Azure Policy Compliance Monitoring: A Solution in Bicep

Arlan Nugara
3 min readApr 7, 2022

This post was originally on on March 10th, 2022 but moved to as the new home for Arlan’s Blogs.


This bicep code is developed to automate deployment of a Azure Non-Compliance resource monitoring solution. The solution is a split solution with bicep code creating the solution with the following sequence

  1. Create all resources except Event Grid Topic and Subscription
  2. Deploy the Azure Function (Manual or via AZ CLI / Azure Pipeline / VSCode)
  3. Create the Event Grid Topic and Subscription

Resources details

The list of resources created by this Bicep Project are as follows : -

  • Log Analytics Workspace
  • Event Grid Topic and Subscription
  • Function App (Triggered Manually using AZ CLI or from VSCode)
  • Azure Monitor Alert Rule
  • Storage Account
  • Azure Monitor Metrics
  • Key Vault


Here’s a rough diagram of the resources it creates

Understanding the Code

The main.bicep file targets the scope

targetScope = 'subscription'

It defines the parameter from parameter file

param policyMonitorData object

It calls the deploymentZone.bicep file with parameters. The deploymentZone.bicep file creates the required resources defined within

module PolicyMonitorFunctionAppDep 'deploymentZone.bicep' = [for (rg, i) in policyMonitorData.resourceGroupArray: {
name: '${policyMonitorData.client}-PolicyMonitorFunctionAppDeployment-${i}'
params: {
commonTags: policyMonitorData.commonTagsForResources
customer: policyMonitorData.client
resourceGroup: rg

A glance at the parameter file

"storageAccountArray": [
"name": "logs",
"skuName": "Standard_LRS",
"logAnalytics": {
"logStorageAccountNameRef": "logs",
"logWorkSpaceNameRef": "PolicyMonitor"
"tags": {
"App": "Storage"
"name": "pmfn",
"skuName": "Standard_LRS",
"logAnalytics": {
"logStorageAccountNameRef": "logs",
"logWorkSpaceNameRef": "PolicyMonitor"
"tags": {
"App": "Storage"
resource rgs 'Microsoft.Resources/resourceGroups@2021-04-01' = {
name: 'RG-${customer}-${resourceGroup.rgName}'
location: resourceGroup.rgLocation
tags: union(commonTags, resourceGroup.tags)

Similarly the main.eventgrid.bicep files creates the resources defined within

Deploying the Function app

Deploying using Azure DevOps Pipeline

Define the variable. Change the functionAppName as per your requirement

functionWorkingDirectory: 'function'
functionAppName: 'FN-PolicyMonitor'

Archive the function directory

- task: ArchiveFiles@2
displayName: 'Archive Function directory'
rootFolderOrFile: $(functionWorkingDirectory)
includeRootFolder: false
archiveType: zip
archiveFile: $(Build.ArtifactStagingDirectory)/
replaceExistingArchive: true
- publish: $(Build.ArtifactStagingDirectory)/
artifact: drop

Deploy the Function App

- task: AzureFunctionApp@1
displayName: 'Azure functions app deploy'
appType: functionAppLinux
appName: $(functionAppName)
package: '$(Pipeline.Workspace)/drop/'

Deploy using AZ cli

az functionapp deploy --resource-group <Reosurce group Name> --name <Function App Name> --src-path <Path to the zip file> --type zip

Deploy using Powershell

$creds = Invoke-AzureRmResourceAction -ResourceGroupName <Reosurce group Name> -ResourceType Microsoft.Web/sites/config -ResourceName <App Name>/publishingcredentials -Action list -ApiVersion 2015-08-01 -Force$username = $creds.Properties.PublishingUserName$password = $creds.Properties.PublishingPassword$base64AuthInfo = [Convert]::ToBase64String([Text.Encoding]::ASCII.GetBytes(("{0}:{1}" -f $username,$password)))$apiUrl = "https://<yourFunctionApp>"$filePath = "<yourFunctionName>.zip"Invoke-RestMethod -Uri $apiUrl -Headers @{Authorization=("Basic {0}" -f $base64AuthInfo)} -Method PUT -InFile $filePath -ContentType "multipart/form-data"

Install Azure CLI

You can install Azure CLI from here

Authenticate Azure CLI

Hit the command az login from Comamnd Prompt or Terminal depending upon your OS. More details can be found here

Trigger Manually

Fire the below command to create the resources using Bicep script

az deployment sub create — location WestUS — name PolicyAlertDeployment1 — template-file main.bicep — parameters main.parameters.json

Deploy the Function App here

az deployment sub create — location WestUS — name PolicyAlertDeployment2 — template-file main.eventgrid.bicep — parameters main.eventgrid.parameters.json