Infrastructure as Code VSTS

Your team is in the process of developing a new application feature, and the infrastructure has to be adapted. The first step is to change a file in your source control system that describes your infrastructure. When the changed definition file is saved in your source control system, it triggers a new build and release. Your new infrastructure is deployed to your test environment, and the whole process to get the new infrastructure deployed took minutes while you only changed a definition file and you did not touch the infrastructure itself.
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VSTS task clean resource group

cleanresourcegroupWhen testing deployment of resources in release pipelines, the resource groups need to be cleaned after you are done testing the deployment of the resources. In many scenarios you do not want or have no rights to remove the resource group it self. For removing the resources in the resource group you can use the VSTS task clean resources. This tasks removes all resources in a resource group.demo

Keep your ARM deployment secrets in the Key Vault

Keep your deployment secret secure in the key vault when using ARM templates to deploy into Azure

When creating new resource in Azure that have secrets like passwords or ssl certificates you can securely save them in the Key Vault and get them from the Key Vault when you deploy. Only the people who need access to the secrets can read and write them to the Key Vault. In a infrastructure as code scenario the secrets are supplied when deploying your templates to Azure. The code it self will be free of secrets.
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Using the Inline PowerShell VSTS task

Run PowerShell in a VSTS pipeline from a textbox

The Inline PowerShell VSTS task enables you to execute PowerShell from a textbox within your build or release pipeline. You can run a PowerShell script on you agent or on Azure. The task can be installed from the Marketplace.
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Parallel deployment with Azure PowerShell VSTS Release Tasks

Running Azure PowerShell commands in parallel to speed up your deployments

Making better software starts with shortening the time it takes to get feedback. The less time between you start an action and its result, the bigger the chance you will do anything with the feedback. Faster is better!
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Deployment limit in Azure Resource Group

Removing deployments with Powershell to solve the ‘DeploymentQuotaExceeded’ error in Azure.

For some time we have been using Visual Studio Team Services Release Manager for our continuous deployments to Azure. Today our Continuous Deployments to Azure Resource Manager came to a halt with the following error:

[error]DeploymentQuotaExceeded: Creating the deployment 'deployModule-0408-0956' would exceed the quota of '800'. The current deployment count is '800', please delete some deployments before creating a new one. Please see http://aka.ms/arm-deploy for usage details.

Unfortunately we had to find out what was going on, before we could do any new deployments. This was very time consuming, because there were only two google hits on the error. They where not very helpful in solving the error.
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