Introduction to Azure
Microsoft Azure, known previously as Windows Azure is Microsoft’s cloud computing platform and infrastructure intended to provide a range of cloud computing services for networking, analytics, storage, etc. A global network of Microsoft’s data centre provide the facilities to run existing operations in the public cloud or if need be, scale or altogether develop a new application. Azure web services are categorise into 11 different types by Microsoft. They are: compute, web and mobile, analytics, networking, media and CDN, data storage, management and security, hybrid integration, identity and access management, development and internet of things.
What is Azure PowerShell?
Azure PowerShell is a group of modules that are entrusted with the task of providing cmdlets, whose job in turn is to maintain Azure using PowerShell. These cmclets can be used for an extensive variety of purposes like creating, testing, deploying and managing services and solutions making use of Azure platform. Under certain circumstances cmdlets could be used to accomplish tasks same as Azure portal like configuring and creating virtual machines, web apps, virtual networks, etc.
Since Azure PowerShell utilises binary modules, you need to begin by opening a new Power Shell Window and then make use of Import-Module for importing specific versions of the AzureRM cmdlets. It is important to note that versions released before 2.1.0 do not present a perfect picture of compatibility with Azure PowerShell. The best way out is to ensure that you configure the Azure PowerShell from the .msi or WebPI feed as it deletes the older module versions.
Also, you should be aware that both AzureRM and Azure are interlinked in some ways thereby requiring simultaneous updation of both.
Installing Azure PowerShell
You can update Azure PowerShell either from WebPI or the PowerShell gallery. Download Azure PowerShell and start the installation process. If you happen to have by any chance Azure PowerShell 0.9.x installed, this version will be automatically uninstalled upon updation. If you decide to install Azure PowerShell modules from PowerShell Gallery, the modules are automatically removed by the installer to ensure a consistent Azure PowerShell environment.
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