Use Azure App Service Deployment Slots with Azure CLI

30 minutes
  • 3 Learning Objectives

About this Hands-on Lab

Azure App Service includes deployment slots that help to improve the way in which updates to your code can be deployed to production.

In this hands-on lab, we’ll use Azure CLI within the Cloud Shell, in order create and use deployment slots for a simple web application.

The Cloud Shell includes Azure CLI and the .NET Core CLI, which we will use to perform all tasks.

You’ve recently been employed as a cloud developer, and have been asked to perform a proof of concept using Azure App Service deployment slots.

In order to perform this proof of concept, you will need to:

* Deploy a simple .NET Core web application to a new Web App in Azure App Service
* Make changes to your web application, and deploy these to a staging slot
* Perform a slot swap, so that your changes are promoted to production

Learning Objectives

Successfully complete this lab by achieving the following learning objectives:

Set up a .NET Core Web App in Azure App Service

Use the below commands in Cloud Shell (Bash) for guidance:

  1. Create a new demonstration web application: dotnet new webapp
  2. Build the web application: dotnet build
  3. Create and deploy your web app: az webapp up -n APPNAME -g RESOURCEGROUP --sku s1
Update your App and Upload to a Staging Slot

Use the below commands in Cloud Shell (Bash) for guidance:

  1. Update your application, for example: code Pages/Index.cshtml
  2. Create a staging slot: az webapp deployment slot create --name APPNAME -g RESOURCEGROUP --slot staging
  3. Deploy to the staging slot:
    a) Publish the updated code: dotnet publish -o pub
    b) Zip for deployment: cd pub; zip -r .
    c) ZipDeploy to the staging slot: az webapp deployment source config-zip --name APPNAME --resource-group RESOURCEGROUP --src --slot staging
Swap Staging and Production Slots

Use the below commands in Cloud Shell (Bash) for guidance:

  1. Swap staging to production: az webapp deployment slot swap -n APPNAME -g RESOURCEGROUP --slot staging --target-slot production

Additional Resources

Log in to the Azure Portal by right-clicking Open Azure Portal, and selecting the option to open it in a new private browser window (this option will read differently depending on your browser — e.g., in Chrome, it says "Open Link in Incognito Window"). Then, sign in using the credentials provided on the lab page.

The objectives for this hands-on lab can be completed using the Cloud Shell within the Azure Portal. We will be using the Bash shell, and will complete commands using Azure CLI.

Note: See the updated Azure Cloud Shell setup instructions in the lab guide.

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