Sequentially Start & Stop Azure VMs – Azure Automation

Following on from my previous blog post, this is how I managed to sequentially start and stop Azure VMs (Virtual Machines) by using Azure Automation.

First thing you need to do is setup an Azure Automation account – good news if you’re a light user, this is free!

You will need to create some assets:

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The two assets you need to create are credentials and a subscription automation variable.

The credentials the most important part to this for obvious reasons and just like in my previous post, you can’t use a Microsoft account here, you need to create for yourself an organisational based account in Azure setup as a co-administrator (Azure ASM) or contributer (Azure ARM).

Setting up the credential asset:

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Setting up the ‘subscription’ automation variable asset:

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Next thing to do is setup a new runbook, make sure you choose ‘PowerShell Workflow‘.

Do this step twice, one runbook to Start VMs and another runbook to Stop VMs.

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Then go through and edit the runbooks, copy and past the following code.

Start VMs:

Stop VMs:

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