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#Azure - Quick Start

#Pre-requisites

  1. Node.js v6.5.0 or later. (this is the runtime version supported by Azure Functions)
  2. Serverless CLI v1.9.0 or later. You can run npm install -g serverless to install it.
  3. An Azure account. If you don't already have one, you can sign up for a free trial that includes $200 of free credit.
  4. Set-up your Provider Credentials.

#Create a new service

Create a new service using the Node.js template, specifying a unique name and an optional path for your service.

# Create a new Serverless Service/Project
$ serverless create --template azure-nodejs --path my-service
# Change into the newly created directory
$ cd my-service
# Install npm dependencies
$ npm install

#Deploy, test and diagnose your service

  1. Deploy the Service:

Deploy your new service to Azure! The first time you do this, you will be asked to authenticate with your Azure account, so the serverless CLI can manage Functions on your behalf. Simply follow the provided instructions, and the deployment will continue as soon as the authentication process is completed.

serverless deploy -v

Note: Once you've authenticated, a new Azure "service principal" will be created, and used for subsequent deployments. This prevents you from needing to manually login again. See below if you'd prefer to use a custom service principal instead.

  1. Deploy the Function

Use this to quickly upload and overwrite your function code, allowing you to develop faster. If you're working on a single function, you can simply deploy the specified function instead of the entire service.

serverless deploy function -f hello
  1. Invoke the Function

Invoke a function, in order to test that it works:

serverless invoke -f hello
  1. Fetch the Function Logs

Open up a separate tab in your console and stream all logs for a specific Function using this command.

serverless logs -f hello -t

#Cleanup

If at any point, you no longer need your service, you can run the following command to remove the Functions, Events and Resources that were created, and ensure that you don't incur any unexpected charges.

serverless remove

Check out the Serverless Framework Guide for more information.

#Advanced Authentication

The getting started walkthrough illustrates the interactive login experience, which is recommended for most users. However, if you'd prefer to create an Azure "service principal" yourself, you can indicate that this plugin should use its credentials instead, by setting the following environment variables:

Bash

export azureSubId='<subscriptionId>'
export azureServicePrincipalTenantId='<tenantId>'
export azureServicePrincipalClientId='<servicePrincipalName>'
export azureServicePrincipalPassword='<password>'

Powershell

$env:azureSubId='<subscriptionId>'
$env:azureServicePrincipalTenantId='<tenantId>'
$env:azureServicePrincipalClientId='<servicePrincipalName>'
$env:azureServicePrincipalPassword='<password>'