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ARM Templates / Infrastructure as Code with Azure Bicep

 An unintentional part 1.

So Bicep is like Terraform but a different language that's native to Azure! That's fun. Here's a video about it (I love how enthusiastic the person is)


Now that you get it, let's try it.


First we have our resource group; This is where things like virtual machines (virtual computers), storage account, and some configurations are stored for organizational ease.

az group create --name runtcp  -l eastus

💡 Check the naming convention of the locations. I kept putting in us-east Ala AWS

Then we make the storage account to go in! this can store resources that can be open to the greater internet for people to download - Or it can have the proper security measures in place for certain people to have access to.

az group deployment create --resource-group runtcp  --template-file main.bicep --mode Complete

A very cool thing the video Azure Bicep Crash Course, by Meet Kamal Today does is use an array to push the same resource in multiple regions (3:30)


'This declaration is not recognized'

I use the VS code extension for bicep, where you can start typing (usually `res`) and it gives suggestions on what you might want.

res-resource storageaccount 'Microsoft.Storage/storageAccounts@2021-02-01' = {
name: storageName
location: 'eastus'
kind: 'StorageV2'
sku: {
name: 'Premium_LRS'
}
}

 That says 'Let's make a storage account and name it storageName, in the East US, as a V2'

Sometimes the res- gets stuck at the beginning and the entire thing is marked as a non declared ... declaration. 


'Inner Errors'


- "PreFlightValidationCheckFailed" and "AccountNameInvalid" basically boiled down to 'You don't put capital letters in your storage account name.

resource storageaccount 'Microsoft.Storage/storageAccounts@2021-02-01' = {
name: 'Starro' # Wrong
location: 'eastus'
kind: 'StorageV2'
sku: {
name: 'Premium_LRS'
}
}



Bicep has both parameters [(param)s] and variables, which was helpfully pointed out by The Lazy Administrator; It doesn't seem as if there's much difference between the two.

param = storageAccountName string = 'starro' 

var location = 'eastus'

resource storageaccount 'Microsoft.Storage/storageAccounts@2021-02-01' = {
name:  storageAccountName
location: location
kind: 'StorageV2'
sku: {
name: 'Premium_LRS'
}
}

 At this point, the machine I was using to work on this, the monitor broke :( And then the logic board (maybe) broke. But I got this far, so here's a proof of knowledge post.

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