Deploying an Azure IaaS VM using PowerShell

I recently had to deploy some new VMs and wanted to use PowerShell and also join them to a domain and get the anti-malware extension used. Below is the PowerShell I used. You would need to modify the variables in the below to match your own domains.

$Region = "EastUS"
$VNetName = "savilltech-vnet-east"
$VNetRG = "savilltech-vnets_rg"
$VNetSubnetName = "savilltech-vnet-east-savhybridinfra-vms"
$VNetSubnetCIDR = ""
$NSGName = "savNSGLockdownEastUS"
$VMRG = "savilltech-savhybridinfra_rg"

$SQLVMSize = "Standard_DS3_v2" #4vcpu 16GB memory

$VMDiagName = "savhybridinfradiag"

#Domain Join Strings
$string1 = '{
    "Name": "",
    "User": "\adminname",
    "OUPath": "OU=Servers,OU=Hybrid,OU=Environments,DC=savilltech,DC=net",
    "Restart": "true",
    "Options": "3"
$string2 = '{ "Password": "rawpasswordhere" }'

#Get the network subnet
$NSG = Get-AzureRmNetworkSecurityGroup -Name $NSGName -ResourceGroupName $VNetRG
$VNet = Get-AzureRmVirtualNetwork -Name $VNetName -ResourceGroupName $VNetRG
$VNetSubnet = Get-AzureRmVirtualNetworkSubnetConfig -Name $VNetSubnetName -VirtualNetwork $VNet    

#Local Credential
$user = "localadmin"
$password = 'localadminpasshere'
$securePassword = ConvertTo-SecureString $password -AsPlainText -Force
$cred = New-Object System.Management.Automation.PSCredential ($user, $securePassword) 

# Antimalware extension
$SettingsString = '{ "AntimalwareEnabled": true,"RealtimeProtectionEnabled": true}';
$allVersions= (Get-AzureRmVMExtensionImage -Location $Region -PublisherName "Microsoft.Azure.Security" -Type "IaaSAntimalware").Version
$typeHandlerVer = $allVersions[($allVersions.count)-1]
$typeHandlerVerMjandMn = $typeHandlerVer.split(".")
$typeHandlerVerMjandMn = $typeHandlerVerMjandMn[0] + "." + $typeHandlerVerMjandMn[1]

#Create the resource group
New-AzureRmResourceGroup -Name $VMRG -Location $Region

#Create the diagnostics storage account
New-AzureRmStorageAccount -ResourceGroupName $VMRG -Name $VMDiagName -SkuName Standard_LRS -Location $Region

# Create VM Object
$vm = New-AzureRmVMConfig -VMName $SQLVMName -VMSize $SQLVMSize 

$nic = New-AzureRmNetworkInterface -Name ('nic-' + $SQLVMName) -ResourceGroupName $VMRG -Location $Region `
    -SubnetId $VNetSubnet.Id -PrivateIpAddress $SQLVMIP

# Add NIC to VM
$vm = Add-AzureRmVMNetworkInterface -VM $vm -Id $nic.Id

# VM Storage
$vm = Set-AzureRmVMSourceImage -VM $vm -PublisherName MicrosoftWindowsServer -Offer WindowsServer `
    -Skus 2016-Datacenter -Version latest
$vm = Set-AzureRmVMOSDisk -VM $vm  -StorageAccountType PremiumLRS -DiskSizeInGB 512 `
    -CreateOption FromImage -Caching ReadWrite -Name "$SQLVMName-OS"
$vm = Set-AzureRmVMOperatingSystem -VM $vm -Windows -ComputerName $SQLVMName `
    -Credential $cred -ProvisionVMAgent -EnableAutoUpdate

$diskConfig = New-AzureRmDiskConfig -AccountType PremiumLRS -Location $Region -CreateOption Empty `
        -DiskSizeGB 2048
$dataDisk1 = New-AzureRmDisk -DiskName "$SQLVMName-data1" -Disk $diskConfig -ResourceGroupName $VMRG
$vm = Add-AzureRmVMDataDisk -VM $vm -Name "$SQLVMName-data1" -CreateOption Attach `
    -ManagedDiskId $dataDisk1.Id -Lun 1

$vm = Set-AzureRmVMBootDiagnostics -VM $vm -Enable -ResourceGroupName $VMRG -StorageAccountName $VMDiagName

# Create Virtual Machine
New-AzureRmVM -ResourceGroupName $VMRG -Location $Region -VM $vm

Set-AzureRmVMExtension -ResourceGroupName $VMRG -VMName $SQLVMName -Name "IaaSAntimalware" `
    -Publisher "Microsoft.Azure.Security" -ExtensionType "IaaSAntimalware" `
    -TypeHandlerVersion $typeHandlerVerMjandMn -SettingString $SettingsString -Location $Region

Set-AzureRmVMExtension -ResourceGroupName $VMRG -VMName $SQLVMName -ExtensionType "JsonADDomainExtension" `
    -Name "joindomain" -Publisher "Microsoft.Compute" -TypeHandlerVersion "1.0" -Location $Region `
    -SettingString $string1 -ProtectedSettingString $string2


One thought on “Deploying an Azure IaaS VM using PowerShell

  1. Note the TypeHandlerVersion to join the domain now needs to be 1.3. Also the account type for storage should now be Premium_LRS.


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