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Obinna Ijoma
Obinna Ijoma

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How to Create a Resource Lock in Microsoft Azure

Resource Locks in Microsoft Azure are powerful protection mechanism that can prevent modification or deletion of resources from an unauthorised source. It provides a method to lock subscriptions, resource groups or individual resources to protect them from intentional or accidental deletion and modification.

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Steps to Create a Resource Lock:

Step 1:

Step 2:

  • Click on Resource Group or search for Resource Group in the search bar, in case you don't find it on your portal Image description

Step 3:

  • Click on Create Image description

Step 4:

  • Subscription: Choose your subscription
  • Resource Group: Choose a name of your choice
  • Region: Any region or your region
  • Review and Create Image description

Step 5:

  • Click on Create Image description

Step 6:
Your Resource Group is created

  • Click on it to access it Image description

Step 7:
To add a Lock to your Resource Group

  • Click on Lock Image description

Step 8:

  • Click on Add
  • Lock name: Choose any name
  • Lock type: Choose Read Only or Delete; depending on the type of lock you intend to achieve
  • Notes: Optional but it helps to reiterate your message
  • Click OK Image description

Step 9:
Click Home to create a Storage Account

  • Click Storage Account Image description

Step 10:

  • Create Image description

Step 11:

  • Subscription: Choose your subscription
  • Resource Group: Ensure you choose the resource group you want to lock. Using it means you're saving your storage account in the resource group
  • Storage Account Name: Choose a unique name across all existing accounts in Azure
  • Region: Choose your region
  • Click Review

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Step 12:

  • Create

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Step 13:
Storage account is created

  • Click on 'Go to resource' to view

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Step 14:
Try to delete and see the error message

  • Click on Delete in order to test if your resource group lock worked
  • Copy the resource group name
  • Paste in the arrow part on the right bottom of your screen
  • Delete Image description

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Step 15:
The error message is because of the locks on the resource group Locks must be removed before resource can be deleted
This implies that the resource was locked correctly
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Step 16:
The way to successfully remove a lock resource:

  • Go to Home and click on the resource group
  • Click on Locks Image description

Step 17:

  • Click on Delete
  • You can also change the lock type to 'Read Only' by clicking on 'edit' close to 'delete'
  • See the 2nd picture to view what pops up if you want to change the lock type

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Step 18:
Go back to the resource group and try to delete the storage account after the removing the lock

  • Storage account was deleted successfully because of the removal of the locks Image description

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