PowerShell is the Automator's best friend.
I automate everything with PowerShell, and you can also.
When it comes to Azure, I can't remember the last time I created a resource in the Portal.
I either use PowerShell or IaC to provision resources or modify them.
In this post, you will learn how to set up a session with Azure to start to interact with Azure Resources.
Before we start, there are few global prerequisites that you need to meet:
- Active Azure Subscription, if you don't have one, create a free account before you begin.
- Reader permissions to the subscription.
- PowerShell V7, if you don't have it installed, install it from the GitHub Repository.
Getting to know the tools
PowerShell V7 is a cross-platform task automation and configuration management framework, consisting of a command-line shell and scripting language.
Make sure you installed it on your system.
Azure PowerShell Az module is a PowerShell module for interacting with Azure.
Az offers shorter commands, improved stability, and cross-platform support.
To install it, you run the following command:
Install-Module az -AllowClobber -Scope CurrentUser
In most of the code examples, I use "splatting" to pass the parameters.
Splatting makes your commands shorter and easier to read.
You can read more about it here.
Connect to Azure with PowerShell
You also need to set up a session to Azure from PowerShell, and you can create one with the Az module.
You need to get your Tenant ID and Subscription ID from the Azure Portal.
With this information, you can use the
Connect-AzAccount to create a session with Azure:
$TenantID = 'XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX' $SubscriptionID = 'XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX' Connect-AzAccount -TenantId $TenantID -SubscriptionId $SubscriptionID
You can now interact with Azure from PowerShell and start your journey to automate everything.