Powershell – Extract user list from Azure Active Directory to an excel file

This script will authenticate to your Azure Active Directory and fetch all the user details. Finally, it will save the details to the excel sheet.

Below is the link to the script:


Below are the user attributes the script fetches:

1. Display Name

2. Object ID

3. Type

4. Principal Name

5. Role Name

6. Role Description

The excel sheet is saved as: C:\AzureADUserList\AzureADUserList.xlsx

Pre-Requisites: This script needs ‘MSOnline’ and ‘AzureRM’ PowerShell modules

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PowerShell – Generate Azure PaaS Inventory

This PowerShell script helps you to maintain an inventory sheet of your Azure Platform-As-A-Service services. So that you can refer to them anytime you want.

Also, it serves a quick way to generate a report when your client needs to have a quick look at their PaaS services.

Below is the flow

  • The script logins to your Azure account and fetches the details of your Azure PaaS resources – Azure CDN and Azure WebApps.
  • It creates one worksheet for each Azure resource.
  • The user is prompted to select the subscription.Powershell Exception handling is implemented.
  • The user is again prompted if he wishes to view the excel sheet once the script is finished running.

** The script assumes you are using Powershell v5.0 and have excel module. (Basically, you should have MSOffice installed)

Below is the link to the script:


I have also written script to generate:

Azure IaaS Inventory

AWS IaaS Inventory

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PowerShell – Install Nagios client on a remote Windows Server

As Windows Administrators, we need to install many tools on the Windows Server as part of the onboarding process. One such critical tool is Nagios, used for monitoring servers.

The onboarding process takes a heavy toll on the on-boarding enginers when we are on-boarding new client. This is because we have to install tools on 50-100s of servers. Manual installation of each installation will take ~20 minutes depending on the configuration.

The best solution to remove manual effort, human error and to increase ROI is to automate the process.

I have written a PowerShell script that does just that. You can download the script from my Microsoft Script Center repository:

Install Nagios client on a remote windows server


The script will install Nagios client to a remote server. It copies the MSI and the INI file to the remote computer’s C drive and then executes it. Once the execution is completed, it will copy the “nsclient.ini” file to the installed folder.


– The servers are to be domain joined.

– Powershell remoting to be enabled on both servers.

Next Steps:

You can enhance the script, that accepts server list and executes against all the servers.

Tested on: Windows Server 2012 R2

Note: You may have to edit the script if you are changing the name of the MSI file. The script uses: NSCP-


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PowerShell – Delete IBM Softlayer COS S3 files older than X days

IBM Softlayer uses many types of storage to store the data. One of which is Amazon S3. I have written a simple PowerShell script to delete IBM COS S3 files older than X days.

The PS Script uses AWS CLI commands so you will need AWS CLI installed on the windows machine from where you will run this script. The script can also be scheduled as a task to run every day.

Delete IBM COS S3 files older than X days

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Azure – PowerShell in Azure Cloud Shell

Today we are looking into PowerShell in Azure Cloud Shell. This is still in public preview as of this writing.

If you are wondering why Microsoft would introduce a PowerShell console inside the Azure Cloud Shell, then have a look at the below features:


Browser-based shell experience

Cloud Shell enables access to a browser-based command-line experience built with Azure management tasks in mind. Leverage Cloud Shell to work untethered from a local machine in a way only the cloud can provide.

Choice of preferred shell experience

Azure Cloud Shell gives you the flexibility of choosing the shell experience that best suits the way you work. Linux users can opt for a Bash experience, while Windows users can opt for PowerShell.

Pre-configured Azure workstation

Cloud Shell comes pre-installed with popular command-line tools and language support so you can work faster.
View the full tooling list for Bash experience and PowerShell experience.

Automatic authentication

Cloud Shell securely authenticates automatically on each session for instant access to your resources through the Azure CLI 2.0.

Connect your Azure File storage

Cloud Shell machines are temporary and as a result, require an Azure file share to be mounted as clouddrive to persist your $Home directory. On the first launch, Cloud Shell prompts to create a resource group, storage account, and file share on your behalf. This is a one-time step and will be automatically attached for all sessions. A single file share can be mapped and will be used by both Bash and PowerShell in Cloud Shell.

Below are some conditions that we have to remember:

Cloud Shell runs on a temporary machine provided on a per-session, per-user basis
Cloud Shell times out after 20 minutes without interactive activity
Cloud Shell can only be accessed with a file share attached
Cloud Shell uses the same file share for both Bash and PowerShell
Cloud Shell is assigned one machine per user account
Permissions are set as a regular Linux user (Bash)

Now that we have some background knowledge on the PowerShell in Cloud Shell, let us dig more into the usage of it:

To access the Cloud Shell, click on the PowerShell icon in the Azure portal:


Once you click on the icon, a pane is opened at the bottom of the screen as shown below. You can choose from two options – BASH or PowerShell. Since we are interested in learning PowerShell in CloudShell, let us choose PowerShell as our desired option.


When you are starting for the first time, the Shell will configure an Azure File Storage. Cloud Shell machines are temporary and as a result, require an Azure file share to be mounted as clouddrive to persist your $Home directory. Alternatively, if you have multiple subscriptions, you will be allowed to choose your favorite subscription to work with.


Azure Authentication, Resource Group, Storage Account and File Storage are automatically created as shown below:


Testing an Azure command. Works perfectly.


If you are idle for more than 20 minutes, you will be kicked off the session, and you will have to start the session again:


Discovering the drives under PowerShell in Cloud Shell:

Now let us execute the Get-ChildItem cmdlet and see what we can find.


As we can see, running the Get-ChildItem in the current scope will list out the subscriptions that your account is associated with.

Traversing one step deeper into the directory, we can see the resources related to the subscription.


Let us get into the “StroageAccounts” directory to confirm if we get to see a list of Storage Accounts under the selected subscription:


PowerShell cmdlets to manage PowerShell in Cloud Shell:

From the below information, we can see that Microsoft provides us two cmdlets to work with the cloud shell.


Get-CloudDrive provides the details of the “Azure File Share” that was created when the cloud shell started. You may continue to use the cloud share. However, if you want a new one, you can dismount and create a new one using the Dismount-CloudDrive cmdlet.


Note: Once you dismount the Azure file share, your current session will be restarted to set up a new cloud share.


I am assuming that Microsoft is using container service infrastructure to provide a session. You will get the below windows path when you query for the temp drive:



Note the administrator is a “ContainerAdministrator.” The container here could be a Windows Server or a Windows Container. I am assuming it is a Windows Container since the underlying “image” comes pre-packaged with below tools and a temporary one. A typical use case scenario for Container technology.



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Azure – Copy data from Windows Virtual Machine to Azure Storage using AzCopy

AzCopy is a command-line utility designed for copying data from and to Microsoft Azure Blob, File and Table storage with optimal performance.

This WIKI will explain how to copy to and from Windows Virtual Machine to Azure blob storage. Download the latest AzCopy tool on Windows on your Virtual Machine

Below is the basic syntax of AzCopy:

AzCopy /Source:<source> /Dest:<destination> [Options]

Installing AzCopy on Windows Machine

1. Using the above link, once you have downloaded the AzCopy tool. The setup file will show as “MicrosoftAzureStorageTools”


2. Double click on the “MicrosoftAzureStorageTools” installer and the set-up will continue. AzCopy will be installed in a default location – “C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SDKs\Azure\”. You can change the default location, during the installation process.

3. Once the installation is done, you can find the “AzCopy.exe” under the installed folder. The default location is: “C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SDKs\Azure\AzCopy” OR “%ProgramFiles%\Microsoft SDKs\Azure\AzCopy”. If desired, you can add the AzCopy installation location to your system path.


Upload Blobs To Azure Blob

Upload all blobs in a folder

Below is the syntax:

AzCopy /Source:C:\myfolder /Dest:https://myaccount.blob.core.windows.net/mycontainer /DestKey:key /S


I have created a folder called “CopyData” that has three empty text files. I will be uploading these three files to an Azure Blob container called “test-azcopy”


Now we will use AzCopy to copy this folder (recursively) to Azure Blob container

Command: .\AzCopy.exe /Source:C:\Users\manju\Desktop\CopyData /Dest:https://manjugtestdisks.blob.core.windows.net/test-azcopy /DestKey:<insert_storage_key> /S

(Note: I have removed my storage access key – for obvious reasons). “/S” parameter will recursively copy the folder and its sub folders.


Now go back to the blob container to verify if the folder/files are copied. You may use any tool you want to do this. (Azure Portal, Azure Storage Explorer etc.,)


We can upload single blob to Azure Blob. Below is the syntax:

Upload a single blob to a virtual directory


AzCopy /Source:C:\myfolder /Dest:https://myaccount.blob.core.windows.net/mycontainer/vd /DestKey:key /Pattern:abc.txt

Upload a single blob

AzCopy /Source:C:\myfolder /Dest:https://myaccount.blob.core.windows.net/mycontainer /DestKey:key /Pattern:”abc.txt”

Download Blobs from Azure Blob Storage

Download all blobs from a container

Below is the syntax:

AzCopy /Source:https://myaccount.blob.core.windows.net/mycontainer /Dest:C:\myfolder /SourceKey:key /S


Earlier we had uploaded files from a local folder – “CopyData” to Azure Blob container “test-azcopy”. Now we shall download the same three files to a local folder called “DownloadData”.


.\AzCopy.exe /Source:https://manjugtestdisks.blob.core.windows.net/test-azcopy /Dest:C:\Users\manju\Desktop\DownloadData /SourceKey:<insert_storage_access_key> /S


Similarly, we can download single blobs, below is the syntax

Download a single blob

AzCopy /Source:https://myaccount.blob.core.windows.net/mycontainer /Dest:C:\myfolder /SourceKey:key /Pattern:”abc.txt”

Download a single blob from the secondary region

AzCopy /Source:https://myaccount-secondary.blob.core.windows.net/mynewcontainer /Dest:C:\myfolder /SourceKey:key /Pattern:abc.txt

Download blobs with a specific prefix

AzCopy /Source:https://myaccount.blob.core.windows.net/mycontainer /Dest:C:\myfolder /SourceKey:key /Pattern:a /S

Copy blobs in Blob storage

Copy a single blob from one container to another within the same storage account

AzCopy /Source:https://myaccount.blob.core.windows.net/mycontainer1 /Dest:https://myaccount.blob.core.windows.net/mycontainer2 /SourceKey:key /DestKey:key /Pattern:abc.txt

Copy a single blob from one storage account to another

AzCopy /Source:https://sourceaccount.blob.core.windows.net/mycontainer1 /Dest:https://destaccount.blob.core.windows.net/mycontainer2 /SourceKey:key1 /DestKey:key2 /Pattern:abc.txt

Copy a single blob from the secondary region to the primary region

AzCopy /Source:https://myaccount1-secondary.blob.core.windows.net/mynewcontainer1 /Dest:https://myaccount2.blob.core.windows.net/mynewcontainer2 /SourceKey:key1 /DestKey:key2 /Pattern:abc.txt

Copy a single blob and its snapshots from one storage account to another

AzCopy /Source:https://sourceaccount.blob.core.windows.net/mycontainer1 /Dest:https://destaccount.blob.core.windows.net/mycontainer2 /SourceKey:key1 /DestKey:key2 /Pattern:abc.txt /Snapshot

Copy all blobs in a container to another storage account

AzCopy /Source:https://sourceaccount.blob.core.windows.net/mycontainer1 /Dest:https://destaccount.blob.core.windows.net/mycontainer2 /SourceKey:key1 /DestKey:key2 /S

Download files from File storage

Download a single file
AzCopy /Source:https://myaccount.file.core.windows.net/myfileshare/myfolder1/ /Dest:C:\myfolder /SourceKey:key /Pattern:abc.txt

Download all files in a directory
AzCopy /Source:https://myaccount.file.core.windows.net/myfileshare/ /Dest:C:\myfolder /SourceKey:key /S

Upload Files to File storage

Upload a single file
AzCopy /Source:C:\myfolder /Dest:https://myaccount.file.core.windows.net/myfileshare/ /DestKey:key /Pattern:abc.txt

Upload all files in a folder
AzCopy /Source:C:\myfolder /Dest:https://myaccount.file.core.windows.net/myfileshare/ /DestKey:key /S

Upload files matching a specific pattern
AzCopy /Source:C:\myfolder /Dest:https://myaccount.file.core.windows.net/myfileshare/ /DestKey:key /Pattern:ab* /S

Copy files in File storage

Copy from one file share to another
AzCopy /Source:https://myaccount1.file.core.windows.net/myfileshare1/ /Dest:https://myaccount2.file.core.windows.net/myfileshare2/ /SourceKey:key1 /DestKey:key2 /S

Copy from an Azure File share to Blob storage
AzCopy /Source:https://myaccount1.file.core.windows.net/myfileshare/ /Dest:https://myaccount2.blob.core.windows.net/mycontainer/ /SourceKey:key1 /DestKey:key2 /S

Copy a blob from Blob storage to an Azure File share
AzCopy /Source:https://myaccount1.blob.core.windows.net/mycontainer/ /Dest:https://myaccount2.file.core.windows.net/myfileshare/ /SourceKey:key1 /DestKey:key2 /S

Synchronously copy files
AzCopy /Source:https://myaccount1.file.core.windows.net/myfileshare1/ /Dest:https://myaccount2.file.core.windows.net/myfileshare2/ /SourceKey:key1 /DestKey:key2 /S /SyncCopy

Export data from Table storage

Export a table
AzCopy /Source:https://myaccount.table.core.windows.net/myTable/ /Dest:C:\myfolder\ /SourceKey:key

Split an export from Table storage into multiple files
AzCopy /Source:https://myaccount.table.core.windows.net/mytable/ /Dest:C:\myfolder /SourceKey:key /S /SplitSize:100

Import data into Table storage

Import a table
AzCopy /Source:C:\myfolder\ /Dest:https://myaccount.table.core.windows.net/mytable1/ /DestKey:key /Manifest:”myaccount_mytable_20140103T112020.manifest” /EntityOperation:InsertOrReplace

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Powershell – SQL Server pre configuration

This script can be used as a pre-configuration script in case if you want to attach a disk and partition it. Later use the partition as SQL Data and Log folder.

Below is the script flow:

1. Creates a log file in C:\temp folder for logging purpose.

2. Checks for the attached disks and checks for RAW partition.

3. Initializes the RAW to GPT.

4. Creates two partitions of equal size, format them to NTFS with drive letters ‘R’ and ‘S’. (Different drive letters can be provided by changing the appropriate variables)

5. Configure the SQL Server, to use, ‘R’ and ‘S’ as Data and Log directory respectively.

6. Validate the SQL Server service status.

Note: Tested and validated on SQL Server 2012

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