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    December 2015

    Dec 28

    Automation: Configure checkpoints in graphical runbooks

    In Azure Automation graphical runbooks you can now set checkpoints to assure that activities do not get repeated if the runbook needs to restart.

    Dec 9

    Azure Resource Manager support in runbooks

    Azure Automation now provides the AzureRM.profile and AzureRM.Compute Azure Resource Manager PowerShell modules as global modules for use in your runbooks.

    Dec 7

    General availability: Azure Automation

    Azure Automation, the service that automates the management of your cloud and on-premises resources, is generally available in the new Azure portal.

    November 2015

    Nov 30

    User experience enhancements in Azure Automation

    Azure Automation has added a number of enhancements to the Azure portal.

    Nov 23

    Webhooks now support hybrid runbook workers

    Webhooks can trigger jobs on hybrid runbook workers.

    Nov 23

    Automation: Zoom control added to graphical authoring canvas

    For graphical runbooks in Azure Automation in the Preview portal, you can zoom the canvas to view runbook details or to get a higher level overview.

    Nov 23

    Automation: Search activity library for graphical runbook authoring

    For graphical runbooks in Azure Automation in the Preview portal, you can search the library of activities during runbook authoring.

    Nov 23

    Automation: Configure activity retry in graphical runbooks

    For graphical runbooks in Azure Automation in the Preview portal, you can configure an activity to retry until some conditions are met.

    Nov 23

    Automation: Configure activity tracing for troubleshooting graphical runbooks

    For graphical runbooks in Azure Automation in the Preview portal, you can enable activity-level tracing and set the amount of tracing you want.

    Nov 13

    Automation: Entering runbook input parameter values made easier

    The experience of entering runbook input parameters is improved in Azure Automation in the preview portal.

    Nov 12

    Automation: View Runbook source

    Azure Automation has added the ability for you to view runbooks in read-only mode.

    Nov 6

    General availability: Azure Automation in China

    Azure Automation is now available in Azure’s China cloud.

    Nov 6

    Central India region available for Azure Automation

    Azure Automation is now available in Azure's Central India region.

    October 2015

    Oct 19

    Hybrid workers support native PowerShell

    Hybrid runbook workers now support native PowerShell runbooks, enabling you to automate IT management on-premises by using pure PowerShell.

    Oct 8

    Native PowerShell support available in Azure Automation source control

    Azure Automation source control supports syncing native PowerShell scripts from your source control repository to your Azure Automation account.

    September 2015

    Sep 18

    New runbook type: native PowerShell

    PowerShell runbooks allow you to automate processes by using PowerShell commands rather than PowerShell workflows.

    Sep 18

    Azure Automation DSC: public preview details

    Now in public preview, Automation DSC is available in Free and Basic tiers, and it introduces a variety of new features since the private preview.

    Sep 17

    Public preview: Azure Automation DSC

    Azure Automation Desired State Configuration builds on PowerShell DSC to provide an easier configuration management experience.

    Sep 17

    Scheduling runbooks on hybrid workers now supported

    When you schedule a runbook in Azure Automation, you can specify which hybrid worker group it will run on.

    August 2015

    Aug 25

    Azure Automation: Run tests on hybrid runbook workers

    Azure Automation has added the ability to run runbook tests on hybrid runbook workers.

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