Tag Archives: How-to

Getting Azure Web App deployment status notifications in Slack

Introduction

Azure Web Apps have a great feature: continuous deployment from different kinds of repositories: Visual Studio Online, OneDrive, a local Git repo, GitHub, Bitbucket, Dropbox or an external repo. You also have built-in alert notifications, but there’s no built-in notifications for deployments, and that’s where Kudu web hooks come to the rescue.

But first, what is Kudu?

Project Kudu is an open source project hosted in GitHub that is the engine behind Git/Mercurial deployments, WebJobs, and various other features in Azure Web Apps. And, it can also run outside of Azure.

What are Web Hooks?

A Web Hook is an HTTP callback: an HTTP POST that occurs when something happens; a simple event-notification via HTTP POST. Web Hooks are a way to receive valuable information when it happens, rather than continually polling for that data and receiving nothing valuable most of the time. Continue reading

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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