Deploy Azure Web App with slots using Azure ARM

Azure ARM uses simple JSON files for deploying infrastructure in Azure. While creating an azure web app or app service is not that tricky, usually you would require additional settings like deployment slots, application settings, connection strings, custom time zone etc. as well. It would be certainly nice if we can incorporate some of that as part of ARM templates itself so that we need not worry about it later. Since this topic is going to be lengthy, we’ll break into 3-4 smaller posts and also learn few azure resource manager tricks as well along the way. In this blog post, we’ll see how to create an Azure Web app and a slot associated with it using Azure ARM template.

Read More »

Create Azure App Service using Azure ARM and deploy using Visual Studio

In few of the previous blog posts, we discussed on what Azure ARM is and how it helps in the DevOps philosophy of Infrastructure-as-a-Code (IaaC). So we’ll build further on that knowledge. In this blog post, we’ll discuss how to create an Azure App service using ARM template.

We’ll be using Visual Studio 2017 for this post’s purpose. It is not necessary to use this, you can use just Visual Studio code and appropriate extension for ARM or you can use a simple notepad (as all ARM templates are JSON files in the end of the day) or any other editor of your choice. However, using Visual Studio 2017 further simplifies it.¬†Read More »

Identify outgoing Azure App Service IP address

Outgoing IP address for Azure App service are different than the incoming IP address. To clarify the difference, the incoming IP address (as the name would indicate) identify the IP address using which data could be sent to App Service. This is what you would see when you would typically do DNS resolution for the App Service. Outgoing IP address identify IP address which would be used when sending data from Azure App service to the outside world. You may need this info because you may need to protect your environment from threats or white-list certain requests.

To identify outgoing Azure App Service IP address, we can simply navigate to the https://portal.azure.com and then go to the app service in reference. Read More »

Update connection string for entity framework in Azure Web App settings

One of the coolest things about Windows Azure Websites is the integration with source control, and the automated deployment hooks Azure offers. However, there are a number of small gotcha’s related to deployment, chief among these is the protection of confidential configuration items such as database connection strings. One of these gotchas is for connection string for entity framework, for which there is no native provider in Azure web app settings.

When you use Entity Framework to either build a database based upon the model you create in the VS Entity Designer, or use Entity framework¬†to reverse-engineer a conceptual model from an existing database, it creates a bunch of meta-data mappings used to manage the interaction of your application with the database.Read More »

Connect to Azure Web App via FTP to upload/download files

Azure web apps is one of popular offerings of Azure Platform as a Service (PaaS). It has now become part of Azure App Service and also known as Azure App Service Web Apps. Azure Web Apps enables you to build and host web applications in the programming language of your choice without managing infrastructure. It offers auto-scaling and high availability, supports both Windows and Linux, and enables automated deployments from GitHub, Visual Studio Team Services, or any Git repo.

Kudu is one of the advanced online tools for viewing files in the Azure Portal. However, Kudu does not let you view files or upload new files with some modified content. Generally, you would make changes inside your code and publish to Azure which all works seamlessly. However, some time it is just too much work to modify a couple of lines in the one of the files or if you want to make sure that content uploaded is proper or not, you cannot do it. For this, you need to use FTP to upload/download files. In this blog post, we’ll cover steps required to upload/download files from Azure Web Apps via FTP.Read More »