Organize your Azure Resources across Subscriptions using Management Groups

If you are responsible for managing multiple Azure subscriptions, you would have notice that there are lot of issues maintaining consistency in resource deployment, organization and management across subscriptions. This is primarily because different subscriptions are designed to target different needs such as products or departments and therefore the Azure Resources being used by different set of people everywhere. To help with bringing consistency across subscriptions, one can use recently launched Azure Management Groups. Azure Management Groups helps to apply governance controls based on access controls, policies and compliance.
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Working with Azure DevOps Pipelines using Command line

One of the new exciting features introduced in Azure DevOps updates is the introduction of ‘az pipelines’ command group. Microsoft has been putting some efforts in writing YAML based pipelines over the last few months and has also recently introduced the ability to do Continuous Integration or Release or define both in one single pipeline. Since Azure Pipelines can now be managed at the command line, you can use it to further introduce the automation that you have created for your organization. In this blog post, we’ll learn how to use ‘az pipelines’ commands to define, initiate and manage Azure pipelines at the command line.
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Run Azure DevOps Private Agents in Kubernetes Clusters

Since in last post, we discussed on how to run Azure Pipelines agents as docker containers and configure them accordingly, the next step would be to run them on the Kubernetes platform. This kubernetes cluster can be on-premise and/or cloud and could be self managed or managed by the cloud service provider itself.

One of the reasons you may want to run them on Kubernetes is because you want better utilization of your kubernetes cluster. Another reason might be to leverage your existing knowledge of the kubernetes platform and work on it. Another reason would be to not use Microsoft hosted agents, as by default you would get only 1800 minutes of agent time to utilize, for free accounts.
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Store the app secrets in Azure Key Vault and use during Azure Pipelines

You can easily store your environment related secrets in the Azure Pipelines releases as variables and mark them as secrets which will encrypt and hide them. So anyone having access to the release definition would be not able to view them. Most of the times, it suffices as once set, they become encrypted and can not be viewed in text form.

However, sometimes it may happen that the person who keeps the secret would not be the same person as who is creating the release definition. Think of that as a way of segregating the responsibilities between the two. Also, it may be possible that the person who has provisioned the environment is not comfortable to share the secrets with anyone in plain text. After all, the best way to keep a secret is not to tell anyone about it. This is where the Azure Key Vault fits in very nicely. It can be used to store and transfer the secrets/certificates needed for your environment in a secure way.
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Configure CI/CD in Azure Pipelines to deploy docker containers as Azure Web App

Few days back, we learned about how to publish Azure Container Instances where-in we can deploy either a container or group of containers and use the same. Azure Web App for Containers allows you to not only run your containers but it also brings forth the PaaS innovations for the Web App. So it brings best of the both worlds together. It also allows you to not worry about the maintaining an container orchestrator mechanism. You can prefer to package their code and dependencies into containers using various CI/CD systems like Jenkins, Maven, Travis CI or VSTS, alongside setting up continuous deployment web hooks with App Service.

In this blog post we’ll learn more about how to deploy .NETCore application packaged as docker container and using CI/CD in Azure Pipelines (Formerly VSTS). Continue reading “Configure CI/CD in Azure Pipelines to deploy docker containers as Azure Web App”