Azure Automation step-by-step guide for Auto-Shutdown Virtual Machine.

–     Create an Azure account


     Go “setting” and assign the user as the Co-administrator

     Select automation and create an Automation Account, in this example “gwauto”

     Select the created Automation Account

     Create a new runbook, in the example, “shutdown-vm”

     Click runbook “shutdown-vm” to create/edit a script

     Click Author -> insert script -> Test -> Publish


===================== Script example of shutdown-vm=====================

workflow shutdown-vm


$username = “”

$pass = ”      “

$password=$pass|ConvertTo-SecureString -AsPlainText -Force

$mycred = new-object -typename System.Management.Automation.PSCredential -argumentlist $username,$password

Add-AzureAccount -Credential $mycred


$AzureSubscriptions = Get-AzureSubscription

foreach ($subscription in $AzureSubscriptions)


    Select-AzureSubscription -SubscriptionName $subscription.SubscriptionName

    #Write-Host $subscription.SubscriptionName


    foreach ($vm in Get-AzureVM)


        $name = $vm.Name

        $servicename = $vm.ServiceName


        If($vm.Status -ne ‘StoppedDeallocated’)


            # Add the VM’s which should not be shutdown

            Stop-AzureVM -Service $servicename -name $name -Force





     Schedule the runbook

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