Azure Policy is a free service that is critical for deployment governance, and Azure customer planning and processes should include it. It allows IT managers to delegate Azure resource provisioning to users such as developers while ensuring security, cost, and compliance requirements. Hundreds of built-in policies shorten the required time investment in the service by reducing the need for custom policy implementations. However, policies cannot enforce the way Azure resources are used, such as the OS settings of VMs or schemas used by databases.

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