There is no direct way to start or stop all VMs of a resource group in Azure. In Azure, shutting down the server is not enough, you still pay the full
compute price. It is recommended that you
deallocate your servers if you want to avoid being charged while the servers are not in use. In this post, you will learn how to setup a few commands quickly. You must have Azure CLI 2.0 installed for this script to work.
Step 1: Script the common tasks
If you are using Resource Groups in Azure to organize your servers, it will make your job a lot easier in the long run. The following script has a few different parameters:
start: Starts all servers in the resource group
stop: Stops & deallocates all servers in the resource group
status: List detailed status of all servers in the resource group
ip: Shows the public IPs of all servers in the resource group
and so on...
Feel free to add more scenarios as you like. To use this script, you need to replace
Step 2: Call script with parameters
Assuming you have created a
script.sh file for the script above, and given it execute permissions using
chmod 755 script.sh, you can pass the arguments directly:
- /path/to/script.sh stop
- /path/to/script.sh start
and so on...
Step 3: Create Aliases (Optional)
Assuming you are using
bash, you can create aliases by editing your
~/.bash_profile and pasting the code below:
alias vmstart="/path/to/vm/script.sh start" alias vmstop="/path/to/vm/script.sh stop" alias vmlistip="/path/to/vm/script.sh ip" alias vmstatus="/path/to/vm/script.sh status"
Restart your terminal or source the bash_profile using
Enjoy your new commands
vmstart: Start all VMs
vmstop: Stop all VMs
vmlistip: Show public IPs of all servers
vmstatus: Show detailed status of servers
You might be thinking why you would need to list public IPs of all the VMs? Well, if you deallocate your VMs the public IPs are released, and you will get new ones when you start them again. Having the IPs handy will help you update and connect to the VMs quickly without having to go to the Azure dashboard.
Hope this helps!
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