Create a VM from a managed image

You can create multiple VMs from a managed VM image in Azure. A managed VM image contains the information necessary to create a VM, including the OS and data disks. The VHDs that make up the image, including both the OS disks and any data disks, are stored as managed disks.


You need to have already created a managed VM image to use for creating the new VM.

Make sure that you have the latest version of the AzureRM.Compute PowerShell module. Run the following command to install it.

Install-Module AzureRM.Compute -RequiredVersion 2.6.0

For more information, see Azure PowerShell Versioning.

Collect information about the image

First we need to gather basic information about the image and create a variable for the image. This example uses a managed VM image named myImage that is in the myResourceGroup resource group in the West Central US location.

$rgName = "myResourceGroup"
$location = "West Central US"
$imageName = "myImage"
$image = Get-AzureRMImage -ImageName $imageName -ResourceGroupName $rgName

Create a virtual network

Create the vNet and subnet of the virtual network.

  1. Create the subnet. This example creates a subnet named mySubnet with the address prefix of

    $subnetName = "mySubnet"
    $singleSubnet = New-AzureRmVirtualNetworkSubnetConfig -Name $subnetName -AddressPrefix
  2. Create the virtual network. This example creates a virtual network named myVnet with the address prefix of

    $vnetName = "myVnet"
    $vnet = New-AzureRmVirtualNetwork -Name $vnetName -ResourceGroupName $rgName -Location $location `
        -AddressPrefix -Subnet $singleSubnet

Create a public IP address and network interface

To enable communication with the virtual machine in the virtual network, you need a public IP address and a network interface.

  1. Create a public IP address. This example creates a public IP address named myPip.

    $ipName = "myPip"
    $pip = New-AzureRmPublicIpAddress -Name $ipName -ResourceGroupName $rgName -Location $location `
        -AllocationMethod Dynamic
  2. Create the NIC. This example creates a NIC named myNic.

    $nicName = "myNic"
    $nic = New-AzureRmNetworkInterface -Name $nicName -ResourceGroupName $rgName -Location $location `
        -SubnetId $vnet.Subnets[0].Id -PublicIpAddressId $pip.Id

Create the network security group and an RDP rule

To be able to log in to your VM using RDP, you need to have a network security rule (NSG) that allows RDP access on port 3389.

This example creates an NSG named myNsg that contains a rule called myRdpRule that allows RDP traffic over port 3389. For more information about NSGs, see Opening ports to a VM in Azure using PowerShell.

$nsgName = "myNsg"
$ruleName = "myRdpRule"
$rdpRule = New-AzureRmNetworkSecurityRuleConfig -Name $ruleName -Description "Allow RDP" `
    -Access Allow -Protocol Tcp -Direction Inbound -Priority 110 `
    -SourceAddressPrefix Internet -SourcePortRange * `
    -DestinationAddressPrefix * -DestinationPortRange 3389

$nsg = New-AzureRmNetworkSecurityGroup -ResourceGroupName $rgName -Location $location `
    -Name $nsgName -SecurityRules $rdpRule

Create a variable for the virtual network

Create a variable for the completed virtual network.

$vnet = Get-AzureRmVirtualNetwork -ResourceGroupName $rgName -Name $vnetName

Get the credentials for the VM

The following cmdlet will open a window where you will enter a new user name and password to use as the local administrator account for remotely accessing the VM.

$cred = Get-Credential

Set variables for the VM name, computer name and the size of the VM

  1. Create variables for the VM name and computer name. This example sets the VM name as myVM and the computer name as myComputer.

    $vmName = "myVM"
    $computerName = "myComputer"
  2. Set the size of the virtual machine. This example creates Standard_DS1_v2 sized VM. See the VM sizes documentation for more information.

    $vmSize = "Standard_DS1_v2"
  3. Add the VM name and size to the VM configuration.

$vm = New-AzureRmVMConfig -VMName $vmName -VMSize $vmSize

Set the VM image as source image for the new VM

Set the source image using the ID of the managed VM image.

$vm = Set-AzureRmVMSourceImage -VM $vm -Id $image.Id

Set the OS configuration and add the NIC.

Enter the storage type (PremiumLRS or StandardLRS) and the size of the OS disk. This example sets the account type to PremiumLRS, the disk size to 128 GB and disk caching to ReadWrite.

$vm = Set-AzureRmVMOSDisk -VM $vm  -StorageAccountType PremiumLRS -DiskSizeInGB 128 `
-CreateOption FromImage -Caching ReadWrite

$vm = Set-AzureRmVMOperatingSystem -VM $vm -Windows -ComputerName $computerName `
-Credential $cred -ProvisionVMAgent -EnableAutoUpdate

$vm = Add-AzureRmVMNetworkInterface -VM $vm -Id $nic.Id

Create the VM

Create the new Vm using the configuration that we have built and stored in the $vm variable.

New-AzureRmVM -VM $vm -ResourceGroupName $rgName -Location $location

Verify that the VM was created

When complete, you should see the newly created VM in the Azure portal under Browse > Virtual machines, or by using the following PowerShell commands:

    $vmList = Get-AzureRmVM -ResourceGroupName $rgName

Next steps

To manage your new virtual machine with Azure PowerShell, see Create and manage Windows VMs with the Azure PowerShell module.