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azurerm_virtual_machine_disks resource


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

Use the azurerm_virtual_machine_disks InSpec audit resource to test properties of some or all Azure Disks within a subscription.

Azure REST API version

This resource interacts with version 2019-03-01 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 1.8.0 of the inspec-azure resource pack.


An azurerm_virtual_machine_disks resource block returns all Azure Disks in a subscription.

describe azurerm_virtual_machine_disks do


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

Check a Disk exists

describe azurerm_virtual_machine_disks do
  it('names') { should include 'app-server-disk' }

Ensure there are no detached disks

describe azurerm_virtual_machine_disks.where { attached == true } do
  it { should_not exist }

Filter Criteria

  • ids
  • names
  • properties
  • tags
  • locations
  • attached
  • resource_groups


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 filter returns at least one result. Use should_not if you expect zero matches.

describe azurerm_virtual_machine_disks.where { <filter> == <criteria> } do
  it { should exist }

Azure Permissions

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

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