Azure Getting Started via PowerShell

Thought Leadership & Events

I have done hundreds of events and there are always obstacles to onboarding the attendees/students. I decided to create a succinct help document.  I hope this helps


Everything after a “#” pound sign is a not and can be ignored; no need to paste that into the PowerShell window.

Run PowerShell as an Administrator

Allows you to run administrative commands [sometimes needed to install modules]

Start – Type PowerShell – Right-click, run as administrator       # see also

Install Azure RM Modules

Give you the ability to run Azure commands in PowerShell.  # see also  #Prior to Windows 10, you will need to download and install Azure PowerShell;  from the Azure downloads page Command Line Tools (Windows Install) .

Install-module AzureRM    # Add AzureRM

Install-module     # Add Azure Storage

Get-Module -ListAvailable AzureRM*   # Show available AzureRM modules

Authenticate to Azure

Connect to Azure      # see also


Change Default Subscription

# see also

Get-AzureRMSubscription  # List available subscriptions
Select-AzureRmSubscription –SubscriptionID “SubscriptonID”  # Copy SubscriptionID of the subscription from the SubscriptionList
Set-AzureRmContext -SubscriptionID “SubscriptionID” # Copy SubscriptionID of the subscription from the SubscriptionList

Change Default Subscription via GUI (popup box)

# Select Subscription via popup list  # see also 

#Pop-up Box with list of subscriptions; return selected subscription

$MySubscription = (Get-AzureRmSubscription | Out-GridView -Title “Select an Azure Subscription …” -PassThru)
$subscriptionId = $mySubscription.SubscriptionId   # Set a variable for SubscriptionID
$SubscriptionName = $mySubscription.SubscriptionName  #Set a variable for SubscriptionName
Select-AzureRmSubscription -SubscriptionId $SubscriptionId   # Set Default Subscription
Set-AzureRmContext -SubscriptionID $subscriptionId                 # Set Default Context
Write-Host “Subscription: $SubscriptionName [ID: $subscriptionId  ]” -ForegroundColor Green    # Show the new default subscription

get-AzureRMContext  #Display Current Subscription

Give Users Access to a Subscription

# Assumptions: Login to Azure; Default Subscription set; You are the owner of a subscription

Coming Soon…. NOT FINISHED OR TESTED…. Need to add more documentation

#Search for an Azure Group By Name
#Get-AzureRmADgroup -SearchString “group  name”    # Optional: if needed   
#Get-AzureRmADServicePrincipal -SearchString “service name”   # Optional: if needed
Get-AzureRmRoleDefinition |format-table ID, Name, Description   # List existing Role Definitions
#Get the OjectID of the user by name
$User=Get-AzureRmAdUser -SearchString “Dan Stolts”    # Get ObjectID for a particular user (by name)
$User      # Display list of users
Get-AzureRmAdUser -UserPrincipalName “”
$User=Get-AzureRmAdUser -UserPrincipalName “Dan Stolts”    # Get ObjectID for a particular user (by name)

Get-AzureRmSubscription # List avaialble subscriptions

# Set the permission for the user
# Syntax: New-AzureRmRoleAssignment -ObjectId <application id> -RoleDefinitionName <role name> -Scope <subscription id>
# Example:New-AzureRmRoleAssignment -ObjectId “81f4a203-9950-4f4d-9a5d-12e3b45d67f8”  -RoleDefinitionName “Owner” -Scope “1942a221-7d86-4e10-9e4b-a5bc2688651d”
New-AzureRmRoleAssignment -ObjectId “UserID”  -RoleDefinitionName “Role” -Scope “SubscriptionID”

New-AzureRmRoleAssignment -ObjectId <application id> -RoleDefinitionName <role name> -Scope <subscription id>