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Service Description

Automation greatly facilitates the management of Azure resources by enabling the automation of tasks such as the creation of resources, their deployment, monitoring, and administration as part of a workflow-based engine. Associated resources (e.g., a cloud service with associated storage account and Active Directory setup) can be created and managed using what are referred to as "runbooks." The individual resources then no longer have to be created individually and separately.

Getting Started

  1. Understanding Operations Management Suite Automation
    8/31/2016, Video, 0:12:09
  2. Azure210x - Automating Azure Workloads
    5/31/2017, Mva
  3. Getting Started with Operations Management Suite Automation
    8/31/2016, Video, 0:15:39
  4. Automating the Cloud with Azure Automation
    8/14/2014, Mva
  5. Microsoft Azure Essentials: Azure Automation
    3/11/2016, Ebook
  6. Automating Operational and Management Tasks Using Azure Automation
    5/4/2015, Video, 1:33:34

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Azure Documentation

1. Overview
     1.1. What is Azure Automation?
2. Get started
     2.1. Get started with Azure Automation
     2.2. Runbook tutorial
          2.2.1. Create graphical runbook
          2.2.2. Create PowerShell runbook
          2.2.3. My first Python runbook
          2.2.4. Create PowerShell Workflow runbook
3. How to
     3.1. Authentication and security
          3.1.1. Create standalone Automation account
          3.1.2. Create Azure AD User account
          3.1.3. Configure Authentication with AWS
          3.1.4. Create Automation Run As account
          3.1.5. Validate Automation account config
          3.1.6. Manage role-based access control
          3.1.7. Manage Automation account
     3.2. Create runbooks
          3.2.1. Runbook types
          3.2.2. Create and import runbooks
          3.2.3. Edit textual runbooks
          3.2.4. Edit graphical runbooks
          3.2.5. Test a runbook
          3.2.6. Learning PowerShell Workflow
          3.2.7. Child runbooks
          3.2.8. Runbook output
          3.2.9. Source control integration
     3.3. Automate
          3.3.1. Start a runbook
          3.3.2. Start a runbook from a webhook
          3.3.3. Configure runbook input parameters
          3.3.4. Error handling in graphical runbooks
          3.3.5. Track a runbook job
          3.3.6. Change runbook settings
          3.3.7. Manage Azure Automation data
          3.3.8. Call Azure Automation Runbook from Log Analytics alert
          3.3.9. Pass a JSON object to an Azure Automation runbook
     3.4. Hybrid Runbook Worker
          3.4.1. Deploy Hybrid Runbook Worker
          3.4.2. Azure Automation Windows Hybrid Runbook Worker
          3.4.3. Azure Automation Linux Hybrid Runbook Worker
          3.4.4. Run runbooks on worker
          3.4.5. Remove Azure Automation Hybrid Runbook Workers
     3.5. Deploy configuration management (DSC)
          3.5.1. Desired State Configuration (DSC) overview
          3.5.2. Getting started
          3.5.3. Configure servers to a desired state and manage drift with Azure Automation
          3.5.4. Onboarding machines for management
          3.5.5. Compiling DSC configurations
          3.5.6. Continuous deployment using Chocolatey
          3.5.7. Forward Azure Automation DSC reporting data to OMS Log Analytics
     3.6. Manage assets
          3.6.1. Certificates
          3.6.2. Connections
          3.6.3. Credentials
          3.6.4. Integration Modules
          3.6.5. Schedules
          3.6.6. Variables
          3.6.7. Update Azure PowerShell modules
     3.7. Scenarios
          3.7.1. Runbook gallery
          3.7.2. Create Amazon Web Service VM
          3.7.3. Remediate Azure VM alert
          3.7.4. Start/stop VM with JSON Tags
          3.7.5. Remove Resource Group
          3.7.6. Source control integration with GitHub Enterprise
          3.7.7. Source control integration with VSTS
          3.7.8. Call Azure Automation Runbook from Log Analytics alert
          3.7.9. Deploy an Azure Resource Manager template in an Azure Automation PowerShell runbook
     3.8. Solutions
          3.8.1. Update Management
      Manage updates for multiple VMs
      Integrate SCCMr with OMS Update Management
          3.8.2. Change tracking
          3.8.3. Track changes in your VMs
          3.8.4. Manage a VM with inventory collection
          3.8.5. Start/stop VMs during off-hours
     3.9. Monitor
          3.9.1. Forward Azure Automation job data to Log Analytics
          3.9.2. Unlink Azure Automation account from Log Analytics
     3.10. Migrate
          3.10.1. Migrate from Orchestrator
          3.10.2. Move Automation Account
     3.11. Troubleshoot
          3.11.1. Troubleshoot common errors
          3.11.2. Troubleshoot Hybrid Runbook Worker
4. Reference
     4.1. Azure PowerShell
     4.2. Azure PowerShell (Classic)
     4.3. .NET
     4.4. REST
     4.5. REST (Classic)
5. Resources
     5.1. Automation introduction video
     5.2. Azure Automation training
     5.3. Azure Roadmap
     5.4. Learning path
     5.5. MSDN forum
     5.6. Pricing
     5.7. Pricing calculator
     5.8. Release notes
     5.9. Service updates
     5.10. Stack Overflow
     5.11. Videos

Web Content

Content Type
Microsoft Azure Essentials: Azure Automation Ebook

Online Training Content

Date Title
5/31/2017 Azure210x - Automating Azure Workloads
8/14/2014 Automating the Cloud with Azure Automation


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Date Title Length
3/1/2017 Azure Analysis Services Programmability and Automation Webinar 0:45:46
11/21/2016 Creating an Azure Vending Machine to Show the Possibilities of Azure 0:38:42
8/31/2016 Invoking Operations Management Suite Automation Runbooks 0:12:20
8/31/2016 Migrating Runbooks from System Center Orchestrator to Operations Management Suite Automation 0:25:46
8/31/2016 Operations Management Suite Automation DSC 0:36:01
8/31/2016 Hybrid Cloud Automation with Operations Management Suite Automation 0:17:48
8/31/2016 Utilizing the Automation Gallery for Operations Management Suite Automation Runbooks 0:21:13
8/31/2016 Creating Operations Management Suite Automation Graphical Runbooks 0:31:23
8/31/2016 Building Operations Management Suite Automation Runbooks with PowerShell 0:26:14
8/31/2016 Getting Started with Operations Management Suite Automation 0:15:39

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