Azure Resource Groups

An Azure resource group is a way for you to, you guessed it, group a set of resources together. This is a useful capability in a public cloud so that you can manage permissions, set alerts, built deployment templates and audit logs on a subset of resources. Resource groups can contain, virtual machines, gateways, VNets, VPNs and about any other resource Azure can deploy.

Most items that you create will need to belong to a resource group but an item can only belong to a single resource group at a time. Resources can be moved from one resource group to another.

Create a Resource Group

To add a resource group navigate to the “Resource groups” object and click the Add button. Give the Resource Group a name and assign it to a subscription. Lastly enter a location and click submit.

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You can click on your resource group to see the list of resources assigned to it.

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Assign Permissions

One of the uses for resource groups is to assign permissions to the resources. You can assign a user limited access to a group of resources all at once. Go to the resource groups settings and select Users. Click Add.

Select a role.

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Then select the user accounts to assume the role.

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Add a Lock

Locks are useful to restrict permissions on a set of resources. Locks can prevent items from being deleted and a read-only lock can prevent changes to the resource group.

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The benefits to resource groups goes on. You can tag resource groups and view costs for a resource group which might be a subset of a subscription. Alerts can be assigned to a group of resources and the most useful is an export template. Assume that you have a tiered application that requires several servers. Build the servers out once, add them to a resource group and then use the “Export template” option to then use it later on to redeploy it all from a script.

Azure Resource Groups

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