What are Microsoft Azure Quickstart Templates?
Microsoft Azure offers users hundreds of Quickstarts Templates so that users can get started with Azure Resource Manager Template on cloud storage infrastructure. Azure Quickstart templates have all the configurations that users need to set up any environment. Quickstart Templates are open source and available on various platforms. User can find all the Azure Quickstart Templates in the below website as it has all the Quickstart Template Library’s:
How Azure Quickstart Templates work?
Azure Quickstart Templates uses the different templates of the Azure services and automate the deployment by using the practice of Infrastructure as a Code(IaC).
- This code given in template becomes part of the infrastructure of the developed application and this users can store this IaC file in the azure source repository by providing the version to it.
- Resource Manager pipelines all the resources deployment in the correct sequence, users can also create pipelines to deploy more than one resource parallely so that using template deployment can finish with low latency.
- Resource Manager template has built-in validation to check and validate the template before deployment starts.
- Users can split the Quickstart template into smaller templates if the Quickstart Template is complex and with reusable tasks. This smaller template can be linked together and also can be used one template inside another templates.
- Using Azure portal Templates can be monitored and review the template parameters and outputs.
- Using Azure pipelines this QuickStart Templates can be integrated into the CI/CD (Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment) so that tasks can be automated and ARM templates tasks can continuously build and deployed.
How to use Quickstart Templates in Azure?
- Users should have a valid username and password.
- Users should have Azure Subscription to create Quickstart Templates
Steps using Azure Portal :
Step 1: Login into the Azure Portal using below URL:
Step 2: From the Azure portal home page select the +Create a resource.
Step 3: In the Search field of Azure Marketplace search for Templates and click on Template deployment (deploy using custom templates) create page:
Step 4: From the Template deployment (deploy using custom templates) page select Create:
Step 5: On a Template deployment (deploy using custom templates) user can either build his own template or select from the common template options:
Step 6: To Create a new Linux Virtual Machine select the specific template option:
Enter the deployment details and then click on purchase options to deploy the virtual machine.
Step 7: To create a new template select build your own template in the editor from the page.
Step 8: In the Edit template page add the deployment details in JSON file format:
Step 9: Select +Add resource to add the new resource name by selecting from the drop-down list and enter a name and click on the OK:
Step 10: Select the Quickstart template option from the Edit template page
Step 11: Select the arm-storage option from the
Step 12: By selecting storage option from the drop-down list, JSON will look something like this as here we are trying to create a storage template, user can choose a different template as per requirement:
Step 13: Custom Deployment page will display all the deployment details:
Step 14: Click on purchase after accepting the terms and conditions:
Step 15: Go to the resource group to check the status of the deployment:
Step 16: Select the Deployment from the right pane of the page and check that newly deployed template are in the list or not.
Once the deployment is complete Deployment status will be moved to Succeeded.
- It offers a consistent configuration and provides an easy way to deploy application code to Azure cloud storage.
- It uses Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment (CICD) so that the build and deploy process is automated.
- It can be easily integrated with the Azure storages so that it has lower data storage costs.
- Automating the end to end pipeline of the deployment with faster deployment as it uses Azure storage.
- Quickstart Template uses Azure infrastructure in declarative syntax.
- No need to form a sequence for the end to end process as Orchestration is managed by the resource manager.
In conclusion, users have to update a template file and by giving the storage and resource type details in the JSON format and it is managed by the resource manager so that complexity of orchestrating is minimized. Hence using Quickstart Templates gives an easy way to deploy applications to Azure storage.
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