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. Support accessing Azure Files from Powershell Runbook

    Currently you can't use the PowerShell code generated by Azure to connect to an Azure Files share from an automation runbook. This would be a nice capability to have.

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      0 comments  ·  Integration with other products  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Create a native SCSM Azure Automation connector

      System Center Service Manager (SCSM) only has connectors to SMA and Orchestrator. To be able to shift to Azure Automation for all our automations there have to be an Azure Automation SCSM connector. Please add this soon!

      9 votes
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        1 comment  ·  Integration with other products  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Use powershell to update modules in arm module library.

        Enable import of most recent version of azurerm module from the Automation Module Gallery using the powershell sdk or powershell/workflow script in an arm runbook.

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        • Ability to filter Jobs based on JobId

          While executing jobs using Powershell, we log the JobId. At times, it is convenient to see in the portal the status of the job and its logs. At the moment there is no way to filter by JobId. It is tedious effort to locate the required job. It will be a time saver to have an ability to filter by the JobId

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            0 comments  ·  Debugging and troubleshooting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • TELNET Client? Why adding this simple funcionality doesn't work?

            There's no option to add any Windows features using runbooks. Why? I can't treat this as config manager since simple things doesn't work.

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            • Add possibility to end a test job when it hangs.

              Sometimes when running code in a PS runbook something seems to hang. I'm getting the following error although the job probably finished long time ago:
              "BadRequest: Test job is already running."
              I would like to have the opportunity to clear any running test jobs to bypass this bug.

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                0 comments  ·  Bug  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Provide an option to Azure Automation Accounts geo-redundant

                Is it possible to make all the resources and artifacts contained in an Azure automation account redundant between both the primary and secondary geo-redundant pair?

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                  1 comment  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • az cli support in runbooks

                  az command cannot be found when using in a runbook

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                    0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Hybrid Worker Maintenance

                    It would be very helpful to have the ability to "pause" a hybrid worker so that it can complete any running jobs without accepting new jobs. This would allow the worker to become passive for maintenance/patching.

                    We could then automate the rolling maintenance between hybrid workers to ensure availability and zero runbook downtime.

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                    • Allow 3rd-Party modules for Python

                      Allow uploading of 3rd-party python libraries to automation accounts, and calling them from python runbooks.

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                      • Graphical Runbook add to Canvas in PowerShell Runbook doesn't work

                        I'm trying to call a Graphical Runbook from a PowerShell runbook. When I click add to canvas while editing the PowerShell runbook, nothing happens.

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                          0 comments  ·  Bug  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Equivalent of Import-DSCResource directly from powershellgallery.com

                          Import DSC modules directly from PowerShellGallery.com using PowerShell rather than having to ZIP them and upload them.
                          Same functionality as the web interface, using PowerShell though.
                          https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/authoring-integration-modules-for-azure-automation/ is the web interface method.
                          Thanks.

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                            0 comments  ·  Desired State Configuration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Pause a published runbook to prevent it accepting new jobs

                            Today once you publish a runbook there is no way to put it in maintenance mode and prevent new jobs from being accepted. You only choices seem to be to delete the runbook so it is not shown as published (which loses all job history), or comment out the runbook code and publish that version so it basically does nothing. Would like to see a new menu option to Pause or Disable/Enable a published runbook.

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                              0 comments  ·  Debugging and troubleshooting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                0 comments  ·  User Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Possibility to use the same schedule multiple times with the same runbook with different parameters

                                And it should be possible to tweak the name of the individual scheduled instances to reflect the parameters used.

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                                  0 comments  ·  Scheduling  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Possibility to name scheduled instances of a Runbook

                                  It should be possible to name the scheduled instance of a runbook to, for example, reflect the parameters used for that particular schedule

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                                  • Cant use xSQLserversetup module form automation account Powershell Gallery

                                    I cant use the xSQLServerSetup moudle from automation account Powershell, I have to run a certain script but I cant seem to find a way to run the script from the module.

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                                    • Allow adding / removing computers from Update Management scheduled deployments

                                      For the Update Management solution, we should be able to add or remove computers from scheduled recurring update deployments. Currently the only way to do this is to drop and recreate the groups from scratch, which gets more and more onerous as the number of computers in the deployment sets increases.

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                                      • TFS (Team Foundation Service) as Source Control for Automation Accounts

                                        Source control from TFS for Automation Account is "coming soon" for a long time.
                                        It would be appreciable to have it, in order to keep history of scripts, backups, interaction with modern development tools, etc...

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                                        • Webhook lists limited to 100 entries

                                          Webhook lists display only the first 100 entries. Please change the webhook list control to unlimited length. We need more than 100 webhooks and can only manage those beyond 100 via PowerShell which is a little too complicated for some colleagues.

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