What are Azure Blueprints?

The Azure blueprints help us to define a continuous set of Azure resources that tools and follows an organization’s values, patterns, and necessities. The development teams can use this feature to quickly build and set up the new environment while following the policies and compliance of the organization. In short, the Azure blueprint is the refillable design parameter for the cloud which can be shared and used in initiatives.

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The blueprints are a declarative way to comprise the deployment of various resource templates and other artefacts such as:-

  • Role Assignments – It grants you to add user, give role, access etc.
  • Policy Assignments – It grants you to add Azure policy which can be built in or a custom policy.
  • Azure Resource Manager Templates – It grants you to add the ARM template. It also denotes to your article on ARM here.
  • Resource Groups – It lets us to add a resource group.

The Azure blueprint work is an activity for implementing the blueprint when the Azure blueprint is built and ready to apply. Some of the Azure blueprints can be created by the resources during the blueprint work and can be locked with a state like not locked (can change/deleted), read-only, cannot edit/delete.

How is Azure blueprint different from ARM templates?

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This service is made to help with environment setup. This setup always contains of a set of resource groups, policies, role projects, and ARM template deployments. The Azure blueprint is a package to bring each of these artefact types together and allow you to compose and version that package, including through continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipeline. In the end, each is assigned to a subscription in a single operation that can be audited and tracked.

With the help of Azure Blueprints, the relationship between the blueprint definition (what should be deployed) and the blueprint assignment (what was deployed) is preserved. This connection enhances the tracking and auditing of deployments. The Azure Blueprints can also upgrade several subscriptions at once that are followed by the same blueprint.

There is no need to choose between an ARM template and a blueprint. Every blueprint consist of zero or more ARM template artefacts. This support means that the previous efforts to develop and maintain a library of ARM templates are reusable in Azure Blueprints.

How is the Azure blueprint different from Azure Policy?

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The blueprint is a set or container for creating sets of standards, patterns, and requirements linked to the implementation of Azure cloud services, security, and design that can be reprocessed to maintain reliability and compliance.

The policy is a default allow and explicit reject system focused on resource properties throughout deployment and for already prevailing resources. It supports cloud governed by certifying that resources within a subscription follow the requirements and standards.

By covering a policy in a blueprint lets the creation of the right pattern or design during the task of the blueprint. The policy is there to make sure that only approved or expected changes can be made to the environment to protect continuing compliance to the resolved of the blueprint.

Permissions in Azure Blueprints?

To use blueprints, you must be approved permissions through Azure role-based access control (Azure RBAC). To recite or view a blueprint in the Azure portal, your account must have recited access to the possibility where the blueprint definition is situated.

To create blueprints, your account needs the following permissions:

  • Microsoft. Blueprint/blueprints/write – Create a blueprint definition.
  • Microsoft. Blueprint/blueprints/artefacts/write – Create artefacts on a blueprint definition.
  • Microsoft. Blueprint/blueprints/versions/write – Publish a blueprint.

To delete blueprints, your account needs the following permissions:

  • Microsoft. Blueprint/blueprints/delete.
  • Microsoft. Blueprint/blueprints/artefacts/delete.
  • Microsoft. Blueprint/blueprints/versions/delete.

To assign or unassigned a blueprint, your account needs the following permissions:

  • Microsoft. Blueprint/blueprint Assignments/write – Assign a blueprint.
  • Microsoft. Blueprint/blueprint Assignments/delete – Unassigned a blueprint.

Benefits of using Azure Blueprints:-

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There are a variety of features and benefits related to Azure Blueprints that it is hard to get started.  We do need to start somewhere. Some of the key benefits of using Azure Blueprints are as follows:

  • Easily create, deploy and update compliant environments:-

The Azure Blueprints abridge large scale Azure deployments by packaging key environment artefacts, such as Azure Resource Manager templates, role-based access controls and policies, in a single blueprint meaning. 

  • Streamline environment creation:-

You can use Azure Blueprints to make a single compliant package, you can also organise blueprints to multiple subscriptions with a single click. You can also manage blueprints from a central location and track blueprint versions to thrust updates.

  • Enable compliant development:-

The Azure Blueprints help in fast-moving up of the compliant applications to production by a self-service model and easily organise compliant environments co-ordinated to production standards. 

  • Lock foundational resources:-

You can duck annoying changes and misconfigurations, even by subscription owners, that could affect multiple applications. By resource locking, you can limit access to key infrastructure that is shared across subscriptions.

  • Create your landing zone for migrating to Azure:-

To accelerate migration by easily organising a fully governed landing zone, without the need for external cloud architects or engagements.


Till now we had covered all about Azure blueprints. The Azure blueprint is a set or container for creating sets of standards, patterns, and requirements linked to the implementation of Azure cloud services, security, and design that can be reprocessed to maintain reliability and compliance.

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