Article: Step-by-step Guide – Exploring three ways to deploy your ARM templates

Hello folks,

In this article, we will explore several methods to deploy our well-known friend JSON files to deploy ARM Templates into Microsoft Azure. We will use PowerShell, Azure Portal and Visual Studio.

Microsoft Azure uses Azure Resource Manager (ARM), which allows automation and consistency when deploying cloud solutions. Often, a solution consists of several pieces, which could be any type of resource, including VMs, Storage Accounts, VNETs, and Network Security Groups. We do have the option to manually create a solution using Azure Portal and that is totally fine. But in a corporate environment we need consistency and to be able to reuse code to deploy the infrastructure and solutions. We can achieve that using ARM templates, which are files based in JSON (JavaScript Object Notation), where we define which resources and their configuration, and using Azure Portal, Visual Studio, PowerShell, and CLI we can have the solutions being deployed in a consistent matter. We can use the same information to deploy the same solution in several environments and that is extremely useful when working in large and complex environments.

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