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Azure CLI Day 4 – account clear


In my previous post I showed you how to set the context of a Azure command line session to use a specific subscription. Before proceeding with showing you how to manage your Windows Azure services using the command line, there is one more thing I need to show you. In my second ( and third ( post of this series I showed you how to download and import a .PUBLISHSETTINGS file into the Windows Azure command line. At the end of third post I mentioned that you should delete the local copy of the .PUBLISHSETTINGS file to prevent others from gaining control of your Windows Azure services. However, deleting the .PUBLISHSETTINGS file will not prevent someone from gaining access to you your Azure services if you’ve already imported the file into the command line and the malicious individual happens to get access to your console. In this post I’ll show you how remove this sensitive information from the Azure command line.

Once again, just a reminder that I’m using the command line tools on a MacBook Air with OSX (Mountain Lion) installed, and I’m using Google Chrome as my default browser. However, the experience should be identical on Windows and Linux as well.

The first thing you’ll need want to do is open an instance of your command line (Terminal, Bash, Command Prompt, etc.) and type the following:

azure account list


This will simply list the account you imported with your .PUBLISHSETTINGS file. We’ll use this as a comparison point to ensure all of your account information has been deleted a little later on.

To clear the account information you’ll use the clear command. Before executing the command type the following into the console

azure account clear -h


Clear is the command used to delete account information. This simply shows you the usage of the clear command. As with the other commands we’ve looked at so far, there isn’t much to see.

It’s time to execute the command by typing the following:

azure account clear


As you can see in the image, a simple message is returned letting you know the information was cleared successfully. To verify this you can execute the following command:

azure account list


If the clear command was in fact successful, you should see an error message telling you to import account information (a.k.a. the .PUBLISHSETTINGS file).

This wraps up the basics of how to get up and running with the Windows Azure command line tools. In the next post we’ll start getting down to work by creating a web site directly from the terminal.

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Hey there! My name is Adam Grocholski, and I'm a Technical Evangelist at Microsoft where I spend time focusing on Windows, Windows Phone, and Windows Azure. I live in the frozen tundra of Minnesota and run You can also follow me on twitter at @codel8r.