Azure Stack – PowerShell: VM Admin GUI Tool – Beta 1

Welcome to my first Azure Stack blog.

Recently I have been exploring the Azure Stack POC TP1 which is available for everyone at

So far I am very impressed, of cause always bear in mind that this is the first technical preview POC.

Today I made a small tool for helping me to have a good overview of my Azure Stack tenant VMs.

In Azure Stack the VMs are named by their GUID in Hyper-V.

This makes perfect sense, since multiple tenants could easily name their VMs the same name.

But when administrating your hyper-v host, It can be a bit hard to recognize which machine is which.


Therefore I have create a small GUI tool in PowerShell to help list the machines on a host, and to be able to trigger some basic actions.


This is the first beta and the following actions have been added:

  • Connect to Console
  • Stop VMs
  • Start VMs


You can download the PowerShell based tool here:

Here is the current script content (the gallery item might be updated since this blog post was published):

By |2016-02-22T14:27:35+00:00February 22nd, 2016|Azure, Azure Stack|0 Comments

About the Author:

Jakob Gottlieb Svendsen

Twitter: @JakobGSvendsen

Jakob Gottlieb Svendsen is a Microsoft Cloud and Data Center Management MVP (, Working as Global Lead Developer, Senior Consultant and Trainer at CTGlobal, where he is one of the driving forces in keeping CTGlobal a System Center Gold Partner and member of the System Center Alliance.

Since he started at Coretech in 2007, he has focused on Scripting and Development, primarily developing tools, extensions and scripts for the System Center Suite. His main area is Automation (including OMS/Azure Automation, Service Management Automation, PowerShell and Orchestrator). Another area is Windows Azure Pack / Azure Stack, where he does implementation, development, workshops and presentations. He is a world-wide renowned voice in the Automation field.

He is passionately devoted to the community, to which he contributes by being a moderator at TechNet and sharing his knowledge at

  • Co-founder: PowerShell User Group Denmark
  • Speaker at MMS 2016, Minneapolis (
  • SCU Europe 2014, 2015, 2016 (
  • Microsoft TechEd North America 2014, Houston
  • NIC 2012,2013,2014,2015, Oslo (
  • Microsoft CampusDays 2011, 2013, Copenhagen
  • Microsoft TechDays 2015, Sweden (
  • Microsoft Partner Event: New in SC2012 SP1
  • User group meetings (PSUG.DK , SCUG.DK/BE/NO, AZMUG + more)
  • Microsoft Certified Trainer.
  • Microsoft Scripting Guys Forum Moderator

Main working areas:

  • Automation (Azure Automation, SMA, SCO)
  • Windows Azure Pack / Azure Stack
  • System CenterVisual Studio Team Services / Team Foundation Server
  • Development:C#.Net, VB.NET, VBScript, PowerShell, Service Manager, OpsMgr, ConfigMgr
  • Orchestrator
  • Windows Azure Pack / Azure Stack


  • Azure Automation
  • Service Management Automation
  • System Center Orchestrator
  • PowerShell, VBScript, C#.Net, VB.Net
  • Windows Azure Pack / Azure Stack Development Workshops

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