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  1. assign a schedule to runbook via ARM templates

    I'm in the middle of automation and deploying runbooks/schedules via ARM templates but couldn't find the option to link schedule to runbook.
    i tried with "type": "Microsoft.Automation/automationAccounts/jobSchedules", but didn't work

    could you please check and provide some suggestions?
    thanks
    ak

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  2. Offer Validated Testing Parameter Values From Assets

    In the dialog to enter parameter values when starting a runbook, it would be convenient to offer validated values where those can be inferred by type or otherwise. For example, if the parameter type is "System.Management.Automation.PSCredential", give me an intellisense-like dropdown of the credential assets I've defined in the automation account to choose from. I think this would help make testing faster and easier to avoid trial and error when possible.

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    under review  ·  Beth Cooper responded

    Thanks Noah! We can investigate selecting assets as input parameters to runbooks.

  3. change tracking "Manage Machines" is grayed out after onboarding

    change tracking "Manage Machines" is grayed out after onboarding.

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  4. Make "Operation status" pane togglable

    In general the "Operation status" pane is a good idea, but it gets really tiresome that you have to close and close and re-close succeeded operations etc.
    It should definately be togglable weather you want to see running/completed operations or not.

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    under review  ·  Beth Cooper responded

    Hi Anders,

    You are talking about the notifications that show up as you create/delete runbooks, start jobs, etc.? Let me know if I’m misunderstanding the request.

    This is really how the framework works, but I could definitely see adding a configuration step to turn off notifications, especially when you are editing and testing runbooks.

    Thanks,
    Beth

  5. Increase Custom field limits for Log type AzureDiagnostics

    Currently there is a 500 custom field limit to Log types. Turning on diagnostics for Data factory V2 quickly fills this limit to the maximum on AzureDiagnostics which is used by multiple services / providers.

    Can we have the limit raised, or suffix the log type with the service / provider or resource name to help overcome this. If the limit is reached, critical diagnostic events can be lost.

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  6. Log Device Collection Membership in Update Management solution to Log Analytics

    After integrating SCCM to Azure Automation, I can now target Device Collections for update deployments.

    When looking at the data in Log Analytics - it would be great to be able to filter by Device Collection so that I can see status on a particular device collection after a deployment.

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  7. 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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  8. Issues scrolling with mouse wheel in runbook editor

    I'm currently having issues using the mouse wheel to scroll, in firefox, while editing a PowerShell-based runbook. I've not tried it with any other runbook types, but I presume the issue would persist.

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  9. Sorting Filtering Runbook list

    It would be great if there was a way to sort/filter runbooks in the Azure Automation Runbook definition table. I envision being able to sort and filter each column, as well as a table-wide search function.

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  10. Refresh of Portal Automation Views

    With the ability to author via the ISE add-on, it is easy for the portal to get out of sync quickly with the actual data. Would like to see refresh buttons on all relevant blades or a triggered server-side refresh to keep the portal in sync as changes to underlying runbooks are made externally.

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    under review  ·  Beth Cooper responded

    Thanks for this feedback. What are the most important blades or resources to add a refresh button to?

  11. Fix New-AzureRmResourceGroupDeployment module to read the parameter 'name' from json correctly

    In my case i must to change the name of parameter 'name' from template.json and parameters.json.
    I downloaded a Service Plan Automatetion Script and changed the parameter name from 'name' to 'servicePlanName' to make it works, else PowerShell prompt this...
    nameFromTemplate:

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  12. Format document in portal PowerShell editor

    It would be convenient to have a Visual Studio style "Format document" button, which automatically fixes indentation and other formatting issues with a runbook in the portal editor.

    See also:
    https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio-ide/suggestions/19002523-add-format-document-for-powershell-code

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  13. Support Variable strings longer than 512 characters in the UX

    the UX should not limit what is possible to from Set-AutomationVariable

    currently the UI limits a string variable to 512 characters but you set a longer string via the Set-AutomationVariable

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  14. Please make the label for each activity display more characters and lines

    In runbook designer, the label for each activity is too small in length, only allows 11-15 characters, could you please make it allow more characters showing. This will help to know what each activity does at a glance in runbook designer.

    Currently the words wrapped and cut off. it is hard to read especially when calling child runbook, we want to know what child runbook name is , but it wrapped and cut off, we will have to click it to display the whole label.

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    0 comments  ·  User Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for the valid suggestion. Your feedback is now open for the user community to upvote & comment on. This allows us to effectively prioritize your request against our existing feature backlog and also gives us insight into the potential impact of implementing the suggested feature

  15. Resource Group filtering

    Hello,

    I noticed that there is no "Runbook type" in the Resource group filtering.

    Please find screenshot attached
    Cheers!

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  16. Show duration in job summary

    In the portal runbook job summary it is difficult to tell how long a runbook needed to finish. Please provide a minutes:seconds duration for a quick glance understanding of execution performance.

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    under review  ·  Beth Cooper responded

    Thanks for this suggestion. Right now, you can see the start and end times but need to compute the duration yourself.

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  18. Automate setting up automation accounts and insert code for connection into new scripts

    When setting up a run book you already set a subscription and automation account so setting up a connection should be simple but it is not unless you know the exact code to use. This is not easy to find as many of the help links embedded in the run book blade point to outdated information. Also, googling comes up with all sorts of variations due to many differences between Azure versions ,and Powershell versions and script types.
    The graphical option is even more confusing to use.

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  19. Allow adding a message to a change

    When making an edit to a runbook, it would be useful to be able to add a message to that change, e.g. "Fixed bug on line 22"

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  20. Add Filter Search to Insert Dialogs

    When using "Insert" to insert a setting or activity, it would be nice to have a full-text search filter to quickly narrow down results. Given that the Azure module has hundreds of activities already, will become increasingly tedious to locate what you want. This also fits with requests for intellisense and authoring tooling in VS or ISE.

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