Getting Started with Azure PowerShell: A Beginner's Guide

Getting Started with Azure PowerShell: A Beginner's Guide


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Welcome to the world of Azure PowerShell, where automation and flexibility meet to bring your cloud deployments to the next level. Are you ready to take your skills to the next level, but feeling a bit overwhelmed by the vast options that Azure PowerShell has to offer? Fear not, as this beginner-friendly guide will walk you through the process of creating a virtual machine in Azure using PowerShell. With clear step-by-step instructions and real-world code examples, you'll be able to confidently create your own virtual machines in no time. And who knows, you may even have a little fun along the way. So, let's dive in and elevate your Azure game!

Azure PowerShell is a powerful tool that allows you to manage Azure resources directly from the command line. It is built on top of the popular Windows PowerShell and enables you to perform various tasks such as creating and managing virtual machines, storage accounts, and other Azure services.

Getting Started with Azure PowerShell

Before you can start using Azure PowerShell, you'll need to download and install the Azure PowerShell module. You can do this by running the following command in Windows PowerShell:

Install-Module -Name Az

Once the module is installed, you'll need to import it by running the following command:

Import-Module -Name Az

Connecting to Azure

Before we can start managing our VMs, we need to connect to Azure. To do this, we will use the Az login cmdlet.


This command will prompt you to enter your Azure credentials and will connect you to your Azure subscription. Once you're connected, you can start managing Azure resources.

Managing Virtual Machines

One of the most common tasks you'll perform with Azure PowerShell is creating and managing virtual machines. To create a new virtual machine, you can use the New-AzVm cmdlet. For example, the following command creates a new virtual machine in the "East US" region with a "Standard_DS1_v2" size:

New-AzVm -ResourceGroupName "MyResourceGroup" -Name "MyVM" -Location "East US" -Size "Standard_DS1_v2"

You can also create a virtual machine with an existing image by using the -Image parameter.

New-AzVm `
-ResourceGroupName "MyResourceGroup" `
-Name "MyVM" `
-Location "East US" `
-Size "Standard_DS1_v2" `
-Image "Canonical:UbuntuServer:18.04-LTS:latest"

In this example, we're creating a virtual machine called "MyVM" in the resource group "MyResourceGroup" and in the West US region. The image we're using is "WindowsServer2016Datacenter" and the size of the virtual machine is "Standard_DS1_v2".

Once the virtual machine is created, you can start, stop, and restart it using the Start-AzVm, Stop-AzVm, and Restart-AzVm cmdlets, respectively. You can also delete the virtual machine by using the Remove-AzVm cmdlet.

Start-AzVm -Name "MyVM" -ResourceGroupName "MyResourceGroup"
Stop-AzVm -Name "MyVM" -ResourceGroupName "MyResourceGroup"
Restart-AzVm -Name "MyVM" -ResourceGroupName "MyResourceGroup"
Remove-AzVm -Name "MyVM" -ResourceGroupName "MyResourceGroup"

Note: You would need to replace "MyVM" and "MyResourceGroup" with the actual name and resource group name of your virtual machine.

You can also specify additional parameters such as creating a virtual network and storage account or adding a data disk, by creating a variable of that object and passing it to the -VirtualNetwork and -StorageAccount.


In this article, we have covered the basics of creating a virtual machine with Azure PowerShell. We have seen how to connect to Azure, create a virtual machine, start and stop a virtual machine, and remove a virtual machine. With this knowledge, you can now start creating and managing your own virtual machines with Azure PowerShell. Azure PowerShell is a powerful tool that can help you automate your cloud infrastructure and improve your productivity. With the ability to manage resources in an automated fashion, you can free up time to focus on higher-level tasks and projects.

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