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Leveraging the Azure Service Management REST API with Azure Active Directory and PowerShell / List Azure Administrators

The Azure Service Management REST API can be a great compliment to the Azure PowerShell module when automating certain Azure cloud tasks for which there's not yet a defined set of PowerShell cmdlets.  In previous articles, we've leveraged this API for specific scenarios, such as:

However, in each of our previous articles, we've used management certificates to authenticate to our Azure subscription when calling the Azure Service Management REST API. Azure Active Directory is being used by many organizations for centralized authentication to Azure via the Azure Management Portal, Azure PowerShell using the Add-AzureAccount cmdlet, and to other cloud-based applications (over 2,400 third-party apps as of the date of this article).  This prompted me to consider leveraging Azure AD for Azure API authentication as an alternative to management certificates.

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In this article, we'll step through the process of authenticating to the Azure Service Management REST API using Azure Active Directory via PowerShell.  Leveraging these capabilities together gives us a consistent authentication and scripting experience, along with the extensibility that the Azure API provides.

Along the way, we'll also show a useful example for keeping track of the administrators and co-administrators for your Azure subscription.

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Keith Mayer is a Technical Evangelist at Microsoft focused on Windows Infrastructure, Data Center Virtualization, Systems Management and Private Cloud. Keith has over 17 years of experience as a technical leader of complex IT projects, in diverse roles, such as Network Engineer, IT Manager, Technical Instructor and Consultant. He has consulted and trained thousands of IT professionals worldwide on the design and implementation of enterprise technology solutions.

Keith is currently certified on several Microsoft technologies, including System Center, Hyper-V, Windows, Windows Server, SharePoint and Exchange. He also holds other industry certifications from IBM, Cisco, Citrix, HP, CheckPoint, CompTIA and Interwoven.

Keith is the author of the IT Pros ROCK! Blog on Microsoft TechNet, voted as one of the Top 50 "Must Read" IT Blogs.

Keith also manages the Windows Server 2012 "Early Experts" Challenge - a FREE online study group for IT Pros interested in studying and preparing for certification on Windows Server 2012. Join us and become the next "Early Expert"!