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  1. how possible that Microsoft will provide patch/update management for AKS worker nodes.

    how possible that Microsoft will provide patch/update management for AKS worker nodes. Their severity e.g. critical and security are required for appropriated responses. This also help us to comply security audit and compliance.

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  2. 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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  3. 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!

  4. 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. …

  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. xmlhttp breaks when triggering with Azure Automation Account job; Bug or Feature?

    Hi AA Team!
    Could you take a look at my (unattended) help request <https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/ac87a04b-9439-445c-8fa6-f73230d1b4a7/do-automation-account-job-calls-block-jsessionid-cookies?forum=azureautomation>? It basically claims that using an Azure AA job breaks a working solution: "The only difference between a successful and a failing execution is adding the Azure Automation Account job as application trigger." I have not found any clue in my internet researches, not did I receive any response to my posts (MSDN, SO).

    Best!

    A Maerz

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  10. Allow for persistent session on Azure Automation Hybrid Worker to bypass the need to load modules multiple times for a long recurring task

    We have several provisioning /de-provisioning tasks that are kicked off by an external system. That system is designed to initiate these tasks on a per-user basis (not grouped) and each time a task is kicked off all of the modules required for the task have to load. This causes the time from the task being kicked off to the task complete taking quite a long time (few minutes.) In an environment where potentially thousands of tasks are queued to run, the faster things run the better.

    It would be nice to be able to create some sort of 'persistent' session…

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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. Simplify VM Restarts

    Allow restarts by a named list, not the current resource group and then select exceptions.
    Under the current setup to schedule a restart of a single vm in a resource group containing 10 other VM's it a complete mess to setup its not worth the effort, with me ending up restarting manually.
    Or even better allow a scheduled restart from the VM configuration itself along the lines of the shutdown option.

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  14. 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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  15. 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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  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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    0 comments  ·  Bug  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    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.

  17. Azure portal blades are impossible to navigate. Please add sizing controls to better navigate.

    The blades on the portal are very poor in performance and navigation controls. Please improve the blade navigation by adding sizing controls. The technologies and solutions are great, but the portal experience leaves the users abandoning the idea.

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  18. Ability to filter jobs based on name with wildcards

    In the 'runbooks' view, I can type part of a runbook name and the list of runbooks is filtered, showing all runbooks with a name that partially contains the text I typed.

    In the 'jobs' view, I can only filter by typing the EXACT name of the runbook. Please extend this filter so it has the same behavior as the runbooks view.

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  19. Fix Azure Automation Modules Repository to support Side by Side versioning of modules

    Azure Automation Modules repository currently only supports 1 version of a module with the same name. This breaks Side by Side module versioning with Powershell DSC. Please add support for uploading multiple versions of modues.

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