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Authoring Automation Runbooks

Updated: April 3, 2014

Applies To: System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator, Windows Azure Pack for Windows Server

Runbooks in Service Management Automation and Microsoft Azure Automation are Windows PowerShell workflows. They provide the ability to automate administrative processes for managing and deploying cloud servers or any other function that a Windows PowerShell script can perform.

There is no difference in the runbooks between the two systems, and the same runbook can run on either with identical functionality. When the term Automation is used in this guide, it refers to both Service Management Automation and Microsoft Azure Automation.

The additional services provided by Automation for working with Windows PowerShell Workflows include the following:

  • Centralized storage and management of runbooks.

  • Scalable architecture for scheduling and running runbooks.

  • Global resources that are centrally managed and available to all runbooks.

  • User interface for authoring and testing runbooks.

  • Set of cmdlets for managing and starting runbooks.

Runbook Authoring Guide Topics

The following topics provide information on creating and working with Automation runbooks.

  • Runbook Concepts

    Describes the concepts of Automation runbooks and Windows PowerShell Workflows.

  • Runbook and Module Operations

    Procedures for working with runbooks and modules using both the management portal and Windows PowerShell.

  • Global Assets

    Assets such as connections and variables that are available to all runbooks.

 
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