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azurerm_network_watchers resource


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

Use the azurerm_network_watchers InSpec audit resource to verify that a Network Watcher exists.

Azure REST API version

This resource interacts with version 2018-02-01 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.


An azurerm_network_watchers resource block identifies Network Watchers by Resource Group.

describe azurerm_network_watchers(resource_group: 'example_group') do


Test that an example Resource Group has the named Network Watcher

describe azurerm_network_watchers(resource_group: 'example_group') do
  its('names') { should include('ExampleNetworkWatcher') }


  • names


The name of the Network Watcher

its('names') { should include('ExampleNetworkWatcher') }


This InSpec audit resource has the following special matchers. For a full list of available matchers, please visit our Universal Matchers page.


The control will pass if the resource returns a result. Use should_not if you expect zero matches.

# If we expect 'ExampleGroup' Resource Group to have Network Watchers
describe azurerm_network_watchers(resource_group: 'ExampleGroup') do
  it { should exist }

# If we expect 'MissingExampleGroup' Resource Group to not have Network Watchers
describe azurerm_network_watchers(resource_group: 'MissingExampleGroup') do
  it { should_not exist }

Azure Permissions

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

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