Tag Archives: Cloud

Adding a custom deployment script to ignore web test projects in Azure Functions with GitHub deployment

The scenario

As part of an existing Azure Functions app that has some HTTP Functions that generate Excel files and return them as a byte array, I wanted to add an integration tests web project that when run would download the resulting Excel files. This Azure Functions app is automatically deployed from a GitHub repo.

Kudu and deployment scripts

When using GitHub to deploy any Azure App Service app (including Azure Function apps), Kudu chooses which deployment script to use based on your project type. As it states in the Customizing deployments article in the Kudu wiki, if you happen to have a web project in the repository, then it chooses to build and deploy that project. Continue reading


Infographic: Cloud design patterns

Are you designing applications for the cloud? This Cloud Design Patterns infographic created by Microsoft provides a great reference of cloud architecture design patterns and guidance for cloud-hosted applications in Microsoft Azure!

Cloud Design Patterns Infographic

You can see and download the full infographic from: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/infographics/cloud-design-patterns/


Assigning a custom name to Cloud Services instances

The default instance name

Those of you who look at SQL database connection logs, or at tools like New Relic to monitor your Cloud Service applications, may have noticed that the list of servers running the application have names like “RD000D3A107CFC” (this is the host name in the network).

This name isn’t very useful when trying to identify which of the instances we see in the Azure Management Portal is the one that corresponds to that name. All instances in the portal are named as the role name followed by a number (e.g.: CloudService.Web_IN_1). Continue reading