Sign in with Azure PowerShell

Azure PowerShell supports several authentication methods. The simplest way to get started is to sign in interactively at the command line.

Sign in interactively

To sign in interactively, use the Connect-AzureRmAccount cmdlet.

Connect-AzureRmAccount

When run, this cmdlet will bring up a dialog box prompting you for your email address and password associated with your Azure account. This authentication lasts for the current PowerShell session.

Important

As of Azure PowerShell 6.3.0, your credentials are shared among multiple PowerShell sessions as long as you remain signed in to Windows. For more information, see the article on Persistent Credentials.

Sign in with a service principal

Service principals are non-interactive Azure accounts. Like other user accounts, their permissions are managed with Azure Active Directory. By granting a service principal only the permissions it needs, your automation scripts stay secure.

To learn how to create a service principal for use with Azure PowerShell, see Create an Azure service principal with Azure PowerShell.

To sign in with a service principal, use the -ServicePrincipal argument with the Connect-AzureRmAccount cmdlet. You'll also need the service principal's application ID, sign-in credentials, and the tenant ID associate with the service principal. To get the service principal's credentials as the appropriate object, use the Get-Credential cmdlet. This cmdlet will display a dialog box to enter the service principal user ID and password into.

$pscredential = Get-Credential
Connect-AzureRmAccount -ServicePrincipal -ApplicationId  "http://my-app" -Credential $pscredential -TenantId $tenantid

Sign in using an Azure Managed Service Identity

Managed identities for Azure resources is a feature of Azure Active Directory. You can use a managed identity service principal for sign-in, and acquire an app-only access token to access other resources. Managed identities are only available on virtual machines running in an Azure cloud.

For more information about managed identities for Azure resources, see How to use managed identities for Azure resources on an Azure VM to acquire an access token.

Sign in to another Cloud

Azure cloud services offer environments compliant with regional data-handling regulations. For accounts in a regional cloud, set the environment when you sign in with the -Environment argument. For example, if your account is in the China cloud:

Connect-AzureRmAccount -Environment AzureChinaCloud

The following command gets 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: