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    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.

    July 2016

    Jul 7

    Automation schedules support time zones and daylight saving

    Azure Automation schedules now support time zones and adjust for daylight saving based on the schedule’s time zone.

    May 2016

    May 26

    Automation scheduling feature update

    Automation supports weekly and monthly schedules. With these recurrence options, you can select days of the week or days of the month for your schedule to run on.

    May 23

    Run your own custom Automation tasks in response to VM alerts

    When you create an alert rule on an Azure virtual machine, you can run your own custom task when the alert is triggered. New alert remediation tasks are also available.

    May 18

    Automation: New graphical runbook type based on native PowerShell

    Azure Automation introduces a new graphical runbook type based on native PowerShell. It provides quick runbook starts and easier authoring.

    May 18

    Automation Runbook Gallery update

    The Azure Automation Runbook Gallery supports script content from the PowerShell Gallery.

    April 2016

    Apr 15

    Southeast Australia region available for Azure Automation

    Azure Automation is available in the Azure Southeast Australia region.

    Apr 15

    Automation: Run As account

    In Azure Automation, you can create an Azure Run As account (service principal) to use for authenticating with Azure when managing Azure Resource Manager resources.

    March 2016

    Mar 30

    Update: Automation Hybrid Worker

    An update to Automation Hybrid Worker has just been released.

    Mar 16

    Update: Automation Graphical Authoring SDK

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

    Mar 16

    Automation: Activity output object properties exposed to simplify graphical runbook authoring

    To save you time when you author graphical runbooks in Azure Automation, the authoring UX exposes the property hierarchy of activity output objects so that you can choose to use a selected object property as input to another activity.

    February 2016

    Feb 24

    Azure Automation classic portal redirect to new Azure portal spring 2016

    UPDATE March 15, 2016: Automation is rescheduling the retirement of the classic portal to a later time in spring 2016. ORIGINAL POST: Azure Automation will retire the classic portal in early March, and the new Azure portal will become the sole access point.

    Feb 2

    Automation: Updated ARM modules shipping in the service

    Azure Automation has released updated versions of the Azure ARM modules in the service.

    Feb 1

    Automation module gallery

    The Azure Automation module gallery provides the ability to import modules from the PowerShell Gallery without leaving your Automation account.

    January 2016

    Jan 22

    Public preview: Automation Graphical Authoring SDK

    The Microsoft Azure Automation Graphical Authoring SDK enables developers to create and edit graphical runbooks for use with the Azure Automation service.

    Jan 14

    General availability: Azure Automation Desired State Configuration

    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.

    Jan 8

    Azure Automation: Graphical and PowerShell runbooks added to Gallery

    To help with common automation tasks, four new graphical runbooks and two new PowerShell runbooks are available in the Automation gallery.