Create a Windows virtual machine with PowerShell

The Azure PowerShell module is used to create and manage Azure resources from the PowerShell command line or in scripts. This quickstart details using PowerShell to create and Azure virtual machine running Windows Server 2016. Once deployment is complete, we connect to the server and install IIS.

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

Launch Azure Cloud Shell

The Azure Cloud Shell is a free interactive shell that you can use to run the steps in this article. It has common Azure tools preinstalled and configured to use with your account. Just click the Copy to copy the code, paste it into the Cloud Shell, and then press enter to run it. There are a few ways to launch the Cloud Shell:

Click Try It in the upper right corner of a code block. Cloud Shell in this article
Open Cloud Shell in your browser.
Click the Cloud Shell button on the menu in the upper right of the Azure portal. Cloud Shell in the portal

If you choose to install and use the PowerShell locally, this tutorial requires the Azure PowerShell module version 5.3.0 or later. Run Get-Module -ListAvailable AzureRM to find the version. If you need to upgrade, see Install Azure PowerShell module. If you are running PowerShell locally, you also need to run Login-AzureRmAccount to create a connection with Azure.

Create resource group

Create an Azure resource group with New-AzureRmResourceGroup. A resource group is a logical container into which Azure resources are deployed and managed.

New-AzureRmResourceGroup -Name myResourceGroup -Location EastUS

Create virtual machine

Create the virtual machine with New-AzureRmVM. You just need to provide names for each of the resources and the New-AzureRMVM cmdlet will create them for you if they don't already exist.

When running this step, you are prompted for credentials. The values that you enter are configured as the user name and password for the virtual machine.

New-AzureRmVm `
    -ResourceGroupName "myResourceGroup" `
    -Name "myVM" `
    -Location "East US" `
    -VirtualNetworkName "myVnet" `
    -SubnetName "mySubnet" `
    -SecurityGroupName "myNetworkSecurityGroup" `
    -PublicIpAddressName "myPublicIpAddress" `
    -OpenPorts 80,3389  

Connect to virtual machine

After the deployment has completed, create a remote desktop connection with the virtual machine.

Use the Get-AzureRmPublicIpAddress command to return the public IP address of the virtual machine. Take note of this IP Address so you can connect to it with your browser to test web connectivity in a future step.

Get-AzureRmPublicIpAddress -ResourceGroupName myResourceGroup | Select IpAddress

Use the following command, on your local machine, to create a remote desktop session with the virtual machine. Replace the IP address with the publicIPAddress of your virtual machine. When prompted, enter the credentials used when creating the virtual machine.

mstsc /v:<publicIpAddress>

Install IIS via PowerShell

Now that you have logged in to the Azure VM, you can use a single line of PowerShell to install IIS and enable the local firewall rule to allow web traffic. Open a PowerShell prompt on the VM and run the following command:

Install-WindowsFeature -name Web-Server -IncludeManagementTools

View the IIS welcome page

With IIS installed and port 80 now open on your VM from the Internet, you can use a web browser of your choice to view the default IIS welcome page. Be sure to use the publicIpAddress you documented above to visit the default page.

IIS default site

Clean up resources

When no longer needed, you can use the Remove-AzureRmResourceGroup command to remove the resource group, VM, and all related resources.

Remove-AzureRmResourceGroup -Name myResourceGroup

Next steps

In this quick start, you’ve deployed a simple virtual machine, a network security group rule, and installed a web server. To learn more about Azure virtual machines, continue to the tutorial for Windows VMs.