I’m pleased to announce the availability of Azure Management Cmdlets in public beta.
What’s Azure Management Cmdlets: Azure Management Cmdlets is a set of Windows PowerShell Cmdlets for complete Azure management. It consists of 80 cmdlets to manage your Azure Storage (Tables, Blobs and Queues), Hosted Services (Deployment, Storage Services, Affinity Groups and Guest OS), Diagnostics. It also includes cmdlets to back up your storage account data (tables & blobs) on your local computer and restore storage account data from the backups. It supports full, partial and incremental backups.
Following is the list of cmdlets available in the current version:
|Tables & Entities
|Blob Containers & Blobs
|Queues & Messages
|Backup & Restore
More cmdlets will be added in subsequent versions.
Why you should use Azure Management Cmdlets: There are many reasons for you to use Azure Management Cmdlets. You could use these cmdlets to automate certain tasks of managing Windows Azure (like service deployments etc.). You could also use these cmdlets to access your storage with ease. As mentioned above, it includes functionality for backing up and restoring your Azure Storage account. You can also use it to backup contents of your local disk (files & folders) in Windows Azure Blob storage.
What do you need to use Azure Management Cmdlets: Azure Management Cmdlets are built using .Net 4.0. You would need a computer with .Net 4.0 installed. Since these are PowerShell cmdlets, you would need to have PowerShell installed on your computer as well. Other than that you would need access to Windows Azure Storage (Storage Account Name & Key) and Windows Azure Hosted Services (Subscription Id & API Certificates). If you’re using these cmdlets to access local development storage, then you would need to have Azure SDK installed on the computer.
You can learn more about this product by visiting http://www.cerebrata.com/products/azure-management-cmdlets/introduction.
If you wish to participate in public beta, please downloadthe product by visiting http://www.cerebrata.com/products/azure-management-cmdlets/introduction.