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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. Add a refresh button to Jobs lists.

    Neither the "main" job list or the specific job lists on each runbook has a refresh button.
    Many other pages does.

    I would like to see a refresh button on the job list (since it is the page I refresh the most)

    Is the design relying on the auto refresh instead? .. it does not seem to update very fast.

    thanks

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    started  ·  Beth Cooper responded

    We just added a refresh button to the runbook/jobs list (navigate to your runbook, select jobs, view refresh button at top).

    We also have a separate item to track adding the refresh button to the list of all the jobs in the Automation account, but have not yet begun work on adding it.

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

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

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  3. UI Improvements

    The current portal implementation of jobs and outputs is suboptimal. When there are many jobs, clicking on the "jobs" "box" auto-scrolls down to the oldest one - imho that's wrong, theres a bigger chance that I'm interested in the newest one than the oldest one. Also, there's no refresh button, so the only way to see if any new jobs have been fired is to close the blade and click "jobs" again (causing me to have to scroll up repeatedly when waiting for a job to kick off.

    Further, the "all streams" should have the same auto-scroll feature as the…

    7 votes
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    started  ·  Beth Cooper responded

    We have currently fixed:
    1. Modify jobs list so that it does not scroll to the bottom of the page
    2. Added a refresh button to the streams blade (note this doesn’t help if you have more than 50 streams so we are still looking at other ways to improve viewing active streams)

    I’m leaving this open to track further improvements to the job and streams blades.

  4. It would be nice to remove the old entries for Update Deployments in update management solution for presentation purposes

    It would be nice to remove the old entries for Update Deployments in update management solution for presentation purposes.

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  5. Runbook-Editor: Add #region-#endregion

    Runbook-Editor: Please add #region-#endregion support to the runbook-editor. This would improve working with large runbooks a lot.

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  6. machine name character limit increase from 15

    If a VM is longer than 15 chars, unable to see which VM at a glance. This is troublesome in large production environments.

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  7. Ability to rename automation runbooks and schedules

    Ability to rename automation runbooks and schedules. Typos and naming standards changes happen, please help your customers out with this little change. Thanks.

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  8. 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.

    4 votes
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    under review  ·  Beth Cooper responded

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

  9. 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

    4 votes
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  10. Same number of tags as other Azure resources

    We need more than 15 tags to identify our resources. Unfortunately, the automation account is one of the few that does not yet support 50 tags. Please change that.

    3 votes
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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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?

  15. 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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  16. 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.

    3 votes
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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

  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. Organize runbooks with a folder like structure in the runbooks view

    Add the ability to organize runbooks into folder / categories in the Runbooks view under automation accounts.

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  19. 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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  20. I would like to see a circle graph demonstrating the degree of compliance.

    Just like the Automation resource page, a circle graph that demonstrates degree of compliance.

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    Thanks for the feedback. This is something we’ve been planning to add to the service. Monitoring\compliance for Automation. Please share if you have any specifc area you’d want to have captured that will impact your overall Automation Compliance.

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