You can use Azure Pipelines to automate Bicep deployments. Azure Pipelines provides a flexible and reusable process to propagate changes to your Azure environment. A pipeline enforces the process that you set to ensure the quality of your deployments and of your Azure environment. A deployment pipeline also ensures that everyone who collaborates on your Bicep files uses the same process. In this module, you'll learn how to define a pipeline in Azure Pipelines and how to deploy your Bicep code by using the pipeline.
If you're interested in using GitHub Actions instead of Azure Pipelines to deploy infrastructure to Azure, see Build your first Bicep deployment workflow by using GitHub Actions. If you need help deciding, see Compare and contrast GitHub Actions and Azure Pipelines.
Suppose you're responsible for deploying and configuring the Azure infrastructure to support a website at a toy company. You've built a Bicep template to use to deploy the website. Every time you need to reconfigure the website, you update your Bicep files and redeploy them from your computer. The website team asks for changes regularly, so the deployment process has become time-consuming. You want to find a way to automate the process so that you can focus on other tasks and initiatives.
You also want your colleagues to be able to make changes to the Bicep templates and deploy the templates themselves. But, you need to make sure your colleagues follow the same process that you use. You decide to create a deployment pipeline that will run automatically every time the Bicep code is updated in your shared repository. The pipeline will deploy your Bicep files to Azure.
What will you be doing?
In this module, you'll learn how to automate the deployment of Bicep templates by using Azure Pipelines. You'll understand the benefits of using pipelines to deploy your code, and you'll build a basic pipeline that deploys a Bicep file. You'll also learn how to authorize your pipeline to deploy resources to your Azure environment and how to set when a pipeline runs.
What is the main goal?
After completing this module, you'll be able to use Azure Pipelines to create a pipeline that deploys a basic Bicep file to an Azure resource group.
You should be familiar with using:
- Bicep, including creating and deploying basic Bicep files.
- Azure, including the Azure portal, subscriptions, resource groups, and resources.
- Basic Git commands, including cloning, committing files, and pushing changes to Azure Repos.
To work through the exercises in the module, you'll need an Azure account that can create resource groups, Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) applications, and service principals.
You'll also need the following tools installed locally: