Managing Windows Azure using Powershell commandlets

Inorder to start managing your Azure subscriptions using Powershell commandlets, first you need to install the Windows Powershell from here


  • Open the Azure PowerShell windows from Start-> all programs->Windows Azure->Windows Azure Powershell
  • Inorder to manage a subscription, you will have to import the management certificate for the same . You can use the below commands for the same


$cert = new-object System.Security.Cryptography.X509Certificates.X509Certificate2
$Filepath ="D:\certs\managementcert.pfx" --> Provide the path to your management cert here
$password='Password' --> Give your certificate password here
$cert.Import($Filepath,$password,'Exportable,PersistKeySet')  -->At this point the variable $cert will have your management certificate loaded


  • Now you need to import your subscription id & subscription name. You can get the value from the management portal->Settings
$subscriptionId = '1935b212-1179-4231-a4e6-g7614be788s4'
$subscriptionName = 'YOUR_SUBSCRIPTION_NAME'

  • Next you need to set the Azure subscription 
Set-AzureSubscription -SubscriptionName $subscriptionName -SubscriptionId  $subscriptionID -Certificate $cert

 Now you can start executing the azure commandlets against the resources in your subscription.

Complete reference of Azure Powershell commandlets can be found here: 
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windowsazure/dn408531.aspx




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