Registering and launching a VM from a vhd file

Once a vhd file is uploaded or migrated to the target blob container, you may be wondering how to register and launch the VM. Here is the powershell script which I use. This method doesn't require sysprep.

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Steps: Launch Powershell ISE. Copy and paste the script below. Replace the highlighted text in red with the correct names before executing the script.

Select-AzureRmSubscription -SubscriptionName SubscriptionName
$resourceGroupName = "ResourceGroupName"
$location = "australiaeast" #this is an example location for Australia East region
$vmName = "TestVM" # Specify the VM name
$virtualNetwork = "VNet1" # Specify the virtual network name
$publicIPAddressName = "TestVMPIP"
$networkInterfaceName = "TestVMNIC"
$vmSize = "Standard_A1"
# Specify the OS disk
$diskName = $vmName  #suggestion is to use the VM name
$osDiskUri = '' #you can obtain this from properties of the vhd file using Storage Explorer
$vnet = Get-AzureRmVirtualNetwork -Name $virtualNetwork -ResourceGroupName $resourceGroupName
$pip = New-AzureRmPublicIpAddress -ResourceGroupName $resourceGroupName -AllocationMethod Dynamic -Location $location -Name $publicIPAddressName
$nic = New-AzureRmNetworkInterface -ResourceGroupName $resourceGroupName -Location $location -Name $networkInterfaceName -PublicIpAddressId $pip.Id -SubnetId $vnet.Subnets[0].Id
$vm = New-AzureRmVMConfig -VMName $vmName -VMSize $vmSize
$vm = Add-AzureRmVMNetworkInterface -VM $vm -Id $nic.Id
$vm = Set-AzureRmVMOSDisk -VM $vm -Name $diskname -VhdUri $osDiskUri -CreateOption Attach -Windows
$result = New-AzureRmVM -ResourceGroupName $resourceGroupName -Location $location -VM $vm


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