Azure Automation, Azure Functions, Teams, and Event Grid

Azure Functions Azure Automation

Well, I did it.  I finally started working with Azure Functions.  I toyed around with PowerShell based Azure Functions for a while, but couldn’t find a good example to get started.  A couple of weeks ago I started preparing a video that uses Event Grid and Azure Automation to send a message to Teams when a new Resource Group is created in Azure.  This is based on information Microsoft has posted on using PowerShell to post to Teams.  The video is listed below.

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Copy Blob Files Local with Event Grid and Azure Automation

This video demonstrates how to automatically sync Blob files in Azure Storage to a local file system.  I show how to configure Event Grid to trigger a webhook that starts a runbook in Azure Automation when a new file is added to Azure Blob Storage.  The Runbook runs on a Hybrid Worker and downloads the file from Azure Storage to a local file system. 

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Purge Azure CDN with Event Grid and Azure Automation

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In this post, I demonstrate how to automatically purge content from an Azure Content Delivery Network (CDN) using Event Grid and Azure Automation.  I am writing this post with two audiences in mind.  First, if you have a CDN and need to purge old content every time content is updated or removed from a source, this post will show you how.   However, if you don’t have a CDN but are interested in understanding how to configured Event Grid to trigger automation jobs in an Azure, this post is also for you.

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Grafana Dashboard powered with Raspberry Pi Displaying Log Analytics and Application Insights Data

In this video I go over creating a Grafana Dashboard with data from Azure Application Insights and Log Analytics including subscription cost information.  I configure Grafana to allow anonymous, read only access and then configure a Raspberry Pi with FullPage OS to display the data in kiosk mode.   This video draws on a lot of other information I have published as well as information available from the community.  Links to relevant information below.

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How to use a Free GitHub Account to Manage Azure Automation Runbooks

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Controlling source code is important for good code management, especially when multiple people are working on a project.  In this video, I’m going to show you how to connect an Azure Automation account with a free or paid GitHub account.

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Webhooks and Azure Automation Runbooks

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Overview

Azure Automation is Microsoft’s cloud-hosted automation solution.  It uses Python or PowerShell based scripts, referred to as runbooks, to launch automation jobs in Azure or on-premises.  These runbooks are started in multiple ways.  The information below details starting automation jobs with a webhook.

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Update Management in Azure Automation

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Azure Automation Update Management is part of Azure Automation. In this video, I’m going over updating servers using Azure Automation Updates. Topics covered include: Continue reading “Update Management in Azure Automation”

Parent Child Runbooks and Shared Variables with Azure Automation

AzureAutomationIn this video I go over the two methods of starting a runbook from another runbook.  This is referred to as a parent child runbook relationship that facilitates a modular approach to creating runbooks.  I go over the two different ways to start a child runbook, by Inline Execution and with the Start-AzureRMAutomationRunbook cmdlet.  Continue reading “Parent Child Runbooks and Shared Variables with Azure Automation”