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Azure Automation allows you to automate the creation, monitoring, deployment, and maintenance of resources in your Azure environment using a highly-available workflow execution engine. Orchestrate time-consuming, error-prone, and frequently repeated tasks against Azure and third party systems to decrease time to value for your cloud operations.

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  1. Extension for VSCode

    Provide a VSCode extension similar to the ISE Addon

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  2. Start-AzAutomationSourceControlSyncJob Add SyncType parameter to invoke 'Incremental' syncs

    The Start-AzAutomationSourceControlSyncJob function only triggers a FullSync from a connected Azure DevOps Repo, which can sometimes take a long time if you have lots of runbooks in a repo. Can we add a pramater to this to trigger an optional incremental sync?

    Use Case
    The Azure Automation account has this option as a feature toggle but not something that can be triggered ad-hoc after a full sync outside of Azure Automation. We don't want to use the AutoSync feature as we want to control the upload of runbooks via Azure DevOps pipelines with approvals etc. then trigger a sync job…

    43 votes
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    0 comments  ·  Source control integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    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

  3. Desired State Configuration Source Control

    Provide the ability to sync DSC Configurations with remote GitHub Repo's. Similar to how the Runbook integration works. When a push to a Git Repo is made, synchronise it with the Azure Automation Account.

    42 votes
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  4. 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.

    40 votes
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    1 comment  ·  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.

  5. Allow DSC Reports to include ResourcesNotInDesiredState that were corrected during a consistency check

    Currently if a node is set to ApplyAndAutoCorrect, when the report is sent back to the report server, there is no reference to any resources that were non-compliant at the time of the consistency check. DSC will auto correct without reporting what it did. For compliance reasons, we would like to be able to query the report server to see if any resources had to be put back into desired state. We would like DSC to report non-compliance like it does when using ApplyandMonitor mode prior to auto correct.

    Here is the link to the same request on the PowerShell…

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  6. Use an existing SPN instead of creating one new SPN for each Azure Automation account

    It would be nice to have an option to use an existing SPN instead of creating new SPN for each Azure Automation account for easy maintenance

    39 votes
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  7. Add Support for Newtonsoft.Json.dll v10 or higher

    Currently, Azure Automation requires v6 of Newtonsoft.Json.dll. Certain Powershell modules used in automation (in this case, VMWare's PowerCLI) utilize newer versions of Newtonsoft.Json.dll. In this scenario, the cmdlets which rely on this newer version of the .dll will fail to execute when ran under AA due to AA requiring the older version. Similar issues are outlined in Azure SDK feedback on Github here:

    https://github.com/Azure/azure-sdk-for-net/issues/4380#issuecomment-415025767

    An Azure support ticket was created for this issue:119103124005441

    PowerCLI specific error:
    Get-ContentLibraryItem Could not load file or assembly 'Newtonsoft.Json, Version=10.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=30ad4fe6b2a6aeed' or one of its dependencies. The system cannot find the file specified.

    39 votes
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  8. Add VSTS Integration for Azure Automation

    Activate the VSTS (and TFS) Integration at source control in Azure Automation.

    38 votes
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  9. Email after runbook job

    Is it possible to send an email of the azure runbook automation job output ?

    37 votes
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  10. Start/Stop VMs during off-hours for CSP Azure Subscription

    The latest scripts are working fine for CSP Azure Subscriptions (as of 2018-06-10)

    But each job run throws lot of job errors with message content like:

    Get-AzureVM : ForbiddenError: The server failed to authenticate the request. Verify that the certificate is valid and
    is associated with this subscription.
    At line:168 char:16
    + $currentVM = Get-AzureVM | where Name -Like $filtervm.Trim() ...
    + ~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo : CloseError: (:) [Get-AzureVM], ComputeCloudException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : Microsoft.WindowsAzure.Commands.ServiceManagement.IaaS.GetAzureVMCommand

    Job: ScheduledStartStop_Parent

    CSP based Azure subscriptions have no ASM functionality

    36 votes
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  11. 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.

    34 votes
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    2 comments  ·  Integration with other products  ·  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.

  12. 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)…

    34 votes
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    5 comments  ·  Start / Stop VM  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    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.

  13. Move "Run on" to runbook settings

    It doesn't make sense to have "Run on" dynamically selecteable. Please move it to "Runbook settings" so that we can do a one-time configuration of whether a runbook should run using hybrid workers or cloud-based workers.

    34 votes
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  14. Add GitHub Enterprise Source Control Support

    Currently Azure Automation only supports connecting to public GitHub, it would be helpful if we could use our GitHub Enterprise instance for source control.

    32 votes
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  15. 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.

    31 votes
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  16. Schedule exclusions

    It would be nice to be able to exclude specific dates from schedules. For instance one might want to schedule a runbook every Friday of the month except on Friday 13th or if the Monday of the month is the 1st of that month. (like we could do in Orchestrator)

    31 votes
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  17. SUSE 15 Support in Azure Automation

    Azure Automation, specifically the Update Management solution within Azure Automation, currently lists only SUSE Linux Enterprise versions 11 and 12 as supported. Given that SUSE 15 is listed as an Endorsed Distrubition on Microsoft Docs (https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/linux/endorsed-distros), I am confused about the reasoning behind its absence.

    30 votes
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  18. Enable Implicit Remoting

    I don't seem to be able to use implicit remoting to manage things like Exchange Online or the Office 365 Compliance Center, which leverages Exchange as well.

    This is a hurdle for me as I can't migrate some of our important jobs to Azure Automation. Is it possible to enable implicit remoting in the PowerShell environment?

    Thanks!

    30 votes
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    under review  ·  Beth Cooper responded

    Thanks for this feedback. We will take a look.

    Also, do you have an example of a command that you are trying to use right now? I’ve heard of other customers managing Exchange & O365 with Automation, so there might be a different way to perform the task you are trying to do.

  19. Edit the name of assets and runbooks

    To be able to edit name/description or asset/runbook

    [Beth Cooper]: Updating this request to only include updating the names of runbook/assets because you can currently edit the description

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    under review  ·  Beth Cooper responded

    You can currently edit the description on runbooks and assets. To do this for runbooks, go to the Configuration page.

    On the names, would the ability to add a friendly name (that you can edit at any time) be sufficient or are you hoping to change the workflow name as well?

  20. 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.

    29 votes
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