In some companies, you have a team that manages Azure, another databases, etc. In this case, you can’t give full access to the Production Azure Subscription. But, you can give access to a sandbox subscription.

So, if you want to give an Azure access to the team that manages VDI images or server images, they can do it in the sandbox subscription. But how to move created images to the production environment? We will see this now.

The image that I want to move is in my subscription A and I want to use it in my production subscription, B:

Starwind Image

In my subscription B, I created a dedicated resource group for the image:

Dedicated resource group

To initiate the copy, you can use the az image copy command:

The –cleanup parameter will clean temporary resources that are deployed during the copy:

Clean temporary resources

During the copy, some resources are created (and will be deleted with the –cleanup parameter):

Resources are created


After a few minutes, depending of the size of your image, the copy is done:

The copy is done

And the image has been copied:

The image has been copied

The image has been copied

You can now create new virtual machines from this image, in your production subscription.

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