User Hybrid Worker enables execution of PowerShell/Python scripts directly on the machines for managing guest workloads or as a gateway to environments that are not accessible from Azure. Azure Automation is deprecating Agent-based User Hybrid Runbook Worker (Windows & Linux) on 31st August 2024. Before the deprecation date, you need to start using extension-based User Hybrid Runbook Worker (Windows & Linux) for executing Hybrid jobs.
Key benefits of new approach: There is no dependency on Log Analytics agent and Log Analytics workspace, and authentication using VM System-assigned managed identities takes away the need to manage certificates. It also offers Automatic upgrade of minor versions by default and simplifies at-scale management of hybrid workers. After installation of Hybrid Worker extension, the process of runbook execution on both Hybrid Workers is the same.
Required Action: Follow the instructions to migrate your existing agent-based User Hybrid Runbook Workers to extension-based Hybrid Workers before 31st August 2024.
We recommend using the extension-based approach to onboard new Hybrid Runbook Workers.
Additional information: This Retirement announcement applies only to Agent-based User Hybrid Runbook Worker feature of Azure Automation. It does not include Agent-based System Hybrid Runbook Worker used by Azure Automation Update Management.