Create an Azure Automation account

Azure Automation accounts can be created through Azure. This method provides a browser-based user interface for creating and configuring Automation accounts and related resources. This quickstart steps through creating an Automation account and running a runbook in the account.

If you don't have an Azure subscription, create a free Azure account before you begin.

Sign in to Azure

Sign in to Azure at

Create Automation account

  1. Click the Create a resource button found on the upper left-hand corner of Azure.

  2. Select Monitoring + Management, and then select Automation.

  3. Enter the account information. For Create Azure Run As account, choose Yes so that the artifacts to simplify authentication to Azure are enabled automatically. It is important to note, that when creating an Automation Account, the name cannot be changed after it is chosen. When complete, click Create, to start the Automation account deployment.

    Enter information about your Automation account in the page

  4. The Automation account is pinned to the Azure dashboard. When the deployment has completed, the Automation account overview automatically opens.

    Automation account overview

Run a runbook

Run one of the tutorial runbooks.

  1. Click Runbooks under PROCESS AUTOMATION. The list of runbooks is displayed. By default several tutorial runbooks are enabled in the account.

    Automation account runbooks list

  2. Select the AzureAutomationTutorialScript runbook. This action opens the runbook overview page.

    Runbook overview

  3. Click Start, and on the Start Runbook page, click OK to start the runbook.

    Runbook job page

  4. After the Job status becomes Running, click Output or All Logs to view the runbook job output. For this tutorial runbook, the output is a list of your Azure resources.

Clean up resources

When no longer needed, delete the resource group, Automation account, and all related resources. To do so, select the resource group for the Automation account and click Delete.

Next steps

In this quickstart, you’ve deployed an Automation account, started a runbook job, and viewed the job results. To learn more about Azure Automation, continue to the quickstart for creating your first runbook.