Create Azure Resource Manager locks


A common concern with resources provisioned in Azure is the ease with which they can be deleted. An over-zealous or careless administrator can accidentally erase months of work with a few steps. Resource Manager locks allow organizations to put a structure in place that prevents the accidental deletion of resources in Azure.

  • You can associate the lock with a subscription, resource group, or resource.
  • Locks are inherited by child resources.

Screenshot of the Management locks page. In the Settings options, Locks are highlighted and in the Add Lock page, the Lock type, Ready-only, and Delete option are displayed and highlighted.

Lock types

There are two types of resource locks.

  • Read-Only locks, which prevent any changes to the resource.
  • Delete locks, which prevent deletion.


Only the Owner and User Access Administrator roles can create or delete management locks.