Log in with Azure PowerShell

Azure PowerShell supports multiple login methods. The simplest way to get started is to log in interactively at the command line.

Interactive log in

  1. Type Login-AzureRmAccount. You will get dialog box asking for your Azure credentials.

  2. Type the email address and password associated with your account. Azure authenticates and saves the credential information, and then closes the window.

Log in with a service principal

Service principals provide a way for you to create non-interactive accounts that you can use to manipulate resources. Service principals are like user accounts to which you can apply rules using Azure Active Directory. By granting the minimum permissions needed to a service principal, you can ensure your automation scripts are even more secure.

  1. If you don't already have a service principal, create one.

  2. Log in with the service principal.

    Login-AzureRmAccount -ServicePrincipal -ApplicationId  "http://my-app" -Credential $pscredential -TenantId $tenantid

    To get your TenantId, log in interactively and then get the TenantId from your subscription.

    Environment           : AzureCloud
    Account               : username@contoso.com
    SubscriptionName      : My Production Subscription
    CurrentStorageAccount :

Log in using an Azure VM Managed Service Identity

Managed Service Identity (MSI) is a preview feature of Azure Active Directory. You can use an MSI service principal for sign-in, and acquire an app-only access token to access other resources.

For more information about MSI, see How to use an Azure VM Managed Service Identity (MSI) for sign-in and token acquisition.

Log in to another Cloud

Azure cloud services provide different environments that adhere to the data-handling regulations of various governments. If your Azure account is in one the government clouds, you need to specify the environment when you sign in. For example, if you account is in the China cloud you sign on using the following command:

Login-AzureRmAccount -EnvironmentName AzureChinaCloud

Use the following command to get a list of available environments:

Get-AzureRmEnvironment | Select-Object Name

Learn more about managing Azure role-based access

For more information about authentication and subscription management in Azure, see Manage Accounts, Subscriptions, and Administrative Roles.

Azure PowerShell cmdlets for role management