How to manage Azure VM’s with SCVMM 2016

Let’s see about how we can manage the Azure VM’s with SCVMM 2016, if you have any SCVMM infrastructure already deployed in your on premise environment you can use that to do some basic tasks with Azure VM instances.

Why I believe this is a good feature?

I like this feature because by adding Azure Subscription to  System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2016, we can perform some very basic actions on Azure instances without leaving the VMM console.

Basic Features which is available currently with SCVMM 2016

  • Add and remove Azure subscriptions in the VMM console.
  • Get a list view of information about role instances in deployment subscriptions. Instances can be manually refreshed.
  • Perform basic actions on the instances, including start, stop, shutdown, and restart.
  • Connect via RDP

Please note Azure subscriptions added by one admin user aren’t automatically visible to all other VMM admins. We need to set up the subscription for each VMM admin that needs to access it.


Requirement Details
Azure subscription Minimum one Azure subscription to add it to the VMM console.
Internet connectivity The SCVMM computer should be able to connect to internet to reach the Azure Portal.
Service administrator Minimum Service Administrator permission is required in the Azure Portal
Management certificate The subscription must have a management certificate associated with it.

The certificate should also be located in the Current User \ Personal store of the computer running the VMM console

Install Windows SDK Please install windows SDK, with the help of this you can create the certificate.


In first step I have downloaded the Windows SDK on my client workstation. The download URL for the same is available below.

Once I install the Windows SDK, I need to go to the command prompt and need to change the path to install directory under C drive. From here I have ran the below makecert command to create the certificate.

Please find the below screenshot

Install Windows SDK

Now I need to go to the Azure classic portal and upload the following management certificate in the settings tab. Please find the screenshot.

The next step is to add the subscription in the SCVMM console

Once the subscription is added it will display in the Azure Subscription list

Now inside the subscription, I need to click on VM’s and I can see the VM which is present inside this subscription

Like I have mentioned we can perform some basic tasks like start the VM from this SCVMM console, so I just started the VM.

That’s all about today, I hope you like this post. Please provide your comments.