Manage Azure resources by using Azure PowerShell

Learn how to use Azure PowerShell with Azure Resource Manager to manage your Azure resources. For managing resource groups, see Manage Azure resource groups by using Azure PowerShell.

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Deploy resources to an existing resource group

You can deploy Azure resources directly by using Azure PowerShell, or deploy a Resource Manager template to create Azure resources.

Deploy a resource

The following script creates a storage account.

$resourceGroupName = Read-Host -Prompt "Enter the Resource Group name"
$location = Read-Host -Prompt "Enter the location (i.e. centralus)"
$storageAccountName = Read-Host -Prompt "Enter the storage account name"

# Create the storage account.
$storageAccount = New-AzStorageAccount -ResourceGroupName $resourceGroupName `
  -Name $storageAccountName `
  -Location $location `
  -SkuName "Standard_LRS"

# Retrieve the context.
$ctx = $storageAccount.Context

Deploy a template

The following script creates deploy a Quickstart template to create a storage account. For more information, see Quickstart: Create Azure Resource Manager templates by using Visual Studio Code.

$resourceGroupName = Read-Host -Prompt "Enter the Resource Group name"
$location = Read-Host -Prompt "Enter the location (i.e. centralus)"
$templateUri = "https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Azure/azure-quickstart-templates/master/101-storage-account-create/azuredeploy.json"
New-AzResourceGroupDeployment -ResourceGroupName $resourceGroupName -TemplateUri $templateUri -Location $location

For more information, see Deploy resources with Resource Manager templates and Azure PowerShell.

Deploy a resource group and resources

You can create a resource group and deploy resources to the group. For more information, see Create resource group and deploy resources.

Deploy resources to multiple subscriptions or resource groups

Typically, you deploy all the resources in your template to a single resource group. However, there are scenarios where you want to deploy a set of resources together but place them in different resource groups or subscriptions. For more information, see Deploy Azure resources to multiple subscriptions or resource groups.

Delete resources

The following script shows how to delete a storage account.

$resourceGroupName = Read-Host -Prompt "Enter the Resource Group name"
$storageAccountName = Read-Host -Prompt "Enter the storage account name"

Remove-AzStorageAccount -ResourceGroupName $resourceGroupName -AccountName $storageAccountName

For more information about how Azure Resource Manager orders the deletion of resources, see Azure Resource Manager resource group deletion.

Move resources

The following script shows how to remove a storage account from one resource group to another resource group.

$srcResourceGroupName = Read-Host -Prompt "Enter the source Resource Group name"
$destResourceGroupName = Read-Host -Prompt "Enter the destination Resource Group name"
$storageAccountName = Read-Host -Prompt "Enter the storage account name"

$storageAccount = Get-AzResource -ResourceGroupName $srcResourceGroupName -ResourceName $storageAccountName
Move-AzResource -DestinationResourceGroupName $destResourceGroupName -ResourceId $storageAccount.ResourceId

For more information, see Move resources to new resource group or subscription.

Lock resources

Locking prevents other users in your organization from accidentally deleting or modifying critical resources, such as Azure subscription, resource group, or resource.

The following script locks a storage account so the account can't be deleted.

$resourceGroupName = Read-Host -Prompt "Enter the Resource Group name"
$storageAccountName = Read-Host -Prompt "Enter the storage account name"

New-AzResourceLock -LockName LockStorage -LockLevel CanNotDelete -ResourceGroupName $resourceGroupName -ResourceName $storageAccountName -ResourceType Microsoft.Storage/storageAccounts 

The following script gets all locks for a storage account:

$resourceGroupName = Read-Host -Prompt "Enter the Resource Group name"
$storageAccountName = Read-Host -Prompt "Enter the storage account name"

Get-AzResourceLock -ResourceGroupName $resourceGroupName -ResourceName $storageAccountName -ResourceType Microsoft.Storage/storageAccounts

The following script deletes a lock of a storage account:

$resourceGroupName = Read-Host -Prompt "Enter the Resource Group name"
$storageAccountName = Read-Host -Prompt "Enter the storage account name"

$lockId = (Get-AzResourceLock -ResourceGroupName $resourceGroupName -ResourceName $storageAccountName -ResourceType Microsoft.Storage/storageAccounts).LockId
Remove-AzResourceLock -LockId $lockId

For more information, see Lock resources with Azure Resource Manager.

Tag resources

Tagging helps organizing your resource group and resources logically. For information, see Using tags to organize your Azure resources.

Manage access to resources

Role-based access control (RBAC) is the way that you manage access to resources in Azure. For more information, see Manage access using RBAC and Azure PowerShell.

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