Use an Azure PowerShell sample script to create an IIS VM

This script creates an Azure Virtual Machine running Windows Server 2016, and then uses the Azure Virtual Machine DSC Extension to install IIS. After running the script, you can access the default IIS website on the public IP address of the virtual machine.

This sample requires Azure PowerShell Az 1.0 or later. Run Get-Module -ListAvailable Az to see which versions are installed. If you need to install, see Install Azure PowerShell module.

Run Connect-AzAccount to sign in to Azure.

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Sample script

# Variables for common values
$resourceGroup = "myResourceGroup"
$location = "westeurope"
$vmName = "myVM"

# Create a resource group
New-AzResourceGroup -Name $resourceGroup -Location $location

# Create user object
$cred = Get-Credential -Message "Enter a username and password for the virtual machine."

# Create a virtual machine
New-AzVM `
  -ResourceGroupName $resourceGroup `
  -Name $vmName `
  -Location $location `
  -ImageName "Win2016Datacenter" `
  -VirtualNetworkName "myVnet" `
  -SubnetName "mySubnet" `
  -SecurityGroupName "myNetworkSecurityGroup" `
  -PublicIpAddressName "myPublicIp" `
  -Credential $cred `
  -OpenPorts 80

# Install IIS
$PublicSettings = '{"ModulesURL":"", "configurationFunction": "ContosoWebsite.ps1\\ContosoWebsite", "Properties": {"MachineName": "myVM"} }'

Set-AzVMExtension -ExtensionName "DSC" -ResourceGroupName $resourceGroup -VMName $vmName `
  -Publisher "Microsoft.Powershell" -ExtensionType "DSC" -TypeHandlerVersion 2.19 `
  -SettingString $PublicSettings -Location $location

Clean up deployment

Run the following command to remove the resource group, VM, and all related resources.

Remove-AzResourceGroup -Name myResourceGroup

Script explanation

This script uses the following commands to create the deployment. Each item in the table links to command specific documentation.

Command Notes
New-AzResourceGroup Creates a resource group in which all resources are stored.
New-AzVM Creates the virtual machine and connects it to the network card, virtual network, subnet, and network security group. This command also opens port 80 and sets the administrative credentials.
Set-AzVMExtension Add a VM extension to the virtual machine. In this sample, the DSC extension is used to install IIS.
Remove-AzResourceGroup Removes a resource group and all resources contained within.

Next steps

For more information on the Azure PowerShell module, see Azure PowerShell documentation.

Additional virtual machine PowerShell script samples can be found in the Azure Windows VM documentation.