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  1. OLM Converter

    The tool which helps in the conversion of OLM files into different file formats is known as an OLM Conveter tool. There are many converter tool for such process but if you need a reliable, fast and an accurate converter tool then I recommend OLM Extractor Pro.
    For more info: https://www.olmextractorpro.com/olm-converter-for-mac/

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  2. Azure Automation - Start Stop Solution

    The Azure Automation Start/ Stop solution uses the following external variables to define the target set of VM's

    "ExternalStartResourceGroupNames" and the "ExternalStopResourceGroupNames"

    The documentation does say that to target the entire subscription and to apply the VM Start / Stop solution the values to those variables should be set to "*".

    However if the value is left empty / blank, the azure automation runbook assumes that this still applies to all VM's and targets the start and stop solution to all VM's in the whole subscription.

    This may not be a desirable outcome specially to stop…

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  3. OLM to MBOX conversion

    If you want an easy way to convert files of OLM to MBOX then I recommend you OLM Extractor Pro converter tool. The tool is known for it's speed, smart interface and accurate result. It save read and unread emails in different folders.

    Know more here: https://www.olmextractorpro.com/olm-to-mbox-converter-online/

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  4. Add column for linked schedule to the "Jobs" view

    When vieweing "Jobs" in Azure Automation, only the columns "Status", "Created" and "Last updated" is visible.
    It would be useful to be able to view columns for "Schedule" in this view.
    A runbook may be linked to several schedules and thus may run with different parameters.
    With that in mind it would make sense to be able to see what linked schedule each job was triggered by.

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  5. Transaction function in Az command

    We would like to add Transaction functionality to the functionality of Automation. It would be great if we could use that function with Az command.
    For example, sometimes mistakes occur in a series of operations for Azure resource starts/stops/modify/configures. Then subsequent processing stops, causing unexpected problems.
    To avoid this, if there is a transaction function, we can make bulk changes to be performed, which is very useful in resource change scenarios.

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  6. Oracle Linux Support in Azure Automation

    We would like the ability to use the Azure Automation Hybrid Runbook Worker and Update Management features with our Oracle Linux 7 VMs. Oracle Linux is listed as an endorsed distribution in the Azure documentation (https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/linux/endorsed-distros), and is a derivative of RHEL, an already supported OS. Some of our Oracle applications require Oracle Linux, so moving them to RHEL or CentOS is not an option.

    Thank you!

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  7. delete hybrid worker from portal

    In some case, we need to delete hybrid worker from portal.
    Should be great to have this ability. There is already this functionnality for Intergation runtime node and Azure Devops agent, why not hybrid worker ?

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  8. Deep link to job run

    The job run page with the Input and Output has no deep link or at least the portal does not update the URL and I found no documentation how to build a deep link. For working on errors it would be easier to send a link directly to a co worker

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  9. Fixed IP Address Range for Automation PowerShell web request

    I'd like to use automation powershell to make an api call to a third party's service, however, they require whitelisting of the ip the request is made from. Because Automation IP addresses are dynamic and the range has potential to change weekly it not feasible to contact the third party asking for a change to their firewall and eliminates Automation as a solution.

    Please publish a fixed range of ip addresses which powershell Automation web requests are made from.

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  10. Testing hypothetically "whatif"

    While all testing should be done in a non-production environment, the ability to confirm testing in production is eminently useful.
    In the same way that you can run a PowerShell command with the whatif parameter, it would be useful to be able to have a similar function in the test pane.

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  11. Enable option to hide or mask input parameters for runbook job

    When running job in runbook, input parameters (Input Name and Value) are displayed in job windows.

    I can imagine there can be use cases such as multiple users using one runbook and the job input parameters are displayed to every users.

    As a workaround, currently there are Runbook assets , variable which can encrypt the values, but these are made for automation account level.
    I believe there should be straight forward way to hide or mask input parameters for runbook job from runbook itself.

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  12. VM compliance report related to update management

    Is there any way we can pull the VM compliance report related to update management with below points :
    • Number of compliant systems
    • Percentage of compliant systems
    • Number of non-compliant systems
    • Percentage of non-compliant systems

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  13. Start/Stop VMs during off-hours - specific VMs only?

    I'm using the Start/Stop VMs during off-hours feature Azure Automation solution.
    I'm trying to use it to start/stop a small number of specified VMs only (3 VMs).
    I followed the instructions, running the ScheduledStartStop_Parent runbook and specifying the desired VMs in the VMList parameter, but at present, it's starting and stopping all VMs in all resource groups. It's literally processing all VMs in the subscription!

    I've tried listing every single one of the other VMs into the "External_ExcludeVMNames" variable, but this is not a workable solution since if one of the excluded VMs is later deleted (this is a lab…

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  14. Renaming options

    There were several requests about reanming options in the past, which were all rejected because of lacking resources. Maybe that changed now?

    It would be convenient if we could rename e.g. runbooks.
    Correcting typos or do a quick rename of a few runbooks due to a new naming scheme would be a very good feature.

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  15. Exclude B-Series Vms

    It would useful to be able to exclude B-Series burstable VMs from the auto start/stop solution, as they're not suitable.

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  16. Add an option to manually set the frequency of the log data for Change Tracking

    Currently, the frequency that the log data is collected from Change Tracking solution as shown on the following document couldn't be edited. (It's possible only for Windows Service.)

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

    However, I have some customers who would like to change the frequency to match the requirement of their systems. It would be great if you could add an option to manually set the frequency for all data from change tracking.

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  17. Support Windows Server 2008 R2 on update management solution

    If we install .net4.8 and PowerShell 5.1 on a Windows 2008 R2 server then we are able to successfully use Azure Update Management to update a non-Azure VM.

    Currently in online guidance https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/automation/automation-update-management#clients – it specifies that Windows Server2008 R2 is not supported for the Hybrid Runbook Worker.

    Can we add plan to support this kind of OS in update management and hybrid worker ?

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  18. Provisioning an Azure subscriptions cannot be fully automated

    Currently there is no way to automate the creation of new Azure Subscription. Partners must be able to automate the creation of subscription.

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  19. Patch installed Date & Time and Product details

    In UpdateManagement
    1."Update" query doesn't have the details of Patch installed Date and Time.
    2. "UpdateRunProgress" doesn't have the details of Product for Windows machines. where we are getting for the Linux machines.

    Hopefully we need these 2 details to be captured in mentioned query

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  20. Test Pane says "Saving Runbook". Never finishes. Never displays an error.

    I waited 3 hours. Either work or display an error.

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