Create a fully configured virtual machine with PowerShell

This script creates an Azure Virtual Machine with an Ubuntu operating system. After running the script, you can access the virtual machine over SSH.

If needed, install the Azure PowerShell module using the instructions found in the Azure PowerShell guide, and then run Connect-AzAccount to create a connection with Azure. Also, you need to have an SSH public key named id_rsa.pub in the .ssh directory of your user profile.

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

Note

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.

Sample script

# Variables for common values
$resourceGroup = "myResourceGroup"
$location = "westeurope"
$vmName = "myVM"

# Define user name and blank password
$securePassword = ConvertTo-SecureString ' ' -AsPlainText -Force
$cred = New-Object System.Management.Automation.PSCredential ("azureuser", $securePassword)

# Create a resource group
New-AzResourceGroup -Name $resourceGroup -Location $location

# Create a subnet configuration
$subnetConfig = New-AzVirtualNetworkSubnetConfig -Name mySubnet -AddressPrefix 192.168.1.0/24

# Create a virtual network
$vnet = New-AzVirtualNetwork -ResourceGroupName $resourceGroup -Location $location `
  -Name MYvNET -AddressPrefix 192.168.0.0/16 -Subnet $subnetConfig

# Create a public IP address and specify a DNS name
$pip = New-AzPublicIpAddress -ResourceGroupName $resourceGroup -Location $location `
  -Name "mypublicdns$(Get-Random)" -AllocationMethod Static -IdleTimeoutInMinutes 4

# Create an inbound network security group rule for port 22
$nsgRuleSSH = New-AzNetworkSecurityRuleConfig -Name myNetworkSecurityGroupRuleSSH  -Protocol Tcp `
  -Direction Inbound -Priority 1000 -SourceAddressPrefix * -SourcePortRange * -DestinationAddressPrefix * `
  -DestinationPortRange 22 -Access Allow

# Create a network security group
$nsg = New-AzNetworkSecurityGroup -ResourceGroupName $resourceGroup -Location $location `
  -Name myNetworkSecurityGroup -SecurityRules $nsgRuleSSH

# Create a virtual network card and associate with public IP address and NSG
$nic = New-AzNetworkInterface -Name myNic -ResourceGroupName $resourceGroup -Location $location `
  -SubnetId $vnet.Subnets[0].Id -PublicIpAddressId $pip.Id -NetworkSecurityGroupId $nsg.Id

# Create a virtual machine configuration
$vmConfig = New-AzVMConfig -VMName $vmName -VMSize Standard_D1 |
Set-AzVMOperatingSystem -Linux -ComputerName $vmName -Credential $cred -DisablePasswordAuthentication |
Set-AzVMSourceImage -PublisherName Canonical -Offer UbuntuServer -Skus 14.04.2-LTS -Version latest |
Add-AzVMNetworkInterface -Id $nic.Id

# Configure SSH Keys
$sshPublicKey = Get-Content "$env:USERPROFILE\.ssh\id_rsa.pub"
Add-AzVMSshPublicKey -VM $vmconfig -KeyData $sshPublicKey -Path "/home/azureuser/.ssh/authorized_keys"

# Create a virtual machine
New-AzVM -ResourceGroupName $resourceGroup -Location $location -VM $vmConfig

Clean up deployment

Run the following command to remove the resource group, VM, and all related resources.

Remove-AzResourceGroup -Name myResourceGroup

Script explanation

This script uses the following commands to create the deployment. Each item in the table links to command specific documentation.

Command Notes
New-AzResourceGroup Creates a resource group in which all resources are stored.
New-AzVirtualNetworkSubnetConfig Creates a subnet configuration. This configuration is used with the virtual network creation process.
New-AzVirtualNetwork Creates a virtual network.
New-AzPublicIpAddress Creates a public IP address.
New-AzNetworkSecurityRuleConfig Creates a network security group rule configuration. This configuration is used to create an NSG rule when the NSG is created.
New-AzNetworkSecurityGroup Creates a network security group.
Get-AzVirtualNetworkSubnetConfig Gets subnet information. This information is used when creating a network interface.
New-AzNetworkInterface Creates a network interface.
New-AzVMConfig Creates a VM configuration. This configuration includes information such as VM name, operating system, and administrative credentials. The configuration is used during VM creation.
Set-AzVMOperatingSystem Sets operating system properties for a virtual machine.
Set-AzVMSourceImage Specifies the image for a virtual machine.
Add-AzVMNetworkInterface Adds a network interface to a virtual machine.
New-AzVM Create a virtual machine.
Remove-AzResourceGroup Removes a resource group and all resources contained within.

Next steps

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

Additional virtual machine PowerShell script samples can be found in the Azure Linux VM documentation.