Using Azure PowerShell to deploy Windows Server Technical Preview (Windows Server 2016)

I whipped up a script so I didn’t have to use the Azure portal wizard to easily spin up Windows Server 10 VM’s for further testing.

It’s mostly self explanatory, the Azure PowerShell cmdlets have great help and online resources are immense as well.

Basically, it connects to Azure with your provided credentials, grabs existing subscription ID and an existing storage account (helpful to have this sorted in Azure portal first)

You need to provide username, password for your new VM and cloud service name in the script (*Change Me*)

It will provide out-gridview prompts to select an existing private virtual network in Azure (again helpful to have created one)

Also prompts for VM instance size – I use Basic A0 for testing (no availability set)

It also prompts to pick the Azure Datacenter. The VM must be created in the same DC as the storage account. For New Zealand customers, West US seems fastest. No hard testing behind that opinion.

It automatically picks the Windows Server Technical Preview image, but you can change that to whatever image takes your fancy really. You can get a list using Get-AzureVMImage.

Here is the script – probably tons of tweaks and optimisations to do, but it works for my basic testing. Comments and suggestions are very welcome.

#Connect and auth PS session against your Azure creds

#Get subscription ID of your azure account
$MySubID = Get-AzureSubscription | select -expand subscriptionid

#Select existing storage account - VM must be created in same DC as storage account
$MyStorageAccountName = Get-AzureStorageAccount | out-gridview -passthru | select -expand StorageAccountName

#Name of your VM
$MyVMName = "*Change Me*"

#Username for your Windows VM
$MyVMAdminUsername = "*Change Me*"

#Password for your Windows VM
$MyVMAdminPassword = "*Change Me*"

#New Cloud Service name
$MYCloudServiceName = "*Change Me*"

#Select internal Azure virtual network for VM (must exist already). Comment out line if you want to use automatic public connection
$MyVMNetwork = Get-AzureVNetSite | Out-GridView -PassThru | select -expand name $MyVMSubnet = Get-AzureVNetSite | Out-GridView -PassThru | Select-Object Subnets -ExpandProperty Subnets | select -expand name

#Select VM Instance size from list
$MyInstanceSize = Get-AzureRoleSize | Out-GridView -passthru | select -expand instancesize

#Select Datacenter location from list
$MyVMDCLocation = Get-AzureLocation | Out-GridView -PassThru | select -expand name

#Set the Azure Subscription and the Storage account to be used
Set-AzureSubscription -SubscriptionId $MySubID -CurrentStorageAccountName $MyStorageAccountName

#Select Windows Server Technical Preview - i.e. Server 10
$MyImageName = Get-AzureVMImage | where {$_.Label -eq "Windows Server Technical Preview"} | select -expand imagename

#Build VM
New-AzureQuickVM -Windows -ServiceName $MYCloudServiceName -Name $MyVMName -ImageName $MyImageName -AdminUsername $MyVMAdminUsername -Password $MyVMAdminPassword -Location $MyVMDCLocation -InstanceSize $MyInstanceSize -VNetName $MyVMNetwork -SubnetNames $MyVMSubnet