Installing the Azure PowerShell Service Management module


The cmdlets referenced in this documentation are for managing legacy Azure resources that use Service Management APIs. See the Az PowerShell module for cmdlets to manage Azure Resource Manager resources.

Installing Azure PowerShell from the PowerShell Gallery is the preferred method of installation.


The Azure PowerShell Service Management module only works with Windows PowerShell. It is not compatible with PowerShell version 6 or higher and does not run on Linux or macOS.

Step 1: Install PowerShellGet

Installing items from the PowerShell Gallery requires the PowerShellGet module. Make sure you have the appropriate version of PowerShellGet and other system requirements. Run the following command to see if you have PowerShellGet installed on your system.

Get-InstalledModule -Name PowerShellGet -AllVersions |
  Select-Object -Property Name, Version, Path

You should see something similar to the following output:

Name          Version Path
----          ------- ----
PowerShellGet C:\Program Files\WindowsPowerShell\Modules\PowerShellGet\\PowerShellGet.psd1

If you do not have PowerShellGet installed, see the How to get PowerShellGet.

Step 2: Install Azure PowerShell

Run the following command from the Windows PowerShell console running as Administrator:

Install-Module -Name Azure

The Azure module is a rollup module for the Azure Service Management cmdlets. When you install the AzureRM module, any other Azure modules that have not previously been installed will be downloaded and installed from the PowerShell Gallery.

The Azure Service Management module shares dependencies with the Azure PowerShell Resource Manager modules. If you have installed the Azure PowerShell Resource Manager modules, you will need to add the AllowClobber parameter to the install command. This allows the existing shared dependencies to be updated. Without this parameter, installation of the module fails.

Install-Module -Name Azure -AllowClobber

After you install this module, you can import the module by running the following command:

Import-Module -Name Azure

To use the cmdlets

To start working with the Azure Service Management cmdlets, first log on to your Azure account. To log on to your account, run the following command:


After logging into Azure, Azure PowerShell creates a context for the given session. That context contains the Azure PowerShell environment, account, tenant, and subscription that will be used for all cmdlets within that session. Now you are ready to use the modules below.

Azure Service Management cmdlets

If you notice that the online cmdlet help includes cmdlets or parameters that are not in your module, download and install the latest version of the module.

For sample scripts that can help you automate some of the common tasks in Azure, see the Windows Azure Script Center.

For general information about installing, learning, using, and customizing Windows PowerShell, see Scripting with Windows PowerShell.

How to get PowerShellGet

OS Version Install instructions
I have Windows 10, Windows Server 2016, or higher Built into Windows Management Framework (WMF) 5.x included in the OS
I want to upgrade to PowerShell 5 Install the latest version of WMF

Checking the version of Azure PowerShell

To determine the version of Azure PowerShell you have installed, run Get-InstalledModule -Name Azure from PowerShell.

Get-InstalledModule -Name Azure -AllVersions |
  Select-Object -Property Name,Version,Path