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SFMC SSJS Retrieve and Start and Automation
<script runat="server">
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") {
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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

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@AnnaVosh AnnaVosh 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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