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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  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. update parameter in graphical runbook when subrunbook is updated

    update parameter/code in graphical runbook when subrunbook is updated. Now when you update a subrunbook which is used in a graphical runbook, there is no update of code / parameters

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  10. Editor and Test Pane each 50% width

    When editing and testing a runbook, scrolling horizontally each time becomes a chore. Could we have the test pane side by side with the editor at half the window width?

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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. Please modify the DSC Installation Scripts for linux to not run things out of /tmp

    CIS hardening techniques suggests to mark /tmp with noexec. If one does this, then they cannot register the VM with Azure Automation DSC as the python install scripts look to be running things out of /tmp.

    The error that is produced in the logs is misleading as well.

    2019/05/30 19:34:24 ERROR:Checking for ctypes python module...Error: Python does not support ctypes on this system. Please install the ctypes module for Python or upgrade to a newer version of python that comes with the ctypes module.

    ctypes isn't the issue here, noexec being placed on /tmp is.

    Thanks!

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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. source control

    Add source control for python runbooks in VS Online..

    When syncing from our VS online repo, the .py files get the following error.

    Exception: Cannot validate argument on parameter 'Type'. The argument "Python2" does not belong to the set "Graph,PowerShell,PowerShellWorkflow" specified by the ValidateSet attribute. Supply an argument that is in the set and then try the command again.

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  17. Add a parameter to automation jobs that allows a notification to be sent to an e-mail address if/when the underlying sandbox crashes

    We use the Start/Stop VM automation to manage when VMs are brought online or taken offline. Recently, one of the sandboxes that runs the child jobs crashed after completing the job. In our case, the subsequent child jobs could not be launched because the crashed job still showed in a "running" state.

    By adding a parameter for e-mail address to a job or runbook, a user could be notified in the event that a sandbox crashes, or if a job is stuck in the "running" state for longer than expected.

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  18. Refresh button for compilation jobs

    Can you please have a refresh button in the state configuration compilation job window? Currently you have to close the blade and re-open to see the change in job state.

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  19. 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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  20. Use automation account to patch the SharePoint security updates

    When we use the update management to patch the SharePoint security updates, we will face the error 0x80240020 error.
    According to the link, the error was occurred by we cannot logged on to the server.
    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/deployment/update/windows-update-errors

    So we have to manually update the patches.
    We would like to use the update management to update these patches in the future.

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