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The Microsoft Azure Automation Graphical Authoring SDK enables developers to create and edit graphical runbooks for use with the Azure Automation service.
With Azure Automation Desired State Configuration, you can consistently deploy, reliably monitor, and automatically update the desired state of all your IT resources, at scale, from the cloud.
To help with common automation tasks, four new graphical runbooks and two new PowerShell runbooks are available in the Automation gallery.
In Azure Automation graphical runbooks you can now set checkpoints to assure that activities do not get repeated if the runbook needs to restart.
Azure Automation now provides the AzureRM.profile and AzureRM.Compute Azure Resource Manager PowerShell modules as global modules for use in your runbooks.
Azure Automation, the service that automates the management of your cloud and on-premises resources, is generally available in the new Azure portal.
Azure Automation has added a number of enhancements to the Azure portal.
Webhooks can trigger jobs on hybrid runbook workers.
For graphical runbooks in Azure Automation in the Preview portal, you can zoom the canvas to view runbook details or to get a higher level overview.
For graphical runbooks in Azure Automation in the Preview portal, you can search the library of activities during runbook authoring.
For graphical runbooks in Azure Automation in the Preview portal, you can configure an activity to retry until some conditions are met.
For graphical runbooks in Azure Automation in the Preview portal, you can enable activity-level tracing and set the amount of tracing you want.
The experience of entering runbook input parameters is improved in Azure Automation in the preview portal.
Azure Automation has added the ability for you to view runbooks in read-only mode.
Azure Automation is now available in Azure’s China cloud.
Azure Automation is now available in Azure's Central India region.
Hybrid runbook workers now support native PowerShell runbooks, enabling you to automate IT management on-premises by using pure PowerShell.
Azure Automation source control supports syncing native PowerShell scripts from your source control repository to your Azure Automation account.
PowerShell runbooks allow you to automate processes by using PowerShell commands rather than PowerShell workflows.
Now in public preview, Automation DSC is available in Free and Basic tiers, and it introduces a variety of new features since the private preview.
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