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PowerShell: Download Microsoft Azure, Cloud and Enterprise Symbol / Icon set for Visio

12:14 pm in Azure, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft CloudnEnterprise Symbols, Microsoft Visio, PowerShell, Visio, Visio Stencil by Wim Matthyssen


The Microsoft Azure, Cloud and Enterprise Symbol / Icon Set package is available as a free download from Microsoft and includes icons for almost all Azure services and Microsoft cloud related technologies currently available. These icons and PNG files come in handy when making visual representations in Azure related architectural designs or when making project documentation to deliver to a customer.

To automate the download and install process of this useful package, I wrote the below PowerShell script which does all of the following:

  • Download the file
  • Extract the ZIP file to the My Shapes folder (the My Shapes folder is the default-working folder for Visio and is created during the installation of Visio).
  • Delete the ZIP file after extraction.

Before running the script, you should keep the following things in mind:

  • The script will exit if the My Shapes folder does not exist, the advice I would give is to install Visio first before using the Symbols package.
  • The script will exit if the Symbols package v2.7 is already installed in the My Shapes folder.
  • The symbol package itself is supported on the following Operation Systems: Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1
  • You should remove any previous version of the symbol set so you can avoid duplicate and deprecated symbols.

PowerShell script

If you prefer you can download the complete script from the TechNet gallery.




Use with Visio

To use these stencils with Visio, open Visio and create a new Blank Drawing or use any other available template. Select More Shapes – My Shapes – Microsoft_CloudnEnterprise_Symbols_v2.7KP – Symbols and select any of the available choices.



Use with Word

To use the .PNG files with Word, open Word and create a new Blank document. Select Insert – Pictures and browse to your My Shapes folder. Open the Symbols folder located under the Microsoft_CloudnEnterprise_Symbols_v2.7KP folder. Browse to a PNG folder located under any of the shown folders and there you can find all available .PNG files.






This concludes this blog post, have fun using all these Azure symbols to visual enhance your Visio or Word cloud designs.

Wim Matthyssen (@wmatthyssen)

Azure Tip: How to find your Subscription ID (GUID)

10:00 pm in Azure, Azure portal, Azure PowerShell, Azure Subscription ID, Azure Tip, Microsoft Azure, Subscription ID by Wim Matthyssen


The Subsciption ID is a 32-digit GUID, which is associated with an Azure Subscription.  Some situations require you to know this Subscription ID, such as when you open a new Azure support ticket. This post will show you how you can quickly retrieve this ID via the Azure portal or via Azure PowerShell.


Azure Portal

Open a New Inprivate window in Edge (or any other browser) and browse to where you Sign in with your account.

Select All services and click on Subscriptions which you can find under the GENERAL field.


A new blade, the Subscriptions pane, will open showing all your subscriptions, select the appropriate one and under SUBSCRIPTION ID you will find the corresponding ID you where looking for.



Azure PowerShell

Open a PowerShell window with Administrator privileges.

Type Login-AzureRmAccount and provide your Azure credentials (email address and password).


When you are logged in, all information of your default subscription will be shown and you can find your Subscription ID in the SubscriptionId field.


When you have more than one subscription you can find the Subscription ID of a specific Subscription by typing Get-AzureRmSubscription. This command will list all of your subscriptions, with details like the SubscriptionId, which are associated with the logged in account.


Hope it helps.

Wim Matthyssen (@wmatthyssen)