Azure Policy definitions deployIfNotExists effect

Similar to auditIfNotExists, a deployIfNotExists policy definition executes a template deployment when the condition is met. Policy assignments with effect set as DeployIfNotExists require a managed identity to do remediation.


Nested templates are supported with deployIfNotExists, but linked templates are currently not supported.

DeployIfNotExists evaluation

deployIfNotExists runs after a configurable delay when a Resource Provider handles a create or update subscription or resource request and returned a success status code. A template deployment occurs if there are no related resources or if the resources defined by existenceCondition don't evaluate to true. The duration of the deployment depends on the complexity of resources included in the template.

During an evaluation cycle, policy definitions with a DeployIfNotExists effect that match resources are marked as non-compliant, but no action is taken on that resource. Existing non-compliant resources can be remediated with a remediation task.

DeployIfNotExists properties

The details property of the DeployIfNotExists effect has all the subproperties that define the related resources to match and the template deployment to execute.

  • type (required)
    • Specifies the type of the related resource to match.
    • If type is a resource type underneath the if condition resource, the policy queries for resources of this type within the scope of the evaluated resource. Otherwise, policy queries within the same resource group or subscription as the evaluated resource depending on the existenceScope.
  • name (optional)
    • Specifies the exact name of the resource to match and causes the policy to fetch one specific resource instead of all resources of the specified type.
    • When the condition values for if.field.type and then.details.type match, then name becomes required and must be [field('name')], or [field('fullName')] for a child resource.


type and name segments can be combined to generically retrieve nested resources.

To retrieve a specific resource, you can use "type": "Microsoft.ExampleProvider/exampleParentType/exampleNestedType" and "name": "parentResourceName/nestedResourceName".

To retrieve a collection of nested resources, a wildcard character ? can be provided in place of the last name segment. For example, "type": "Microsoft.ExampleProvider/exampleParentType/exampleNestedType" and "name": "parentResourceName/?". This can be combined with field functions to access resources related to the evaluated resource, such as "name": "[concat(field('name'), '/?')]"."

  • resourceGroupName (optional)

    • Allows the matching of the related resource to come from a different resource group.
    • Doesn't apply if type is a resource that would be underneath the if condition resource.
    • Default is the if condition resource's resource group.
    • If a template deployment is executed, it's deployed in the resource group of this value.
  • existenceScope (optional)

    • Allowed values are Subscription and ResourceGroup.
    • Sets the scope of where to fetch the related resource to match from.
    • Doesn't apply if type is a resource that would be underneath the if condition resource.
    • For ResourceGroup, would limit to the resource group in resourceGroupName if specified. If resourceGroupName isn't specified, would limit to the if condition resource's resource group, which is the default behavior.
    • For Subscription, queries the entire subscription for the related resource. Assignment scope should be set at subscription or higher for proper evaluation.
    • Default is ResourceGroup.
  • evaluationDelay (optional)

    • Specifies when the existence of the related resources should be evaluated. The delay is only used for evaluations that are a result of a create or update resource request.
    • Allowed values are AfterProvisioning, AfterProvisioningSuccess, AfterProvisioningFailure, or an ISO 8601 duration between 0 and 360 minutes.
    • The AfterProvisioning values inspect the provisioning result of the resource that was evaluated in the policy rule's if condition. AfterProvisioning runs after provisioning is complete, regardless of outcome. Provisioning that takes more than six hours, is treated as a failure when determining AfterProvisioning evaluation delays.
    • Default is PT10M (10 minutes).
    • Specifying a long evaluation delay might cause the recorded compliance state of the resource to not update until the next evaluation trigger.
  • existenceCondition (optional)

    • If not specified, any related resource of type satisfies the effect and doesn't trigger the deployment.
    • Uses the same language as the policy rule for the if condition, but is evaluated against each related resource individually.
    • If any matching related resource evaluates to true, the effect is satisfied and doesn't trigger the deployment.
    • Can use [field()] to check equivalence with values in the if condition.
    • For example, could be used to validate that the parent resource (in the if condition) is in the same resource location as the matching related resource.
  • roleDefinitionIds (required)

  • deploymentScope (optional)

    • Allowed values are Subscription and ResourceGroup.
    • Sets the type of deployment to be triggered. Subscription indicates a deployment at subscription level and ResourceGroup indicates a deployment to a resource group.
    • A location property must be specified in the Deployment when using subscription level deployments.
    • Default is ResourceGroup.
  • deployment (required)

    • This property should include the full template deployment as it would be passed to the Microsoft.Resources/deployments PUT API. For more information, see the Deployments REST API.
    • Nested Microsoft.Resources/deployments within the template should use unique names to avoid contention between multiple policy evaluations. The parent deployment's name can be used as part of the nested deployment name via [concat('NestedDeploymentName-', uniqueString(deployment().name))].


    All functions inside the deployment property are evaluated as components of the template, not the policy. The exception is the parameters property that passes values from the policy to the template. The value in this section under a template parameter name is used to perform this value passing (see fullDbName in the DeployIfNotExists example).

DeployIfNotExists example

Example: Evaluates SQL Server databases to determine whether transparentDataEncryption is enabled. If not, then a deployment to enable is executed.

"if": {
  "field": "type",
  "equals": "Microsoft.Sql/servers/databases"
"then": {
  "effect": "deployIfNotExists",
  "details": {
    "type": "Microsoft.Sql/servers/databases/transparentDataEncryption",
    "name": "current",
    "evaluationDelay": "AfterProvisioning",
    "roleDefinitionIds": [
    "existenceCondition": {
      "field": "Microsoft.Sql/transparentDataEncryption.status",
      "equals": "Enabled"
    "deployment": {
      "properties": {
        "mode": "incremental",
        "template": {
          "$schema": "",
          "contentVersion": "",
          "parameters": {
            "fullDbName": {
              "type": "string"
          "resources": [
              "name": "[concat(parameters('fullDbName'), '/current')]",
              "type": "Microsoft.Sql/servers/databases/transparentDataEncryption",
              "apiVersion": "2014-04-01",
              "properties": {
                "status": "Enabled"
        "parameters": {
          "fullDbName": {
            "value": "[field('fullName')]"

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