4.5 Ubuntu VM Azure Command Line Management

20210829 An Azure virtual machine (and in fact all Azure services) can be managed through the Azure command line tool.

See https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/cli/azure/install-azure-cli-linux.

Install CLI

wajig update
wajig install ca-certificates curl apt-transport-https lsb-release gnupg
curl -sL https://packages.microsoft.com/keys/microsoft.asc |
    gpg --dearmor |
    sudo tee /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/microsoft.gpg > /dev/null
AZ_REPO=$(lsb_release -cs)
echo "deb [arch=amd64] https://packages.microsoft.com/repos/azure-cli/ $AZ_REPO main" |
    sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/azure-cli.list
wajig update
wajig install azure-cli

There is no repos for Ubuntu 21.04 (hirsute) so edit /etc/apt/sources.list.d/azure-cli.list to replace hirute with groovy.

az login

This will pop up a browser window to establish your login credentials.

Managing a VM

I usually have a single resource group for my VM, both with the same name. Thus, in the below examples, my resource group and VM are both called aidev.

$ az resource list --name aidev
$ az vm list --output table --show-details
$ az vm start --resource-group aidev --name aidev
$ az vm deallocate --resource-group aidev --name aidev

Note that a stopped VM continues to be billed. Be sure to deallocate (rather than stop) to avoid billing.


We can list the invoices since the beginning of 2020:

az billing invoice list --period-start-date "2021-01-01" --period-end-date "`date --iso`"

The JSON processor can be utilised to format the output:

az billing invoice list --period-start-date "2020-01-01" --period-end-date "`date --iso`" |
jq '.[].billedAmount.value'

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