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  1. If you link to a page, make sure the page is actually relevant

    Case in point: This error:

    Unexpected exception: Authentication failed for credential

    Provides a link for this page:

    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/automation/automation-troubleshooting-automation-errors#troubleshoot-common-errors-when-working-with-runbooks

    Which does not, in fact, provide any help in troubleshooting that particular issue.

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  2. Netingek ir turėsi viską užsuk į svečius

    Reik žmogui duoti už ko užsikabinti.

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  3. Automate migration across compute families based on rules/usage

    Remove problem of not knowing how an iaas provisioning will be used. Simplifying decisioning based on user appetite for risk or cost.
    This could use collected telemetry to evidence usage and use rules to control decisions

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  4. service tag

    Azure DSC requires 443 Outbound open to the Internet. This causes a lot of trouble when trying to stay in compliance.
    The DSC Agent shouldn't go through the Internet or we should be able to use a Service Tag instead of having to whitelist 50 Ip Addresses every week, which is unmanageable.

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  5. certificate

    Windows does not let you export a private key certificate without a password, but there does not seem to be any way to specify a password when using ARM. I'm not sure why the ARM resource requires a base64 string--it would make much more sense to just reference a certificate in an existing Key Vault, like the Compute team does.

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    Thanks for the valid suggestion. Your feedback is now open for the user community to upvote & comment on. This allows us to effectively prioritize your request against our existing feature backlog and also gives us insight into the potential impact of implementing the suggested feature.

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  7. “Run time” property in DSC node reports is incorrect

    I just noticed the following in Azure Automation DSC: The “Run time” property is way off for all DSC node reports in my Automation account, attached is an example showing runtimes of large timespans such as 23 hours.

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  9. Write-Output Only Works if Last Activity in Pipeline

    I noticed that a Write-Output activity only actually produces output if it is either the last activity in the entire runbook, or if it is the last activity for a pipeline. In this context, by 'pipeline' I mean a 'leaf' on the runbook 'tree'.

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  10. azure automation after renewing certificate old cert is kept for 90 days which if exported provides persistence and a security vulnerability

    azure automation after renewing a certificate the old cert is kept for 90 days which if it was exported before the renewal can still be used to authenticate as the security principal this provides persistence and a security vulnerability. It's retention is described under https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/automation/automation-managing-data#data-retention Please enable the deletion of renewed certificates before the 90 day retention period

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  11. Enable tracing to more easily troubleshoot graphical runbooks

    In the runbook test experience and production jobs for graphical runbooks enable tracing of the input objects, output objects, streams, exceptions, start and end times for each activity. This will enable much more efficient troubleshooting.

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    under review  ·  Beth Cooper responded

    Azure Automation / UserVoice users – we would appreciate your feedback on this suggestion!

  12. UI is Bad.

    I'm trying to essentially clone an existing runbook. Seems like the only way to do is save it out. Save is greyed out and I have no freaking idea how to activate it.

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    planned  ·  Beth Cooper responded

    Thank you for posting this and sorry to hear that you are having difficulties with the UX.

    A feature that we are planning to work on in the next couple of months is a “Save As” feature which would allow you to create a copy of the runbook with a different name. This should allow you to clone a runbook without exporting and re-importing with a new name.

    You should expect to see save greyed out until there is a change in the runbook content. If this is not the case, its possible that you are hitting a bug. Can you try the following:
    1. Confirm save remains greyed out even after there are modifications to the runbook
    2. If save does remain greyed out, then publish the runbook or copy the text if it is textual (so you don’t lose your changes) and then start a clean browser session. …

  13. Automation Runbooks do not provide tag compliance properly

    Using Azure policy to audit tags does not show compliance correctly on Automation runbooks. Other resources auditing tags works correctly. Opened MS premier case and they confirmed this is a bug in the Automation resource provider. I would like to see this fixed.

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  14. Forward job status and job streams from Automation to Log Analytics (OMS) - troubleshooting

    I`ve followed these instructions in 3 different subscriptions/Automation Accounts to enable log analytics in OMS: https://docs.microsoft.com/nb-no/azure/automation/automation-manage-send-joblogs-log-analytics
    The Enable-AzureDiagnostics.ps1 script ran without issues, and I see two Blob containers created - insights-logs-joblogs and insights-logs-jobstreams.
    Also, the Get-AzureRmOperationalInsightsStorageInsight returns the information desribed in the section "Verify configuration" in the article.
    However, none of the following queries returns any entries in OMS:
    Category=JobStreams
    Category=JobLogs
    I thought it could take some time before it started working, but now 1 week have passed since I enabled job forwarding.
    Any hints on how to troubleshoot?

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  15. OMS Change Tracking - Add File Version to file details

    We would like to see the version of a file within the file details in the Change Tracker feature of OMS. This would make it easy on our reports to understand and compare the version of the file vs the version that is expected by our deployment process.

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  16. Expanding CMDLETS

    I can't expand the cmdlets, which make it harder to search for the one I want to use.

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  17. Allow Dashes in Resource groups or vm names in Graphical Run Books

    Why is this not consistent? Don't allowed when creating RGs or VMs. Now graphical run books useless to me.

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  18. Enable Ctrl + s in powershell editor

    It's nice to have the powershell editor and see how it supports useful capabilities like code comments through keyboard shortcuts. (Ctrl + k c), however, it would be even better if it supports Ctrl + s to save the script (currently it opens a window to save the whole webpage...), that would make the editor even more intuitive.

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  19. Powershell command to manage alerts

    I'd like to have a way to bulk manage alerts. currently I have to navigate to alerts > select the alert to see the smart group> and I can change the state to 10 alerts at a time to closed or acknowledged. but when I have 300+ alerts to change the state to this takes too long.

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  20. 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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    Thanks for the valid suggestion. Your feedback is now open for the user community to upvote which allows us to effectively prioritize your request against our existing feature backlog and also gives us insight into the potential impact of implementing the suggested feature.

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