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Start Roles

Updated: April 15, 2015

The Start Roles operation starts multiple Virtual Machines.

The Start Roles request may be specified as follows. Replace <subscription-id> with the subscription ID, <cloudservice-name> with the name of the cloud service, and <deployment-name> with the name of the deployment.


Method Request URI


You must make sure that the request that is made to the management service is secure. For additional details, see Authenticating Service Management Requests.

The following table describes the request headers.


Request Header Description


Required. Specifies the version of the operation to use for this request. This header should be set to 2012-06-01 or higher. For more information about versioning headers, see Service Management Versioning.

The format of the request body is as follows:

<StartRolesOperation xmlns="" xmlns:i="">

The following table describes the elements of the request body.


Element name Description


Required. Specifies the operation to be performed.

The value must be set to StartRolesOperation.


Required. Contains a list of names of Virtual Machines that you want to start.


Required. Specifies the name of a Virtual Machine to start.

The response includes an HTTP status code and a set of response headers.

A successful operation returns status code 202 (Accepted). For information about status codes, see Service Management Status and Error Codes.

The response for this operation includes the following headers. The response may also include additional standard HTTP headers. All standard headers conform to the HTTP/1.1 protocol specification.


Response Header Description


A value that uniquely identifies a request made against the management service.

You can also start a Virtual Machine by using the Management Portal or by using the Start-AzureVM cmdlet.

Unused reserved IP addresses incur a slight charge. If you are starting a Virtual Machine in a deployment that is associated with an unused reserved IP address, it might not continue to incur charges depending on the number of reserved IP addresses that you are using in your subscription. For more information, see Reserved IP Pricing.

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