Why Implement Self Service Infrastructure
One of the many concepts of DevOps is the self service aspect of procuring new infrastructure for teams to work with. I think there are a number of ranges that these particular concept can be implemented. It can be from giving people direct access to their organizations cloud provider's dashboard . . .
Manual Azure Function configuration for Application Insights
Your Azure Functions,full stop, need to have telemetry. This post is not here to debate that issue. What I would like to share is a way to stand up your Azure Function, App Service Plan, Storage Account and a Application Insights in a single deployment via Azure Resource Manager.
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When using ARM templates for your deployments you will find your build or your release pipeline in a situation where you need to get some of those generated values from your template or some references from the resources that ARM created in Azure for you.
I have a couple of PowerShell functions that end up getting leveraged in my VSTS Build . . .