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Article by Vinoth Darwin

What is an Azure Blueprint:

Blueprints, in the traditional sense, are used by architects and engineers to design and build new things. They are used to ensure that the final products are built to specifications and in compliance with certain standards and requirements.

Same way, Azure Blueprints helps you deploy and update cloud environments in a repeatable manner using composable artifacts such as Azure Resource Manager templates to provision resources, role-based access controls, and policies.

Where you can see a same service in AWS as Cloud Formation. Which is doing the same stuff in AWS.
Blueprints are a declarative way to orchestrate the deployment of various resource templates and other artifacts such as:
– Role Assignments
– Policy Assignments
– Azure Resource Manager templates
– Resource Groups

Let’s start and build our first Azure Blueprint. What does the lifecycle of an Azure Blueprint look like?
– Publishing of the blueprint
– Creating or editing a new version of the blueprint
– Publishing a new version of the blueprint
– Deletion of a specific version of the blueprint
– Deleting the blueprint altogether

What’s the difference between Azure Blueprint and Resource manager Template?

Knowing the difference between azure blueprint and ARM template key to understanding the which Is use and when, as you know already everything that you’d want to do with Blueprints can also be done with Resource manager templates. So what’s the difference?

Azure blueprint used to build the environmental setup. That environments include Azure resource groups, role assignments, different policies, and Resource Manager template deployment. Blueprints are essentially packages that pull these types of resources and artifacts together. These packages can then be composed, versioned, and assigned to a subscription. Such blueprint packages can also be audited and tracked.
And the ARM template natively don’t exist under azure anywhere and they stored somewhere on local machine or in git hub. And there Is no active connectivity between ARM template and Azure after deployment.

And the Blueprints can be reusable under many subscriptions. Azure Blueprints differ from templates because even after deployment of resources from a blueprint, the relationship between the blueprint definition and blueprint assignment (i.e., what was deployed from the blueprint) remains intact.

What’s the difference between Azure Blueprint and Azure Policy?

Have you ever considered Azure Policy vs ARM? An azure policy is an access system that provided default allow or deny on new or existing resources to which the policy applied. But azure blueprint is a backage to create govern the implementation of Azure services, security and design.

What are the Azure Blueprint Parameters?

Azure Blueprints can pass parameters to policies, initiatives, or Resource Manager templates. When the blueprint author adds an artifact to a blueprint, they must decide on a value to define for each blueprint assignment or they must allow the blueprint assignment to provide a value at assignment time. With this flexibility, the author has the option to either define a pre-set value for all uses of the blueprint or to allow that decision to occur at assignment time.

Let’s see the step by step procedure for creating a blueprint, here. There are several free training course to learn Microsoft Azure on Cybrary.

You can create it from Azure marketplace through graphical way or through Azure PowerShell module.

Step by Step creating Blueprint:

1) Select the blank blueprint

2) Select where the blueprint needs to be placed, this can’t change in future.


3) Adding the Artifacts from the listed options , Where you can add the artifacts parameters


4) Adding ARM template for App-Gateway creation

5) Adding RBAC Artifact



6) And then the saving the Blueprint draft.

7) Make sure the blueprint published next and giving a version to future life cycle management.

8) Assigning the blueprint filling the artifact parameter.



Summary:
When all is said and done, Azure Blueprints is a service that affords cloud architects the ability to define an easily repeatable set of Azure resources that conforms to the organization’s standards and requirements. With blueprints, it is possible to quickly build and deploy new environments with a set of built-in components. As such, it is possible to not only deploy consistent environments, but it’s also possible to do so in a much more streamlined fashion, allowing organizations to speed up development and delivery of such solutions.

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