Change the availability set for a Windows VM

The following steps describe how to change the availability set of a VM using Azure PowerShell. A VM can only be added to an availability set when it is created. In order to change the availability set, you need to delete and recreate the virtual machine.

Change the availability set using PowerShell

  1. Capture the following key details from the VM to be modified.

    Name of the VM

    $vm = Get-AzureRmVM -ResourceGroupName <Name-of-resource-group> -Name <name-of-VM>

    VM Size


    Network primary network interface and optional network interfaces if they exist on the VM


    OS Disk Profile


    Disk profiles for each data disk


    VM extensions installed

  2. Delete the VM without deleting any of the disks or the network interfaces.

    Remove-AzureRmVM -ResourceGroupName <resourceGroupName> -Name <vmName> 
  3. Create the availability set if it does not already exist

    New-AzureRmAvailabilitySet -ResourceGroupName <resourceGroupName> -Name <availabilitySetName> -Location "<location>" 
  4. Recreate the VM using the new availability set

    $vm2 = New-AzureRmVMConfig -VMName <VM-name> -VMSize <vm-size> -AvailabilitySetId <availability-set-id>
    Set-AzureRmVMOSDisk -CreateOption "Attach" -VM <vmConfig> -VhdUri <osDiskURI> -Name <osDiskName> [-Windows | -Linux]
    Add-AzureRmVMNetworkInterface -VM <vmConfig> -Id  <nicId> 
    New-AzureRmVM -ResourceGroupName <resourceGroupName> -Location <location> -VM <vmConfig>
  5. Add data disks and extensions. For more information, see Attach Data Disk to VM and Extensions in Resource Manager templates. Data disks and extensions can be added to the VM using PowerShell or Azure CLI.

Example Script

The following script provides an example of gathering the required information, deleting the original VM and then recreating it in a new availability set.

    #set variables
    $rg = "demo-resource-group"
    $vmName = "demo-vm"
    $newAvailSetName = "demo-as"
    $outFile = "C:\temp\outfile.txt"

    #Get VM Details
    $OriginalVM = get-azurermvm -ResourceGroupName $rg -Name $vmName

    #Output VM details to file
    "VM Name: " | Out-File -FilePath $outFile 
    $OriginalVM.Name | Out-File -FilePath $outFile -Append

    "Extensions: " | Out-File -FilePath $outFile -Append
    $OriginalVM.Extensions | Out-File -FilePath $outFile -Append

    "VMSize: " | Out-File -FilePath $outFile -Append
    $OriginalVM.HardwareProfile.VmSize | Out-File -FilePath $outFile -Append

    "NIC: " | Out-File -FilePath $outFile -Append
    $OriginalVM.NetworkProfile.NetworkInterfaces[0].Id | Out-File -FilePath $outFile -Append

    "OSType: " | Out-File -FilePath $outFile -Append
    $OriginalVM.StorageProfile.OsDisk.OsType | Out-File -FilePath $outFile -Append

    "OS Disk: " | Out-File -FilePath $outFile -Append
    $OriginalVM.StorageProfile.OsDisk.Vhd.Uri | Out-File -FilePath $outFile -Append

    if ($OriginalVM.StorageProfile.DataDisks) {
    "Data Disk(s): " | Out-File -FilePath $outFile -Append
    $OriginalVM.StorageProfile.DataDisks | Out-File -FilePath $outFile -Append

    #Remove the original VM
    Remove-AzureRmVM -ResourceGroupName $rg -Name $vmName

    #Create new availability set if it does not exist
    $availSet = Get-AzureRmAvailabilitySet -ResourceGroupName $rg -Name $newAvailSetName -ErrorAction Ignore
    if (-Not $availSet) {
    $availset = New-AzureRmAvailabilitySet -ResourceGroupName $rg -Name $newAvailSetName -Location $OriginalVM.Location

    #Create the basic configuration for the replacement VM
    $newVM = New-AzureRmVMConfig -VMName $OriginalVM.Name -VMSize $OriginalVM.HardwareProfile.VmSize -AvailabilitySetId $availSet.Id
    Set-AzureRmVMOSDisk -VM $NewVM -VhdUri $OriginalVM.StorageProfile.OsDisk.Vhd.Uri  -Name $OriginalVM.Name -CreateOption Attach -Windows

    #Add Data Disks
    foreach ($disk in $OriginalVM.StorageProfile.DataDisks ) { 
    Add-AzureRmVMDataDisk -VM $newVM -Name $disk.Name -VhdUri $disk.Vhd.Uri -Caching $disk.Caching -Lun $disk.Lun -CreateOption Attach -DiskSizeInGB $disk.DiskSizeGB

    #Add NIC(s)
    foreach ($nic in $OriginalVM.NetworkProfile.NetworkInterfaces) {
        Add-AzureRmVMNetworkInterface -VM $NewVM -Id $nic.Id

    #Create the VM
    New-AzureRmVM -ResourceGroupName $rg -Location $OriginalVM.Location -VM $NewVM -DisableBginfoExtension

Next steps

Add additional storage to your VM by adding an additional data disk.