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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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.

  4. 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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  5. UI is Bad.

    I'm trying to essentially clone an existing runbook. Seems like the only way to do is save it out. Save is greyed out and I have no freaking idea how to activate it.

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    planned  ·  Beth Cooper responded

    Thank you for posting this and sorry to hear that you are having difficulties with the UX.

    A feature that we are planning to work on in the next couple of months is a “Save As” feature which would allow you to create a copy of the runbook with a different name. This should allow you to clone a runbook without exporting and re-importing with a new name.

    You should expect to see save greyed out until there is a change in the runbook content. If this is not the case, its possible that you are hitting a bug. Can you try the following:
    1. Confirm save remains greyed out even after there are modifications to the runbook
    2. If save does remain greyed out, then publish the runbook or copy the text if it is textual (so you don’t lose your changes) and then start a clean browser session. …

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. Add background job to refresh assets on the Runbook Editor blade

    Add a job to refresh assets so if an asset is added in another browser tab you don't have to leave the editing blade to see the assets in the editor blade

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  10. 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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  12. 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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  13. Module-Installations are included in "Job Statistics"-Widget but excluded in "Jobs"-List

    When i install a module, the job-count is incrementing. When i click on the widget to see the list jobs, the numbers don't add up.

    Please list the module-installations in the "Jobs"-List.
    If this cannot be done pls exclude the module-installation from "Jobs Statistics".

    Right now the UI is very confusing.

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  14. 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.

  15. 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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    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

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  17. Display Name for Custom Connection Type Properties

    With the current Connection Type extensibility, giving 'friendly' names to the properties within the type is not possible, resulting in unfriendly names displayed to the user when creating a new Connection. Supporting Text Hints would also be nice, though less necessary.

    ie:
    {
    "ConnectionFields": [

    {
    
    "IsEncrypted": false,
    "IsOptional": false,
    "Name": "ServiceBusNamespaceURL",
    "DisplayName": "Service Bus Namespace URL",
    &quot;Hint&quot;: &quot;ie: <a rel="nofollow noreferrer" href="https://[namespace].servicebus.windows.net&quot;">https://[namespace].servicebus.windows.net&quot;</a>,
    &quot;TypeName&quot;: &quot;System.String&quot;
    },

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