Automation pricing

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With Automation, you can save time, reduce errors and increase efficiency, while lowering your operational costs. Automate all your frequent, time-consuming and error-prone IT management tasks, in the cloud or on premises, freeing up your own time to focus on work that adds business value. Automation works with all the Azure services you know and love, as well on-premises systems and those in other clouds. You can also use Automation to connect and manage any online service with an API.

Azure automation provides capabilities to do process automation as well as desired state configuration. Process automation is priced per job execution minute, while desired state configuration is priced per managed node.

Pricing details

Process automation

Process automation is available in Free and Basic tiers. Billing is based on the number of job runtime minutes used in the month. Charges for process automation are incurred whenever a job runs. Job minutes are aggregated across geographies.

Free Basic
Price per month Free $-/minute
Job Run-time 500 minutes Unlimited

Desired State Configuration (DSC)

Automation DSC is available in Free and Basic tiers. Billing is based on the number of nodes that are registered with the service. Charges for Automation DSC start when a node is registered with the service and stop when the node is unregistered from the service. A node is any machine where configuration is managed by DSC. This could be an Azure VM, on-premises VM, physical host or a VM in another public cloud.

Pricing is pro-rated on a daily basis. You only pay for the number of days that a node is managed by Automation DSC. To see how pro-rated pricing would affect your usage scenario, please use the Automation module in our pricing calculator.

Automation DSC is now generally available.

Free Basic
Price per month Free $-/node
Number of nodes 5 Unlimited

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  • We bill you based on the total number of job runtime minutes for process automation or the number of nodes for DSC. Usage is aggregated across all the Automation accounts associated with your subscription. For example, using 5,000 minutes in a month would result in a $- charge.

  • Yes. If you want to use more than 500 minutes of process automation or manage more than 5 DSC nodes, per subscription per month, you will need to transition to the Basic tier.

  • Yes, you can upgrade the Automation service by following the steps listed below.

    • Sign in to your Azure subscription
    • Select the Automation account you wish to upgrade
    • Click on Settings > Pricing tier and usage > Pricing tier
    • On the Choose your pricing tier blade, select Basic



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