Azure Automation – Schedule the shutdown of Azure VMs with PowerShell

If you are running Virtual Machines on Microsoft Azure and want to save some cash (or make your MSDN allowance last longer) it is possible to use Azure Automation to schedule the shutdown (and start-up) of Virtual Machines. This is great if you are carrying out testing on Azure and like me often forget to shut your VMs down. Until recently Azure Automation could only be configured via the portal, but in February new Azure Automation PowerShell commands were released: Rather than having to click lots of times we can now simply run some PowerShell scripts to get everything set up to…
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