Use PowerShell with an Azure Resource Manager template to create a managed instance

APPLIES TO: yesAzure SQL Managed Instance

You can create a managed instance by using the Azure PowerShell library and Azure Resource Manager templates.

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This article has been updated to use the new Azure PowerShell Az module. You can still use the AzureRM module, which will continue to receive bug fixes until at least December 2020. To learn more about the new Az module and AzureRM compatibility, see Introducing the new Azure PowerShell Az module. For Az module installation instructions, see Install Azure PowerShell.

Use Azure Cloud Shell

Azure hosts Azure Cloud Shell, an interactive shell environment that you can use through your browser. You can use either Bash or PowerShell with Cloud Shell to work with Azure services. You can use the Cloud Shell preinstalled commands to run the code in this article without having to install anything on your local environment.

To start Azure Cloud Shell:

Option Example/Link
Select Try It in the upper-right corner of a code block. Selecting Try It doesn't automatically copy the code to Cloud Shell. Example of Try It for Azure Cloud Shell
Go to, or select the Launch Cloud Shell button to open Cloud Shell in your browser. Launch Cloud Shell in a new window
Select the Cloud Shell button on the menu bar at the upper right in the Azure portal. Cloud Shell button in the Azure portal

To run the code in this article in Azure Cloud Shell:

  1. Start Cloud Shell.

  2. Select the Copy button on a code block to copy the code.

  3. Paste the code into the Cloud Shell session by selecting Ctrl+Shift+V on Windows and Linux or by selecting Cmd+Shift+V on macOS.

  4. Select Enter to run the code.

If you choose to install and use PowerShell locally, this tutorial requires Azure PowerShell 1.4.0 or later. If you need to upgrade, see Install Azure PowerShell module. If you are running PowerShell locally, run Connect-AzAccount to create a connection to Azure.

Azure PowerShell commands can start deployment using a predefined Azure Resource Manager template. The following properties can be specified in the template:

  • Managed instance name
  • SQL administrator username and password.
  • Size of the instance (number of cores and max storage size).
  • VNet and subnet where the instance will be placed.
  • Server-level collation of the instance (preview).

Instance name, SQL administrator username, VNet/subnet, and collation cannot be changed later. Other instance properties can be changed.


This sample assumes that you have created a valid network environment or modified an existing VNet for your managed instance. You can prepare the network environment using a separate Azure Resource Manager template, if necessary.

The sample uses the cmdlets New-AzResourceGroupDeployment and Get-AzVirtualNetwork, so make sure that you have installed the following PowerShell modules:

Install-Module Az.Network
Install-Module Az.Resources

Azure Resource Manager template

Save the following script into a .json file, and note the file location:

    "$schema": "",
    "contentVersion": "",
    "parameters": {
        "instance": {
            "type": "string"
        "user": {
            "type": "string"
        "pwd": {
            "type": "securestring"
        "subnetId": {
            "type": "string"
    "resources": [
            "name": "[parameters('instance')]",
            "location": "West Central US",
            "tags": {
                "Description":"GP Instance with custom instance collation - Serbian_Cyrillic_100_CS_AS"
            "sku": {
                "name": "GP_Gen5",
                "tier": "GeneralPurpose"
            "properties": {
                "administratorLogin": "[parameters('user')]",
                "administratorLoginPassword": "[parameters('pwd')]",
                "subnetId": "[parameters('subnetId')]",
                "storageSizeInGB": 256,
                "vCores": 8,
                "licenseType": "LicenseIncluded",
                "hardwareFamily": "Gen5",
                "collation": "Serbian_Cyrillic_100_CS_AS"
            "type": "Microsoft.Sql/managedInstances",
            "identity": {
                "type": "SystemAssigned"
            "apiVersion": "2015-05-01-preview"

Update the following PowerShell script with the correct file path for the .json file you saved previously, and change the names of the objects in the script:

$subscriptionId = "ed827499-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxx"
Select-AzSubscription -SubscriptionId $subscriptionId

# Managed instance properties
$resourceGroup = "rg_mi"
$location = "West Central US"
$name = "managed-instance-name"
$user = "miSqlAdmin"
$secpasswd = ConvertTo-SecureString "<Put some strong password here>" -AsPlainText -Force

# Network configuration
$vNetName = "my_vnet"
$vNetResourceGroup = "rg_mi_vnet"
$subnetName = "ManagedInstances"
$vNet = Get-AzVirtualNetwork -Name $vNetName -ResourceGroupName $vNetResourceGroup
$subnet = Get-AzVirtualNetworkSubnetConfig -Name $SubnetName -VirtualNetwork $vNet
$subnetId = $subnet.Id

# Deploy instance using Azure Resource Manager template:
New-AzResourceGroupDeployment  -Name MyDeployment -ResourceGroupName $resourceGroup  `
                                    -TemplateFile 'C:\...\create-managed-instance.json' `
                                    -instance $name -user $user -pwd $secpasswd -subnetId $subnetId

Once the script completes, the managed instance can be accessed from all Azure services and the configured IP address.

Next steps

For more information on Azure PowerShell, see Azure PowerShell documentation.

Additional PowerShell script samples for Azure SQL Managed Instance can be found in Azure SQL Managed Instance PowerShell scripts.