This post is basically pretty old, but because script is updated, we can announce that post is new 🙂

In one of previous posts, you have learned how to create Azure VM using Azure Portal. Now, I will show you how you can do that using Azure PowerShell.

Following script will:

  • Create Resource Group
  • Create Virtual Network with one Subnet
  • Create Network Security Group with rule that will allow access to VMs
  • Create Virtual Machine with centOS 7.5 operating system
# Define variables for networking part
$ResourceGroup  = ""
$Location       = ""
$vNetName       = ""
$AddressSpace   = "" # Format
$SubnetIPRange  = "" # Format
$SubnetName     = ""
$nsgName        = ""
$StorageAccount = "" # Name must be unique. Name availability can be check using PowerShell command Get-AzStorageAccountNameAvailability -Name ""

# Create Resource Groups and Storage Account for diagnostic
New-AzResourceGroup -Name $ResourceGroup -Location $Location
New-AzStorageAccount -Name $StorageAccount -ResourceGroupName $ResourceGroup -Location $Location -SkuName Standard_LRS

# Create Virtual Network and Subnet
$vNetwork = New-AzVirtualNetwork -ResourceGroupName $ResourceGroup -Name $vNetName -AddressPrefix $AddressSpace -Location $location
Add-AzVirtualNetworkSubnetConfig -Name $SubnetName -VirtualNetwork $vNetwork -AddressPrefix $SubnetIPRange
Set-AzVirtualNetwork -VirtualNetwork $vNetwork

# Create Network Security Group
$nsgRuleVMAccess = New-AzNetworkSecurityRuleConfig -Name 'allow-vm-access' -Protocol Tcp -Direction Inbound -Priority 100 -SourceAddressPrefix * -SourcePortRange * -DestinationAddressPrefix * -DestinationPortRange 22,3389 -Access Allow
New-AzNetworkSecurityGroup -ResourceGroupName $ResourceGroup -Location $location -Name $nsgName -SecurityRules $nsgRuleVMAccess

# Define Variables needed for Virtual Machine
$vNet       = Get-AzVirtualNetwork -ResourceGroupName $ResourceGroup -Name $vNetName
$Subnet     = Get-AzVirtualNetworkSubnetConfig -Name $SubnetName -VirtualNetwork $vNet
$nsg        = Get-AzNetworkSecurityGroup -ResourceGroupName $ResourceGroup -Name $NsgName
$vmName 	= "centOS-01"
$pubName	= "OpenLogic"
$offerName	= "centOS"
$skuName	= "7.5"
$vmSize 	= "Standard_B1s"
$pipName    = "$vmName-pip" 
$nicName    = "$vmName-nic"
$osDiskName = "$vmName-OsDisk"
$osDiskSize = "30"
$osDiskType = "Premium_LRS"

# Create Admin Credentials
$adminUsername = Read-Host 'Admin username'
$adminPassword = Read-Host -AsSecureString 'Admin password with least 12 characters'
$adminCreds    = New-Object PSCredential $adminUsername, $adminPassword

# Create a public IP and NIC
$pip = New-AzPublicIpAddress -Name $pipName -ResourceGroupName $ResourceGroup -Location $location -AllocationMethod Static 
$nic = New-AzNetworkInterface -Name $nicName -ResourceGroupName $ResourceGroup -Location $location -SubnetId $Subnet.Id -PublicIpAddressId $pip.Id -NetworkSecurityGroupId $nsg.Id

# Set VM Configuration
$vmConfig = New-AzVMConfig -VMName $vmName -VMSize $vmSize
Add-AzVMNetworkInterface -VM $vmConfig -Id $nic.Id

# Set VM operating system parameters
Set-AzVMOperatingSystem -VM $vmConfig -Linux -ComputerName $vmName -Credential $adminCreds

# Set boot diagnostic storage account
Set-AzVMBootDiagnostics -Enable -ResourceGroupName $ResourceGroup -VM $vmConfig -StorageAccountName $StorageAccount

# Set virtual machine source image
Set-AzVMSourceImage -VM $vmConfig -PublisherName $pubName -Offer $offerName -Skus $skuName -Version 'latest'

# Set OsDisk configuration
Set-AzVMOSDisk -VM $vmConfig -Name $osDiskName -DiskSizeInGB $osDiskSize -StorageAccountType $osDiskType -CreateOption fromImage

# Create the VM
New-AzVM -ResourceGroupName $ResourceGroup -Location $location -VM $vmConfig


This way is little bit complicated, especially if you are now familiar with PowerShell, but you really need to start to use PowerShell.

Trust me 🙂



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2 thoughts on “How to create VM in Azure (Azure PowerShell)”

    1. Hello,

      If you want to deploy any other OS using by PowerShell, you need to define Publisher, Offer and SKU.
      In case of Windows 10, these information are:

      Publisher: MicrosoftWindowsDesktop
      Offer: Windows-10
      SKU: 19h1-pro

      However, you can find other offers and SKUs by following command:

      Get-AzVMImagePublisher -Location “LOCATION”
      Get-AzVMImageOffer -Location “LOCATION” -PublisherName “PUBLISHERNAME”
      Get-AzVMImageSku -Location “LOCATION” -PublisherName “PUBLISHERNAME” -Offer “OFFERNAME”


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