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  1. 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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  2. 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 = "SampleTestRunbook"
    $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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Azure Automation should support Write-Information

    Using Write-Output to display information on the output pane in Azure Automation does not work within functions or workflows that must return objects to the pipeline for use by other activities/cmdlets.

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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.

    8 votes
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  8. 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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  9. Direct connection to Storage Accounts via Azure automation is not possible without using a hybrid worker.

    Currently, we cannot use the Connections strings to a storage account to connect to the Azure file share on azure automation. To access the blob/file share, we need to set up a hybrid worker and from there we can do whatever we want
    This shouldn't be the case, we should be able to establish direct connection to the file share.

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  10. 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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    0 comments  ·  Desired State Configuration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

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  11. 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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  12. Provide a better way of adding and removing VM's from the VM list, Customer and I this was not clear and lost time,

    Provide a better way of adding and removing VM's from the VM list, Customer and I this was not clear and lost time,

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    0 comments  ·  Start / Stop VM  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

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  13. Availability in Canada east region

    For high availability and disaster recovery purposes I would love to have automation available in Canada east region. Can this be pushed? Thanks!

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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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