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. 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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      0 comments  ·  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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        • 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…

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          • 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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                • 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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                  • User Context

                    Can you please help me extract the Login ID that is currently running the Run Book .As we do not have a Runbook level restriction within a Azure Automation account ,idea is to check if the current user would login to Azure Portal to execute the Runbook .Before user can execute a the script we need to check if the user is part of a AD Group .

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                      0 comments  ·  PowerShell cmdlets  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Write-Output Only Works if Last Activity in Pipeline

                      I noticed that a Write-Output activity only actually produces output if it is either the last activity in the entire runbook, or if it is the last activity for a pipeline. In this context, by 'pipeline' I mean a 'leaf' on the runbook 'tree'.

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                      • Start runbooks from Azure Mobile App

                        It would be nice to be able to start an Azure Automation Runbook from the Azure (android/ios) app.

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                        • Align Graphics

                          It would be nice if you could graphically clean up your runbook, by either having a grid or graphically aligning activities in the canvas.

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                          • Azure PowerShell Library Version Selection for Runbooks

                            The version of Azure PowerShell libraries is quite old (obviously so as not to break existing runbooks). But it makes it tedious to develop scripts only to find that the functionality doesn't exist or returns a different structure. Take, for example, Get-AzureRMSubscription which now returns .Name and .Id rather than .SubscriptionName and .SubscriptionId. Similarly, Get-AzureVmVm can only be used to retreive a single VM in a PowerShell runbook rather than a collection of VMs. The differences are growing. Why not have a way to choose the Azure Library version (e.g., #Require -AzureLib 4.3 )?

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                            • Setup alerts on Azure automation free minutes

                              I wants to have notification alerts as my automation free minutes consumed, it would help us to ensure the VMs availability those are start/stop by azure automation run-books.

                              Thanks

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                              • Rename an Azure Automation Account?

                                I have multiple runbooks within my Account but I need to rename the account - I cannot see this via the portal.

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                                • Expanding CMDLETS

                                  I can't expand the cmdlets, which make it harder to search for the one I want to use.

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                                  • Use an existing SPN instead of creating one new SPN for each Azure Automation account

                                    It would be nice to have an option to use an existing SPN instead of creating new SPN for each Azure Automation account for easy maintenance

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                                    • Please add the StartedBy value to the job details page in the Azure Portal

                                      For auditing purposes, it would be helpful to be able to view who started a job in the Azure Portal. It would be nice to show the StartedBy property in the Essentials section on the job details screen. Currently we need to use the Get-AzureRmAutomationJob PowerShell cmdlet to view the StartedBy property by providing the JobId.

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                                      • Allow access to Azure KeyVault

                                        Currently, i'm using azureKeyVault for account and secret but it didn't work in DSC automation configuration so i need to push to AzureAutomationCredential to access. Is it possible to allow access keyvault from automation ?

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                                        • 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

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