Manage Azure resource groups by using the Azure portal

Learn how to use the Azure portal with Azure Resource Manager to manage your Azure resource groups. For managing Azure resources, see Manage Azure resources by using the Azure portal.


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What is a resource group

A resource group is a container that holds related resources for an Azure solution. The resource group can include all the resources for the solution, or only those resources that you want to manage as a group. You decide how you want to allocate resources to resource groups based on what makes the most sense for your organization. Generally, add resources that share the same lifecycle to the same resource group so you can easily deploy, update, and delete them as a group.

The resource group stores metadata about the resources. Therefore, when you specify a location for the resource group, you are specifying where that metadata is stored. For compliance reasons, you may need to ensure that your data is stored in a particular region.

Create resource groups

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal.

  2. Select Resource groups

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  3. Select Add.

  4. Enter the following values:

    • Subscription: Select your Azure subscription.

    • Resource group: Enter a new resource group name.

    • Region: Select an Azure location, such as Central US.

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  5. Select Review + Create

  6. Select Create. It takes a few seconds to create a resource group.

  7. Select Refresh from the top menu to refresh the resource group list, and then select the newly created resource group to open it. Or select Notification(the bell icon) from the top, and then select Go to resource group to open the newly created resource group

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List resource groups

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal.

  2. To list the resource groups, select Resource groups

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  3. To customize the information displayed for the resource groups, select Edit columns. The following screenshot shows the additional columns you could add to the display:

Open resource groups

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal.
  2. Select Resource groups.
  3. Select the resource group you want to open.

Delete resource groups

  1. Open the resource group you want to delete. See Open resource groups.

  2. Select Delete resource group.

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For more information about how Azure Resource Manager orders the deletion of resources, see Azure Resource Manager resource group deletion.

Deploy resources to a resource group

After you have created a Resource Manager template, you can use the Azure portal to deploy your Azure resources. For creating a template, see Quickstart: Create and deploy Azure Resource Manager templates by using the Azure portal. For deploying a template using the portal, see Deploy resources with Resource Manager templates and Azure portal.

Move to another resource group or subscription

You can move the resources in the group to another resource group. For more information, see Move resources to new resource group or subscription.

Lock resource groups

Locking prevents other users in your organization from accidentally deleting or modifying critical resources, such as Azure subscription, resource group, or resource.

  1. Open the resource group you want to lock. See Open resource groups.

  2. In the left pane, select Locks.

  3. To add a lock to the resource group, select Add.

  4. Enter Lock name, Lock type, and Notes. The lock types include Read-only, and Delete.

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For more information, see Lock resources to prevent unexpected changes.

Tag resource groups

You can apply tags to resource groups and resources to logically organize your assets. For information, see Using tags to organize your Azure resources.

Export resource groups to templates

For information about exporting templates, see Single and multi-resource export to template - Portal.

Manage access to resource groups

Azure role-based access control (Azure RBAC) is the way that you manage access to resources in Azure. For more information, see Assign Azure roles using the Azure portal.

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