Manage Azure Machine Learning workspaces using Azure CLI

In this article, you learn how to create and manage Azure Machine Learning workspaces using the Azure CLI. The Azure CLI provides commands for managing Azure resources and is designed to get you working quickly with Azure, with an emphasis on automation. The machine learning extension to the CLI provides commands for working with Azure Machine Learning resources.


Examples in this article refer to both 1.0 CLI and 2.0 CLI versions. If no version is specified for a command, it will work with either the 1.0 or 2.0 CLI. The machine learning 2.0 CLI is currently in public preview. This preview version is provided without a service-level agreement, and it's not recommended for production workloads.



  • When creating a new workspace, you can either automatically create services needed by the workspace or use existing services. If you want to use existing services from a different Azure subscription than the workspace, you must register the Azure Machine Learning namespace in the subscription that contains those services. For example, creating a workspace in subscription A that uses a storage account from subscription B, the Azure Machine Learning namespace must be registered in subscription B before you can use the storage account with the workspace.

    The resource provider for Azure Machine Learning is Microsoft.MachineLearningServices. For information on how to see if it is registered and how to register it, see the Azure resource providers and types article.


    This only applies to resources provided during workspace creation; Azure Storage Accounts, Azure Container Register, Azure Key Vault, and Application Insights.

Connect the CLI to your Azure subscription


If you are using the Azure Cloud Shell, you can skip this section. The cloud shell automatically authenticates you using the account you log into your Azure subscription.

There are several ways that you can authenticate to your Azure subscription from the CLI. The most simple is to interactively authenticate using a browser. To authenticate interactively, open a command line or terminal and use the following command:

az login

If the CLI can open your default browser, it will do so and load a sign-in page. Otherwise, you need to open a browser and follow the instructions on the command line. The instructions involve browsing to and entering an authorization code.


After logging in, you see a list of subscriptions associated with your Azure account. The subscription information with isDefault: true is the currently activated subscription for Azure CLI commands. This subscription must be the same one that contains your Azure Machine Learning workspace. You can find the subscription ID from the Azure portal by visiting the overview page for your workspace. You can also use the SDK to get the subscription ID from the workspace object. For example, Workspace.from_config().subscription_id.

To select another subscription, use the az account set -s <subscription name or ID> command and specify the subscription name or ID to switch to. For more information about subscription selection, see Use multiple Azure Subscriptions.

For other methods of authenticating, see Sign in with Azure CLI.

Create a resource group

The Azure Machine Learning workspace must be created inside a resource group. You can use an existing resource group or create a new one. To create a new resource group, use the following command. Replace <resource-group-name> with the name to use for this resource group. Replace <location> with the Azure region to use for this resource group:


You should select a region where Azure Machine Learning is available. For information, see Products available by region.

az group create --name <resource-group-name> --location <location>

The response from this command is similar to the following JSON. You can use the output values to locate the created resources or parse them as input to subsequent CLI steps for automation.

  "id": "/subscriptions/<subscription-GUID>/resourceGroups/<resourcegroupname>",
  "location": "<location>",
  "managedBy": null,
  "name": "<resource-group-name>",
  "properties": {
    "provisioningState": "Succeeded"
  "tags": null,
  "type": null

For more information on working with resource groups, see az group.

Create a workspace

When you deploy an Azure Machine Learning workspace, various other services are required as dependent associated resources. When you use the CLI to create the workspace, the CLI can either create new associated resources on your behalf or you could attach existing resources.


When attaching your own storage account, make sure that it meets the following criteria:

  • The storage account is not a premium account (Premium_LRS and Premium_GRS)
  • Both Azure Blob and Azure File capabilities enabled
  • Hierarchical Namespace (ADLS Gen 2) is disabled These requirements are only for the default storage account used by the workspace.

When attaching Azure container registry, you must have the admin account enabled before it can be used with an Azure Machine Learning workspace.

To create a new workspace where the services are automatically created, use the following command:

az ml workspace create -w <workspace-name> -g <resource-group-name>


When you attaching existing resources, you don't have to specify all. You can specify one or more. For example, you can specify an existing storage account and the workspace will create the other resources.

The output of the workspace creation command is similar to the following JSON. You can use the output values to locate the created resources or parse them as input to subsequent CLI steps.

  "applicationInsights": "/subscriptions/<service-GUID>/resourcegroups/<resource-group-name>/providers/microsoft.insights/components/<application-insight-name>",
  "containerRegistry": "/subscriptions/<service-GUID>/resourcegroups/<resource-group-name>/providers/microsoft.containerregistry/registries/<acr-name>",
  "creationTime": "2019-08-30T20:24:19.6984254+00:00",
  "description": "",
  "friendlyName": "<workspace-name>",
  "id": "/subscriptions/<service-GUID>/resourceGroups/<resource-group-name>/providers/Microsoft.MachineLearningServices/workspaces/<workspace-name>",
  "identityPrincipalId": "<GUID>",
  "identityTenantId": "<GUID>",
  "identityType": "SystemAssigned",
  "keyVault": "/subscriptions/<service-GUID>/resourcegroups/<resource-group-name>/providers/microsoft.keyvault/vaults/<key-vault-name>",
  "location": "<location>",
  "name": "<workspace-name>",
  "resourceGroup": "<resource-group-name>",
  "storageAccount": "/subscriptions/<service-GUID>/resourcegroups/<resource-group-name>/providers/<storage-account-name>",
  "type": "Microsoft.MachineLearningServices/workspaces",
  "workspaceid": "<GUID>"

Advanced configurations

Configure workspace for private network connectivity

Dependent on your use case and organizational requirements, you can choose to configure Azure Machine Learning using private network connectivity. You can use the Azure CLI to deploy a workspace and a Private link endpoint for the workspace resource. For more information on using a private endpoint and virtual network (VNet) with your workspace, see Virtual network isolation and privacy overview. For complex resource configurations, also refer to template based deployment options including Azure Resource Manager.

If you want to restrict access to your workspace to a virtual network, you can use the following parameters as part of the az ml workspace create command or use the az ml workspace private-endpoint commands.

az ml workspace create -w <workspace-name>
                       -g <resource-group-name>
                       --pe-name "<pe name>"
                       --pe-auto-approval "<pe-autoapproval>"
                       --pe-resource-group "<pe name>"
                       --pe-vnet-name "<pe name>"
                       --pe-subnet-name "<pe name>"
  • --pe-name: The name of the private endpoint that is created.
  • --pe-auto-approval: Whether private endpoint connections to the workspace should be automatically approved.
  • --pe-resource-group: The resource group to create the private endpoint in. Must be the same group that contains the virtual network.
  • --pe-vnet-name: The existing virtual network to create the private endpoint in.
  • --pe-subnet-name: The name of the subnet to create the private endpoint in. The default value is default.

For more details on how to use these commands, see the CLI reference pages.

Customer-managed key and high business impact workspace

By default, metadata for the workspace is stored in an Azure Cosmos DB instance that Microsoft maintains. This data is encrypted using Microsoft-managed keys. Instead of using the Microsoft-managed key, you can also provide your own key. Doing so creates an additional set of resources in your Azure subscription to store your data.

To learn more about the resources that are created when you bring your own key for encryption, see Data encryption with Azure Machine Learning.

Below CLI commands provide examples for creating a workspace that uses customer-managed keys for encryption using the 1.0 CLI and 2.0 CLI versions.

Use the --cmk-keyvault parameter to specify the Azure Key Vault that contains the key, and --resource-cmk-uri to specify the resource ID and uri of the key within the vault.

To limit the data that Microsoft collects on your workspace, you can additionally specify the --hbi-workspace parameter.

az ml workspace create -w <workspace-name>
                       -g <resource-group-name>
                       --cmk-keyvault "<cmk keyvault name>"
                       --resource-cmk-uri "<resource cmk uri>"


Authorize the Machine Learning App (in Identity and Access Management) with contributor permissions on your subscription to manage the data encryption additional resources.


Azure Cosmos DB is not used to store information such as model performance, information logged by experiments, or information logged from your model deployments. For more information on monitoring these items, see the Monitoring and logging section of the architecture and concepts article.


Selecting high business impact can only be done when creating a workspace. You cannot change this setting after workspace creation.

For more information on customer-managed keys and high business impact workspace, see Enterprise security for Azure Machine Learning.

Using the CLI to manage workspaces

Get workspace information

To get information about a workspace, use the following command:

az ml workspace show -w <workspace-name> -g <resource-group-name>

For more information, see the az ml workspace show documentation.

Update a workspace

To update a workspace, use the following command:

az ml workspace update -w <workspace-name> -g <resource-group-name>

For more information, see the az ml workspace update documentation.

Sync keys for dependent resources

If you change access keys for one of the resources used by your workspace, it takes around an hour for the workspace to synchronize to the new key. To force the workspace to sync the new keys immediately, use the following command:

az ml workspace sync-keys -w <workspace-name> -g <resource-group-name>

For more information on changing keys, see Regenerate storage access keys.

For more information on the sync-keys command, see az ml workspace sync-keys.

Delete a workspace


Once an Azure Machine Learning workspace has been deleted, it cannot be recovered.

To delete a workspace after it is no longer needed, use the following command:

az ml workspace delete -w <workspace-name> -g <resource-group-name>


Deleting a workspace does not delete the application insight, storage account, key vault, or container registry used by the workspace.

You can also delete the resource group, which deletes the workspace and all other Azure resources in the resource group. To delete the resource group, use the following command:

az group delete -g <resource-group-name>

For more information, see the az ml workspace delete documentation.

If you accidentally deleted your workspace, are still able to retrieve your notebooks. Please refer to this documentation.


Resource provider errors

When creating an Azure Machine Learning workspace, or a resource used by the workspace, you may receive an error similar to the following messages:

  • No registered resource provider found for location {location}
  • The subscription is not registered to use namespace {resource-provider-namespace}

Most resource providers are automatically registered, but not all. If you receive this message, you need to register the provider mentioned.

For information on registering resource providers, see Resolve errors for resource provider registration.

Moving the workspace


Moving your Azure Machine Learning workspace to a different subscription, or moving the owning subscription to a new tenant, is not supported. Doing so may cause errors.

Deleting the Azure Container Registry

The Azure Machine Learning workspace uses Azure Container Registry (ACR) for some operations. It will automatically create an ACR instance when it first needs one.


Once an Azure Container Registry has been created for a workspace, do not delete it. Doing so will break your Azure Machine Learning workspace.

Next steps

For more information on the Azure CLI extension for machine learning, see the az ml documentation.

To check for problems with your workspace, see How to use workspace diagnostics.