Microsoft Flow in Office 365 and Logic Apps in Azure are both options for graphically driven process automation. With a graphical interface and a flowchart-like design, Microsoft Flow and Logic Apps make automation about as simple as it can get. These two applications are similar but different in some important ways. This article goes over the difference between the two to help understand the best situation to deploy each.Continue reading “Flow in Office 365 Vs. Logic Apps in Azure”
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.Continue reading “How to use a Free GitHub Account to Manage Azure Automation Runbooks”
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.Continue reading “Webhooks and Azure Automation Runbooks”
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”
In 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”
In this video I demonstrate how to create and run Azure Automation PowerShell Runbooks from the Azure Portal. This includes editing, publishing and scheduling runbooks. I also walk through the setup and use of the Azure Automation PowerShell ISE Add-on. This module adds a graphical interface in PowerShell ISE for creating, testing and publishing Powershell and PowerShell Workflow Runbooks. More information on the ISE add-on here. Continue reading “Create and Run PowerShell Runbooks in Azure Automation”
Today I am publishing a utility called PingTimeLog. The idea is simple; ping a group of servers and write the response time to Azure Log Analytics. This utility is intended to be run as a Runbook on an Azure Automation Hybrid Worker. Alternatively, it will run as a scheduled task on a server in your datacenter. The output is written to Azure Log Analytics as a custom Type, allowing users to plot response times in a time chart.
In this video I give a step-by-step demonstration on setting up and Azure Automation account and linking that account to an existing Log Analytics Workspace. The Azure Automation account allows for the creation and scheduling of Runbooks written in PowerShell, PowerShell Workflow or Python. Linking the Azure Automation account allows you to review and alert on the logs generated by Azure Automation. Continue reading “Azure Automation Setup and Linking to Log Analytics”