Azure Automation

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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. 9/27/2016, Webpage
    Microsoft Azure Automation provides a way for users to automate the manual, long-running, error-prone, and frequently repeated tasks that are commonly performed in a cloud and...
  2. 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...
  3. 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
     4.4. Identify software on a VM
     4.5. Troubleshoot changes on a VM
5. How to
     5.1. Update management
          5.1.1. Overview
          5.1.2. Manage updates for multiple VMs
          5.1.3. Integrate SCCM with OMS Update Management
     5.2. Change tracking
          5.2.1. Overview
          5.2.2. Track changes in your VMs
     5.3. Inventory
          5.3.1. Manage a VM with inventory collection
     5.4. Authentication and security
          5.4.1. Create standalone Automation account
          5.4.2. Create Azure AD user account
          5.4.3. Configure authentication with AWS
          5.4.4. Create Automation Run As account
          5.4.5. Validate Automation account config
          5.4.6. Manage role-based access control
          5.4.7. Manage Automation account
     5.5. Create runbooks
          5.5.1. Runbook types
          5.5.2. Create and import runbooks
          5.5.3. Create a graphical runbook
          5.5.4. Create a PowerShell runbook
          5.5.5. Create a PowerShell workflow runbook
          5.5.6. Create a Python runbook
          5.5.7. Edit textual runbooks
          5.5.8. Edit graphical runbooks
          5.5.9. Test a runbook
          5.5.10. Learning PowerShell Workflow
          5.5.11. Child runbooks
          5.5.12. Runbook output
          5.5.13. Source control integration
     5.6. Automate
          5.6.1. Start a runbook
          5.6.2. Start a runbook from a webhook
          5.6.3. Configure runbook input parameters
          5.6.4. Error handling in graphical runbooks
          5.6.5. Track a runbook job
          5.6.6. Change runbook settings
          5.6.7. Manage Azure Automation data
          5.6.8. Call Azure Automation Runbook from Log Analytics alert
          5.6.9. Pass a JSON object to an Azure Automation runbook
     5.7. Hybrid Runbook Worker
          5.7.1. Deploy Hybrid Runbook Worker
          5.7.2. Azure Automation Windows Hybrid Runbook Worker
          5.7.3. Azure Automation Linux Hybrid Runbook Worker
          5.7.4. Run runbooks on worker
          5.7.5. Remove Azure Automation Hybrid Runbook Workers
     5.8. Deploy configuration management (DSC)
          5.8.1. Desired State Configuration (DSC) overview
          5.8.2. Getting started
          5.8.3. Configure servers to a desired state and manage drift with Azure Automation
          5.8.4. Onboarding machines for management
          5.8.5. Compiling DSC configurations
          5.8.6. Continuous deployment using Chocolatey
          5.8.7. Forward Azure Automation DSC reporting data to OMS Log Analytics
     5.9. Manage assets
          5.9.1. Certificates
          5.9.2. Connections
          5.9.3. Credentials
          5.9.4. Integration modules
          5.9.5. Schedules
          5.9.6. Variables
          5.9.7. Update Azure PowerShell modules
     5.10. Scenarios
          5.10.1. Runbook gallery
          5.10.2. Start a runbook from Azure alerts
          5.10.3. Create Amazon Web Service VM
          5.10.4. Remediate Azure VM alert
          5.10.5. Start/stop VMs during off-hours
          5.10.6. Remove resource group
          5.10.7. Source control integration with GitHub Enterprise
          5.10.8. Source control integration with VSTS
          5.10.9. Call Azure Automation Runbook from Log Analytics alert
          5.10.10. Deploy an Azure Resource Manager template in an Azure Automation PowerShell runbook
     5.11. Monitor
          5.11.1. Forward Azure Automation job data to Log Analytics
          5.11.2. Unlink Azure Automation account from Log Analytics
     5.12. Migrate
          5.12.1. Migrate from Orchestrator
          5.12.2. Move Automation account
     5.13. Troubleshoot
          5.13.1. Troubleshoot common errors
          5.13.2. 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

Online Training Content

Date Title
8/13/2014 Automating the Cloud with Azure Automation


Tool Description
Stop-Start-AzureVM This PowerShell Workflow runbook connects to Azure using an Automation Credential and Starts/Stops a VM/a list of VMs/All VMs in a Subscription in-parallel.
Stop-Start-VMSS(VM Scalesets) This PowerShell Workflow runbook connects to Azure using an Automation Run As account and Starts/Stops all VMScalesets (VMSS) in a resource group in-parallel. You can attach a recurring schedule to this runbook to run it at a specific time.
Backup Azure API Management Automation Script This Azure Automation runbook automates Azure API Management backup to Blob storage and deletes old backups from blob storage. This is a PowerShell runbook, as opposed to a PowerShell Workflow runbook.
Scale Azure SQL Data Warehouse Scale Azure SQL Data WarehouseThis is a simple runbook that will allow you to scale your Azure SQL Data Warehouse.Depending on your goals with Azure SQL Data Warehouse, at time it is important to scale up and down depending the incoming workload or amount of data. In Automation,
Download Billing Data This Automation Runbook runbook gets the invoices from all the specified accounts.         Required parameters            AutomationAccountName: name of the automation account we are using            AutomationResourceGroup: name of the resource group that contains the automation


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