Azure Resource Manager Support for Packer and Terraform

Azure Resource Manager Support for Packer and Terraform

Mar 22 2016    Burzin Patel

We are excited to announce Azure Resource Manager (ARM) support for HashiCorp’s core infrastructure configuration and provisioning tools, Packer and Terraform. Now all of HashiCorp's open source tools - Vagrant, Packer, Terraform, Consul, Nomad, Vault, Otto - support best practices for application delivery on Microsoft Azure.

HashiCorp tools focus on workflows, not technologies. Users of our tools can apply the same workflow for infrastructure provisioning, application deployment, application maintenance, and security across all their infrastructure — both on-premises and in the cloud. As a result, enterprises save time on infrastructure management so they can commit more resources towards solving business-critical needs.

Read on to learn more about the HashiCorp workflow for infrastructure automation on Microsoft Azure.

Packer users can easily build virtual hard disks (VHDs) in Azure Resource Manager using the same workflow and configuration as used for building images on Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, and more. Here's a basic Packer build configuration for Azure:

{ "type": "azure-arm",

"client_id": "fe354398-d7sf-4dc9-87fd-c432cd8a7e09", "client_secret": "keepitsecret&#*$", "resource_group_name": "packerdemo", "storage_account": "virtualmachines", "subscription_id": "44cae533-4247-4093-42cf-897ded6e7823", "tenant_id": "de39842a-caba-497e-a798-7896aea43218",

"capture_container_name": "images", "capture_name_prefix": "packer",

"image_publisher": "Canonical", "image_offer": "UbuntuServer", "image_sku": "14.04.3-LTS",

"location": "West US", "vm_size": "Standard_A2" }

Similarly, Terraform users can provision compute, network, and storage resources on Microsoft Azure using the same workflow and configuration as used for managing infrastructure on all major clouds. Here's a basic configuration for setting up the ARM provider and provisioning a resource group:

» Configure the Azure Resource Manager Provider

provider "azurerm" { subscription_id = "..." client_id = "..." client_secret = "..." tenant_id = "..." }

» Create a resource group

resource "azurerm_resource_group" "production" { name = "production" location = "West US" }

» Create a virtual network in the web_servers resource group

resource "azurerm_virtual_network" "network" { name = "productionNetwork" address_space = ["10.0.0.0/16"] location = "West US" resource_group_name = "${azurerm_resource_group.production.name}"

subnet { name = "subnet1" address_prefix = "10.0.1.0/24" }

subnet { name = "subnet2" address_prefix = "10.0.2.0/24" }

subnet { name = "subnet3" address_prefix = "10.0.3.0/24" } }

The technology landscape is rapidly changing with greater cloud adoption by enterprises. As these technologies change, your developer and operator workflows should still stay the same. Use HashiCorp products to provide one common workflow for managing applications and infrastructure.

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