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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. 8/31/2016, Video, 0:12:09
    Understanding Operations Management Suite Automation.
  2. 5/31/2017, Mva
    Azure Automation is an Azure service that provides a way for users to automate the manual, long-running, error-prone, and frequently repeated tasks that are commonly performed...
  3. 8/31/2016, Video, 0:15:39
    Getting Started with Operations Management Suite Automation.
  4. 3/11/2016, Ebook
    This ebook introduces a fairly new feature of Microsoft Azure called Azure Automation. Using a highly scalable workflow execution environment, Azure Automation allows you to...
  5. 5/4/2015, Video, 1:33:34
    With Azure Automation, customers have a powerful new tool to manage their Microsoft Azure resources and external systems. In this session, we cover core Azure Automation...

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Azure Documentation

1. Azure Automation User Documentation
2. Overview
     2.1. What is Automation?
3. Quickstarts
     3.1. Create an Automation account
     3.2. Create a runbook
     3.3. Create a DSC configuration
4. Tutorials
     4.1. Track updated files with watcher tasks
     4.2. Manage updates for your VM
     4.3. Onboard update and change tracking by runbook
     4.4. Identify software on a VM
     4.5. Troubleshoot changes on a VM
5. How to
     5.1. Onboarding
          5.1.1. Onboard from an Azure VM
          5.1.2. Onboard from Automation account
     5.2. Update Management
          5.2.1. Update Management overview
          5.2.2. Manage updates for multiple VMs
          5.2.3. Integrate SCCM with Update Management
     5.3. Change Tracking
          5.3.1. Change Tracking overview
     5.4. Inventory
          5.4.1. Manage a VM with inventory collection
     5.5. Authentication and security
          5.5.1. Create standalone Automation account
          5.5.2. Create Azure AD user account
          5.5.3. Configure authentication with AWS
          5.5.4. Create Automation Run As account
          5.5.5. Validate Automation account config
          5.5.6. Manage role-based access control
          5.5.7. Manage Automation account
     5.6. Create runbooks
          5.6.1. Runbook types
          5.6.2. Create and import runbooks
          5.6.3. Create a graphical runbook
          5.6.4. Create a PowerShell runbook
          5.6.5. Create a PowerShell workflow runbook
          5.6.6. Create a Python runbook
          5.6.7. Edit textual runbooks
          5.6.8. Edit graphical runbooks
          5.6.9. Test a runbook
          5.6.10. Learning PowerShell Workflow
          5.6.11. Child runbooks
          5.6.12. Runbook output
          5.6.13. Source control integration
     5.7. Automate
          5.7.1. Start a runbook
          5.7.2. Start a runbook from a webhook
          5.7.3. Configure runbook input parameters
          5.7.4. Error handling in graphical runbooks
          5.7.5. Track a runbook job
          5.7.6. Change runbook settings
          5.7.7. Manage Azure Automation data
          5.7.8. Call Azure Automation Runbook from Log Analytics alert
          5.7.9. Pass a JSON object to an Azure Automation runbook
     5.8. Hybrid Runbook Worker
          5.8.1. Deploy Hybrid Runbook Worker
          5.8.2. Azure Automation Windows Hybrid Runbook Worker
          5.8.3. Azure Automation Linux Hybrid Runbook Worker
          5.8.4. Run runbooks on worker
          5.8.5. Remove Azure Automation Hybrid Runbook Workers
     5.9. Deploy configuration management (DSC)
          5.9.1. Desired State Configuration (DSC) overview
          5.9.2. Getting started
          5.9.3. Configure servers to a desired state and manage drift with Azure Automation
          5.9.4. Onboarding machines for management
          5.9.5. Compiling DSC configurations
          5.9.6. Continuous deployment using Chocolatey
          5.9.7. Forward Azure Automation DSC reporting data to OMS Log Analytics
     5.10. Manage assets
          5.10.1. Certificates
          5.10.2. Connections
          5.10.3. Credentials
          5.10.4. Integration modules
          5.10.5. Schedules
          5.10.6. Variables
          5.10.7. Update Azure PowerShell modules
     5.11. Scenarios
          5.11.1. Runbook gallery
          5.11.2. Start a runbook from Azure alerts
          5.11.3. Create Amazon Web Service VM
          5.11.4. Remediate Azure VM alert
          5.11.5. Start/stop VMs during off-hours
          5.11.6. Remove resource group
          5.11.7. Source control integration with GitHub Enterprise
          5.11.8. Source control integration with VSTS
          5.11.9. Call Azure Automation Runbook from Log Analytics alert
          5.11.10. Deploy an Azure Resource Manager template in an Azure Automation PowerShell runbook
     5.12. Monitor
          5.12.1. Forward Azure Automation job data to Log Analytics
          5.12.2. Unlink Azure Automation account from Log Analytics
     5.13. Migrate
          5.13.1. Migrate from Orchestrator
          5.13.2. Move Automation account
     5.14. Troubleshoot
          5.14.1. Troubleshoot common errors
          5.14.2. Troubleshoot Hybrid Runbook Worker
6. Reference
     6.1. Azure PowerShell
     6.2. Azure PowerShell (Classic)
     6.3. .NET
     6.4. REST
     6.5. REST (Classic)
7. Resources
     7.1. Automation introduction video
     7.2. Azure Automation training
     7.3. Azure Roadmap
     7.4. Learning path
     7.5. MSDN forum
     7.6. Pricing
     7.7. Pricing calculator
     7.8. Release notes
     7.9. Service updates
     7.10. Stack Overflow
     7.11. Videos

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Content Type
Microsoft Azure Essentials: Azure Automation Ebook

Online Training Content

Date Title
5/31/2017 Azure210x - Automating Azure Workloads


Tool Description
CloudMonix CloudMonix enhances Microsoft Azure by providing deep monitoring of most of Azure's infrastructure via live dashboards, ability to self-heal from many different production issues, on-demand historical performance and uptime reports, customizable alerts & notifications, sophisticated auto-scaling engine, integration to third party systems, and a lot more.


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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