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.

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, select the Tags icon.

    Select tags on resource and resource group blades

  2. You see the existing tags for the resource. If you have not previously applied tags, the list is empty.

    Show existing tags on resource and resource group blades

  3. To add a tag, type a name and value, or select an existing one from the drop-down menu. Select Save.

    Add new tag

  4. To view all the resources that have a tag value, select > (More services), and enter the word Tags into the filter text box. Select Tags from the available options.

    Find tags via the Browse hub

  5. You see a summary of the tags in your subscriptions.

    Show all tags

  6. Select any of the tags to display the resources and resource groups with that tag.

    Show tagged resources

  7. Select Pin blade to dashboard for quick access.

    Pin tags to the dashboard

  8. You can select the pinned tag from the dashboard to see the resources with that tag.

    Pin tags to 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