The Term ‘Connect-AzureRmAccount’ is Not Recognized


The Azure PowerShell AzureRM module is used for management and automation of Azure resources like VMs, VNets, etc.

If you try to connect to Azure without having the module installed you’ll encounter the following error message:

PS C:\> Connect-AzureRmAccount
Connect-AzureRmAccount : The term 'Connect-AzureRmAccount' is not recognized as the name of a cmdlet,
function, script file, or operable program. Check the spelling of the name, or if a path was included,
verify that the path is correct and try again.
At line:1 char:1
+ Connect-AzureRmAccount
+ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo          : ObjectNotFound: (Connect-AzureRmAccount:String) [], CommandNotFoundException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : CommandNotFoundException

To fix this you must install the AzureRm PowerShell module.

AzureRM Pre-requisites

There are several pre-requisites that must be met before you can successfully install the AzureRm PowerShell module:

  • The AzureRm module is built on the .Net Framework so this must be present. Make sure you have version 4.7.2 or later. Install it from here if needed.
  • You must have PowerShell version 5.1 or later. Check your version using the following command:
PS C:\> $PSVersionTable.PSVersion

Major  Minor  Build  Revision
-----  -----  -----  --------
5      1      17763  771
    • If PowerShell version 5.1 is not available you can install it from here.
  • You must have the NuGet package provider installed on your system. Check if it’s present using the following command:
PS C:\> Get-PackageProvider

Name                     Version          DynamicOptions
----                     -------          --------------
msi                      AdditionalArguments
NuGet                  Destination, ExcludeVersion, Scope, SkipDependencies, Headers, ...
PowerShellGet            PackageManagementProvider, Type, Scope, AllowClobber, ...
Programs                 IncludeWindowsInstaller, IncludeSystemComponent
  • If NuGet is not present you can install it using the following command:
Install-PackageProvider -Name NuGet -MinimumVersion -Force

Installing the Azure PowerShell AzureRM Module

If all pre-requisites are met you can install the AzureRm PowerShell module using the following command:

Install-Module AzureRm

Once the installation completes you should be able to connect successfully using the AzureRm module:

PS C:\> Connect-AzureRmAccount

Account                  SubscriptionName TenantId                             Environment
-------                  ---------------- --------                             ----------- Pay-As-You-Go    c1493123-2ba6-a49e-b462-e3e7cdbae630 AzureCloud


Hopefully this post was able to get you going with the AzureRm PowerShell module.

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