PowerShell Basics: How to Manage Azure Resources via PowerShell

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PowerShell automation can be powerful when harnessed correctly.  Whats more is that its capabilities can expand well beyond on-premises. To get started on this journey, this post will look at how to manage Azure Resources via PowerShell to further our learning on adoption and successfully set the foundation for future enablement.  The PowerShell module installed will be AzureRM which allows for management of both Azure and Azure Stack. This does differ from installing Az modules which only currently support Azure. Further details surrounding this can be found here


Lets begin.


    1. Run PowerShell in Administrator mode
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    2. Next run the following command to verify if the module is already installed:
      Get-Module -ListAvailable | Where-Object -Property Name -Like "*Azure*"

      NOTE: Verification entails that no modules are listed

    3. Next install the AzureRM module by running the following command: 

      Install-Module -Name AzureRM


    4. Enter Y and press enter at the NuGet provider prompt to ensure the latest version in installed.

      NOTE: This will take some time to install
    5. At the Untrusted repository prompt, enter Y and press enter:
      NOTE: This allows the ability to install packages from PowerShellGallery.com. This will also take some time to install.
    6. Run the following command to connect to your Azure subscription: 



    7. At the Untrusted Publisher prompt, enter A and press enter:
      NOTE:  This allows the ability to run packages from PowerShellGallery.com.
    8. Enter your username and password to sign into your Azure subscription
      NOTE: Details of said Azure subscription are shown once authentication is successful
    9. To verify that the connection is successful, run the following command to list the subscription's resource groups: 

      Get-AzureRmResourceGroup | Select-Object -Property ResourceGroupName,Location


    10. Run the following command to add PowerShellGallery.com as a trusted repository to quicken future module updates:
      Set-PSRepository -Name PSGallery -InstallationPolicy Trusted

That completes the setup of the AzureRM module in PowerShell.  Future blog posts will now expand on specific management of Azure Resources using this post as a prerequisite. 

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