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Microsoft Azure PowerShell

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This repository contains a set of PowerShell cmdlets for developers and administrators to develop, deploy and manage Microsoft Azure applications.


  • Account management
    • Login with Microsoft account, Organizational account, or Service Principal through Microsoft Azure Active Directory
    • Save Credentials to disk with Save-AzureRmContext and load saved credentials using Import-AzureRmContext
  • Environment
    • Get the different out-of-box Microsoft Azure environments
    • Add/Set/Remove customized environments (like your Azure Stack or Windows Azure Pack environments)
  • Management and data plane cmdlets for Azure services in ARM and RDFE
    • Virtual Machine
    • App Service (Websites)
    • SQL Database
    • Storage
    • Network

For detail descriptions and examples of the cmdlets, type

  • Get-Help Azure to get all of the Azure PowerShell cmdlets.
  • Get-Help AzureRM to get all of the Azure Resource Manager (ARM) cmdlets.
  • Get-Help <cmdlet name> to get the details of a specific cmdlet.

Using Azure PowerShell

In general, follow these steps to start using Microsoft Azure PowerShell

  • Get yourself authenticated with Microsoft Azure. For details, please check out this article.
  • Use the cmdlets

The first step can be different for the possible environments you could be targeting. The following are detailed instructions for each supported environment.

Microsoft Azure

If you use both mechanisms on the same subscription, Microsoft Azure Active Directory authentication always wins. If you want to go back to management certificate authentication, please use Remove-AzureAccount, which will remove the Microsoft Azure Active Directory information and bring management certificate authentication back in.

Login directly from PowerShell (Microsoft Azure Active Directory authentication)

# Interactive login - you will get a dialog box asking for your Azure credentials

# Non-interactive login - use service principals
Add-AzureRmAccount -ServicePrincipal -ApplicationId "http://my-app" -Credential $pscredential -TenantId $tenantid

# Use the cmdlets to manage your services/applications
New-AzureRmResourceGroup -Name myresourceGroup -Location "West US"

Microsoft Azure China

Add-AzureRmAccount -EnvironmentName AzureChinaCloud

# Use the cmdlets to manage your services/applications
New-AzureRmResourceGroup -Name myresourceGroup -Location "China East"

Microsoft Azure US Government

Add-AzureRmAccount -EnvironmentName AzureUSGovernment

# Use the cmdlets to manage your services/applications
New-AzureRmResourceGroup -Name myresourceGroup -Location "US Gov Virginia"

Microsoft Azure Germany

Add-AzureRmAccount -EnvironmentName AzureGermanCloud

# Use the cmdlets to manage your services/applications
New-AzureRmResourceGroup -Name myresourceGroup -Location "Germany Central"

Windows Azure Pack

# Add your Windows Azure Pack environment to your Microsoft Azure PowerShell installation.
# You will need to know the following information of your Windows Azure Pack environment.
# 1. URL to download the publish settings file    Mandatory
# 2. Management service endpoint                  Optional
# 3. Management Portal URL                        Optional
# 4. Storage service endpoint                     Optional
Add-WAPackEnvironment -Name "MyWAPackEnv" `
    -PublishSettingsFileUrl "URL to download the publish settings file>" `
    -ServiceEndpoint "<Management service endpoint>" `
    -ManagementPortalUrl "<Storage service endpoint>" `
    -StorageEndpoint "<Management Portal URL>"

# Download a file which contains the publish settings information of your subscription.
# Use the -Environment parameter to target your Windows Azure Pack environment.
# This will open a browser window and ask you to log in to get the file.
Get-WAPackPublishSettingsFile -Environment "MyWAPackEnv"

# Import the file you just downloaded.
# Notice that the file contains credential of your subscription so you don't want to make it public
# (like check in to source control, etc.).
Import-WAPackPublishSettingsFile "<file location>"

# Use the cmdlets to manage your services/applications
New-WAPackWebsite -Name mywebsite

Find Your Way

All the cmdlets can be put into 3 categories:

  1. ARM management cmdlets use the AzureRm prefix (New-AzureRmResourceGroup, Get-AzureRmVM)
  2. Legacy RDFE management cmdlets use the Azure prefix (Get-AzureVM)
  3. Data plane cmdlets that work in ARM or RDFE use the Azure prefix (Get-AzureBlob)

You can use the following cmdlet to find out all the cmdlets for your environment

# Return all the cmdlets for Azure Resource Manager (ARM)
Get-Command *AzureRm*

# Return all the cmdlets for Microsoft Azure
Get-Command *Azure*

# Return all the cmdlets for Windows Azure Pack
Get-Command *WAPack*

If you want to migrate some scripts from Microsoft Azure to Windows Azure Pack or vice versa, as long as the cmdlets you are using are in category 1, you should be able to migrate smoothly.

Need Help?

Be sure to check out the Azure Support Community if you have trouble with the provided code.

Contribute Code or Provide Feedback

If you would like to become an active contributor to this project please follow the instructions provided in Microsoft Azure Projects Contribution Guidelines.

More information about contributing to this repo can be found in CONTRIBUTING md and the Azure PowerShell Developer Guide folder.

If you encounter any bugs with the library please file an issue in the issues section section of the project.

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This project has adopted the Microsoft Open Source Code of Conduct. For more information see the Code of Conduct FAQ or contact with any additional questions or comments.

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