Showing posts from November, 2021

Passing information between Azure DevOps Pipelines using Powershell

In this article, we are going to examine one of the possible ways to transfer information from an Azure DevOps build pipeline to a release pipeline. The goal is to pass variables with information created during the execution of the build pipeline to the release pipeline. To accomplish this, we are going to use Powershell to create a build artifact that will contain all the variables needed, and then we'll consume it from the release pipeline. Starting with the build pipeline, we'll be using the classic bicep deployment that has outputs. This is the information that we would like to have available in the release pipeline. Think of a WebApp that is created by the build pipeline and we need its resource group and name in order to publish our code to it. First, let's go through the steps of the build pipeline. We have three steps in total, the azure deployment, the conversion of its outputs to variables, and finally the creation of the artifact. There is nothing sophisticated a

How to deploy Bicep templates using Azure DevOps Pipelines

In this article, I'm going to walk you through submitting Azure Deployments using Bicep files from Azure DevOps. Unfortunately, up until now, there is no official task for this need, so we are going to use Azure CLI instead. We'll start with creating a new pipeline, so open your project in Azure DevOps, switch to the Pipelines view, and hit the new pipeline button. We're going to use the classic edition for this demo, so go for the Use the classic editor option at the bottom. The first step of a build pipeline is to select the source that contains your code. For this, I've created a Git repository in the same project that contains a bicep file and looks like this: By default, the source repository is going to be set to Azure DevOps, which is fine for our case: Moving on to the next step, we're presented with some template options for the pipeline. We'll start with an empty pipeline that we'll build ourselves so click the Empty Job option. The next screen i

Manage Azure AppService Files using Powershell

For the last couple of weeks, I've been working on a project that is focused on Azure App Services and how certain applications can be hosted on them. Part of the project was to examine the performance of the storage space that each plan offers and whether it can accommodate the needs of each application. If you deploy an App Service that is using code instead of containers, you'll have to upload the files to the App Service's storage yourself. This can be achieved in many ways, including DevOps pipelines, development tools such as Visual Studio and FTP. In my case, I was handed a testing version of the website code that was based on PHP and a large number of files used by the site, including CSS and JS and a lot of image files that I had to upload to the AppService. In order to provide the required information regarding the endpoints to connect to and with what credentials, Azure provides a file called "Publish Profile". There are three profiles included in the p