Finding the most recent Windows Server 2012 R2 template with PowerShell

I'm often creating new VM instances with PowerShell.   I always like to use the most recently published template from the Azure marketplace when creating it.   If you've ever ran the Get-AzureVMImage powershell cmdlet you'll be overwhelmed with hundreds of choices.   This is a quick one-liner to find the most recently published template in the Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter family.


#One liner to get the image name

$imageName = (Get-AzureVMImage | WHERE {$_.ImageFamily -like "Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter"} | Sort-Object PublishedDate -Descending | Select -First 1 ImageName).ImageName
#Create a VM instance based on it
 $subscriptionName = "subscription"
$storageAccount = "accountname"
$adminName = "admin"
$adminPassword = "password"
$vmName ="yourVM"
$location = "West US"
$vmSize ="Standard_D2"
$OSDiskPath = "https://" + $storageAccount + "" + $vmName + "_OS.vhd"
Set-AzureSubscription -SubscriptionName $subscriptionName -CurrentStorageAccountName $storageAccount
$vm = New-AzureVMConfig -Name $vmName -ImageName $imageName -InstanceSize $vmSize -MediaLocation $OSDiskPath
Add-AzureProvisioningConfig -Windows -VM $vm -AdminUsername $adminName -Password $adminPassword
New-AzureVM -ServiceName $vmName -VMs $VM -Location $location
Comments (2)

  1. Christopher says:

    This looks awesome!, but as just a quick follow up it'd be nice if us PS users started trying to watch line count and readability. Here is the same code with some clean up.

    $subscriptionName = "subscription"

    $storageAccount     = "accountname"

    $adminName           = "admin"

    $adminPassword     = "password"

    $vmName                = "yourVM"

    $location                  = "West US"

    $vmSize                   = "Standard_D2"

    $osselection             = "Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter"

    $imageName =

       (Get-AzureVMImage | WHERE `

       { $_.ImageFamily -like $osselection } |

       Sort-Object PublishedDate -Descending |

       Select -First 1 ImageName


    $OSDiskPath = `

       ("https://" + $storageAccount + `

       "" + `

       $vmName + "_OS.vhd")

       Set-AzureSubscription `

               -SubscriptionName $subscriptionName `

               -CurrentStorageAccountName $storageAccount

    $vm = New-AzureVMConfig `

               -Name $vmName `

               -ImageName $imageName `

               -InstanceSize $vmSize `

               -MediaLocation $OSDiskPath

       Add-AzureProvisioningConfig `

               -Windows `

               -VM $vm `

               -AdminUsername $adminName `

               -Password $adminPassword

       New-AzureVM `

               -ServiceName $vmName `

               -VMs $VM `

               -Location $location

  2. Vishal Kalal says:

    Hi How can we get $imageName in Resource Manager. I need to deploy multiple VMs which will be using Premium Disk hence i am planning to use powershell. Thanks

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