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Executing a script

See original GitHub issue

I have a few questions, because the current documentation seemed a bit thin. I’d like to deploy a VM and an Azure SQL database by Farmer. Very basic software architecture. For that, I need to execute a few scripts:

  1. Virtual Machine,

    • Execute cmd/bat/shell-script. That is possible, but can that be done by Farmer?
      • Install Chocolatey @powershell -NoProfile -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -Command "iex ((new-object net.webclient).DownloadString(''))" && SET PATH=%PATH%;%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\chocolatey\bin
      • Install a few programs like choco install dotnet4.7.2 -y
      • A way to transfer a few files. By installing SSH I guess?
      • Configure Windows firewall, e.g.: netsh advfirewall firewall add rule name="Open Port HTTPS" dir=in action=allow protocol=TCP localport=443
      • Install certificate (certutil) and apply certificate to the port: netsh http add sslcert ipport= certhash=123abc... appid=abc124...
      • Create a service sc create MyService binPath= c:\path\myservice.exe
      • …and set it to auto-start: sc config "MyService" start= auto
    • I also need to configure the Azure side Network interface for the VM, I couldn’t find Farmer command for that.
    • Set a static IP for VM. I guess this is already supported.
  2. Deploy the Azure Database.

    • Create a new login.
    • Execute an *.sql-script that creates the tables, and inserts some basic data. Azure supports that, but can that be done with Farmer?
    • For the database version control, I’m using VisualStudio SQL Server Database Project (*.sqlproj). Is that messing my architecture-as-code?

What is the preferred way to do these with Farmer?

Issue Analytics

  • State:closed
  • Created 3 years ago
  • Comments:6 (6 by maintainers)

github_iconTop GitHub Comments

isaacabrahamcommented, Jun 30, 2020


  1. Scripts - you can run a post-deployment script on a VM in an ARM template. We haven’t exposed that yet in Farmer but there’s no reason why we couldn’t - I suggest raising an issue.
  2. Transferring files - we could build a post-deploy task to upload files from the local machine onto the VM. The pure ARM way is to upload files into a storage account first and then reference them in the ARM template. However, this requires a storage account to have been already created and the files uploaded. An alternative is to upload via Azure CLI or SSH - again, Farmer could wrap this up; it’s what we do for app service.
  3. Firewall - this should be possible in ARM, I suggest looking through the docs - if it’s there, we can expose it.
  4. I believe that static IPs are already supported.


  1. I don’t know if you can create separate logins within ARM - I believe it’s just the standard admin login. Again, can you check the ARM docs for SQL?
  2. When you say “Azure can do that” - do you mean the portal? The portal uses all sorts of different things; Farmer is essentially a wrapper around what ARM templates support plus some extensions that wrap around the Azure CLI for things that ARM doesn’t support.

Database version control and deployments are a separate concern to Farmer - it shouldn’t impact infrastucture-as-code at all (indeed, we’re using dbprojects right now with Farmer - it should just work.

isaacabrahamcommented, Jul 2, 2020

This has now been released.

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