Q. Is there anything to help author and test Azure Automations on my local machine?
A. Azure Automation enables PowerShell workflows to be executed through an Azure runbook engine, and also adds some additional cmdlets for access Automation assets such as variables and credentials.
To enable these special cmdlets and assets to be accessed while developing and testing Azure Automation runbooks on-premises an add-on for the Integrated Scripting Environment (ISE) is available from https://github.com/azureautomation/azure-automation-ise-addon.
Once installed, you can connect to an Azure Automation account and use the Automation cmdlets and assets as if you were running the Runbook in your Azure Automation account. This makes it much easier to author and troubleshoot runbooks.