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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1. Overview
     1.1. What is Automation?
2. Quickstarts
     2.1. Create an Automation account
     2.2. Create a runbook
     2.3. Create a DSC configuration
3. Tutorials
     3.1. Track updated files with watcher tasks
     3.2. Manage updates for your VM
     3.3. Onboard update and change tracking by runbook
     3.4. Identify software in your environment
     3.5. Troubleshoot changes on a VM
4. How-to guides
     4.1. Onboarding
          4.1.1. Onboard multiple VMs from the portal
          4.1.2. Onboard from an Azure VM
          4.1.3. Onboard from Automation account
     4.2. Update Management
          4.2.1. Update Management overview
          4.2.2. Manage updates for multiple VMs
          4.2.3. Pre and post scripts
          4.2.4. Migrate OMS update deployments to Azure
          4.2.5. Integrate SCCM with Update Management
     4.3. Change Tracking
          4.3.1. Change Tracking overview
          4.3.2. View file contents of tracked files
     4.4. Inventory
          4.4.1. Manage a VM with inventory collection
     4.5. Authentication and security
          4.5.1. Create standalone Automation account
          4.5.2. Manage Automation Run As account
          4.5.3. Configure authentication with AWS
          4.5.4. Manage role-based access control
     4.6. Create runbooks
          4.6.1. Runbook types
          4.6.2. Create and import runbooks
          4.6.3. Create a graphical runbook
          4.6.4. Create a PowerShell runbook
          4.6.5. Create a PowerShell workflow runbook
          4.6.6. Create a Python runbook
          4.6.7. Edit textual runbooks
          4.6.8. Edit graphical runbooks
          4.6.9. Test a runbook
          4.6.10. Learning PowerShell Workflow
          4.6.11. Child runbooks
          4.6.12. Runbook output
          4.6.13. Source control integration
          4.6.14. Source control integration - legacy
          4.6.15. Create runbooks with the Graphical runbook SDK
     4.7. Automate
          4.7.1. Start a runbook
          4.7.2. Start a runbook from a webhook
          4.7.3. Configure runbook input parameters
          4.7.4. Error handling in graphical runbooks
          4.7.5. Track a runbook job
          4.7.6. Manage Azure Automation data
          4.7.7. Pass a JSON object to an Azure Automation runbook
          4.7.8. Start/stop VMs during off-hours
          4.7.9. Manage Python 2 packages
     4.8. Hybrid Runbook Worker
          4.8.1. Hybrid Runbook Worker overview
          4.8.2. Deploy Windows Hybrid Runbook Worker
          4.8.3. Deploy Linux Hybrid Runbook Worker
          4.8.4. Run runbooks on a Hybrid Runbook Worker
     4.9. State Configuration
          4.9.1. State Configuration overview
          4.9.2. Getting started
          4.9.3. Configure servers to a desired state and manage drift with State Configuration
          4.9.4. Onboarding machines for management
          4.9.5. Compiling DSC configurations
          4.9.6. Composing DSC Configurations using Composite Resources
          4.9.7. Continuous deployment using Chocolatey
          4.9.8. Forward State Configuration reporting data to Log Analytics
     4.10. Manage shared resources
          4.10.1. Certificates
          4.10.2. Connections
          4.10.3. Credentials
          4.10.4. Integration modules
          4.10.5. Schedules
          4.10.6. Variables
          4.10.7. Update Azure PowerShell modules
     4.11. Scenarios
          4.11.1. Runbook gallery
          4.11.2. Monitor runbooks with metric alerts
          4.11.3. Start a runbook from Azure alerts
          4.11.4. Create Amazon Web Service VM
          4.11.5. Remove resource group
          4.11.6. Source control integration with GitHub Enterprise
          4.11.7. Source control integration with Azure DevOps
          4.11.8. Deploy an Azure Resource Manager template in an Azure Automation PowerShell runbook
          4.11.9. Integrate Azure Automation with Event Grid and Microsoft Teams
     4.12. Monitor
          4.12.1. Forward Azure Automation job data to Log Analytics
     4.13. Migrate
          4.13.1. Migrate from Orchestrator
5. Troubleshoot
     5.1. Onboarding
     5.2. Runbooks
     5.3. State Configuration (DSC)
     5.4. Hybrid Runbook Worker
     5.5. Update Management
     5.6. Troubleshoot Update Agent issues
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 Roadmap
     7.3. MSDN forum
     7.4. Pricing
     7.5. Pricing calculator
     7.6. Release notes
     7.7. Service updates
     7.8. Stack Overflow
     7.9. Videos

Online Training Content

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


Tool Description
FixStopAzureV2VM This is a modified version of StopAzureV2Vm. It fixes the failure of the original script to correctly report the stop or fail status.Original description:This Graphical PowerShell runbook connects to Azure using an Automation Run As account and stops all V2 VMs in an Azure su
Week Day Start Azure V2 VM This is a modified version of StartAzureV2Vm that only starts machines on certain days, set in the parameters. As with the original, you can choose to start an individual VM, all VMs in a resource group or all VMs in a subscription. It also fixes the failure of the original scr
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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Rockwell Automation simplifies endpoint management with Windows Autopilot - THR2382
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations: Regression Suite Automation - THR2344
Getting started with infrastructure as code - THR1136
Core Azure solutions - automation (ops) - BRK2399
Automating Azure SQL Data Warehouse - THR2192
SOLID as a rock: Overcoming the agility challenge applying agile engineering - BRK2263
Automate your cloud infrastructure with Azure Functions Azure Automation and more - BRK2208
Azure Update Inventory and Automation for Linux and Windows VM management - BRK3063
Azure State Configuration experience
Azure State Configuration experience | Azure Friday

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