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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. Assign DCS Multiple Node Configurations to a DCS Node

    Would be nice to be able to assign multiple DCS node configurations to a DCS node, i.e. the same way we can have multiple GPO assigned to an OU.

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      0 comments  ·  User Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • We should be able to use Hybrid Worker without having to buy OMS as whole

      I should be able to "buy" only Automation. I can do that on Azure but for Hybrid I need OMS (afaik).

      We would like to license Automation for us and run on several customers.

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        0 comments  ·  Hybrid  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • startup

        why not to add "startup" function instad of only "shutdown" in VM manager?

        I can use automation, but almost run error. it's too hard to use. I hope new feature of "auto start up" VM for the next times.

        Thank you!

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          0 comments  ·  Scheduling  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Hybrid Workers should not require WoW64-Support

          Hybrid Runbook Workers require WoW64-Support to function.

          Worse still, there appear to be absolutely no errors reported anywhere regarding why runbook jobs won't start.

          Event a simple "Hello World!" job remains in Queued and quietly transitions to Suspended. There are zero logs shown in the Automation/Runbook blades and zero logs shown on the hybrid worker.

          Re-adding WoW64-Support feature allows runbooks to start again.

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            0 comments  ·  Hybrid  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • It's SO SLOW when you're starting up a script.. The debug experience needs to be improved.

            Queued? I have nothing else running in automation. Queued with what? Why does a queue with one item take 3 minutes to start?

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            • Is there a way to have Git integration?

              Is there a way to have Git integration similar to how Azure's API Management interface works? For example, once a change is made on the publisher portal and when the content is changed, one can easily merge that into a Git repo.

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                0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • set-AzureRmAutomationSchedule set start time

                I would like to have the option to set the start time of a schedule in Azure Automation with the CMDlet set-AzureRmAutomationSchedule.
                If you create a schedule in OMS Update Management this sets a schedule in Azure Automation, I like to have control over the start time so I can set the date based on input of my script.
                This gives me more control when I want to update my environments.

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                  0 comments  ·  PowerShell cmdlets  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Extension for VSCode

                  Provide a VSCode extension similar to the ISE Addon

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                  • 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…

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                      0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Export Graphical Runbook to PowerShell

                      It would be very useful to be able to export a graphical runbook as formatted PowerShell code (.ps1 file). This would make it easier to migrate these run books to a format that can be run on prem without having to completely recreate the runbook/script.

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                        0 comments  ·  Graphical authoring  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • 3 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  PowerShell cmdlets  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • How about making test runs faster than what I could do in the frickin' '70's on vacuum tubes?

                          How about making test runs faster than what I could do in the frickin' '70's on vacuum tubes? This "Queueing" BS isn't going to get it. Sonn, there will be an ENTIRE generation people- starting with the "Millennials", who will have NO CLUE what high performance computing is.

                          "Queuing". That is a FRICKING laugh.

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                            0 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Update time of updating modules it is taken from customer time, not seems to be fair ...

                            Update time of updating modules it is taken from customer time, not seems to be fair ... please reconsider as if I want to update Azure & AzureRM modules it takes over 5h and it is dropped after 3h because of share fair and also it is taken for customer account. So it remains from 500 min only 200 for my run books. :-((

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                              0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Module Request: Configuration Manager (SCCM) Powershell Module

                              I'd like to see full support for the System Center Configuration Manager Powershell Module/Cmdlet Library in Azure Automation.

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                                0 comments  ·  Gallery  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Some regions as Canada East are returning inconsistent location names

                                There is an inconsistency when returning location for this region and maybe others

                                This API call

                                https://management.azure.com/subscriptions/{subscription}/locations?api-version=2016-06-01
                                returns

                                {
                                "id": "/subscriptions/189e3956-5b16-4ecc-b283-0736f9bbc422/locations/canadaeast",
                                "name": "canadaeast",
                                "displayName": "Canada East",
                                "longitude": "-71.217",
                                "latitude": "46.817"
                                },
                                but other API calls returning locations such as Virtual Machines, AvailabilitySets or others return this location in capital letters

                                https://management.azure.com/subscriptions/189e3956-5b16-4ecc-b283-0736f9bbc422/providers/Microsoft.Compute/virtualmachines?api-version=2016-04-30-preview
                                https://management.azure.com/subscriptions/189e3956-5b16-4ecc-b283-0736f9bbc422/providers/Microsoft.Compute/availabilitySets?api-version=2017-03-30

                                {
                                "properties": {
                                "platformUpdateDomainCount": 5,
                                "platformFaultDomainCount": 3
                                },
                                "type": "Microsoft.Compute/availabilitySets",
                                "location": "CanadaEast",
                                "tags": {
                                "jclouds": "abiquo-canadaeast",
                                "abiquo": "canadaeast"
                                },
                                "id": "/subscriptions/189e3956-5b16-4ecc-b283-0736f9bbc422/resourceGroups/ABIQUO-CANADAEAST/providers/Microsoft.Compute/availabilitySets/abiquo-canadaeast",
                                "name": "abiquo-canadaeast",
                                "sku": {
                                "name": "Classic"
                                }
                                }

                                This is inconsistent with other regions tested and is problematic for 3rd party tools

                                Is there anywhere i could…

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                                  0 comments  ·  Bug  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Delete subscriptions without first removing RBAC role definitions /assignable scopes

                                  We have a custom RBAC role definition that we link to new subscriptions. If we delete a subscription without first removing the link with the RBAC role definition, we are unable to link this role definition to new subscriptions. This is blocking our environment, because we are not able to adapt our current role and rights model.

                                  So, it should be possible to remove subscriptions without first removing the link(s) with role definitions /assignable scopes.

                                  See ticket 117020815287840 for more information.

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                                    0 comments  ·  Role Based Access Control  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Make tutorials that work

                                    Have you tutorials and documentation accurately describe how your system works.

                                    eg. how the **** do i pass in an object to the input params on test? your webhook tutorial implies you can do it just with JSON encoding.... NOPE

                                    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/automation/automation-webhooks

                                    And then your docs on automation runbook input paramaters says you should encode it in the hashmap format. Nope again!

                                    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/automation/automation-runbook-input-parameters

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                                      0 comments  ·  Bug  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                      Thanks for bringing up this issue. The webhook automatically converts the input from json when called whereas when manually run, it is required to do this yourself. You can follow the below approach in your runbook where you take in an optional parameter that indicates if it is a manual input or if it is coming through the webhook. If set to true, it will convert the input from Json, otherwise by default it will just take the passed in object from the webhook.

                                      You should be able to pass in {"WebhookName":“MyWebhook”, “RequestHeader”:{"From":“Test User”}, “RequestBody”:“[\”VM1\“,\”VM2\“]”} and set the ManualTesting to true.

                                      Param
                                      (
                                      [Parameter(Mandatory=$false)]
                                      [Object]
                                      $WebhookData,

                                      [Parameter(Mandatory=$false)] [Boolean] $ManualTesting = $false

                                      )

                                      if ($ManualTesting)
                                      {
                                      $WebhookData = ConvertFrom-Json $WebhookData
                                      }

                                      Write-Output ($WebhookData.WebhookName)
                                      Write-Output ($WebhookData.RequestBody)
                                      Write-Output ($WebhookData.RequestHeader)

                                      We will work to update the documentation to clarify this and give the example. Sorry it caused this issue for you and thanks again…

                                    • priority option for powershell workflow

                                      It isn't reliable enough to know, that a workflow will start some time after it is triggered.
                                      For example: a Workflow triggered by a webhook starts in between two or ten minutes. So one can not calculate with the result of the runbook.

                                      Please add a option to start a workflow immidiatelly (and charge it double for example) or with extra power so we can count on it.

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                                        1 comment  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Ability to specify a default hybrid worker group

                                        The Automation Administrator should be able to specify a default hybrid worker group for all runbooks as well as a per-runbook default hybrid worker group.

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                                          0 comments  ·  Hybrid  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Runbook Execution and MMA Proxy settings

                                          Runbook Execution on the hybrid runbook worker currently uses the MMA Proxy settings. This should be an option that can be enabled or disabled.

                                          You can use New-WebServiceProxy to connect to an internal server with the proxy configured in the MMA to reproduce this issue.

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