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Deploying infrastructure with Bicep and Azure YAML pipelines

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Bogdan Bujdea
·Dec 4, 2022·

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Using Bicep in a YAML pipeline can provide several benefits, including simplicity, consistency, and maintainability. Bicep is a new language for defining Azure resources, which is designed to be more concise and expressive than traditional Azure Resource Manager (ARM) templates. By using Bicep, you can define your Azure infrastructure as code and take advantage of the latest advancements in Azure resource management.

Here are some code snippets that demonstrate how to use Bicep in a YAML pipeline.

First, let's create a resource group with Bicep:

resource group myResourceGroup {
  location: "West US"
}

This code creates a new resource group named myResourceGroup in the West US region.

Next, let's create an app service within that resource group:

resource appServicePlan myAppServicePlan {
  location: myResourceGroup.location
  sku: {
    tier: "Basic"
    size: "B1"
  }
}

resource appService myAppService {
  location: myResourceGroup.location
  appServicePlan: myAppServicePlan
}

This code creates an app service plan named myAppServicePlan and an app service named myAppService, both within the myResourceGroup resource group.

Once the app service is created, you can deploy a .NET application to it using a YAML pipeline. Here is an example of a YAML pipeline that deploys a .NET application to the myAppService app service:

steps:
- task: DotNetCoreCLI@2
  inputs:
    command: 'publish'
    publishWebProjects: true
    arguments: '--configuration $(BuildConfiguration) --output $(Build.ArtifactStagingDirectory)'
    zipAfterPublish: true

- task: AzureRmWebAppDeployment@4
  inputs:
    ConnectionType: 'AzureRM'
    azureSubscription: 'My Azure Subscription'
    appType: 'webAppLinux'
    WebAppName: 'myAppService'
    packageForLinux: '$(Build.ArtifactStagingDirectory)/my-dotnet-app.zip'

This pipeline uses the DotNetCoreCLI@2 and AzureRmWebAppDeployment@4 tasks to build and deploy the .NET application to the myAppService app service.

Overall, using Bicep in a YAML pipeline can provide a number of benefits, including simplicity, consistency, and maintainability. By adopting Bicep, organizations can improve the efficiency and reliability of their Azure deployments and take advantage of the latest advancements in Azure resource management.

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