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Using PowerShell to connect to Microsoft Azure

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Microsoft Azure has a good user portal where you can do most things, however when it comes to automation, gathering a lot of information at once and more in-depth scenarios that the Portal doesn’t quite offer – PowerShell is used.

Before you can use PowerShell to connect to Microsoft Azure, you need to install the Azure Resource Manager modules first – follow the guide below:

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Once the Az modules has been installed – you can now connect to Azure.

Usually you would have to go through the process of logging in to Azure, finding what subscription you need to connect to and then selecting that manually, however I have created a little function that will connect to Azure and automatically populate a list of the subscriptions that your account has access to in a window which you can then select to connect to which makes the process easier without having to remember different Azure subscription names or ids. This function can easily be used in any environment. I have it loaded as part of my PowerShell profile script so the function can be run from the second I open up a new PowerShell prompt.

Note: Script is also hosted on my Github repository. Feel free to clone/recommend improvements or fork.