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. To change the availability set, you need to delete and then recreate the virtual machine.

This article was last tested on 2/12/2019 using the Azure Cloud Shell and the Az PowerShell module version 1.2.0.


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.

Change the availability set

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
    $resourceGroup = "myResourceGroup"
    $vmName = "myVM"
    $newAvailSetName = "myAvailabilitySet"

# Get the details of the VM to be moved to the Availability Set
    $originalVM = Get-AzVM `
	   -ResourceGroupName $resourceGroup `
	   -Name $vmName

# Create new availability set if it does not exist
    $availSet = Get-AzAvailabilitySet `
	   -ResourceGroupName $resourceGroup `
	   -Name $newAvailSetName `
	   -ErrorAction Ignore
    if (-Not $availSet) {
    $availSet = New-AzAvailabilitySet `
	   -Location $originalVM.Location `
	   -Name $newAvailSetName `
	   -ResourceGroupName $resourceGroup `
	   -PlatformFaultDomainCount 2 `
	   -PlatformUpdateDomainCount 2 `
	   -Sku Aligned
# Remove the original VM
    Remove-AzVM -ResourceGroupName $resourceGroup -Name $vmName    

# Create the basic configuration for the replacement VM
    $newVM = New-AzVMConfig `
	   -VMName $originalVM.Name `
	   -VMSize $originalVM.HardwareProfile.VmSize `
	   -AvailabilitySetId $availSet.Id
    Set-AzVMOSDisk `
	   -VM $newVM -CreateOption Attach `
	   -ManagedDiskId $originalVM.StorageProfile.OsDisk.ManagedDisk.Id `
	   -Name $originalVM.StorageProfile.OsDisk.Name `

# Add Data Disks
    foreach ($disk in $originalVM.StorageProfile.DataDisks) { 
    Add-AzVMDataDisk -VM $newVM `
	   -Name $disk.Name `
	   -ManagedDiskId $disk.ManagedDisk.Id `
	   -Caching $disk.Caching `
	   -Lun $disk.Lun `
	   -DiskSizeInGB $disk.DiskSizeGB `
	   -CreateOption Attach
# Add NIC(s) and keep the same NIC as primary
	foreach ($nic in $originalVM.NetworkProfile.NetworkInterfaces) {	
	if ($nic.Primary -eq "True")
    		Add-AzVMNetworkInterface `
       		-VM $newVM `
       		-Id $nic.Id -Primary
       		  Add-AzVMNetworkInterface `
      		  -VM $newVM `
      	 	  -Id $nic.Id 

# Recreate the VM
    New-AzVM `
	   -ResourceGroupName $resourceGroup `
	   -Location $originalVM.Location `
	   -VM $newVM `

Next steps

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