Azure Policy is there to help us with properly governed and secure infrastructure. However, Azure Policy requires management as well.
Lately, I have built a new set of policies to ensure diagnostic logs are forwarded to Azure Monitor Logs. Multiple policies and a policy initiative were deployed to multiple subscriptions and multiple customers. All this was made possible since we manage through Azure Lighthouse.
Automatic remediation of Azure Policy
The challenge faced after deploying the policy was how to remediate them. Since policies with effect ‘deployIfNotExists’ only apply to new or modified resources, I faced the job with clicking in the portal or figure out a way to do this with PowerShell.
I actually started with the portal, as I thought it would be a quick job. After doing one or two subscriptions I realized how much time I would use.
Given the fact that the imitative it self contained around 50 individual policies, and at the time 19 subscriptions. I figured spending some time in PowerShell was well worth it. There is also a pretty good chance I will find my self in the same situation pretty soon.
Create remediation task with PowerShell
To create a remediation task for a policy set you can use this script. It will connect to your subscription and get all non-compliant policies. Then start a policy remediation task for the individual policies.
Policies with effect “deployIfNotExist” only work for resources that are updated or created after the policy was applied. To remediate existing resources you will have to create the remediation tasks manually through the portal, or by using PowerShell (and REST API)
By the way, fellow Azure MVP Tao Yang has created everything you need in order to enable these policies your self. Please see GitHub for complete ARM templates. And please help him maintain everything by contributing.