Walkthrough: Create Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) using Terraform

When you are building your cloud infrastructure, you can think of it as code. Infrastructure as code means that the virtual machines, networking, and storage can all be thought of as code. On Azure, you can build your infrastructure using Azure Resource Manager (ARM) templates and deploy using PowerShell. You could also use PowerShell or Azure CLI to express your infrastructure. Many enterprises use Terraform, an open source infrastructure as code provider by HashiCorp, to build, change, version cloud infrastructure.

You can use Terraform across multiple platforms, including Amazon Web Services, IBM Cloud (formerly Bluemix), Google Cloud Platform, DigitalOcean, Linode, Microsoft Azure, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, OVH, Scaleway VMware vSphere or Open Telekom Cloud, OpenNebula and OpenStack. In this article, we’ll explore Azure. At a high level, you write the configuration of your infrastructure in Terraform files that can describe the infrastructure of a single application or of your entire data center, and then apply it to the target cloud (in this case Azure).

In this article, you install Terraform and configure it, create the Terraform configuration plans for two resource groups an AKS cluster and Azure Log Analytics workspace, and apply the plans into Azure. Continue reading “Walkthrough: Create Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) using Terraform”

View and register resource providers

Microsoft.VisualStudio.Services.IconsJust because Azure provides a resource, you may not have access to it in your subscription. You may have to add a particular resource.

You can think of a resource provider as a way Azure (ugh) provides resources. Another way to think about resource provides is that they are the services provided by a resource. For example, a resource provider offers a resource type called vaults for creating the key vault.

Each provider has one or more resource types. The name of a resource type is in the format: {resource-provider}/{resource-type}. The resource type for a key vault is Microsoft.KeyVault/vaults.

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Organize Azure resources in resource groups using portal, PowerShell, Azure CLI

Microsoft.VisualStudio.Services.IconsWhen you create, update, and delete resources in Azure you are using the Azure Resource Manager (ARM). Azure Resource Manager provides access control, tagging, auditing of your resources.

In this article, you use the portal, PowerShell, the Azure Command Line Interface (CLI) to create, manage access and delete resources. Links are provided in the reference section of this chapter for you to learn how to manage resources using the REST API.

You create resources in either an imperative way by describing each of the steps and feature with scripts. In a following post, you will learn how to create resources using a declarative syntax with an ARM template to describe the features and properties.

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Getting started with Azure and Azure Active Directory using PowerShell

You can start working with Azure in the Azure portal. But soon, you will need PowerShell (or the Azure CLI) to explore the power of Azure. Not everything you can do shows up in the portal. In fact, the features are all exposed through the Azure scripts first.
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