View the results of OMS Automation jobs

Summary: Learn how to view the results of scheduled OMS Automation jobs in this step-by-step blog post.

Good morning everyone, Ed Wilson here, and today I want to talk about how to view the results of scheduled Microsoft Operations Management Suite Automation jobs. First, I need to get to the Automation portal. I can do this directly from my OMS console. After I am in the Automation portal, I click my automation account. This takes me to the automation account pane for my account. This is shown here:

Screenshot that shows details for my selected account in the Automation portal.

From this pane, I can expand Essentials, which shows the resource group, location, account, and subscription name of the automation account. Most of the time, I already know this information, so to reclaim screen space, I collapse this information by clicking the up arrow beside the word, Essentials.

In my overview pane, I can see the number of resources that I have: runbooks, assets, DSC configurations, and management nodes. I can also see a job log.

The job log shows failed and successful automation jobs

The Job Statistics tile has cool graph that shows a quick overview of the number of successful and failed automation jobs. If I click the big graph in the center, it shows me details for jobs. This is shown here:

Screenshot of the details for jobs.

Now, I can click a job in the list to see tiles that provide an overview for the job. Tiles show a summary, the number of errors, the number of warnings, input for a job, and output to the job. If I want to, I can look at all logs for the job. An overview for a selected job is shown here:

Screenshot of the overview for a selected job.

The detailed logs from the job are shown here:

Screenshot of detailed logs from a job.

Here the log contains the output from each step that makes up the job. A sample task output is shown here:

Screenshot of a sample task output.

A more powerful approach to check on the status of automation jobs is to filter the output by a specific job. If I have a job that runs often, the job log can be quite extensive. The job filter tool is available from the Jobs pane when I select Filter Jobs. The job filter tool appears here:

Screenshot of the job filter tool.

What makes this tool powerful is that I can filter by job status. The Job status selections is shown here:

Screenshot of available selections for job status.

To further refine my filter, I can also choose to modify the Time span as well. This is shown here:

Screenshot of available selections for time span.

Cool, so I can easily check up on the status of my jobs that I scheduled and ran via automation.

You can get a free Microsoft Operations Management Suite (#MSOMS) subscription so that you can test the new alerting features. You can also get a free subscription for Microsoft Azure.

That is all I have for you today. Join me on Monday when I’ll talk about more cool OMS stuff.

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Ed Wilson
Microsoft Operations Management Team