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Starting IaaS Workloads with SHiPs in Azure PowerShell

Simple Hierarchy in PowerShell (SHiPs) is used in Azure to change directory into your cloud resources, much like you would change directory in a filesystem. This is useful for accounts that have many subscriptions and resource groups. In this hands-on lab, you will create a new Azure VM after changing directory into your resource group. Because the context is assumed in Cloud Shell, you don't have to specify the resource group or subscription in order to create a VM in that location.

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Clock icon Intermediate
Clock icon 1h 0m
Clock icon Jan 24, 2020

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Table of Contents

  1. Challenge

    Log in to the Azure Portal and Open Cloud Shell

    1. Navigate to
    2. Use the email and password provided with this hands-on lab to log in to the Azure Portal.
    3. Click the Cloud Shell icon (>_) in top menu bar.
    4. Select PowerShell.
    5. Click Show advanced settings.
    6. Create a new storage account with a globally unique name.
    7. Create a file share named "fileshare".
    8. Click Create Storage.
  2. Challenge

    From the Azure Drive, Change Directory into the Resource Group

    1. Set the directory location:

      Set-Location azure:
    2. Show the PSProvider:

    3. Output the name of the subscription:

    4. Change directory into the subscription:

      cd './P  [hit the TAB key to autocomplete]'
    5. Change directory into resource groups:

      cd ./ResourceGroups/
    6. List the resource groups:

    7. Change to the resource group by typing cd ./ and hitting Tab to autocomplete the name.

    8. List its contents:

  3. Challenge

    Create a New Azure VM

    1. From within the current directory, enter the following command to create a new Azure VM:

      New-AzVM -Name 'myvm123' -Location 'westus' -VirtualNetworkName '<VIRTUAL_NETWORK_PROVIDED_WITH_LAB>' -SubnetName 'default' -SecurityGroupName '<NSG_PROVIDED_WITH_LAB>' -PublicIpAddressName 'myvm123pubip' -OpenPorts 80,3389

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