Deploying a serverless app to azure with Terraform - addendum

Posted by GitteTitter on August 29, 2018

In the previous 3 posts we build a Terraform template for deploying multiple resources to Azure and we created a build agent in a container which we can run on the fly and we fully automated the deployment through VSTS. In this small addendum, I just want to add a little side note of an alteration I made to the process of the docker build agent.

Originally I started of with the debian:stretch base image, but because I needed some additional tools when trying out service principals for the third part of the posts, I switched the base image to microsoft/vsts-agent:ubuntu-14.04. This is the base image which is also used by the standard vsts-agent which has all the tools like Java, azure cli, cmake, … The standard vsts-agent however was way too big and bloated for the job I wanted to get done (more than 8Gb). However, if you start from the same docker file and strip the things you don’t need, you still end up with a lean docker image, which will start up quite quickly.

So at the moment, this is my docker file:

FROM microsoft/vsts-agent:ubuntu-14.04

# To make it easier for build and release pipelines to run apt-get,
# configure apt to not require confirmation (assume the -y argument by default)
ENV DEBIAN_FRONTEND=noninteractive
RUN echo "APT::Get::Assume-Yes \"true\";" > /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/90assumeyes

# Install basic command-line utilities
RUN apt-get update \
 && apt-get install -y --no-install-recommends \
    curl \
    dnsutils \
    file \
    ftp \
    iproute2 \
    iputils-ping \
    locales \
    openssh-client \
    shellcheck \
    sudo \
    telnet \
    time \
    unzip \
    wget \
    zip \
    tzdata \
 && rm -rf /var/lib/apt/lists/*

 # Setup the locale
RUN locale-gen $LANG \
 && update-locale

# Accept EULA - needed for certain Microsoft packages like SQL Server Client Tools

# Install essential build tools
RUN apt-get update \
 && apt-get install -y --no-install-recommends \
    build-essential \
 && rm -rf /var/lib/apt/lists/*
 # Install Terraform
RUN TERRAFORM_VERSION=$(curl -s | jq -r .current_version) \
 && unzip terraform_${TERRAFORM_VERSION} -d /usr/local/bin \
 && rm -f terraform_${TERRAFORM_VERSION}

It is copy pasted from this one and I kept only the bits and pieces I needed (still a bit too much btw at the moment, but you get the point).

What I also needed to do was rename some of the environment variables in my Azure function, so VSTS_TOKEN instead of VSTS_AGENT_INPUT_TOKEN. But apart from that, this agent works smoothly.

That’s it, small addendum.