Deploy an ASP.NET app


This tutorial shows how to create the infrastructure required to host a ASP.NET web app, and how to automatically deploy that application with Farmer. We’ll cover the following steps:

  1. Creating and configuring a basic ASP.NET web application.
  2. Creating a web app in Farmer.
  3. Deploying the web app through Farmer.
Full code available here

Full code available here

Note: Your web application can be a C# web application - it does not need to be written in F#!

Creating the ASP.NET web application

Create a brand new ASP.NET web application:

  1. Create a directory for your new application and enter it.
  2. Using the dotnet SDK, create a new application: dotnet new mvc.
  3. Notice that inside the project file (either csproj or fsproj), the Project SDK is already set to Microsoft.NET.Sdk.Web. This is more-or-less required for hosting in Azure.
  4. Locally publish the application to a directory called deploy: dotnet publish -c Release -o deploy.

dotnet publish puts all built files and outputs into a single folder, and adds a web.config as required for e.g. Azure, as long as your Project SDK is set correctly.

Create the Web App

Create a new Farmer application which contains a web app.

open Farmer
open Farmer.Builders

let webapplication = webApp {
    name "<web app name goes here>"

Configure Web App to deploy your ASP.NET application

let webapplication = webApp {
    zip_deploy @"<path_to_your_deploy_folder>"

That’s it!

Deploy the web app by adding it to an ARM builder and deploy it to a resource group of your choosing. During the deployment process, you will notice the following:

Running ZIP deploy for <path_to_your_deploy_folder>

Farmer will automatically zip up the contents of the folder for you.