Azure Tagging – Usage and Best Practices

Azure TagAzure tagging provides an important benefit of managing and organising azure resources effectively and to get a better visibility, identification and grouping. Here are some the usage, facts to remember and best practices.

Azure Tagging

  • Azure Tags are a simple name and value pair of text data which can be applied to most of the Azure Resources and Resource Groups.
  • Azure Tags are specific to a particular Azure Resource and upto 50 Tags can be assigned to a Resource.
  • Azure Tag names can have maximum of 512 characters and a Tag value can have 256 characters.
  • Azure Tags are not case-sensitive
  • Azure Tags does not support the special characters (such as < > % & / ? * etc) to be included.
  • Tags applied at a resource group level are not inherited or propagated to resources within the resource group. So Azure Tags are specific to the Resource or a Resource Group assigned.
  • Not all the Azure Resources support tags, so check before planning or making a policy.
  • Azure Classic Resources doesn’t support tags.
  • Tags can be added and managed through Azure Portal, Azure Powershell, Azure CLI, REST API’s and Azure Resource Manager (ARM) templates.

Azure Tags Usage and Best Practices
Azure Tags Usage

  • Use the tags to associate a cost center with resources for internal chargeback.
  • Use the tags in conjunction with Azure Automation to schedule maintenance windows and automated shutdown and restarts.
  • Use the tags to store environment and department association.
  • Use the tags to define security identifier for Resources.
  • Use the tag to monitor and track down the impacted resource. Azure monitor and other monitoring tools can include the tag info in logs and alerts.
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