Introducing Automation | Microsoft Azure

It’s been a long time from my last post and I sincerely apologize for that. I was busy with an Office 365 migration project last month and had all my eyes and ears focused to it. Today I’m going to explain how you can automate your cloud workflows with Azure Automation.

Azure Automation is a preview feature (upcoming GA) that allows us to automate creation, deployment, monitoring, and maintenance of Azure resources. It allows you to create Runbooks to orchestrate time consuming and repetitive workloads that you have in you cloud tenant. These Runbooks are indeed powered by Windows PowerShell workflows.

Currently Azure automation supports the automation of following services.

  • Web Sites (management)
  • Cloud Services (management)
  • Virtual Machines (management and WinRM support)
  • Storage (management)
  • SQL Server (management and SQL support)

Now if you know your way around PowerShell, Automation saves you a great time of time and labour. Imagine that you’ve been assigned to create 100 VMs in the cloud with exact same properties. Rather than writing a standard PowerShell script you can play with a PowerShell workflow that triggers an Azure Automation Job.

When we look at the pricing factor, as of right now this feature is still in preview stage. So you won’t be charged up to 20 Runbooks in the Free tier.

Here are some great resources that you can learn more about Azure Automation.

  1. Creating a sample Runbook in Azure
  2. Getting started with Azure Automation by Keith Mayer
  3. Automation Library