Removing machines from Azure State Configuration (DSC)

I have been provisioning machines over an over trying to learn all the VM Extensions. One of the extensions that I have been playing with is the DSC extension. Every time I provision with this extension, it adds an additional record into the State Configuration, resulting in many stale machines. I wanted to clear out all the old machines. I couldn’t find a way to do it in PowerShell, so I figure out how to do it via the REST API (and PowerShell).

Here is the code to remove all machines from Azure State Configuration (DSC)

$SubscriptionId = "$($env:SubscriptionId)"
$TenantId       = "$($env:TenantId)" 
$ClientID       = "$($env:ClientID)"      
$ClientSecret   = "$($env:ClientSecret)"  
$TenantDomain   = "$($env:TenantDomain)" 
$loginURL       = "$TenantId/oauth2/token"
$resource       = ""    
$resourceGroupName = "YourResourceGroupName "
$automationAccountsName ="YourAutomationAccountsName "

# get the OAUTH token & prepare header
$body           = @{grant_type="client_credentials";resource=$resource;client_id=$ClientID;client_secret=$ClientSecret}
$oauth          = Invoke-RestMethod -Method Post -Uri $loginURL -Body $body
$headerParams = @{'Authorization'="$($oauth.token_type) $($oauth.access_token)"}

# main query to find all the nodes
$results=Invoke-RestMethod -Uri $url -Headers $headerParams -Method Get
# Loop through all the nodes and delete them all.
foreach ($node in $($results.value | Select-Object  -ExpandProperty properties | Select nodeid)){
Invoke-RestMethod -Uri $url -Headers $headerParams -Method Delete


  1. I put all my SPN info into environmental varaibles (easier to switch of needed)
  2. Put in your RG name and Auutomation Account Name
  3. Warning. This will delete all nodes!



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