Use the azure_virtual_machine InSpec audit resource to ensure that a Virtual Machine has been provisioned correctly.


The name of the machine and the resource group are required as properties to the resource.

describe azure_virtual_machine(group_name: 'MyResourceGroup', name: 'MyVM') do
  its('property') { should eq 'value' }


  • MyVm is the name of the virtual machine as seen in Azure; it is not the hostname of the machine
  • MyResourceGroup is the name of the machine’s resource group
  • property is one of the resource properties
  • value is the expected output from the matcher


The following examples show to use this InSpec audit resource.

Check that the first data disk is of the correct size

describe azure_virtual_machine_data_disk(group_name: 'InSpec-Azure', name: 'Linux-Internal-VM').where(number: 1) do
  its('size') { should cmp >= 15 }


  • group_name, name, apiversion

Parameter Examples

The options that can be passed to the resource are as follows.

group_name (required)

Use this parameter to define the Azure Resource Group to be tested.

describe azure_virtual_machine_data_disk(group_name: 'InSpec-Azure') do


Use this parameter to define the name of the Azure resource to test.

describe azure_virtual_machine_data_disk(group_name: 'InSpec-Azure', name: 'Windows-Internal-VM') do


The API Version to use when querying the resource. Defaults to the latest version for the resource.

describe azure_virtual_machine_data_disk(group_name: 'InSpec-Azure', name: 'Windows-Internal-VM', apiversion: '2.0') do

These options can also be set using the environment variables:


When the options have been set as well as the environment variables, the environment variables take priority.


  • type, location, name, publisher, offer, sku, os_type, os_disk_name, have_managed_osdisk, caching, create_option, disk_size_gb, have_data_disks, data_disk_count , storage_account_type, vm_size, computer_name, admin_username, have_nics, nic_count, connected_nics, have_password_authentication, password_authentication?, have_custom_data, custom_data?, have_ssh_keys, ssh_keys?, ssh_key_count, ssh_keys, have_boot_diagnostics, boot_diagnostics_storage_uri

Property Examples

This InSpec audit resource has the following properties that can be tested:


The Azure Resource type. For a virtual machine this will always return Microsoft.Compute/virtualMachines

its('type') { should cmp 'Microsoft.Compute/virtualMachines' }


Where the machine is located

its('location') { should eq 'westeurope' }


Name of the Virtual Machine in Azure. Be aware that this is not the computer name or hostname, rather the name of the machine when seen in the Azure Portal.

its('name') { should cmp 'InSpec-Azure' }


The publisher of this machine’s build image.

nil if the machine was created from a custom image.

its('publisher') { should cmp 'MicrosoftWindowsServer' }


The offer from the publisher of the build image.

nil if the machine was created from a custom image.

its('offer') { should cmp 'WindowsServer' }


The item from the publisher that was used to create the image.

nil if the machine was created from a custom image.

its('sku') { should cmp '2016-Datacenter' }


Test that returns the classification in Azure of the operating system type. Usually either Linux or Windows.

    its('os_type') { should cmp 'Windows' }


Return the name of the operating system disk attached to the machine.

its('os_disk_name') { should cmp 'Windows-Internal-OSDisk-MD' }


Returns the type of caching that has been set on the operating system disk.

its('caching') { should cmp 'ReadWrite' }


When the operating system disk is created, how it was created is set as a property. This property returns how the disk was created.

its('create_option') { should cmp 'FromImage' }


Returns the size of the operating system disk.

its('disk_size_gb') { should be >= 30 }


Return the number of data disks that are attached to the machine


This provides the storage account type for a machine that is using managed disks for the operating system disk.

its('storage_account_type') { should cmp 'Standard_LRS' }


The size of the machine in Azure

its('vm_size') { should eq 'Standard_DS2_v2' }


The name of the machine. This is what was assigned to the machine during deployment and is what should be returned by the hostname command.

its('computer_name') { should cmp 'win-internal-1' }


The admin username that was assigned to the machine

NOTE: Azure does not allow the use of Administrator as the admin username on a Windows machine

its('admin_username') { should cmp 'azure' }


The number of network interface cards that have been attached to the machine

its('nic_count') { should eq 1 }


This returns an array of the NIC ids that are connected to the machine. This means that it possible to check that the machine has the correct NIC(s) attached and thus on the correct subnet.

its('connected_nics') { should include /Inspec-NIC-1/ }

Note the use of the regular expression here. This is because the NIC id is a long string that contains the subscription id, resource group, machine id as well as other things. By using the regular expression the NIC can be checked without breaking this string up. It also means that other tests can be performed.

An example of the id string is /subscriptions/1e0b427a-d58b-494e-ae4f-ee558463ebbf/resourceGroups/Inspec-Azure/providers/Microsoft.Network/networkInterfaces/Inspec-NIC-1


Boolean to state of password authentication is enabled or not for the admin user.

its('password_authentication?') { should be false }

This only applies to Linux machines and will always return true on Windows.


Boolean to state if the machine has custom data or not

its('custom_data') { should be true }


Boolean to state of the machine is accessible using SSH keys

its('ssh_keys?') { should be true }


Returns how many SSH keys have been applied to the machine.

This only applies to Linux machines and will always return 0 on Windows.

its('ssh_key_count') { should eq '0' }


Returns an array of the keys that are assigned to the machine. This is check if the correct keys are assigned.

Most SSH public keys have a signature at the end of them that can be tested. For example:

its('ssh_keys') { should include /azure@inspec.local/ }


If boot diagnostics are enabled for the machine they will be saved in a storage account. This method returns the URI for the storage account.

its('boot_diagnostics_storage_uri') { should match 'ghjgjhgjg' }


There are a number of built in comparison operators that are available to test the result with an expected value.

For information on all that are available please refer to the Inspec Matchers Reference page.


Boolean test to see if boot diagnostics have been enabled on the machine

it { should have_boot_diagnostics }


Returns a boolean stating if the machine has custom data assigned to it.

it { should have_custom_data }


Denotes if the machine has data disks attached to it or not.

it { should have_data_disks }


Determine if the operating system disk is a Managed Disks or not.

This test can be used in the following way:

it { should have_managed_osdisk }


Returns a boolean to state if the machine has NICs connected or not.

This has can be used in the following way:

it { should have_nics }


Returns a boolean to denote if the machine is accessible using a password.

it { should have_password_authentication }


Boolean to state if the machine has SSH keys assigned to it

it { should have_ssh_keys }

For a Windows machine this will always be false.


It is possible to test the tags that have been assigned to the resource. There are a number of properties that can be called to check that it has tags, that it has the correct number and that the correct ones are assigned.


This is a simple test to see if the machine has tags assigned to it or not.

it { should have_tags }


Returns the number of tags that are assigned to the resource

its ('tag_count') { should eq 2 }


It is possible to check if a specific tag has been set on the resource.

its('tags') { should include 'Owner' }


To get the value of the tag, a number of tests have been created from the tags that are set.

For example, if the following tag is set on a resource:

  • owner: J.G. Jingleheimerschmidt

Then a test is available called Owner_tag.

its('owner_tag') { should cmp 'J.G. Jingleheimerschmidt' }

Note: The tag name is case sensitive which makes the test case sensitive. E.g. owner_tag does not equal Owner_tag.