Triggering Azure Automation Runbooks using the Azure ARM REST API

There are many ways to start an Azure Automation Runbook. You can start the Runbook from the Azure Portal, using PowerShell cmdlets or a Webhook. But you can also start a Runbook via a web request against the Azure ARM REST API

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Using Azure Custom Script Extension to execute scripts on Azure VMs

With Azure Custom Script Extension you can download and execute scripts on Azure virtual machines. This extension is useful for post deployment configuration, software installation, or any other configuration / management task. Scripts can be downloaded from Azure storage or GitHub, or provided to the Azure portal at extension run time.

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Using the Azure ARM REST API – Get Subscription Information

In the fist blog post over using the Azure ARM REST API I explained how to retrieve the Access Token needed for the further authentication against the Azure ARM REST API. In this blog post I’m going to explain how you can use that Access Token and start communicating with Azure using simple web calls….

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Using the Azure ARM REST API – Get Access Token

This week I’ve been busy with trying to figure out how you can ‘directly’ talk to the Azure ARM REST API instead of using PowerShell or the Azure CLI. Because I could not find a lot of information about this topic online I thought it would nice to share some of learnings. But why would…

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Setting up Source Control for Azure Automation

Did you already noticed that you can now setup Source Control for your Azure Automation account? Check the new Azure Portal and go to your Automation Account.   Create Github Repository Before we start we need to have a Github Repository to store our Azure Automation Runbooks.     The next step in setting up…

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Using ARM Policies to implement Runbook Best Practices

Have you ever heard of Azure Resource Manager Policies? With policies, you can prevent users in your organization from breaking conventions that are needed to manage your organizations resources. One of the scenarios where you can use policies is making sure that tags are being added to your resources (ie Runbooks) or that a certain…

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