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azurerm_locks resource


This resource will be deprecated when version 2 of the inspec-azure resource pack is released. Please use the azure_locks resource instead.

Use the azurerm_locks InSpec audit resource to test properties of some or all Azure Resource Locks.

Azure REST API version

This resource interacts with version 2016-09-01 of the Azure Management API. For more information see the official Azure documentation.

At the moment, there doesn’t appear to be a way to select the version of the Azure API docs. If you notice a newer version being referenced in the official documentation please open an issue or submit a pull request using the updated version.



This resource is available in the inspec-azure resource pack. To use it, add the following to your inspec.yml in your top-level profile:

  - name: inspec-azure

You’ll also need to setup your Azure credentials; see the resource pack README.


This resource first became available in 1.3.8 of the inspec-azure resource pack.


An azurerm_locks resource block returns all Locks on a given Resource.

describe azurerm_locks(resource_group: 'rg', resource_name: 'my-vm', resource_type: 'Microsoft.Compute/virtualMachines') do


The following examples show how to use this InSpec audit resource.

Ensure a Lock exists

describe azurerm_locks(resource_group: 'my-rg', resource_name: 'my-vm', resource_type: 'Microsoft.Compute/virtualMachines') do
  it { should exist }

Filter Criteria

  • ids
  • names
  • properties


For a full list of available matchers, see our Universal Matchers page.

This resource has the following special matchers.


The control will pass if the filter returns at least one result. Use should_not if you expect zero matches.

Azure Permissions

Your Service Principal must be setup with a contributor role on the subscription you wish to test.

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