Uploading files to Azure Applications (kudu)

I needed to copy some content to my azure application that the Build and deploy that I constructed for it wouldn’t need to do every deploy every time.   So my quest began on how do I upload files to an Azure application.  The most common and recognized way of uploading files to azure applications is through webdeploy. I didn’t think I needed to package up and use webdeploy so I sought out a way to do this with PowerShell.  This post is about that pursuit.

Thanks to this article most of the work was done Copy files to Azure Web App with PowerShell and Kudu API.  All I needed to do was to put a loop around my file upload and use Octavie van Haaften‘s scripts.

So I started with get-childitem -recurse “$downloadFolder\content”.  Now that I had my content in a variable called $files I can put this in a foreach loop and use Octavie van Haaften‘s  Upload-FileToWebapp.

During the upload of the files I need to determine if the file from my local disk is a File or Directory.  I used the following classes to determine this:

[System.IO.DirectoryInfo] &  [System.IO.FileInfo]

If the item was a directory then I had to make the upload location match the location on disk.  I did this through a little bit of replacement logic and used the $kudufolder as my variable to use for the upload function from Octavie.

$kudufolder = ((($file.FullName).Replace($uploadfrom,'Content'))`
$kudufolder = "$kudufolder/"
Upload-FileToWebApp -resourceGroupName myresourcegroup`
-webAppName mywebapp -kuduPath $kudufolder

The same holds true for the upload of a file. The only difference between the file and the directory is the /. When you are uploading/creating a directory / to kudu means a directory.

$kudufile = ((($file.FullName).Replace($uploadfrom,'Content'))`
Upload-FileToWebApp -resourceGroupName myresourcegroup`
-webAppName mywebapp -localPath $file.FullName -kuduPath $kudufile

Here is the full script in the foreach loop with each check for a directory or file.

$downloadfolder = 'c:\temp\myAzureStorage'

$uploadfrom = "$downloadfolder\Content"

$files = get-childitem -Recurse "$downloadfolder\Content"

foreach($file in $files)
if($file -is [System.IO.DirectoryInfo])
$kudufolder = ((($file.FullName).Replace($uploadfrom,'Content')).replace('\','/')).trimstart('/')
$kudufolder = "$kudufolder/"
Upload-FileToWebApp -resourceGroupName myresourcegroup -webAppName mywebapp -kuduPath $kudufolder
elseif($file -is [System.IO.FileInfo])
$kudufile = ((($file.FullName).Replace($uploadfrom,'Content')).replace('\','/')).trimstart('/')
Upload-FileToWebApp -resourceGroupName myresourcegroup -webAppName mywebapp -localPath $file.FullName -kuduPath $kudufile

I hope this helps someone
Until then keep Scripting


Azure File Storage Download

If you have an Azure account and you want to download files out of azure storage either individually or a whole folder. This script is about how I was able to do this with Powershell.

First we need to login to azure and get a storage context.  The StorageContext will require a key.

Add-AzureRmAccount -credential (get-credential) -tenantid yourid

$key = (get-azurermstorageAccountkey -resourcegroupname myresourcegroup -name mystorageaccountName | where-object{$Psitem.keyname -eq 'key1'}).value

$storageContext = New-AzureStorageContext -StorageAccountName "mystorage" -StorageAccountKey $key

Now that we have the storage context and key. Now we need to find the files that are in our AZURE File storage.

$content = get-azurestoragefile -storageaccountname "mystorage" -storageAccountkey $key

If we look at the contents of our $content variable we should see something similar to this:


Now that we have the content in a variable now we can begin the process of figuring out how to download each file. To start with to download a single file we need to use get-azureStorageFileContent 

$content = get-azurestoragefile -storageaccountname "mystorage" `

-storageAccountkey $key

get-azurestoragefilecontent -sharename "myshare" -path $content[0].uri.localpath `

-replace "$($content[0].share.name)/",'' -destination "c:\temp\" -context $storageContext

After much trial and error I found that in the object you get back from Azure there are two different Object types that you must check for:


and the other type is:


By the class names you can see that one is a file and the other is a Directory.  With that in mind now I can put this in a function that recursively calls itself to get all the contents.

function Get-AzureFiles
param([string]$shareName = 'mystorage', [object]$storageContext, [string]$downloadFolder, [string]$path)
$content = get-azurestoragefile -sharename $sharename -Context $storagecontext -path $path| Get-AzureStorageFile

foreach($c in $content)
$Parentfolder = $c.uri.segments[($c.uri.segments.count -2)] -replace '/','\'

if(!(test-path $destination))
{mkdir $destination}
$p = $c.uri.LocalPath -replace "$($c.share.name)/" ,''
if(Get-AzureStorageFile -ShareName $c.share.name -path $p -Context $storageContext )
if($c.properties -is [Microsoft.WindowsAzure.Storage.File.FileDirectoryProperties])
$d = [Microsoft.WindowsAzure.Storage.File.CloudFileDirectory]::new($c.uri.AbsoluteUri)
#Get-AzureStorageFileContent -directory $d -ShareName $c.share.name -Destination "$destination$($c.name)" -Context $storageContext #-Path $p
$path = $d.Uri.LocalPath -replace "/$sharename/" , ""
$dest = $path -replace '/','\'
"$($c.name) is a directory -- getting $downloadfolder\$dest files"
{mkdir "$downloadfolder\$dest"}
Get-AzureFiles -shareName $shareName -storageContext $storageContext -path $path -downloadFolder "$downloadFolder\$dest"
elseif($c -is [Microsoft.WindowsAzure.Storage.File.CloudFile])
Write-Output "downloading --- $destination$($c.name)"
$destination = (($c.Uri.LocalPath -replace "/$sharename/" , "") -replace '/','\')
$dest = "$downloadFolder\$destination"
$de = $dest -replace $c.name, ""
if(!(test-path $de))
mkdir $de
if(!(test-path $dest))
{Get-AzureStorageFileContent -ShareName $c.share.name -Path $p -Destination $dest -Context $storageContext }# -WhatIf}
Write-Output "already downloaded --- $dest"

Now if we call the function with we’ll get a downloaded copy of all the folders from the location that you specify in azure to your local host:

get-AzureFiles -sharename “myShare” -storageContext $storageContext -downloadfolder “C:\temp\azurefiles”

There you go now you have your files in a directory from azure. Stay tuned for my next article where I’ll show you how to upload these same files to an Azure application (kudu).

I hope this helps someone
Until then keep Scripting


Updating Azure Alert Email

We have a number of Email’s setup for alerting that need to be changed. Rather than go to each alert and update their properties I chose to update each available alert in my subscriptions using PowerShell.  This post is about how I did that.

I will assume for the purposes of this post that you already are aware of the means to connect to Azure. If you aren’t familiar with that process see the article posted here.

The first thing I needed to figure out is how do I get my already configured alerts.  I chose to use the Cmdlet Get-AzureRmResource.  I then took the results of my query to find all the alerts in the current subscription context:

$alerts = get-AzureRmResource `
 | Where-Object{$_.resourcetype -like '*alert*'}

Now that I have all my resources that look like an alert I can now iterate through each and find the properties of each alert Get-AzureRmAlertRule:

foreach($alert in $alerts)
get-azureRmalertRule -Resourcegroup `
$alert.ResourceGroupName -Name $alert.Name
Properties : Microsoft.Azure.Management.Insights.Models.Rule
Tags : {[$type,
 Microsoft.WindowsAzure.Management.Common.Storage], [hidden-link:/subscripti
 ers/Microsoft.Web/serverfarms/EasyAuth, Resource]}
Id : /subscriptions/xxxx/resourceGroups/AzureTes
Location : East US
Name : LongHttpQueue 

After some testing of this particular function I discovered that the extra switch of -DetailedOutput provided the detail I was looking for.

foreach($alert in $alerts)
get-azureRmalertRule -Resourcegroup `
$alert.ResourceGroupName -Name $alert.Name
Properties :
 Name: : LongHttpQueue EasyAuth
 Condition :
 DataSource :
 MetricName : HttpQueueLength
 ResourceId : /subscriptions/xxxxxxxx-xxxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxxxxxxx/re
 Operator : GreaterThan
 Threshold : 100
 Aggregation operator: Total
 Window size : 00:05:00
 Description : The HTTP queue for the instances of EasyAuth has a
 large number of pending requests.
 Status : Disabled
 Actions :
 SendToServiceOwners : True
 E-mails : 

Tags :
 $type :
Id : /subscriptions/xxxxxxxx-xxxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxxxxxxx/resourceGroups/AzureTes
 ting/providers/microsoft.insights/alertrules/LongHttpQueue EasyAuth
Location : East US
Name : LongHttpQueue EasyAuth

Now I need to find out what the Email property was for this object I retrieved from the Get-AzureRmAlertRule.   If I inspect the object a little closer I find that there is a  sub Object called properties and then under that object I find another object that my Emails are associated to.   What I discovered through trial and error was that the Actions property was an array of settings.  The first item if set is the customEmails and whether or not an email should be sent upon alert activation (shown below).

PS PS:\azure> $t = get-azureRmalertRule -Resourcegroup `
'Azure Testing' -Name 'LongHttpQueue EasyAuth'
PS PS:\azure> $t.properties.Actions[0]

CustomEmails SendToServiceOwners
------------ -------------------
{} True

So this means if there are no emails set then the Array Count is Zero.  The other item that happens to be in the Action Object is whether or not a WebHook is set or not.  This can be seen by looking at the serviceuri in the actions object as shown below:

PS PS:\azure> $t =(get-azurermalertrule -name 'CPUHigh Dev' `
 -resourcegroup Dev -DetailedOutput)

PS PS:\azure> $t.properties.Actions | fl

Properties : {[$type, Microsoft.WindowsAzure.Management.Common.Storage.CasePreservedDict
 ionary`1[[System.String, mscorlib]],
ServiceUri : https://s1events.azure-automation.net/webhooks?token=xxxx

CustomEmails : {email@email.com, email2@email.com}
SendToServiceOwners : True

On to how to change the email.  According to the blog article from Microsoft, you can only delete or add alert rules. I found this to be partially true.  In that if I already have an alert I can update it by just calling Add-AzurermMetricAlertRule.

Now to add email Items to the Add-AzurermMetricAlertRule you can do it two different ways:

The first way is use the Cmdlet Microsoft provides which creates an object of the precise thing you want and in the format the Add-AzurermMetricAlertRule expects:

$email = 'youremail@youremailServer.com'
$newEmailObj = new-azurermAlertRuleEmail -CustomEmails $email
add-azurermmetricalertrule -name $Name `
 -Location $Location -ResourceGroup $ResourceGroupName `
-operator ($alert.operator) -Threshold ($alert.threshold)`
 -TargetResourceId $alert.DataSource.ResourceUri`
 -MetricName $alert.DataSource.MetricName`
 -WindowSize $alert.WindowsSize`
 -TimeAggregationOperator $alert.TimeAggregation`
 -Description $targetResourceId.properties.Description`
 -Actions $newEmailObj

Or the other way you can do it is when you have the return result of alert already in an object you can use the .Add of the object to add an email to it.

$email = 'youremail@youremailServer.com'
$targetResourceId = (get-azurermalertrule -ResourceGroup `
$ResourceGroupName -Name $Name -DetailedOutput)
$actions = $targetResourceId.properties.Actions
 if($actions.count -eq 0)
new-azurermAlertRuleEmail -CustomEmails $email ))
[($targetresourceid.properties.actions.count -1)].SendToServiceOwners = $true
 $addedEmail = $true
 $emailActions = $targetResourceId.properties.Actions.Count -1
 $emails = $actions[$emailActions].customemails
 if($emails -notcontains $email)
 $addedEmail = $true

I chose to use the .add method as I’m doing this over and over again and it was to my advantage to use that method. Only when I have a case of there not being an alert ($actions.count -eq 0) do I use the New-AzureRmAlertRuleEmail.

I assume if there isn’t at least one item in $actions then it’s safe to add the email.

$emailActions = $targetResourceId.properties.Actions.Count -1
 $emails = $actions[$emailActions].customemails

I use $addedEmail to tell my function whether or not I need to add the email. This is because the the function will run these steps in a ForEach loop.

Now that I have a means to get the alert email and update it doing the converse is a matter of  changing the .Add method to a .Remove method and Bingo I have a add and a delete.  To see the entire script in action see this Gist. PS. I’m still working on the help. Will update the GIST as it is updated:

I hope this helps someone out.

Until then keep scripting