Resolve errors for resource not found

This article describes the error you see when a resource can't be found during an operation. Typically, you see this error when deploying resources with a Bicep file or Azure Resource Manager template (ARM template). You also see this error when doing management tasks and Azure Resource Manager can't find the required resource. For example, if you try to add tags to a resource that doesn't exist, you receive this error.


There are two error codes that indicate the resource can't be found. The NotFound error returns a result similar to:

Message=Cannot find ServerFarm with name exampleplan.

The ResourceNotFound error returns a result similar to:

Message=The Resource 'Microsoft.Storage/storageAccounts/{storage name}' under resource
group {resource group name} was not found.


Resource Manager needs to retrieve the properties for a resource, but can't find the resource in your subscription.

Solution 1: Check resource properties

When you receive this error while doing a management task, check the values you provided for the resource. The three values to check are:

  • Resource name
  • Resource group name
  • Subscription

If you're using PowerShell or Azure CLI, check that you're running commands in the subscription that contains the resource. You can change the subscription with Set-AzContext or az account set. Many commands provide a subscription parameter that lets you specify a different subscription than the current context.

If you can't verify the properties, sign in to the Microsoft Azure portal. Find the resource you're trying to use and examine the resource name, resource group, and subscription.

Solution 2: Set dependencies

If you get this error when deploying a template, you may need to add a dependency. Resource Manager optimizes deployments by creating resources in parallel, when possible.

For example, when you deploy a web app, the App Service plan must exist. If you haven't specified that the web app depends on the App Service plan, Resource Manager creates both resources at the same time. The web app fails with an error that the App Service plan resource can't be found because it doesn't exist yet. You prevent this error by setting a dependency in the web app.

Use an implicit dependency rather than the resourceId function. The dependency is created using a resource's symbolic name and ID property.

For example, the web app's serverFarmId property uses to create a dependency on the App Service plan.

resource webApp 'Microsoft.Web/sites@2022-03-01' = {
  properties: {

resource servicePlan 'Microsoft.Web/serverfarms@2022-03-01' = {
  name: hostingPlanName

For most deployments, it's not necessary to use dependsOn to create an explicit dependency.

Avoid setting dependencies that aren't needed. Unnecessary dependencies prolong the deployment's duration because resources aren't deployed in parallel. Also, you might create circular dependencies that block the deployment.

Deployment order

When you see dependency problems, you need to gain insight into the order of resource deployment. You can use the portal to view the order of deployment operations:

  1. Sign in to the portal.

  2. From the resource group's Overview, select the link for the deployment history.

    Screenshot of Azure portal highlighting the link to a resource group's deployment history in the Overview section.

  3. For the Deployment name you want to review, select Related events.

    Screenshot of Azure portal showing a deployment name with the Related events link highlighted in the deployment history.

  4. Examine the sequence of events for each resource. Pay attention to the status of each operation and it's time stamp. For example, the following image shows three storage accounts that deployed in parallel. Notice that the three storage account deployments started at the same time.

    Screenshot of Azure portal activity log displaying three storage accounts deployed in parallel, with their timestamps and statuses.

    The next image shows three storage accounts that aren't deployed in parallel. The second storage account depends on the first storage account, and the third storage account depends on the second storage account. The first storage account is labeled Started, Accepted, and Succeeded before the next is started.

    Screenshot of Azure portal activity log displaying three storage accounts deployed in sequential order, with their timestamps and statuses.

Solution 3: Get external resource

Bicep uses the symbolic name to create an implicit dependency on another resource. The existing keyword references a deployed resource. If an existing resource is in a different resource group than the resource you want to deploy, include scope and use the resourceGroup function.

In this example, a web app is deployed that uses an existing App Service plan from another resource group.

resource servicePlan 'Microsoft.Web/serverfarms@2022-03-01' existing = {
  name: hostingPlanName
  scope: resourceGroup(rgname)

resource webApp 'Microsoft.Web/sites@2022-03-01' = {
  name: siteName
  properties: {

Solution 4: Get managed identity from resource

If you're deploying a resource with a managed identity, you must wait until that resource is deployed before retrieving values on the managed identity. Use an implicit dependency for the resource that the identity is applied to. This approach ensures the resource and the managed identity are deployed before Resource Manager uses the dependency.

You can get the principal ID and tenant ID for a managed identity that's applied to a virtual machine. For example, if a virtual machine resource has a symbolic name of vm, use the following syntax:



Solution 5: Check functions

You can use a resource's symbolic name to get values from a resource. You can reference a storage account in the same resource group or another resource group using a symbolic name. To get a value from a deployed resource, use the existing keyword. If a resource is in a different resource group, use scope with the resourceGroup function. For most cases, the reference function isn't needed.

The following example references an existing storage account in a different resource group.

resource stgAcct 'Microsoft.Storage/storageAccounts@2022-05-01' existing = {
  name: stgname
  scope: resourceGroup(rgname)

Solution 6: After deleting resource

When you delete a resource, there might be a short amount of time when the resource appears in the portal but isn't available. If you select the resource, you'll get an error that the resource is Not found.

Screenshot of Azure portal showing a deleted resource with a 'Not found' error message in the resource's Overview section.

Refresh the portal and the deleted resource should be removed from your list of available resources. If a deleted resource continues to be shown as available for more than a few minutes, contact support.