Copy managed disks to same or different subscription with CLI

This script copies a managed disk to same or different subscription but in the same region.

To run this sample, make sure you have installed the latest Azure CLI 2.0. To start, run az login to create a connection with Azure.

This sample works in a Bash shell. For options on running Azure CLI scripts on Windows client, see Running the Azure CLI in Windows.

If you don't have an Azure subscription, create a free account before you begin.

Sample script

#Provide the subscription Id of the subscription where managed disk exists
sourceSubscriptionId=dd80b94e-0463-4a65-8d04-c94f403879dc

#Provide the name of your resource group where managed disk exists
sourceResourceGroupName=mySourceResourceGroupName

#Provide the name of the managed disk
managedDiskName=myDiskName

#Set the context to the subscription Id where managed disk exists
az account set --subscription $sourceSubscriptionId

#Get the managed disk Id 
managedDiskId=$(az disk show --name $managedDiskName --resource-group $sourceResourceGroupName --query [id] -o tsv)

#If managedDiskId is blank then it means that managed disk does not exist.
echo 'source managed disk Id is: ' $managedDiskId

#Provide the subscription Id of the subscription where managed disk will be copied to
targetSubscriptionId=6492b1f7-f219-446b-b509-314e17e1efb0

#Name of the resource group where managed disk will be copied to
targetResourceGroupName=mytargetResourceGroupName

#Set the context to the subscription Id where managed disk will be copied to
az account set --subscription $targetSubscriptionId

#Copy managed disk to different subscription using managed disk Id
az disk create --resource-group $targetResourceGroupName --name $managedDiskName --source $managedDiskId

Script explanation

This script uses following commands to create a new managed disk in the target subscription using the Id of the source managed disk. Each command in the table links to command specific documentation.

Command Notes
az disk show Gets all the properties of a managed disk using the name and resource group properties of the managed disk. Id property is used to copy the managed disk to different subscription.
az disk create Copies a managed disk by creating a new managed disk in different subscription using Id and name the parent managed disk.

Next steps

Create a virtual machine from a managed disk

For more information on the Azure CLI, see Azure CLI documentation.

Additional virtual machine and managed disks CLI script samples can be found in the Azure Linux VM documentation.