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azurerm_management_groups resource


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

Use the azurerm_management_groups InSpec audit resource to test properties related to management groups.

Azure REST API version

This resource interacts with version 2018-03-01-preview 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.


describe azurerm_management_groups do


Check Attributes of All Management Groups

describe azurerm_management_groups do
    its('ids') { should include "/providers/Microsoft.Management/managementGroups/mg_id" }
    its('names') { should include "parent_mg" }
    its('types') { should include '/providers/Microsoft.Management/managementGroups' }

Filter Results to Inspect the Properties of Specific Management Group

describe azurerm_management_groups.where(name: 'mg_parent').entries.first do
    its('properties') { should have_attributes(:tenantId => tenant_id, :displayName => parent_dn)}




  • ids
  • types
  • names
  • properties


The management group ids.


The management group types.


The management group names.


Additional properties relating to management groups.

Other Attributes

There are additional attributes that may be accessed that we have not documented. Please take a look at the Azure documentation. Any attribute in the response may be accessed with the key names separated by dots (.).

The API may not always return keys that do not have any associated data. There may be cases where the deeply nested property may not have the desired attribute along your call chain. If you find yourself writing tests against properties that may be nil, fork this resource pack and add an accessor to the resource. Within that accessor you’ll be able to guard against nil keys. Pull requests are always welcome.


This InSpec audit resource has no special matchers. For a full list of available matchers, please visit our Universal Matchers page.


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

describe azurerm_management_groups(name: 'my-mg') do
  it { should exist }

Azure Permissions

Your Service Principal must be setup with a Contributor or Management Group Contributor role on the Tenant Root Group or the specific management group(s) you wish to test.

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