CHAPTER 5Design and deploy ARM templates

The Azure Resource Manager (ARM) provides a central control plane whereby Azure resources can be provisioned and managed. When you use the Azure portal to create and configure resources, you are using ARM. Likewise, if you use command line tools such as Azure PowerShell or the CLI, you are using ARM because these tools are simply invoking what the API’s ARM exposes.

The Azure Resource Manager enables IT professionals and developers to describe an infrastructure in a declarative way using JSON documents, known as ARM templates, and then send those documents to ARM to provision the resources described in the template. This is a significant advancement from the approach of invoking a sequence of imperative ...

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