Manage Azure resources through portal

This article shows how to use the Azure portal with Azure Resource Manager to manage your Azure resources. To learn about deploying resources through the portal, see Deploy resources with Resource Manager templates and Azure portal.


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Manage resource groups

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.

  1. To see all the resource groups in your subscription, select Resource groups.

    browse resource groups

  2. To create an empty resource group, select Add.

    add resource group

  3. Provide a name and location for the new resource group. Select Create.

    create resource group

  4. You may need to select Refresh to see the recently created resource group.

    refresh resource group

  5. To customize the information displayed for your resource groups, select Columns.

    customize columns

  6. Select the columns to add, and then select Update.

    add columns

  7. To learn about deploying resources to your new resource group, see Deploy resources with Resource Manager templates and Azure portal.
  8. For quick access to a resource group, you can pin the resource group to your dashboard.

    pin resource group

  9. The dashboard displays the resource group and its resources. You can select either the resource groups or any of its resources to navigate to the item.

    pin resource group

Tag resources

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

  1. To view the tags for a resource or a resource group, looks for existing tags in the overview. If you have not previously applied tags, the list is empty.

    View tags for resource or resource group

  2. To add a tag, select Click here to add tags.

  3. Provide a name and value. Select + to add the tag.

    Add tag

  4. Continue adding tags as needed. When done, select Save.

    Save tags

  5. The tags are now displayed in the overview.

    Show tags

  6. To add or delete a tag, select change.

  7. To delete a tag, select the trash icon. Then, select Save.

    Delete tag

To bulk assign tags to multiple resources:

  1. From any list of resources, select the checkbox for the resources you want to assign the tag.

    Select multiple resources

  2. Select Assign tags

    Assign tags

  3. After each name and value, select +. When done, select Assign.

    Select assign

To view all resources with a tag:

  1. Select All services and Tags.

    Find by tag

  2. Select the tag for viewing resources.

    Select tag

  3. All resources with that tag are displayed.

    View resources by tag

  4. For quick access, pin the view to the dashboard.

    Pin to dashboard

  5. The view is available from the dashboard.


Monitor resources

When you select a resource, the portal presents default graphs and tables for monitoring that resource type.

  1. Select a resource and notice the Monitoring section. It includes graphs that are relevant to the resource type. The following image shows the default monitoring data for a storage account.

    show monitoring

  2. You can pin a section to your dashboard by selecting the ellipsis (...) above the section. You can also customize the size the section or remove it completely. The following image shows how to pin, customize, or remove the CPU and Memory section.

    pin section

  3. After pinning the section to the dashboard, you will see the summary on the dashboard. And, selecting it immediately takes you to more details about the data.

    view dashboard

  4. To completely customize the data you monitor through the portal, navigate to your default dashboard, and select New dashboard.


  5. Give your new dashboard a name and drag tiles onto the dashboard. The tiles are filtered by different options.


    To learn about working with dashboards, see Creating and sharing dashboards in the Azure portal.

Manage resources

When viewing a resource in the portal, you see the options for managing that particular resource.

manage resources

From these options, you can perform operations such as starting and stopping a virtual machine, or reconfiguring the properties of the virtual machine.

Move resources

If you need to move resources to another resource group or another subscription, see Move resources to new resource group or subscription.

Lock resources

You can lock a subscription, resource group, or resource to prevent other users in your organization from accidentally deleting or modifying critical resources. For more information, see Lock resources with Azure Resource Manager.

  1. In the Settings blade for the resource, resource group, or subscription that you wish to lock, select Locks.

    select lock

  2. To add a lock, select Add. If you want to create a lock at a parent level, select the parent. The currently selected resource inherits the lock from the parent. For example, you could lock the resource group to apply a lock to all its resources.

    add lock

  3. Give the lock a name and lock level. Optionally, you can add notes that describe the lock.

    set lock

  4. To delete the lock, select the ellipsis and Delete from the available options.

    delete lock

View your subscription and costs

You can view information about your subscription and the rolled-up costs for all your resources. Select Subscriptions and the subscription you want to see. You might only have one subscription to select.


You see the burn rate.

burn rate

And, a breakdown of costs by resource type.

resource cost

Export template

After setting up your resource group, you may want to view the Resource Manager template for the resource group. Exporting the template offers two benefits:

  1. You can easily automate future deployments of the solution because the template contains all the complete infrastructure.
  2. You can become familiar with template syntax by looking at the JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) that represents your solution.

For step-by-step guidance, see Export Azure Resource Manager template from existing resources.

Delete resource group or resources

Deleting a resource group deletes all the resources contained within it. You can also delete individual resources within a resource group. Use caution when deleting a resource group. That resource group might contain resources that resources in other resource groups depend on.

delete group

Next steps