Tutorial: Integrate Azure Automation with Event Grid and Microsoft Teams

In this tutorial, you learn how to:

  • Import an Event Grid sample runbook.
  • Create an optional Microsoft Teams webhook.
  • Create a webhook for the runbook.
  • Create an Event Grid subscription.
  • Create a VM that triggers the runbook.

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



Using this Azure feature from PowerShell requires that you have the AzureRM module installed. This is an older module only available for Windows PowerShell 5.x that receives critical updates, but no longer gets new features. If you have the Az module installed, you will need to install AzureRM as well. To install AzureRM:

  1. Disable AzureRM aliases in Az (if enabled) with Disable-AzAlias. Running this command without Az installed or with aliases disabled is harmless.
  2. Follow the latest install instructions for AzureRM. Even if you have AzureRM installed, update to the latest version.

To complete this tutorial, an Azure Automation account is required to hold the runbook that is triggered from the Azure Event Grid subscription.

Import an Event Grid sample runbook

  1. Select your Automation account, and select the Runbooks page.

    Select runbooks

  2. Select the Browse gallery button.

  3. Search for Event Grid, and select Integrating Azure Automation with Event grid.

    Import gallery runbook

  4. Select Import and name it Watch-VMWrite.

  5. After it has imported, select Edit to view the runbook source.

  6. Update the line 74 in the script to use Tag instead of Tags.

    Update-AzureRmVM -ResourceGroupName $VMResourceGroup -VM $VM -Tag $Tag | Write-Verbose
  7. Select the Publish button.

Create an optional Microsoft Teams webhook

  1. In Microsoft Teams, select More Options next to the channel name, and then select Connectors.

    Microsoft Teams connections

  2. Scroll through the list of connectors to Incoming Webhook, and select Add.

  3. Enter AzureAutomationIntegration for the name, and select Create.

  4. Copy the webhook URL to the clipboard, and save it. The webhook URL is used to send information to Microsoft Teams.

  5. Select Done to save the webhook.

Create a webhook for the runbook

  1. Open the Watch-VMWrite runbook.

  2. Select Webhooks, and select the Add Webhook button.

  3. Enter WatchVMEventGrid for the name. Copy the URL to the clipboard, and save it.

    Configure webhook name

  4. Select Configure parameters and run settings, and enter the Microsoft Teams webhook URL for CHANNELURL. Leave WEBHOOKDATA blank.

    Configure webhook parameters

  5. Select Create to create the Automation runbook webhook.

Create an Event Grid subscription

  1. On the Automation Account overview page, select Event grid.

    Select Event Grid

  2. Click + Event Subscription.

  3. Configure the subscription with the following information:

    1. For Topic Type, select Azure Subscriptions.

    2. Uncheck the Subscribe to all event types check box.

    3. Enter AzureAutomation for the name.

    4. In the Defined Event Types drop-down, uncheck all options except Resource Write Success.


      Azure Resource Manager does not currently differentiate between Create and Update, so implementing this tutorial for all Microsoft.Resources.ResourceWriteSuccess events in your Azure Subscription could result in a high volume of calls.

    5. For Endpoint Type, select Webhook.

    6. Click Select an endpoint. On the Select Web Hook page that opens up, paste the webhook url you created for the Watch-VMWrite runbook.

    7. Under FILTERS, enter the subscription and resource group where you want to look for the new VMs created. It should look like: /subscriptions/<subscription-id>/resourcegroups/<resource-group-name>/providers/Microsoft.Compute/virtualMachines

  4. Select Create to save the Event Grid subscription.

Create a VM that triggers the runbook

  1. Create a new VM in the resource group you specified in the Event Grid subscription prefix filter.

  2. The Watch-VMWrite runbook should be called and a new tag added to the VM.

    VM tag

  3. A new message is sent to the Microsoft Teams channel.

    Microsoft Teams notification

Next steps

In this tutorial, you set up integration between Event Grid and Automation. You learned how to:

  • Import an Event Grid sample runbook.
  • Create an optional Microsoft Teams webhook.
  • Create a webhook for the runbook.
  • Create an Event Grid subscription.
  • Create a VM that triggers the runbook.