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Import VHD Blobs from a ZIP Archive URL

Last updated: 16/04/2021

Deploying Virtual Machines based on specialized disk images requires to import VHD files into a Storage Account. In the case there are multiple VHD files compressed in a single ZIP and you got the URL to fetch the ZIP archive, this ARM template will ease the job: Download, Extract and Import into an existing Storage Account Blob Container.

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Parameter Name Description
Source URL of a ZIP archive containing VHD images files. For example:
Destination URI of a Storage Account container with a writable SAS Token.
forceUpdateTag Used to force the execution when redeploying the template with the same parameters. Default: [newGuid()]
location The location in which the resources should be deployed. Default: [resourceGroup().location]

Use the template


New-AzResourceGroup -Name <resource-group-name> -Location <resource-group-location> #use this command when you need to create a new resource group for your deployment
New-AzResourceGroupDeployment -ResourceGroupName <resource-group-name> -TemplateUri
Install and configure Azure PowerShell

Command line

az group create --name <resource-group-name> --location <resource-group-location> #use this command when you need to create a new resource group for your deployment
az group deployment create --resource-group <my-resource-group> --template-uri
Install and Configure the Azure Cross-Platform Command-Line Interface