Start And Stop Windows Azure Virtual Machines By PowerShell


Whenever we turn on Azure VM it turn on time cost us, so it is best practice to turn on azure virtual machine only the specific time duration, when we are working on. Generally we start and stop azure virtual machine by using Azure management portal, which required rapidly login and follow some required steps. We can also do this process by using PowerShell that save our time because it not required every time to login into management portal and follow some steps. We can also perform automation by using these PowerShell commands.

Steps to start and stop Azure Virtual machine:

Login Azure account on PowerShell

Before performing our action with PowerShell, first we have to add our Azure account in PowerShell. Execute the following command for it.

Type Add-AzureAccount command in PowerShell, a window will open, enter your email address here which has the subscription.



  • On the next page, enter your credentials to log in to your Azure account.
    log in

  • Now you can use PowerShell to work with your account.

Get the subscriptions details

    Get-Azure Subscription: This command list all subscriptions which are associated with your email:

    subscriptions details

Get the current Subscription

    Get-AzureSubscription: Current: If you have more than one subscription to get the current one execute the following command:


Get the current subscription id:

(Get-AzureSubscription -Current).SubscriptionId

Set current Subscription

If you have more than one subscription, and your current subscription is different from your required subscription, then set your desire subscription as current subscription:

    By Name:

    Select-AzureSubscription -SubscriptionName anmolbadaya –Current

    Here anmolbadaya is my Subscription Name

    By ID:

    Select-AzureSubscription -SubscriptionId 03672ab6-f116-4ba1-91de-a085d0f07402 –Current

    Here 03672ab6-f116-4ba1-91de-a085d0f07402 is my subscription id.

    For more details refer link.

List all virtual machine in current Subscription:


It will display all VMs with service name and VM name. Please check VM which you want to migrate should exist here.


Start Azure VM

Start-AzureVM-ServiceName "anmolwin8vs" -Name "anmolwin8vs"

anmolwin8vs is my respective Azure cloud service and VM name.

Stop Azure VM

Stop-AzureVM -ServiceName "anmolwin8vs" -Name "anmolwin8vs"

Start Windows Azure Virtual Machines on a Schedule.

Stop Windows Azure Virtual Machines on a Schedule

Please note, on schedule script will work only on Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1 version.

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