Use Terraform remote backend in Azure

This post is the second of the multiple infrastructure deployment with Terraform subject and in this part we will see how to use remotes backend in Azure.

One of great strengths of Terraform is maintaining the state of the environment it applies in a tfstate file. This file in Json format allows Terraform to apply only the differential for each execution. It is on this file that Terraform is based when executing plan/apply/destroy commands.

For more information about the tfstate read the official documentation.

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Provision multiple Azure environments with Terraform

This article is part of the series on using Terraform in Azure and after explaining how to get started with Terraform in Azure, I will share my experience with using Terraform to provision your infrastructure for several environments.

Indeed, in a DevOps process in which your application will be deployed on several environments (example Dev - Test - QA - Production), it is the same for the infrastructure.

In Terraform there are several concepts that allow you to provision our infrastructure on multiple environments by having a maintainable code.

Among these concepts there are 2 that I will share to you, that are usage of:

  • Variables
  • Remotes backends for tfstates in Azure Storage

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Getting started with Terraform on Azure

This post is the first of a large series of blog posts on DevOps on Azure, I will expose my current experience for the implementation of a DevOps process with Terraform, Ansible, VSTS, Inspec, Jenkins, …..

The objective of this series is not to rewrite existing documentation, posts, articles, … but it will be a “cookbook” type series with posts that will expose real uses cases with best practice of use of these tools in enterprises.

To start, I’ll talk about Terraform and how to use it to provision resources in Azure (also valid for other cloud providers).

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How resolve TFS 2018 no longer send emails notification

In this article I want to expose a problem (and a solution) that I encountered in my customer that use TFS 2018.2

The problem

The client reported the following problem to me: since he upgrade from TFS 2018.0 to TFS 2018.2, he no longer receives all notifications emails that are sent either when a pull request is created, or when there is a change on a Work item on the “Assigned To” field. Sometimes users receive emails (but it’s rare) but in most cases emails are not sent.

Before this upgrade, sending emails by TFS worked very well.

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