How To Set Static IP On Azure VM

Azure now offers the capability to configure static IPs onto IAAS VMs.  Static IP assignment in Azure VMs is not the same as configuring a typical static IP for a server in your on-premises network.  When you statically assign an IP address to the Azure VM, it is not entered into the VMs machine’s TCP/IP configuration property sheet.  Rather a reservation is created, so that DHCP hands out the desired address to the VM.  If you look at the VM’s NIC, it is still set as a DHCP client, but the DHCP server will honour the reservation that you configured.

At the time of writing, the capability to assign static IP addresses does not currently exist in the graphical interface – Azure PowerShell to the rescue!

Update 23-2-2016 – added section to note changes in new portal where it is possible to assign IPs via the portal. 

Note while it is also possible to configure a static IP at VM creation time, this post focuses on changing existing VMs.


Installing Microsoft Azure PowerShell

Microsoft Azure PowerShell download and connection details are available here with documentation.  The remainder of this post assumes that Microsoft Azure PowerShell is correctly installed and you have a valid Azure subscription.

Installing Microsoft Azure PowerShellInstalling Microsoft Azure PowerShell


Connecting Using Microsoft Azure PowerShell

Once installation completes, launch Microsoft Azure PowerShell and connect to the service.  Add your account with Add-AzureAccount.  Enter the required credentials.  Once the Azure Account has been added, it may be necessary to select the subscription  using Select-AzureSubscription -SubscriptionName "SubName”.

If required Get-AzureSubscription will list all of the subscriptions.

Add-AzureAccount Prompting For Credentials

Now that we are connected, lets take a look at the commands available to us..


Exploring Available Static IP Cmdlets

In the Microsoft Azure PowerShell session we can use the standard Get-Command to look for cmdlets that related to Azure Static IP configuration:

Get-Command *AzureStatic*

Microsoft Azure PowerShell Static IP Cmdlets For VMs

There are four cmdlets available:

  • Get-AzureStaticVNetIP
  • Remove-AzureStaticVNetIP
  • Set-AzureStaticVNetIP
  • Test-AzureStaticVNetIP

In order to use them, we also need to know the names of the Azure Virtual Networks.  Yes we can look in the Azure management portal, but let’s <Gold 5> stay on target </Gold 5> * and use PowerShell to list them!

To get a listing of the Azure Virtual Networks within the subscription we can run:

Get-AzureVNetSite | Select Name

Now that we have the necessary background information, time to examine the VM static IP options!


Check Pool of Available Azure IP Addresses

We can use the Test-AzureStaticVNetIP cmdlet to determine if a given IP is available.  In the first example IP is already taken.  The property isAvailable is reported as $False.

Test-AzureStaticVNetIP –VNetName “TailspintoysCanada” -IPAddress

Checking Which Azure IP Addresses Are Available Using Microsoft Azure PowerShell

In the pool of addresses, note that is shown as available.  What does isAvailable return for that IP?

Test-AzureStaticVNetIP -VNetName TailspintoysCanada -IPAddress

Checking Which Azure IP Addresses Are Available Using Microsoft Azure PowerShell

It is listed as being available since $True is returned.


Using Azure PowerShell To Set Static IP For An Existing VM

If we try to simply set the Azure VM to use a given IP by simply specifying the VM name, PowerShell does not understand this as it expects an object to represent the VM, not a string.

Using Set-AzureStaticVNetIP Fails To Configure VMs Static IP

The error returned is:

Set-AzureStaticVNetIP : Cannot bind parameter 'VM'. Cannot convert the "Tail-CA-Exch-1" value of type "System.String" to type "Microsoft.WindowsAzure.Commands.ServiceManagement.Model.IPersistentVM".
At line:1 char:27
+ Set-AzureStaticVNetIP -VM Tail-CA-Exch-1 -IPAddress
+                           ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo          : InvalidArgument: (:) [Set-AzureStaticVNetIP], ParameterBindingException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : CannotConvertArgumentNoMessage,Microsoft.WindowsAzure.Commands.ServiceManagement.IaaS.SetAzureStaticVNetIPCommand


Let’s save the VM’s details to a variable called $VM and then pass that to the Set-AzureStaticVNetIP cmdlet.  That should work, right?

$VM = Get-AzureVM -ServiceName TailspintoysCanada -Name Tail-CA-Exch-1

Set-AzureStaticVNetIP -VM $VM -IPAddress

Get-AzureStaticVNetIP -VM $VM

Trying To Static IP Address Using Microsoft Azure PowerShell

However booting the server up, and checking the assigned address using ipconfig will show that the change did not take effect.  This is because the cmdlet to update the Azure VM configuration was omitted.

We need to leverage the Update-AzureVM cmdlet.

Set-AzureStaticVNetIP -VM(Get-AzureVM –ServiceName  TailspintoysCanda –Name Tail-CA-Exch-2) -IPAddress

Adding Update-AzureVM to our command yields a better result, with the VM being updated.  Note the additional yellow text  stating the deployment has been updated. 

Setting Static IP Address Using Microsoft Azure PowerShell - Note Update-AzureVM Is Used

Note that if you look at the server’s NIC, it will still be a DHCP client due to the reservation system that is used by Azure.


Updating A Running VM

Can we update an VM which is currently running?

The answer to this is yes and no.  Yes you can change the IP assigned to the VM which is currently running, but it does not stay running.  It is restarted to apply the change.  Just the same as when resizing a VM.  In the below example let’s change the machine Tail-CA-Client2.  This is currently running with a dynamic IP of  We then verify that IP is available, and assign it to the VM.

Note that the status of the machine then changes to RoleStateUnknown and after a couple of minutes the VM has restarted and the status is now ReadyRole.  Click to expand the image.

Using Microsoft Azure PowerShell To Change Static IP Address Of Running VM


Removing Static IP From Azure VM

Removing a static IP from an Azure VM can be done with the Remove-AzureStaticVNetIP cmdlet.  In the below example we demonstrate that the static IP of is currently set.  This static IP is then removed, and finally we check to ensure that the static IP has been removed.  The commands used were:

Get-AzureStaticVNetIP -VM $VM

Remove-AzureStaticVNetIP -VM $VM

Get-AzureStaticVNetIP -VM $VM

Removing Static IP From Azure VM


Managing IP Addresses In The New Portal

In December 2015, the new portal was moved to General Availability.  This adds significant capabilities to the management of Azure resources.  In the context of this post, it is now possible to add static IPs to your Azure VMs through the new portal UI.  In the settings blade of the VM, select IP addresses.  The below window will open allowing you to make the necessary changes. 

Managing Azure VM Static IP Address In New Portal




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Rhoderick Milne [MSFT]

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