Master ARM templates, Bicep scripting, and other Azure Infrastructure-as-Code tools, techniques, and practices to run application infrastructure on the Azure cloud.
In Azure Infrastructure as Code you will learn how to:
Create reproducible infrastructure templates using using advanced features of the ARM (Azure Resource Manager) syntax
Write templates with the Azure Bicep domain-specific language (DLS)
Test ARM and Bicep templates
Deploy templates using deployment pipelines
Guarantee repeated outcomes when you reuse templates to replicate infrastructure
Share templates between teams
Provision templates to provide standards and Azure Policy to enforce them
Build a CI/CD pipeline for infrastructure using Azure DevOps
Orchestrate complex deployments using Azure Pipelines and GitHub Actions
Pre-provision environments for other teams with Deployment Stacks
Azure Infrastructure as Code teaches you to use Azure’s native infrastructure as code (IaC) tools, like ARM and Bicep, to build, manage, and scale infrastructure with just a few lines of code. You’ll discover ARM templates, Deployment Stacks, and the powerful new programming language Azure Bicep. See how easy they make it to create new test environments, safely make infrastructure changes, and prevent configuration drift. Loaded with in-depth coverage of syntax and lots of illustrative examples, this hands-on guide is a must-read for anyone looking to expand their knowledge of provisioning.
about the technology
Infrastructure as code does away with time-consuming manual tasks—no more detailed scripts for creating the correct database or virtual machine. Instead, Azure’s native IaC tools create infrastructure from a declarative specification in JSON (ARM) or a domain-specific language (Bicep). They empower users to create or recreate complete infrastructures with just a line of code, as well as take advantage of automation tools like Github Actions or Azure Pipelines.
about the book
Azure Infrastructure as Code is a comprehensive guide to seamlessly managing your application infrastructure with Azure’s native IaC tools. The book is aimed at supporting collaboration between operations professionals and software developers, to help speed up and improve the quality of software delivery. You’ll be introduced to Azure Resource Manager templates and the Bicep domain-specific language, tools that make it a breeze to build declarative templates for Azure infrastructure.
After you master the basics, you’ll dive into niche and advanced topics such as testing, reusing templates between multiple teams, and how you can define policy as code. Discover cutting-edge Deployment Stacks, and how they can help you clean up unused resources, group resources in logical containers to help visualize potential changes, and build starting plateaus for other teams to work on. You’ll even build a complete CI/CD pipeline using Azure DevOps, which can orchestrate the kind of complex deployment that spans multiple regions.
about the reader
For operations, infrastructure, or software engineers who have basic experience with provisioning or managing Azure cloud infrastructure.
about the author
Henry Been is a freelance DevOps and Azure architect and consultant, with 10 years of Azure experience. He has helped many of his customers adopt infrastructure as code practices, such as ARM templates. Henry is a regular conference speaker and enjoys creating online courses. In 2019 and 2020, Microsoft has recognized his community activities with the Microsoft MVP Award.
Erwin Staal is an Azure architect and DevOps consultant with more than 10 years of experience in both small and large organizations. As a DevOps consultant, he helps companies with the implementation of DevOps and continuous delivery.
Eduard Keilholz is a cloud solution architect who creates highly performant software. His focus is on the Microsoft development stack, mainly C# and the Microsoft Azure Cloud. He speaks at national and international conferences, and in 2020 he was recognized by Microsoft with the Microsoft MVP Award for Azure.
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I wish I had had this book when we started using Azure but its still been very useful to confirm and sometimes expand my knowledge of Azure DEVOps, I will be requiring my team to read it.
If you're getting started with native Azure IaC tools, this is a great resource to learn fast.
If you are an infrastructure engineer/application architect primarily workingwith Azure, this is for you. If you do stuff that touches Azure, the first few chapters will help you understand how Azure works.