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As an IT professional tasked with managing resources in Azure, it’s important to understand key administrative roles and permissions within a subscription and within a resource group. It’s also important to know how to leverage Role Based Access Control (RBAC) for managing such administrative roles and permissions.

In the first part of this course, you will learn about Azure subscriptions.  You will learn about key roles within a subscription, including the owner role, account administrator role, service administrator role, and the co-administrator role.  You’ll also learn how to manage these roles by using RBAC. We’ll also cover subscription policies and the role they play in the management of an Azure subscription.

In the second part of the course, we’ll talk about resource groups in Azure.  We’ll touch on what they do and how they are managed. You will learn how to secure resources within a resource group via resource policies and resource locks.  You’ll also learn about resource tagging and how it can be used to manage and group Azure resources.

Rounding out this course, we’ll cover the process of moving resources from one resource group to another, as well as the deletion of resource groups altogether.

Learning Objectives

Azure Subscriptions

  • Understand the Owner Role
  • Understand the Account Administrator Role
  • Understand the Co-Administrator Role
  • Understand the Service Administrator Role
  • How to Manage Roles and Permissions with RBAC
  • Understand Subscription Policies

Resource Groups

  • Understanding the Purpose of Resource Groups
  • How to Leverage Resource Group Policies
  • How to Use Resource Locks to Protect Resources
  • How to Leverage Resource Tags  
  • Moving Resources Between Resource Groups
  • Removing Resource Groups

Intended Audience

  • IT Professionals interested in becoming Azure cloud architects
  • IT Professionals preparing for Microsoft’s Azure certification exams


  • General knowledge of IT infrastructure
  • General knowledge of the Azure environment


To add someone as an administrator for an Azure subscription, assign them the owner RBAC role at the subscription scope. A user with the owner role can manage resources in the subscription that you assigned a role for, but does not have access to other subscriptions. To assign the owner role in RBAC, browse to subscriptions from the Azure Portal, and select the subscription that you want to grant access to. Click on Access control and then click Add. In the role box, select owner, and then, in the assign access to box, select the Azure AD user, group, or application option. Enter the email address of the user you want to add as an owner, or simply select the user from the list and then click save. Assigning the owner role, provides the user with full access to all resources within the subscription. Including the right to delegate access to other users. If you need to grant owner access at a different scope, such as a resource group, browse through the access blade for that scope, instead of that of the subscription.

About the Author
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Tom is a 25+ year veteran of the IT industry, having worked in environments as large as 40k seats and as small as 50 seats. Throughout the course of a long an interesting career, he has built an in-depth skillset that spans numerous IT disciplines. Tom has designed and architected small, large, and global IT solutions.

In addition to the Cloud Platform and Infrastructure MCSE certification, Tom also carries several other Microsoft certifications. His ability to see things from a strategic perspective allows Tom to architect solutions that closely align with business needs.

In his spare time, Tom enjoys camping, fishing, and playing poker.