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  1. The way updating the certificate for Run As account should be more flexible

    Currently, the self-signed certificate that you created for the Run As account expires one year from the date of creation and the certificate won’t be automatically updated. Although you can set your certificate to expire a very long time by using Azure PowerShell, some users wonder that it will be a security issue if such a long certificate leaks. Such users are required to update the certificate every year before it expired. It would be great if the operations to update a certificate could be flexible as follows so that the uses can omit the troublesome procedure, which is updating…

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  2. Cannot modify Parameters when choosing Action Type "Automation Runbook" in Action Groups

    Steps to recreate:
    1) create a runbook, give it a few parameters
    2) publish runbook
    3) create a new alert, action group
    4) choose the action type "Automation Runbook"
    5) Choose "User" for "Runbook source"
    6) Select subscription, automation account and runbook

    It will not allow me to configure parameters. It keeps closing the dialog instead. In the attached image, no parameters are configured. As soon as I click on "Configure parameters" the side dialog closes.

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  3. Please increase the 500 limit of Change Tracking for windows file

    For example we have over 4000 DLL alone and have more files that must be monitored for change or Integrity, please increase the 500 limit, thanks.

    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/automation/change-tracking#change-tracking-data-collection-details

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  4. Support Update Management in North Europe

    Log Analytics in North Europe currently cannot be linked to an Automation Account in the same region. In order to deliver update management, VMs will need to register with a Log Analytics workspace in a region where linking to an automation account is supported.
    https://protect-eu.mimecast.com/s/pEoSCxO1iLlov9C8VEom?domain=docs.microsoft.com
    Please could support be added for North Europe?

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  5. Use new Azure API version2017-03-03-Preview in Set-AzOperationalInsightsSavedSearch to support new Kusto query

    Please use new Azure API version2017-03-03-Preview in Set-AzOperationalInsightsSavedSearch to support new Kusto query instead API version-2015-03-xx. The old API doesn't support new Kusto queries and I receive errors like:

    PS C:\Windows\system32> set-AzOperationalInsightsSavedSearch -ResourceGroupName rgvmosupdates -WorkspaceName VM-OS-Updates -DisplayName "TestQuery" -SavedSearchId testquery -Category "Updates" -Query 'Update | where UpdateState in~ ("needed", "not needed")' -Version 1

    set-AzOperationalInsightsSavedSearch : This oms query language is not supported on current workspace anymore. The query cannot be converted to new language. Check query syntax.
    At line:1 char:1
    + set-AzOperationalInsightsSavedSearch -ResourceGroupName rgvmosupdates ...
    + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo : NotSpecified: (:) [Set-AzOperationalInsightsSavedSearch], CloudException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : Microsoft.Rest.Azure.CloudException,Microsoft.Azure.Commands.OperationalInsights.SetAzureOperationalInsightsSavedSearchCommand

    Portal is…

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  6. Intantly Convert EML file to MSG File?

    How can I convert my EML file to MSG Files Instantly

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  7. Import KBIDs list into Update Management

    We need to be able to import (or paste) a list of KBIDs into the Update Management scheduled deployments include list.

    We deploy a specified batch of updates across our different environments and currently we are having to input 100+ KBIDs into the include list one-by-one.

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  8. Webhooks ARM Template

    Webhooks from ARM Template still don't work.
    I've seen the schema you're providing: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/templates/microsoft.automation/automationaccounts/webhooks
    The PowerShell commandlets first request to generate a token before it is apply in the template.
    When I run the ARM Template with your schema I cannot provide the URI and i get the error: "Invalid uri"

    I know it's a duplicate of https://feedback.azure.com/forums/246290-automation/suggestions/13227531-webhooks-arm-template
    but you've closed the item and it is still not working.

    123 votes
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  9. Not possible to add a runbook from the PowerShell Gallery using PowerShell

    Hi,

    At the moment I'm Automating workloads in Azure. In a powershell script I want to add an Automation Account to an Azure subscription. Part of the Automation Account are Runbooks. You can add a runbook to Azure Automation by creating a new one or by importing an existing runbook from a file or the Runbooks Gallery. To Import a Runbook you can use the script down below.

    $automationAccountName = "AutomationAccount"
    $runbookName = "Sample_TestRunbook"
    $scriptPath = "C:\Runbooks\Sample_TestRunbook.ps1"
    $RGName = "ResourceGroup"

    Import-AzureRMAutomationRunbook -Name $runbookName -Path $scriptPath `
    -ResourceGroupName $RGName -AutomationAccountName $automationAccountName `
    -Type PowerShellWorkflow

    With the Import-AzureRMAutomationRunbook command you're not allowed…

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  10. Update Management - Inject Patch Inclusions or Exclusions automatically during pre-script

    In Azure Update Management, we are able to cancel a scheduled Update Deployment with a pre-script (in our case, I'd like to do that if the patches have not yet been verified to impact the software prodcut running on the machine). I would also love to be able to 'inject', in the pre-script, one or more KB ID's that must be in- or excluded from the Update Deployment.

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  11. Start/Stop VMs during off-hours solution - VMs in multiple subscriptions

    Hello All,

    I have some VMs in Production subscription and some in Devtest subscription. Update Management solution conveniently allows to configure all VMs report into a single shared Log Analytics workspace and update all VMs from a single automation account. Very nice! Lovely!

    Now, as far as Start / Stop VMs solution is concerned, it is configured based using variables containing resource group names and VMs names. However, resource groups with the same name can exist in multiple subscriptions! (And VMs can have identical names, naturally). So, it appears that Start/Stop VM solution is not subscription-aware (as Update Management is)…

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  12. Source Control integration - preserve logging settings

    I've noticed that every time Azure Automation syncs up a new version of the runbook (PowerShell script pulled from an Azure DevOps repo) it resets the Logging\Tracing configuration. Is it possible to preserve these settings during sync?

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  13. Provide a "premium" SKU for Automation Accounts without/increased limits

    It would be very useful to have an automation account with either dedicated sandboxes and/or sandboxes with increased maximum limits, especially for memory and network sockets.
    Furthermore, the current way of assigning jobs to a sandbox is unpredictable, resulting in jobs to randomly fail.
    Using Hybrid Workers requires maintaining VM(s), which a lot of customers are trying to avoid when migrating their infrastructure to Azure.

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  14. Schedule for Day of the week

    Customer wants to configure schedule about Day of the week.
    For example, customer wants to set execution at Second Tuesday.

    Cx will apply Windows Update at Second Wednesday, so before update, they want to execute Runbook.
    Is there a plan for this configuration?

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  15. Possibility to Invoke a PS Command inside Azure VM Operating systems

    Include "Invoke-AzRMVMRunCommand" cmdlet to the library, to easily run consistent scripts to stop inside servers services before Deallocating the AzureVM

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  16. Sync in both directions

    I find that a possibility to sync to repos would be useful as that would enable creation of already existing runbook files in the repo, also the graphical runbooks (if any) could be exported that way.

    19 votes
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  17. Bug in Azure run-book. Power-shell script is unable to execute in azure run book

    Bug in Azure run-book. Power-shell script is unable to execute in the azure run book. For more details please check the case history of 119061723001596

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  18. Is it possible for RunBooks to always run hybrids from a schedule?

    I do not see in the documentation how I can configure a runbook to always run hybrid

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  19. Release Patch-MicrosoftOMSComputers runbook's source code

    In order to avoid windows update deep diving, should be great to release Patch-MicrosoftOMSComputers runbook's source code. This could be inspiring for cutom update management in complex azure architecture where Updata management do not fit totally.

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  20. Allow filter and sort options in Runbook All logs

    Currently when viewing the Logs for any Automation Account job there is no way to sort on Time column to bring the latest logs to top nor there is an option to filter the log or jump to the end of the log.
    Its painful to keep hitting Load more to reach the end of the log.
    Adding sort and filter capability will make view logs easy.

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