Azure DevOps is a suite of 5 services you use together or independently. For example, Azure Pipelines provides build services (CI), that are free for open source projects and available in the GitHub marketplace. Azure Pipelines also provides release management for continuous delivery (CD) to any cloud and on-premises servers. Azure Repos provides unlimited private Git hosting, Azure Boards provides agile planning (issues, Kanban, Scrum, and dashboards).

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For my first outing with Terraform I decided to create an Azure DevOps Services self-hosted agent capable of running Docker multi-stage builds. Why a self-hosted agent rather than a Microsoft-hosted agent? The main reason is speed: a self-hosted agent is there when you need it and doesn't need the spin-up time of a Microsoft-hosted agent, plus a self-hosted agent can cache Docker images for re-use as opposed to a Microsoft-hosted agent which needs to download images every time they are used.


This is the first part in a series demonstrating how to setup continuous deployment of an Azure Functions App using Azure DevOps build and release pipelines.