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Exporting rule data#

The current state of Azure resources can be tested with PSRule for Azure, referred to as in-flight analysis. This is a two step process that works in high security environments with separation of roles.


This topics covers how you can export the current state of Azure resources deployed into a subscription. After the current state has been exported, offline analysis can be performed against the saved state.


Before continuing, complete the steps from Installing locally. To export data from a subscription, Azure PowerShell modules must be installed. Exporting rule data can also be automated and scheduled with Azure Automation Service. However, for this scenario we will focus how to run this process interactively.

To perform analysis on Azure resources the current configuration state is exported to a JSON file format. The exported state is processed later during analysis.

  • What's exported — Configurations such as:
    • Resource SKUs, names, tags, and settings configured for an Azure resource.
  • What's not exported — Resource data such as:

    • The contents of blobs stored on a storage account, or databases tables.

Export an Azure subscription#

The state of resources from the current Azure subscription will be exported by using the following commands:

# STEP 1: Authenticate to Azure, only required if not currently connected

# STEP 2: Confirm the current subscription context

# STEP 3: Exports Azure resources to JSON files
Export-AzRuleData -OutputPath 'out/';

Additional options#

By default, resource data for the current subscription context will be exported.

To export resource data for specific subscriptions use:

  • -Subscription - to specify subscriptions by id or name.
  • -Tenant - to specify subscriptions within an Azure Active Directory Tenant by id.

For example:

# Export data from two specific subscriptions
Export-AzRuleData -Subscription 'Contoso Production', 'Contoso Non-production';

To export specific resource data use:

  • -ResourceGroupName - to filter resources by Resource Group.
  • -Tag - to filter resources based on tag.

For example:

# Export information from two resource groups within the current subscription context
Export-AzRuleData -ResourceGroupName 'rg-app1-web', 'rg-app1-db';

To export resource data for all subscription contexts use:

  • -All - to export resource data for all subscription contexts.

For example:

# Export data from all subscription contexts
Export-AzRuleData -All;

Last update: 2022-06-03