This PowerShell blog post will show you how to start a virtual machine that runs on Microsoft Azure using the Az PowerShell module.
The Azure Az PowerShell module is a cross-platform module that runs on Windows, macOS and Linux under PowerShell 6 (core) and above. In this post, we are using the latest stable version of PowerShell 7, which is 7.1.3. To check which version of PowerShell, you have run the following commands.
Connect to Azure
To get started, Let’s first login to Azure using the Az module and the following commands.
If you have multiple subscriptions attached to your tenant, run the following command to set the right one.
Get-AzSubscription # List all the subscriptions Get-AzContext # Check which subscription you are using Set-AzContext -Subscription pay-as-you-go # Set subscription
Check Status and Start VM
Below I have listed three cmdlets that will help you start the correct VM. The first cmdlet will output all the VMs that you have under the subscription with a lot of details about each VM. This output is a bit messy but it is useful.
The cmdlet below is much cleaner and will only output the status of each VM (deallocated, running, starting, etc) which help to verify the VM is actually on or off.
get-azvm -status | ft
The last command,will start the VM and boot it
AzVM -ResourceGroupName ubuntu-resources -Name ubuntu-machine
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