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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).
Azure Automation will begin redirecting users from the classic Azure portal to the new Azure portal on September 1, 2016.
You can now create a Classic Run As account from the Azure portal.
Azure Automation schedules now support time zones and adjust for daylight saving based on the schedule’s time zone.
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.
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.
Azure Automation introduces a new graphical runbook type based on native PowerShell. It provides quick runbook starts and easier authoring.
The Azure Automation Runbook Gallery supports script content from the PowerShell Gallery.
Azure Automation is available in the Azure Southeast Australia region.
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.
An update to Automation Hybrid Worker has just been released.
An update to the public preview of the Microsoft Azure Automation Graphical Authoring SDK has been released.
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.
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.
Azure Automation has released updated versions of the Azure ARM modules in the service.
The Azure Automation module gallery provides the ability to import modules from the PowerShell Gallery without leaving your Automation account.
The Microsoft Azure Automation Graphical Authoring SDK enables developers to create and edit graphical runbooks for use with the Azure Automation service.
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.
To help with common automation tasks, four new graphical runbooks and two new PowerShell runbooks are available in the Automation gallery.
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