Automation pricing

Simplify cloud management with process automation and configuration

With Azure 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, update management, desired state configuration, track changes and collect inventory.

Process automation is priced per job execution minute, while configuration management is priced per managed node.

Pricing details

Process automation

Process automation includes runbook jobs and watchers. Billing for jobs is based on the number of job run time minutes used in the month and for watchers is based on the number of hours used in a month. Charges for process automation are incurred whenever a job or watcher runs.

Free units included (per month) Price
Job run time 500 minutes $-/minute
Watchers 744 hours $-/hour

Configuration management

ConfigurationmManagement includes the configuration pull service and change tracking capabilities. Billing is based on the number of nodes that are registered with the service and the log data stored in the Azure Log Analytics service.

Charges for configuration management start when a node is registered with the service and stop when the node is unregistered from the service. A node is any machine whose configuration is managed by configuration management. This could be an Azure virtual machine (VM), on-premises VM, physical host or a VM in another public cloud. Billing for nodes is pro-rated hourly.

Free units included (per month) Price
Azure node N/A Free
Non-Azure node 5 nodes $-/node

Update management

Update management includes visibility and deployment of updates in your environment. There are no charges for the service; you only pay for log data stored in the Azure Log Analytics service.

Free units included (per month) Price
Any node N/A Free

Support and SLA

  • Free billing and subscription management support.
  • Flexible support plans starting at $29/month. Shop for a plan.
  • Guaranteed 99.9% of planned jobs start within 30 minutes. Read the SLA


  • We bill you for usage over and above the free included units. For automation and configuration management, the billing is based on the total number of job run time minutes for process automation, the number of hours for automation watchers, or the number of nodes for configuration management. Usage is aggregated across all the Automation accounts associated with your subscription. For example, using 5,500 minutes in a month would result in a $- charge.

  • Included free units are units available for you to use at no charge, and are refreshed every month. Any usage incurred over and above the included free units in a given month is billed at the standard pricing rates for a given solution.


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