Adding Azure service bus queues via PowerShell

There are quite a couple of Azure cmdlets made available by Microsoft. All of this sweetness can be installed on your system via the Web Platform Installer. After installing these modules you can start managing your Azure subscription in PowerShell scripts.

Most of the stuff for managing your Azure subscription is implemented in these Azure cmdlets. One of the things which isn’t implemented (yet) is managing the Service Busses in your subscription. It is possible to add, delete and get a new Service Bus namespace with the New-AzureSBNamespace, Remove-AzureSBNamespace and Get-AzureSBNamespace cmdlets, but that’s all you get. You will probably understand, this isn’t enough if you want to deploy your complete environment via a PowerShell script.

Luckily for us we have the ability to use all of the .NET libraries and assemblies on your system. When you search online you will probably find some articles describing how to create service bus queues in C# by using the NamespaceManager. I’ve written some PowerShell which uses this class and creates queues in your subscription.

#First, create a new service bus namespace. This doesn't return the newly created object
New-AzureSBNamespace -Name $servicebusNamespace -Location $locationWestEUDataCenter -CreateACSNamespace $true
#Get the newly created service bus namespace, so we can do stuff with the information.
$azureServicebus = Get-AzureSBNamespace -Name $servicebusNamespace

#We need a tokenprovider for proper credentials
$tokenProvider = [Microsoft.ServiceBus.TokenProvider]::CreateSharedSecretTokenProvider("owner", $azureServicebus.DefaultKey)
#The uri of the namespace
$namespaceUri = [Microsoft.ServiceBus.ServiceBusEnvironment]::CreateServiceUri("sb", $servicebusNamespace, "");
#Now we can finally crate a NamespaceManger which has the power to create new queues.
$namespaceManager = New-Object Microsoft.ServiceBus.NamespaceManager $namespaceUri,$tokenProvider

Write-Host "Creating the queues" -ForegroundColor Green -BackgroundColor Black
#Creating the queues should work by now.

If you want to start over, you can just delete the complete namespace and run the script again. This can be done with the following command.

Remove-AzureSBNamespace -Name $servicebusNamespace -Force

This script works on my machine, however you do need to import you subscription. How this is done is explained all over the web, but I’ll add it over here for reference.

Adding your subscription can be done with the commands below.

#This will download the settings file.
#This will import the downloaded settingsfile
Import-AzurePublishSettingsFile -PublishSettingsFile "..\theDownloadedSettingsFile.publishsettings"

At this moment the scripts above are working properly. When, or if, Microsoft publishes new cmdlets to manage the service busses I would recommend using them as it’s probably a lot safer compared to self-made scripts.


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