Azure Policy Definition – Restricting Public IP for NIC

It has been a while since my last blog post. There were a lot going on outside of work, I couldn’t find time to write, and my blog to-do list is getting longer. Finally things are settled down a little bit. I will try to tackle my list in the coming days. To get started, I will target the easiest ones first.

Few weeks ago, I had to write several custom Azure Policy definitions for a customer. One of them is to restrict Public IPs being provisioned for VMs in particular resource groups. I found a similar definition from the Azure Policy GitHub repo that restrict PIP except for one subnet ( I removed the subnet component from this example, and made it to restrict PIP being associated to a NIC:

Here’s the policy definition:

"policyRule": {
	"if": {
		"allOf": [
				"field": "type",
				"equals": "Microsoft.Network/networkInterfaces"
				"field": "Microsoft.Network/networkInterfaces/ipconfigurations[*]",
				"exists": true
	"then": {
		"effect": "deny"


It is located in my GitHub repo, where you can download or deploy directly to your environment via Azure portal:

Once the policy is assigned (ideally to a resource group), you will be blocked if you are trying to create a VM with public IP:



    1. Could you please help me understand how this can this be deployed at RG or Azure Subscription Level?

  1. Great policy, however, in practice, the PIP is still deployed to your subscription, it is just not associated with a NIC, so you’ll end up having all these PIPs lying around in your RG and Sub.

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