Automation is a key component in many organizations' cloud strategy. Azure Automation allows you to automate the creation, deployment, and management of resources in your Azure environment. In this post, we will walk through the process of deploying an Automation Account with a Runbook and Schedule using Bicep, a new domain-specific language for deploying Azure resources.
My intention at the end is to run a PowerShell script to start and shutdown Azure VMs based on tag values. PowerShell script that I have used is from below link. And two of me collogues (Michael Turnley and Saudh Mohomad helped to modify the PowerShell script.
Before we begin, you will need the following:
- An Azure subscription
- The Azure CLI installed on your machine.
- The Azure Bicep extension for the Azure CLI
In this example, we are creating a PowerShell Runbook named 'myRunbook' and linking it to a script hosted on Github. We also set the Automation Account as a dependency for the Runbook.
Finally, we can use the Automation Account to create a Schedule. A Schedule allows us to define when the Runbook should be executed. We will use Bicep to create a Schedule that runs the Runbook every day at 12:00 PM.
In conclusion, Bicep is a powerful tool that can simplify the process of deploying Azure resources, including Automation Accounts with Runbooks and Schedules. By using Bicep, you can create clean, readable, and reusable code that can be easily deployed and managed.
The ability to automate tasks and processes using Automation Accounts and Runbooks can save time and increase efficiency and scheduling them ensures that they run at the desired time. By following the steps outlined in this blog post, you should now have a better understanding of how to use Bicep to deploy Automation Accounts with Runbooks and Schedules in Azure.