Azure - Automatically deploy a VM in Azure (Runbook)


I was looking for a way to automatically deploy a VM in Azure. The solution was quite simple: Azure Automation. I found the blog post of DexterPOSH very useful, but the script doesn’t work for me. Follow the steps on his blog and use this script below. I’ll update this post if I find some improvements.

To-Do list:

  • Custom static IP as variable.
  • Custom domain as variable.
workflow Deploy-NonJoined-VM {

        $ServiceName = "contoso<Insert name>",

        $InstanceSize = "Small",

        $VMImageName = "Specify custom or default image name",

        $AzureSubscriptionName = "Subscription-1",

        $StorageAccountName = "contoso",

        $VMSubnetName = "subnet-1",

        $VMVnetName = "",

        $VMAffinityGroup = "West-Europe"
    $verbosepreference = 'continue'

    #Change this to your needs
    $DomainJoinAccount = "Domain Join Account"
    $LocalAccount = "LocalAdmin"
    $AutomationAccount = "Azure Automation Account"

    #Get the Credentials to authenticate agains Azure
    Write-Verbose -Message "Getting the Credentials"
    $Cred = Get-AutomationPSCredential -Name $AutomationAccount
    $LocalCred = Get-AutomationPSCredential -Name $LocalAccount
    $DomainCred = Get-AutomationPSCredential -Name $DomainJoinAccount

    #Add the Account to the Workflow
    Write-Verbose -Message "Adding the Azure Automation Account to Authenticate"
    Add-AzureAccount -Credential $Cred

    #select the Subscription
    Write-Verbose -Message "Selecting the $AzureSubscriptionName Subscription"
    Select-AzureSubscription -SubscriptionName $AzureSubscriptionName

    #Set the Storage for the Subscrption
    Write-Verbose -Message "Setting the Storage Account for the Subscription"
    Set-AzureSubscription -SubscriptionName $AzureSubscriptionName -CurrentStorageAccountName $StorageAccountName

    #Select the most recent Server 2012 R2 Image
    Write-Verbose -Message  "Getting the Image details"
    $imagename = Get-AzureVMImage |
    where-object -filterscript { $_.ImageName -eq $VMImageName } |
    Sort-Object -Descending -Property PublishedDate |
    Select-Object -First 1 |
    select -ExpandProperty ImageName

    #use the above Image selected to build a new VM and wait for it to Boot
    $Username = $LocalCred.UserName
    $Password = $LocalCred.GetNetworkCredential().Password
    New-AzureQuickVM -Windows -ServiceName $ServiceName -Name $VMName -ImageName $imagename -Password $Password -AdminUsername $Username -SubnetNames $VMSubnetName -VNetName $VMVnetName -InstanceSize $InstanceSize -AffinityGroup $VMAffinityGroup -WaitForBoot
    Write-Verbose -Message "The VM is created and booted up now.. Deployment done."

} #Workflow end