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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. ctrl+s to save

    When editing a workbook, ctrl s should save the workbook, instead of having to press the save button

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  2. Ability to rerun a job with same parameters of the last job

    The feature I propose is a 'Rerun Command’. I have a ‘crude’ mockup attached. Clicking on Rerun would bring up the Start Runbook blade; but with the parameter values prepopulated with the same values from the previous execution. I can now modify any value, if necessary, or just click OK, to start the job quickly.

    I see myself rerunning my runbook with mostly the same values. When I have many input parameters, I have to be very careful not to mess up any values, and what I do now is open two browser windows. Open the previous job’s Input blade…

    62 votes
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  3. Test Pane should show what's actually happening

    Currently the test pane only shows the output that specific commands write, but if a command isn't writing anything, there's no way to know where in the script the problem is occurring. Similarly with issues, if something is endlessly looping, there's no way to know what or if it's just very slow.
    The test pane should either be a proper step through of the script (highlighting the running command along with the output) or show it like the commands were typed into the PowerShell window itself.

    17 votes
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    under review  ·  Beth Cooper responded

    Thanks for posting this suggestion!

    There are a couple of existing features that may get you most of what you are looking for.

    1. While we do not have a debug mode where you can step through your runbook and see output, we do have an Add-On for the ISE and you can debug your runbooks in the ISE. http://www.powershellgallery.com/packages/AzureAutomationAuthoringToolkit/0.2.3.1

    2. If you are using graphical runbooks, there are settings that you can turn on to show exactly what is happening and what command ran with it by turning on additional logging. Select your graphical runbook > Settings > Logging and Tracing > turn on Verbose and change Trace Level to detailed to get the level of detail you are looking for.

    3. For scripts, you can set your verbose preference to continue (instead of silentlycontinue) in your runbook to debug and write to the verbose stream. $VerbosePreference =…

  4. 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.

    3 votes
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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?

  5. Display Parameter Help Messages in UI

    When using [Cmdletbinding()] along with parameter property Helpmessage and [ValidatePattern()] it would be nice if these messages were fed back to the user interface. Right now the users have to guess what the parameter allows them to input through trial and error.

    For example:

    [code]

    [Cmdletbinding()]

    param (

    [Parameter(Mandatory=$true),HelpMessage='Enter 1 computername']
    [ValidateNotNullOrEmpty()]
    [string] $Computer

    )

    In the console, when referencing a workflow with this parameter set you could enter !? to get the help message.

    49 votes
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    under review  ·  Beth Cooper responded

    Thanks for the feedback! We will look at making these modifications to starting a runbook job.

  6. Support populating and displaying arrays for account-level Variables

    While it's possible to set arrays with Set-AutomationVariable, they cannot be displayed or edited from UI.
    It makes them a bit inconvenient - if I have a job that I need to execute against a set of something, I need to have separate jobs to validate and change that set.

    53 votes
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  7. Edit the name of assets and runbooks

    To be able to edit name/description or asset/runbook

    30 votes
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    under review  ·  Beth Cooper responded

    You can currently edit the description on runbooks and assets. To do this for runbooks, go to the Configuration page.

    On the names, would the ability to add a friendly name (that you can edit at any time) be sufficient or are you hoping to change the workflow name as well?

  8. Surface runbook errors in the Automation account overview page like runbook exceptions are surfaced

    Currently if my runbook is having issues and I look at the overview page, I can only see exceptions of the runbook. The runbook may hit errors during execution, which do not show up on this page.

    24 votes
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  9. Provide notification when global modules are changed in the automation account

    Today global modules can be added and updated without any prior notification by the Azure Automation team. In certain scenarios these changes cause issues with existing code used in the account. A simple banner in the automation account indicating which modules were updated would facilitate troubleshooting efforts.

    12 votes
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  10. 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.

    3 votes
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  11. 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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  12. 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.

    3 votes
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  14. 8 votes
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  15. 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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  16. 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

    3 votes
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  17. 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

    2 votes
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  18. 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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  19. Azure portal blades are impossible to navigate. Please add sizing controls to better navigate.

    The blades on the portal are very poor in performance and navigation controls. Please improve the blade navigation by adding sizing controls. The technologies and solutions are great, but the portal experience leaves the users abandoning the idea.

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