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export a vm, remove it and then importing it again fails with the azure cli (azure vm create-from) #254

woloski opened this Issue Jun 29, 2012 · 2 comments


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woloski commented Jun 29, 2012

These are the commands I am running to export the definition of the VM, then deleting the VM and after that creating it again from the definition. I want to do this because otherwise I get charged for a VM even if it's shutdown, so I want an automated way to bring it back fast with the original VHD.

$ azure vm show --json myvm > myvm.json
$ azure vm delete sp-auth10
$ azure vm create-from myvm myvm.json
info:   Executing command vm create-from
+ Looking up cloud service                                                     
+ Getting cloud service properties                                             
+ Looking up deployment                                                        
+ Creating VM                                                                  
error:  Required argument VMRole.RoleName for function createDeployment is not defined

This is the content of the json file generated by azure vm show

  "DNSName": "",
  "VMName": "myvm",
  "IPAddress": "",
  "InstanceStatus": "ReadyRole",
  "InstanceSize": "Small",
  "InstanceStateDetails": {},
  "OSVersion": {},
  "Image": "MSFT__Win2K8R2SP1-120514-1520-141205-01-en-us-30GB.vhd",
  "DataDisks": [""],
  "Network": {
    "Endpoints": [
        "LocalPort": "3389",
        "Name": "RemoteDesktop",
        "Port": "50977",
        "Protocol": "tcp",
        "Vip": ""

Any workaround appreciated



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markcowl commented Oct 4, 2012

@glennblock: figure out triage for these issues

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glennblock commented Oct 25, 2012

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