Cloning of Azure virtual machines made easy – How to clone an Azure VM using Azure Functions and Powershell

Today, Robert Horrion (@RobertHorrion) and me finished our newest GitHub project, which makes it easy to clone Azure virtual machines on demand using a web portal.

The initial challenge was: How could we allow an interested user (client) to “order” a new virtual machine that contains the demo-installation of a software product?

We solved it using an Azure Web-App for ordering the vm and an Azure Function that executes a Powershell script to clone the vm and send out a confirmation mail to the customer with the domain name of his new machine. The Basic Application flow Looks like this:

The scripts can easily be adapted to your personal needs like sending out notifications, or if you need additional data disks to be cloned or not.

Read the full documentation HERE

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