Since a couple of months I’ve been getting my hands dirty with Azure Resource Manager. PowerShell is one of the possible ways to interact with this awesome new feature that Microsoft has introduced to the Azure platform. As you probably know, the Azure PowerShell module allows you to connect and interact with your resources in Azure. You can connect to your Azure subscription from PowerShell with certificate based authentication or with Microsoft Azure Active Directory authentication.
For most situations I use Microsoft Azure Active Directory authentication. The procedure for logging on to your subscription is easy. Install the latest PowerShell module and run the Add-AzureAccount cmdlet. You will be prompted with a interactive login page.
The sharp observer will notice that someone at Microsoft needs to put a penny in a jar every time the Add-Azure cmdlet is used.
You can use your Microsoft account or Organizational account to login without the need of any management certificate or publish settings file. A description of both account types can be found here.
Organizational account is an account created by an organization’s administrator to enable a member of the organization access to all Microsoft cloud services such as Microsoft Azure, Windows Intune or Office 365. An Organizational account can take the form of a user’s organizational email address, such as firstname.lastname@example.org, when an organization federates or synchronizes its Active Directory accounts with Azure Active Directory.
Microsoft account, created by a user for personal use, is the new name for what used to be called “Windows Live ID”. The Microsoft account is the combination of an email address and a password that a user uses to sign in to all consumer-oriented Microsoft products and cloud services such as Outlook (Hotmail), Messenger, OneDrive, MSN, Windows Phone or Xbox LIVE. If a user uses an email address and password to sign in to these or other services, then the user already has a Microsoft account. But the user can also sign up for a new one at any time.
I have two different accounts. One account is an Organizational account and the other is a Microsoft account.