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Azure Automation PowerShell ISE Add-On

Description

The Azure Automation PowerShell ISE add-on makes it easy to author and test your runbooks in your local PowerShell ISE.

Note: This is an open source project that is not officially supported but issues are fixed when time permits.

Features

  • Use Automation activities (Get-AutomationVariable, Get-AutomationPSCredential, etc) in local PowerShell Workflows and scripts
  • Create and edit Automation assets locally
  • Easily track local changes to runbooks and assets vs the state of these items in an Azure Automation account
  • Sync runbook / asset changes between a local runbook authoring environment and an Azure Automation account
  • Test PowerShell workflows and scripts locally in the ISE and in the automation service

Installation

From PowerShell Gallery (recommended)

To install from the PowerShell Gallery:

  • Open the PowerShell console
  • Run Install-Module AzureAutomationAuthoringToolkit -Scope CurrentUser

If you want the PowerShell ISE to always automatically load the Azure Automation ISE add-on:

  • Run Install-AzureAutomationIseAddOn

If not:

  • Any time you want to use the Azure Automation ISE add-on in the PowerShell ISE, run Import-Module AzureAutomationAuthoringToolkit in the PowerShell ISE

From GitHub Releases

Follow the instructions for our latest release

From Source

To build from source:

  • Download or clone this repository, and extract from zip if necessary
  • Ensure the Azure SDK is installed (required to build in Visual Studio)
  • Open AutomationISE/AutomationISE.sln in Visual Studio
  • Build the solution. NuGet will pull the required packages.
  • Copy the resulting binaries (all files/folders in AutomationISE/bin/Debug) to the existing AzureAutomationAuthoringToolkit/ISEaddon directory
  • Place the AzureAutomationAuthoringToolkit folder somewhere in your PSModulePath, ex: C:\Users\<USERNAME>\Documents\WindowsPowerShell\Modules

If you want to build the standalone AddOn for use with Visual Studio or VSCode, perform the following:

  • Open AddOn/AddOn.sln in Visual Studio
  • Build the AutomationISE solution cleanly from source, as above.
  • Select x64 as the target platform.
  • Build the AddOn solution. Nuget will pull any required packages.
  • Copy the AddOn.exe that is built into the existing AzureAutomationAuthoringToolkit/ISEaddon directory where the AutomationISE files were copied previously.
  • From PowerShell, run Import-Module AzureAutomationAuthoringToolkit to get the required configuration files created.
  • You can then run AddOn.exe and use outside of the PowerShell ISE with Visual Studio or VS Code. alt text

If you want the PowerShell ISE to always automatically load the Azure Automation ISE add-on:

  • Open the PowerShell ISE, and run Install-AzureAutomationIseAddOn
  • The Azure Automation ISE add-on should appear on the right side of the PowerShell ISE: alt text If not:
  • Any time you want to use the Azure Automation ISE add-on in the PowerShell ISE, run Import-Module AzureAutomationAuthoringToolkit in the PowerShell ISE

Uninstallation

  • Open the PowerShell console
  • Run Uninstall-AzureAutomationIseAddOn
  • Run Uninstall-Module AzureAutomationAuthoringToolkit
  • If the PowerShell ISE was open, reopen it
  • From now on, opening the PowerShell ISE will no longer cause the Azure Automation ISE add-on to be loaded

Known Issues

  • The AzureAutomationAuthoringToolkit cmdlets are currently incompatible with SMA's EmulatedAutomationActivities module due to name conflicts
  • The AzureAutomationAuthoringToolkit cmdlets are currently incompatible with SMA runbook workers and Azure Automation Hybrid runbook workers due to name conflicts

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