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The Azure portal received updates in October 2018.
Update Management now supports dynamic groups, pre/post tasks, and inclusion lists.
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.
New support has been added for more powerful tracking of Windows files, file content tracking and differencing, and adjustable Windows Service collection frequency.
Azure Automation is now available in the Azure Korea Central and West US 2 regions.
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.
Start/Stop VMs during off-hours in Azure Automation has been updated in the areas of email functionality, dependent modules, and runbooks.
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.
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.
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.
For Azure Automation DSC, the names of the billing meters have changed.
Python 2 support and Hybrid Runbook Workers for Linux are both publicly available in preview for Azure Automation.
Azure Automation now supports update management, inventory, and change tracking. These capabilities are currently in preview.
Azure Automation is available in the Brazil South region.
Azure Automation will start using the latest modules in your automation account when a new scheduled job is run.
Azure Automation now supports importing both signed and unsigned node configurations.
Automation graphical runbooks have been improved with the ability to include error handling.
An update to the public preview of the Microsoft Azure Automation Graphical Authoring SDK has been released.
Azure Automation is now available in the Azure North Europe and Canada Central regions.
Monitor and create alerts for Automation runbooks by sending job status and streams to Log Analytics (Operations Management Suite).