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

    482 votes
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      40 comments  ·  Scheduling  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Source Control Support for Visual Studio Online - TFS

      Add first party integration with VSO to Azure Automation.

      322 votes
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        under review  ·  7 comments  ·  Source control integration  ·  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…

        317 votes
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          0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Provide support for DSC partial configuration

          DSC currently has the option to use Partial configurations. meaning one server can have multiple configurations (ie a server can have multiple MOF's that apply to it)

          This feature is not available on Azure DSC. but would be helpful in managing configuration through Azure DSC

          280 votes
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            20 comments  ·  Desired State Configuration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            This has been implemented and a documentation update is coming very soon. As soon as the docs are live I will change the state to ‘completed’.

            Each Azure Automation account can host one partial configuration per node, so if one partial represents an application and another represents a baseline, you would need two automation accounts. You could have one account for all your application partials and one account for all your baseline partials, and consistently deliver from the two accounts.

            I would also recommend considering composite resources. Feedback from the DSC community has been that composites provide a more effective solution because teams can align to a single test pipeline. I will also publish information in the documentation update to explain this in detail.

            Thank you!
            Michael Greene
            @migreene

          • 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 .

            157 votes
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              4 comments  ·  Integration with other products  ·  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.

              138 votes
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                7 comments  ·  Performance  ·  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.

                119 votes
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                  started  ·  7 comments  ·  Linux support  ·  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)

                  113 votes
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                    21 comments  ·  Integration with other products  ·  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.

                    104 votes
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                      started  ·  4 comments  ·  Integration with other products  ·  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.

                      • 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

                        94 votes
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                          3 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?

                        • Creation of Run As accounts using ARM Template

                          Creation of Run As accounts using ARM Template

                          91 votes
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                            2 comments  ·  Integration with other products  ·  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.

                            90 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.

                            • Alert from Azure Automation

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

                              87 votes
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                                2 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Provide CredSSP support

                                Could you add CredSSP support to Azure Automation?

                                There are many PowerShell cmdlets that require a server double hop with credentials. When a call is made to Enable-WSManCredSSP an access denied is returned.

                                Not having the ability to perform server double hops with credentials prevents the ability to create a new SQL cluster (sqlps - new-cluster) or a new SharePoint farm (Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell - New-SPConfigurationDatabase).

                                86 votes
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                                  6 comments  ·  Integration with other products  ·  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…

                                  83 votes
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                                    15 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • hybrid Worker should have different pricing model or priced than runbooks running in Azure

                                    Hybrid Worker should have different pricing model or priced than runbooks running in Azure.

                                    79 votes
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                                      7 comments  ·  Hybrid  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Allow bash, perl, php scripts on Azure Automation

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

                                      78 votes
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                                        3 comments  ·  Scheduling  ·  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)

                                        74 votes
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                                          1 comment  ·  User Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • 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.

                                          73 votes
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                                            8 comments  ·  Role Based Access Control  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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