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Yesterday we published first set of powershell cmdlets to help manage Windows Azure Media Services. In this article I want give quick overview of what first set of media services related cmdlets are covering.

Before going into details I’d like to list set of cmdlets we shipped:

  • New-AzureMediaServicesAccount
  • New-AzureMediaServicesKey
  • Get-AzureMediaServicesAccount
  • Remove-AzureMediaServicesAccount


Installing  Windows Azure Powershell

The recommended way to install the Windows Azure PowerShell cmdlets is via the Microsoft Web Platform Installer. After installing and launching the Web Platform Installer, select Windows Azure PowerShell and follow the prompts to install the cmdlets. The Web Platform Installer will install all dependencies for the Windows Azure PowerShell cmdlets


Alternatively you can get latest from github and build project.You can details instructions visiting

Import Publisher setting file and selecting subscription to work with

Before you can deploy applications by using a PowerShell cmdlet, you must download your subscription information (by using Get-AzurePublishSettingsFile) and then import those settings (by using Import-AzurePublishSettingsFile).After you done with installation next step will be to open powershell and import publisher settings for your azure subsriptions

PS C:\> Get-AzurePublishSettingsFile
PS C:\> Import-AzurePublishSettingsFile -PublishSettingsFile  "C:\temp\George.publishsettings"

Now powershell knows what subscription you have and you need to specify under which subscription you will work with media services.

To get list of available subscriptions:

PS C:\> Get-AzureSubscription

To select specific one:

Select-AzureSubscription "Windows Azure MSDN - Visual Studio Ultimate"

Creating Windows Azure Media Service Account

To create new Azure Media Services Account use New-AzureMediaServicesAccount  cmdlet providing name of account, datacenter location where it will be created and storage account name. Please note that storage account name should belong to same subscription where you creating media service account.

Let me first get all list of mu\y storage names and pick one I want to use:


PS C:\> Get-AzureStorageAccount
VERBOSE: 6:42:19 AM - Begin Operation: Get-AzureStorageAccount
VERBOSE: 6:42:24 AM - Completed Operation: Get-AzureStorageAccount

StorageAccountDescription :
AffinityGroup             :
Location                  : West US
GeoReplicationEnabled     : True
GeoPrimaryLocation        : West US
GeoSecondaryLocation      :
Label                     : trifonov1
StorageAccountStatus      : Created
StatusOfPrimary           :
StatusOfSecondary         :
Endpoints                 : {,,
StorageAccountName        : trifonov1
OperationDescription      : Get-AzureStorageAccount
OperationId               : 3ca6e179-9dae-4585-9b43-fa79d14270da
OperationStatus           : Succeeded

Now when I know what account to pick I can provide storage account name ,location to New-AzureMediaServicesAccount  cmdlet and also pick desired account name

PS C:\> New-AzureMediaServicesAccount -Name "mymediademo" -StorageAccountName "trifonov1" -Location "West US"


Get list of your Windows Azure Media Services accounts or details of selected one

Once you created single or multiple accounts you can list information by using Get-AzureMediaServicesAccount

PS C:\> Get-AzureMediaServicesAccount

By providing Name parameter you will get more detailed information including account keys

PS C:\> Get-AzureMediaServicesAccount -Name sprintdemo


Rotating Azure Media Service accounts keys

If you want update a account key you can use cmdlet New-AzureMediaServicesKey .
You need to provide account name, specify if you want to get new Primary or Secondary key . Specifying -Force switch will tell powershell not to ask confirmation question

PS C:\> New-AzureMediaServicesKey -Name "sprintdemo" -KeyType "Primary" -Force

Deleting your account

Done experimenting with Azure Media Services simply execute

PS C:\> Remove-AzureMediaServicesAccount -Name "sprintdemo" -Force