Moving Azure VM into availability set after VM creation

VMs created in Azure can be put into availability set (AS) only at creation time and require complete recreation from scratch if you want to add them to availability set if required.

Script below will allow to move VM into AS after it was created. There is bunch of similar script on internet but all of them relying on PS/CLI to attach/reattach NIC etc. Script below instead relies on native Azure functionality of exporting ARM representation of VM and modifying it with adding availability set to VM. Advantage of that method that a bunch of properties of resource is preserved which will be otherwise lost with PS/CLI approach (tags, extensions, caching info for disks etc)

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#Requires -Version 7
#Script below would allow to add VM to availability set after VM was already deployed without it. 
#Process consists of exporting existing VM tempalte, modifying it's parameters and then importing it again
#Availability set shall already exist and be in the same resource group as VM resides
#Following paramters are are required: $vmName -> name of VM, $resourceGroupNam -> Name of resource group where VM and availability set is located, $availabilitySet -> name of availability set
#Once script is run Vm is removed and you are left with .\template.deploy.json file which you need to create a new deployment from with New-AzResourceGroupDeployment
#.\Update-AvailabilitySet.ps1 -vmName MyVm1 -resourceGroupName MyResourceGroup-RG -availabilitySet myAvailabilitySet
# New-AzResourceGroupDeployment -TemplateFile .\template.deploy.json -ResourceGroupName myResourceGroup-RG

param (
   [Parameter(Mandatory = $true)] [string] $vmName,
   [Parameter(Mandatory = $true)] [string] $resourceGroupName,
   [Parameter(Mandatory = $true)] [string] $availabilitySet
$VerbosePreference = "Continue"
if ($null -eq (Get-AzContext)) { Login-AzAccount }
$ErrorActionPreference = "Stop"
$resource = Get-AzVM -ResourceGroupName $resourceGroupName -VMName $vmName 
$fileName = Join-Path (Get-Location) ".\template.json"
Export-AzResourceGroup -ResourceGroupName $resource.ResourceGroupName -Resource $resource.Id -IncludeParameterDefaultValue -IncludeComments -Path $fileName -Force
$templateTextFile = [System.IO.File]::ReadAllText($fileName)
$TemplateObject = ConvertFrom-Json $templateTextFile -AsHashtable
$computerObject = $TemplateObject.resources.where{ $_.type -eq "Microsoft.Compute/virtualMachines" }   
$computerObject[0].apiVersion = "2020-06-01"
if ($null -eq $ {
   $"availabilitySet", "")
$ = @{ "id" = "[resourceId('Microsoft.Compute/availabilitySets', '$availabilitySet')]" }      
${ $_.createOption = "Attach" }
$ = "Attach"
$TemplateObject | ConvertTo-Json -Depth 50 | Out-File -Path (Join-path (Get-Location) ".\template.deploy.json")
$resource | Stop-AzVM -Force
$resource | Remove-AzVM -Force
   New-AzResourceGroupDeployment -TemplateFile (Join-path (Get-Location) ".\template.deploy.json") -ResourceGroupName $resourceGroupName

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