If I have to do some work more than twice I like automating the process (or try to as much as I can). Recently, I became interested in spinning up my own HDInsight cluster in Windows Azure with some customization. Since it’s work and I had to spin up clusters more than once, I tried automating the process with PowerShell. In the following code examples I will try to explain what I did and why.

1. Windows Azure subscription
2. Windows PowerShell V2
3. Windows Azure PowerShell and Microsoft .net SDK for Hadoop
4. Follow the link from #3 to download and import publishsettings

Follow this link to find the actual PowerShell code, my explanation and examples.