Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Part-1: Azure and PowerShell: Getting Started with Windows Azure and PowerShell


After publishing PowerShell tutorial series on “PowerShell and Event Viewer,” “PowerShell and DHCP Server”, I am going to start a new series on “PowerShell and Windows Azure”.

What is windows Azure?

Windows Azure is an open and flexible cloud platform that enables you to quickly build, deploy and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacentres. You can build applications using any language, tool or framework. And you can integrate your public cloud applications with your existing IT environment. {Source}.

In windows Azure, you can create a virtual machines, mobile apps, online Active Directory, websites, SQL databases and lots of other things on cloud.  

Windows Azure is awesome! You can create website, mobile app backend, SQL database, in just few clicks, Imagine creating a fully functional virtual machine in a few clicks of mouse buttons.

 It’s amazingly fast and very easy to do.

Windows Azure is a revolutionary product and in coming time Windows Azure will change a whole IT eco system. Imagine all of your Servers in cloud and all best engineers from Microsoft are taking care of it and you don’t have to worry to patch them, keep them updated and worried about their backups.

You can also signup for windows Azure one month free trial from this link: http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/pricing/free-trial/




Windows Azure supports PowerShell and that’s open a wide range of possibilities of automation, reporting.  We can use PowerShell to automate the Azure supported tasks.

Download and Install Windows Azure PowerShell Module

To connect PowerShell and Window Azure, We have to install Microsoft Windows Azure PowerShell module first, you can download the module from this link.

This will download a file with a  name something like “WindowsAzurePowerShell.3f.3f.3fnew.exe

Double click on the file and click on Install.


For now, keep the all setting as it as and click on “I accept”



It will start installing the Windows Azure PowerShell module and supported applications.





Once all application are installed click on “Finish”



Testing Windows Azure PowerShell Module

On your Windows 8 , you can search for windows Azure Powershell and you will find a PowerShell  console dedicated for Windows Azure only.





And if you want to import a Windows Azure module in to your PowerShell console or IDE, you can use Import-module cmdlet for it.

Import-Module Azure


That’s all for today and in our next blog post we will discuss how to connect with PowerShell and Windows Azure.



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