Managing Azure Subscriptions and Resource Groups

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 contributor, owner, reader, and user access administrator. 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 subscription 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

Welcome to managing Azure subscriptions and resource groups. My name is Thomas Mitchell and I'll be leading you through this course. I'm an Azure content author at Cloud Academy and I have over 25 years of IT experience, several of those with cloud technologies. If you have any questions, feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn or send an email to

This course was developed with an eye toward people who want to become certified Azure architects or those who are simply tasked with managing and supporting Azure resources. To get the most from this course, you should have a general understanding of Microsoft Azure.

In the first part of this course, we'll cover the management of Azure subscriptions. More specifically, we'll take a look at some of the key built-in roles that are used to manage Azure subscriptions. These roles include contributor, owner, reader, and user access administrator. You'll learn what each role does and what permissions each role grants. We'll then get into subscription policies and how to apply them.

The second part of the course will cover resource groups and it will talk about resource policies and how to assign them. We'll also cover resource locks and tagging. In addition to some lecture time, we'll work through a few demonstrations to reinforce the concepts covered.

We'll wrap up the course by covering how to move resources between resource groups and how to delete resource groups altogether.

By the end of this course, you should be able to effectively manage Azure subscriptions as well as resource groups within those subscriptions.

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About the Author
Learning Paths

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.