Azure Kubernetes Service

Deploy Apps to an AKS Cluster you own this product

This project is part of the liveProject series Manage Azure Kubernetes Service with Terraform
intermediate Terraform • basic Microsoft Azure • basic networking • basic Kubernetes • basic Helm • basic Microsoft Azure DevOps
skills learned
build and deploy an application on AKS with Helm, Docker, Terraform, and Microsoft Azure DevOps • compose Helm charts • best practices for writing abstractions in Helm charts to avoid duplicate code • publish Helm charts
Ned Bellavance
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The application development teams at EC-O, an e-commerce organization that sells products for outdoor enthusiasts, want to institute a well-defined solution for publishing and deploying their containerized applications (packaged using Helm) to AKS clusters. Their goals are to orchestrate the process of testing and publishing Helm charts to a centralized, private repository and to automate application updates from their Helm charts, from development to staging to production. As E-CO’s DevOps engineer, you’ll use the Azure Container Registry to store the Helm charts and Azure DevOps pipelines to orchestrate the publishing of new versions of a chart and deploy the update to multiple environments. Using Terraform, you’ll set up the AKS cluster, Azure Container Registry, and Azure DevOps pipelines. By the end, you’ll have helped E-CO’s teams achieve their goals—and positioned yourself one step closer to a promotion!

This project is designed for learning purposes and is not a complete, production-ready application or solution.

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Ned Bellavance

In his 20+ years as an IT professional, Ned Bellavance has gained extensive experience with Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services. A Microsoft MVP since 2017 and a HashiCorp Ambassador since 2020, he’s the founder of Ned in the Cloud, LLC. As a one-man tech juggernaut, he develops courses for the online education platform Pluralsight, runs the Day Two Cloud podcast, and delivers educational content through his YouTube channel and live instruction.

Ned has written several books including HashiCorp Terraform Certified Associate Preparation Guide, HashiCorp Vault Certified Associate Preparation Guide, and Introducing Azure Kubernetes Service. His three guiding principles are: embrace discomfort, fail often, and be kind. You can find out more about Ned and his activities by visiting


This liveProject is for IT operations professionals and DevOps engineers who would like to automate the deployment and management of Azure-based infrastructure using Terraform. To begin these liveProjects you’ll need to be familiar with the following:

  • Terraform v1.0+
  • Azure CLI v2.22+
  • kubectl v1.22+
  • Helm v3.7.1+
  • An IDE with Terraform and Go plug-ins
  • Microsoft Azure subscription
  • Microsoft Azure Active Directory
  • GitHub Account
  • Logical reasoning and design
  • Terraform (intermediate)
  • Microsoft Azure (basic)
  • Microsoft Azure DevOps (basic)
  • Kubernetes (basic)
  • YAML (basic)

you will learn

In this liveProject, you’ll learn to create a template for pipeline automation and Helm chart storage.

  • Deploy an AKS cluster with Azure Active Directory integration
  • Create an Azure Container Registry for Helm chart storage
  • Create an Azure DevOps project for Helm chart management
  • Create Azure DevOps pipelines for all phases of Helm chart management


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