Working with Variables and Pipelines in Azure PowerShell

15 minutes
  • 3 Learning Objectives

About this Hands-on Lab

In this lab, we walk through using Azure PowerShell to work with variables and pipelines. This beginner-level hands-on lab covers several concepts, including:

* Azure PowerShell syntax.
* Azure PowerShelI help.
* Azure PowerShell default and assumed parameters.

This hands-on lab uses the Azure Cloud Shell, so there’s no need to install any software. This way it’s possible to follow along at work or home using the web browser.

Learning Objectives

Successfully complete this lab by achieving the following learning objectives:

Create a Variable to List the Azure resources

Creating a Variable

  • Use Get-AzResource and assign its output to a variable named $Resources.

Use the instructions below to complete the task.

  1. Log in to the Azure Portal using the provided credentials.
  2. Navigate to the Cloud Shell, using the >_ icon in the toolbar.
  3. Make sure to use PowerShell for the Cloud Shell.
  4. Create the variable and assign the cmdlet.

    $Resources = Get-AzResource
Create a Variable to Show the Date

Create a Variable to Show Today’s Date and Display the Variable

Use these instructions to complete the task

  1. Create a variable named $Today and assign (Get-Date).DateTime to it.

    $Today = (Get-Date).DateTime
  2. Display the date.

    $Today
Display the Azure Resources List and Filter the List Based on Kind and Location

Display a List of Azure Resources and Filter the Results Based on Kind and Location

Use the instructions below to complete the task

  1. Display the Azure resources using the variable.

    $Resources
  2. Display the Azure resources in a list format.

    $Resources | Format-List
  3. Filter the list to show only resources with the Kind equals Storage.

    $Resources | Where-Object {$_.Kind -eq 'Storage'}
  4. Filter the list to show only resources with the Kind is not like Storage.

    $Resources | Where-Object {$_.Kind -notlike 'Storage'}``
  5. Filter the list to show only resources with Location equals westus.

    $Resources | Where-Object {$_.Location -eq 'westus'}``

Additional Resources

Please go ahead and log in to the live Azure hands-on lab environment using the credentials provided.

NOTE: Use West US as the region for any created resources, including the configuration of the Cloud Shell.

The following information will help throughout this hands-on lab:

  • This lab uses the Cloud Shell within the Azure Portal, but Azure PowerShell will work for users who have it installed.

  • Once familiar with the process, consider completing the lab using the steps first. Then use the videos to verify the solution. The videos contain the complete commands.

  • If necessary, expand the objectives to see more information on the tasks this lab undertakes.

  • To view the diagram, access this using the Diagram button on the upper-right-hand side of this hands-on lab.

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