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Totally Terraform (Or, Introducing Terraform DevOps Cloud Engineer Proceedures to A Company)

Hey, I have a per-small-project job - Contracted to build things in Terraform and push them to Azure to a company building out their Azure department.

80% of the time, it's pretty fun. I had to teach myself Terraform, but that's what this entire blog is about; Teaching myself things and hoping for work sometimes to make money and being employed by multiple people. You can be the next one!

Anyway, what do I like about Terraform? A lot.

Check out my live-post troubleshooting on a specific issue here.

 TLDR? Check out the code on GitHub. There are even tiny bonuses, like bits that can be activated later.



It clearly tells you what an error is! Troubleshooting was mostly such a breeze, and since I wasn't getting [too] annoyed, I could more easily learn where the mistakes where. For instance, the first line in the main code ('provider') - the 'azurerm' part is not a random name;

provider "azurerm"

It's an actual thing that connects to Azure.


You can make variables in a different file and use them in the main code. You will need 3 files - the main code, the variables file, and the place to establish the variables.


It doesn't tell you all the errors at once. If you fix one, another pops up after 'terraform plan' is ran. It makes troubleshooting easier to deal with when it's one problem at a time. You may prefer a long list of errors to deduce, so this is a case by case thing.




if you're a beginner, it can still be difficult to parse. I had to take some code snippets from the demo I used.

In another instances, it couldn't reference a count variable I had placed under another resource. Why not? Research said it was ... something about how I was formatting it? was above my learning level at the time.

Some Error messages are just not helpful:

Error: Network Interface “Net-Connection” (Resource Group “Admins”) was not found!

You look at this and think "Well, that's obvious." 

Then you look at my code and see both aspects are there. The resource network interface and the variable that says "Admins is my resource group".

So, what's the actual problem?

My environment was corrupted; It was looking for elements that weren't there, and wasn't trying to create them as it should. 

 I had to make a new one with terraform workspace new [name].

The fix was easy, but the error message was lacking.

Further Research Needed

The documentation I've found is a little unclear sometimes. Some parts of the code, It took more context clues to find out what meant what - and I'm still not 100% sure.


 resource "azurerm_virtual_machine" "CloudskilsDevVM"


I'm pretty sure the name of the second part ("CloudskilsDevVM") would be the name, however, the next line ithin the brackets is

name = "cloudskillsvm"


So what is "CloudskilsDevVM"?

I still haven't figured it out, but my code works. So, whoo! Can't wait to learn more. This will come in handy when I build out Azure Companies.




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