operator Status View

                    We need a mechanism to allow automation operators to read the current status of the runbook. I was using the 'Output' stream to notify the automation operator of which step the runbook was on, but that stream has been removed. I don't want to write to the error or warning streams for status updates (this is counter-intuitive if the status is good). The output window was a perfect solution for this.

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                      1 comment  ·  Role Based Access Control  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Add bitbucket support to Azure Automation

                      Add bitbucket as a supported source for Azure automation under the 'source control' pane. Currently only TFS and GitHub are supported.

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                      • Link Azure Automation Account to OMS Workspace using Powershell

                        I am trying to generate an OMS Solution using Log Analytics and Azure Automation. However, after I create an Azure Automation account i observe that there is no way to link the Azure Automation account to the Log Analytics workspace. It would be great if this option is available.

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                          1 comment  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Compilation of DSC Configuration Data Hashtable Variables converts them to PSCUstomObjects

                          When creating a DSC configuration and assigning a hashtable to a variable in the configuration data the type is lost during compilation. Doing the compilation locally the hashtable is maintained and can be accessed to branch the configuration. Unfortunately when compiling using Azure Automation the hashtable is converted to a PSCustomObject which does not behave in the same way.

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                            1 comment  ·  Bug  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Enable Orchestrator runbooks to migrate to PowerShell based runbooks in Azure Automation

                            Enable Orchestrator runbooks to migrate to PowerShell based runbooks in Azure Automation

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                            • Azure Automation DSC Custom Modules Fail when the ZIP file has a Version folder

                              When a custom module is ZIP'ed up with the file structure:
                              ModuleName.zip
                              |___8.0.0.0
                              |____DSCResources
                              |_________ResourceName.psm1

                              Loading it into Azure Automation works correctly and the version number is picked up. However when running a DSC Configuration against an on-premises virtual machine the following folder structure is created:

                              ModuleName.zip
                              |___8.0.0.0
                              |_______8.0.0.0
                              |____DSCResources
                              |_________ResourceName.psm1

                              This double version folder causes the virtual machine to not be able to find the resource and as such the configuration will fail.

                              Rebuilding the ZIP to remove the version folder and re-importing works:
                              ModuleName.zip
                              |____DSCResources
                              |_________ResourceName.psm1

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                                0 comments  ·  Bug  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • SMA needs to salt stored credentials

                                Picture this,

                                I use Set-SMACredential to create five new credentials like this.

                                Next, I open up SQL on my SMA WebServer and browse to Core.Credentials and I can see that all credentials were stored with the same hash.

                                COnsidering that companies may store important core credentials in SMA, having values visible like this provides a way to confirm that accounts have the same password, or do a variety of operations. One could even dig in and reverse engineer the encryption and be able to decrypt the values here.

                                They *would* require SQL query rights, of course, but salting creds is…

                                6 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Problem with seeing which Schedule assigned when reviewing the Script

                                  The functionality was there before to see all the schedule's assigned to a runbook, not it just shows Jobs. Could you bring back the option to View the Schedule. Also is it possible to add a column on the RunBook list for the next time it is scheduled.

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                                    • Allow VMs to communicate with DSC without public Internet connection

                                      Can we allow Azure VMs to somehow communicate with Automation Accounts in the same subscription in order to implement DSC without requiring the VM to have an Internet connection? Since the IP address of the automation account changes so readily, I cannot create a specific NSG rule for automation accounts, though I would love to be able to use Azure DSC for our VMs. Today, I cannot due to the inabaility for me to lock down generic Internet traffic on internal-only VMs.

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                                        0 comments  ·  Desired State Configuration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Azure Automation | update workers to at least .NET Framework 4.6 (for Azure AD connection support to SQL)

                                        Currently, Azure Automation Account doesn't support connecting to SQL using Azure AD
                                        For example:
                                        connectionString = "Server=$server;Database=$database;User ID=$adminName;Password=$adminPassword;authentication=Active Directory Password;"

                                        This will return an error when executed via Azure Automation "Keyword not supported: 'authentication'.""

                                        The reason seems to be that the Automation workers still use .NET Framework 4.5, and we need at least 4,6 to have Azure AD support to SQL.

                                        There are more people running into this issue, please also see: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/45091135/active-directory-password-connection-azure-sql-failure-from-azure-automation/45093784

                                        Thank you and kind regards

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                                        • Creation of RunAsCertificate using ARM Template

                                          Requires a way to request a certificate for the AzureRMRunAsCertificate and AzureRunAsCertificate automatically for the RunAsConnection (Eg. AzureClassicCertificate or AzureRMRunAsCertificate) through ARM Template JSON code.

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