Clean up Azure Resource Groups with a Tag

In my environment I use an Azure Automation Runbook that every evening is cleaning up my environment based on a Tag. When the tag “RemoveResourceGroup” is set to “Yes” on a Resource Group I will delete it and everything in that group.

If you want to try my Runbook you can download the script and run it on your local client or in Azure Automation. I have tested the script with PowerShell module AzureRM.Resources version 6.7.3. If you need to upgrade the module in Azure Automation, to a newer version, just do a new import of the module from the gallery.

The script can be downloaded from GitHub.

        Removes Resource Groups that have a tag "RemoveResourceGroup" set to "Yes"
        Script can be used in both Azure Automation and direct from PowerShell prompt
        The script have been tested in Azure Automation with module AzureRM.Resources version 6.7.3

        Author: Jonathan Andersson
        Last Updated: 12/09/2019

    .PARAMETER TagResourceGroupName
        Tag name

    .PARAMETER TagValue
        Tag value

    .PARAMETER AzureAutomation
        If script sould be run in Azure Automation

    .PARAMETER ConnectionName
        A<ure Automation RunAs Connection to Azure

        RemoveResourceGroupAutomation -TagResourceGroupName "RGName" -TagValue "Yes" -AzureAutomation $false

param (
    $TagResourceGroupName = "RemoveResourceGroup",
    $TagValue = "Yes",      

    $AzureAutomation = $true,

    $ConnectionName = "AzureRunAsConnection"

# Create a Tag object
[object] $Tag = @{}

try {
    if ($AzureAutomation) {
        # Get the connection "AzureRunAsConnection "
        $servicePrincipalConnection = Get-AutomationConnection -Name $ConnectionName         

        # Logging in to Azure
        Add-AzureRmAccount `
            -ServicePrincipal `
            -TenantId $servicePrincipalConnection.TenantId `
            -ApplicationId $servicePrincipalConnection.ApplicationId `
            -CertificateThumbprint $servicePrincipalConnection.CertificateThumbprint | Out-Null
    $Tag.Add($TagResourceGroupName, $TagValue)
    Write-Output "Using TagResourceGroupName: $TagResourceGroupName and TagValue: $TagValue"

    $ResourceGroups = Get-AzureRmResourceGroup -Tag $Tag

    foreach ($ResourceGroup in $ResourceGroups) {
        Remove-AzureRmResourceGroup -Name $ResourceGroup.ResourceGroupName -Force | Out-Null
        Write-Output "Removed Resource Group: " $ResourceGroup.ResourceGroupName
catch {
	if (!$servicePrincipalConnection)
		$ErrorMessage = "Connection $ConnectionName not found."
		throw $ErrorMessage
		Write-Error -Message $_.Exception
		throw $_.Exception

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