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  1. PowerSTIG Module Import in Azure Automation

    The PowerSTIG module is unable to be imported using the Azure Automation blade inside the Azure Portal. I would like to have the ability to import the PowerSTIG module and all required dependencies via the Azure Portal. Currently, to get this to work all required dependencies have to be imported using PowerShell.

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  2. Start-AzAutomationSourceControlSyncJob Add SyncType parameter to invoke 'Incremental' syncs

    The Start-AzAutomationSourceControlSyncJob function only triggers a FullSync from a connected Azure DevOps Repo, which can sometimes take a long time if you have lots of runbooks in a repo. Can we add a pramater to this to trigger an optional incremental sync?

    Use Case
    The Azure Automation account has this option as a feature toggle but not something that can be triggered ad-hoc after a full sync outside of Azure Automation. We don't want to use the AutoSync feature as we want to control the upload of runbooks via Azure DevOps pipelines with approvals etc. then trigger a sync job…

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  3. Signed runbooks for Azure cloud platform worker

    Please add support to run only signed Runbooks so that we can be sure that no modifications are made for our runbooks.
    It should work not only on Hybrid worker as it is now, but also on Azure cloud platform worker.
    We should be able to provide our certificates for signature checks (better via KeyVault integration).

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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. 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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  6. When executing a Runbook with switch parameters, provide a truly boolean option

    When you execute a PowerShell runbook that has a Sitch parameter, you have to provide either the string "true" or the string "false" to set the value for the parameter.
    Instead, I think you should be presented with a radio button or a checkbox, Either the switch parameter is used, and thus is $true or it isn't used and the value is $false

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  7. Get the Error of Azure automation runbook using REST API

    Currently, we can only get output of runbook using REST API.
    There is no such API to get errors of runbook.

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  8. 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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  9. Automate the removal of TenantEncryptionCert from VMs on automation

    We use automation accounts to switch VMs on and off. Now what we notice is that there are large amounts of certificates accumulated on the servers themselves. These certs accumulate over time.

    We keep the servers clean and remove any obsolete/unnecessary items.
    If we need to install site-specific certificates, it’ll be in between 100s of other certificates.

    Now I don’t believe we should be clearing these out manually. They should be cleaned out by some process on Microsoft’s end when the certificates get provisioned and to remove any other.

    I’m sure other clients probably have the same issue. I understand…

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  10. SQL [DBNULL] datatype breaks calling runbooks

    When a runbook uses sqlcmd and returns a dataset, and that dataset has a [DBNULL] data type (A column IS NULL in the sql return), the calling runbook errors out.
    Example:
    2 runbooks. One runs in azure, another runs on Hybrid worker. The azure runbook starts the Hybrid worker runbook. The hybrid worker runbook does a SQL query using invoke-sqlcmd. The SQL query returns a dataset which has a NULL value in one of the columns. That return is then sent to the calling runbook in Azure.

    Result:
    I forget the failure, but it appears JSON can't format it correctly.

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  11. Runbook designer activity links overlap

    in runbook designer, if an activity has more than a link point to it from two other sources, the link often overlaps.
    Could you make each link separate with each other so that we know clearly where it comes from .

    Thanks

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  12. 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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  13. 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.

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  14. 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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  15. Creation of run to check the Logic app trigger history

    Creation of run to check the Logic app trigger history:

    We already have Azure PS cmdlets to get the logic history, but it cannot be used in the Runbook. Please enable a way to use the following commands

    Get-AzureRmLogicAppRunHistory

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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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