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September 2018

Sep 17

General availability: Python 2 runbook support in Azure Automation

Azure Automation now supports Python 2 for general availability. You can import, author, and run Python 2 runbooks in Azure or on a Hybrid Runbook Worker.

August 2018

Aug 29

Updates to file support and Windows services tracking in Change Tracking and Inventory

New support has been added for more powerful tracking of Windows files, file content tracking and differencing, and adjustable Windows Service collection frequency.

Aug 9

General availability: Azure Automation in Korea Central and West US 2 regions

Azure Automation is now available in the Azure Korea Central and West US 2 regions.

July 2018

Jul 24

Run signed runbooks in Azure Automation

In Azure Automation, you can configure Hybrid Runbook Workers to run only signed runbooks. After you configure the worker, all unsigned runbooks will fail to run.

June 2018

Jun 16

Start/Stop VMs during off-hours in Azure Automation has been updated

Start/Stop VMs during off-hours in Azure Automation has been updated in the areas of email functionality, dependent modules, and runbooks.

February 2018

Feb 6

Azure Automation supports .NET Framework 4.6 when running jobs within the service

The Azure Automation service has been upgraded to support PowerShell modules that have a dependency on .NET Framework 4.6 or lower running from the service.

December 2017

Dec 7

Automation runbooks available in action groups to take actions from alerts

You can run an Automation runbook when an alert triggers an action group on an Azure resource. This capability extends the actions you can take in response to the alert.

November 2017

Nov 28

Public preview: Azure Automation watcher tasks

Watcher tasks deliver the ability to author a watcher runbook that polls a system in your environment and then call an action runbook to process any events found.

Nov 16

Name changes: Automation DSC

For Azure Automation DSC, the names of the billing meters have changed.

October 2017

Oct 24

Public preview: Python 2 support and Hybrid Runbook Workers for Linux

Python 2 support and Hybrid Runbook Workers for Linux are both publicly available in preview for Azure Automation.

Oct 12

Preview: Update management, inventory, and change tracking in Azure Automation

Azure Automation now supports update management, inventory, and change tracking. These capabilities are currently in preview.

July 2017

Jul 20

Azure Automation available in Brazil South region

Azure Automation is available in the Brazil South region.

June 2017

Jun 14

Scheduled runbooks will use the latest modules in your automation account

Azure Automation will start using the latest modules in your automation account when a new scheduled job is run.

February 2017

Feb 9

Import support for signed DSC node configurations in Automation

Azure Automation now supports importing both signed and unsigned node configurations.

October 2016

Oct 19

Error handling added to Automation graphical runbooks

Automation graphical runbooks have been improved with the ability to include error handling.

Oct 19

Update: Automation Graphical Authoring SDK

An update to the public preview of the Microsoft Azure Automation Graphical Authoring SDK has been released.

August 2016

Aug 12

Azure Automation available in North Europe and Canada Central regions

Azure Automation is now available in the Azure North Europe and Canada Central regions.

Aug 12

Send runbook job status and job streams from Automation to Log Analytics

Monitor and create alerts for Automation runbooks by sending job status and streams to Log Analytics (Operations Management Suite).

Aug 9

Azure Automation will begin redirecting users to the new portal in September

Azure Automation will begin redirecting users from the classic Azure portal to the new Azure portal on September 1, 2016.

Aug 5

Automation: Classic Run As account

You can now create a Classic Run As account from the Azure portal.

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