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SFMC SSJS Retrieve and Start and Automation
<script runat="server">
Platform.Load("Core","1.1.1");
var automationCustomerKey = "CUSTOMERKEY-OF-AUTOMATION"
var rr = Platform.Function.CreateObject("RetrieveRequest");
Platform.Function.SetObjectProperty(rr, "ObjectType", "Automation");
Platform.Function.AddObjectArrayItem(rr, "Properties", "ProgramID");
Platform.Function.AddObjectArrayItem(rr, "Properties", "CustomerKey");
Platform.Function.AddObjectArrayItem(rr, "Properties", "Status");
var sfp = Platform.Function.CreateObject("SimpleFilterPart");
Platform.Function.SetObjectProperty(sfp, "Property", "CustomerKey");
Platform.Function.SetObjectProperty(sfp, "SimpleOperator", "equals");
Platform.Function.AddObjectArrayItem(sfp, "Value", automationCustomerKey);
Platform.Function.SetObjectProperty(rr, "Filter", sfp);
var retrieveStatus = [0,0,0];
var automationResultSet = Platform.Function.InvokeRetrieve(rr, retrieveStatus);
var ObjectID = automationResultSet[0]["ObjectID"];
var Status = automationResultSet[0]["Status"];
if (ObjectID != "null") {
/*
Code Status
-1 Error
0 BuildingError
1 Building
2 Ready
3 Running
4 Paused
5 Stopped
6 Scheduled
7 Awaiting Trigger
8 InactiveTrigger
*/
if (Status == 2) {
var obj = Platform.Function.CreateObject("Automation");
Platform.Function.SetObjectProperty(obj, "ObjectID", ObjectID);
var po = Platform.Function.CreateObject("PerformOptions");
var performResult = [0,0,0];
var performStatus = Platform.Function.InvokePerform(obj, "start", performResult, po);
} else {
// already running
}
} else {
// automation not found
}
</script>
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commented Dec 21, 2017

It will be work if you replace "Automation" with "Program" and "ProgramID" with "ObjectID".

Also, if you work in different business units you need add this:

`var mid = 1234567;
var clientId = Platform.Function.CreateObject("clientId");
Platform.Function.SetObjectProperty(clientId, "ID", mid);
Platform.Function.SetObjectProperty(clientId, "IDSpecified", "true");

var rr = Platform.Function.CreateObject("RetrieveRequest");
Platform.Function.AddObjectArrayItem(rr, "ClientIDs", clientId);`

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