Today I am going to show you how to start working with the Powershell when your resources are in Classic Azure portal. Before you begin, do not forget to check Powershell prerequisites, which you can find in my previous blog post.
First, as you might know, almost every powershell command, that does not have RM (Resource Manager) will be applied to the old Classic portal. There is no exception and for the login. By typing the following command into your Powershell console you will be logging into your Classic Azure portal in Windows Powershell.
This command in the background downloads your Azure account information and gets the access token that allows you to manage your Azure resources. When you execute the command, you will be prompted with the window where you have to provide your Azure credentials.
When the access token is expired you will to run Powershell command again and provide your credentials. If you want to log out, use the following cmdlet.
Check the whole description by typing the following in your Powershell console.
help Add-AzureAccount -ShowWindow
Another way to login to your Azure subscription is via publish setting file. By using publish setting file you don’t need to login every time. Simply you can import it in the beginning of your script or session.
Publish setting file uses management certificate for authentication. For the very first time you will need to get the publish setting file. You can do that by the following cmdlet.
Now you need to import the file.
That is it. Every time you execute the Import command you are authenticated to your Azure Classic portal without providing the credentials.
If you have many subscriptions, don’t forget to select the working one. First of all, get all the available subscriptions
PS D:\PS> Get-AzureSubscription SubscriptionId : xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx SubscriptionName : SubscriptionName1 Environment : AzureCloud DefaultAccount : 1111111111111111111111111111111111111111 IsDefault : False IsCurrent : False TenantId : aaaaaaaa-aaaa-aaaa-aaaa-aaaaaaaaaaaa CurrentStorageAccountName : SubscriptionId : yyyyyyyy-yyyy-yyyy-yyyy-yyyyyyyyyyyy SubscriptionName : SubscriptionName2 Environment : AzureCloud DefaultAccount : 2222222222222222222222222222222222222222 IsDefault : False IsCurrent : False TenantId : bbbbbbbb-bbbb-bbbb-bbbb-bbbbbbbbbbbb CurrentStorageAccountName : SubscriptionId : zzzzzzzz-zzzz-zzzz-zzzz-zzzzzzzzzzzz SubscriptionName : SubscriptionName3 Environment : AzureCloud DefaultAccount : 3333333333333333333333333333333333333333 IsDefault : True IsCurrent : True TenantId : cccccccc-cccc-cccc-cccc-cccccccccccc CurrentStorageAccountName :
And then select the one that you want to work with
Select-AzureSubscription -SubscriptionId yyyyyyyy-yyyy-yyyy-yyyy-yyyyyyyyyyyy
Keep in mind that the publish setting file has encoded certificate (you can open it with any text editor) and should be kept in the safe location. If any malicious user will access your publish setting file, they will gain full access to your Azure services.