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Rob Habraken | Technical Manager, Consultant & Sitecore MVP
to Azure Web Apps
from version 8.2 Update 1 Sitecore
will support Azure App Service Web Apps!
The current estimation is that this
update wil...
Familiarity of
Windows
Built on .NET, Sitecore uses
the technology that your IT
department already knows.
Infinite scalabi...
Virtual Machines Cloud Services Web Apps
Azure hosting options
Control Support of legacy apps Ease of management Agility
•...
• Cloud Services had the Azure Module (now deprecated), but
required a lot of custom configurations and additional work in...
• Custom deployment
• Deployment takes 20 ~ 45
minutes per instance
• No automatic scaling without third
party services
• ...
• Custom deployment
• Deployment takes 20 ~ 45
minutes per instance
• No automatic scaling without third
party services
• ...
Sitecore using Web Apps
Web Apps
Separate Web Apps to host the web
site roles (CM, CD, Processing etc).
Each Web App is placed in its own
App Serv...
Delivery
ServersVisitors
Authors
Management
Servers
Content Management
Databases
Health
Monitoring
Content Delivery
Databa...
• Per instance
group you can
manually scale
out already
deployed
instances (no
extra deploy
required)
• No config diffs
be...
• Scale on metrics
using a defined
min & max
amount of
instances
• Always deploy to
a single instance
in an empty
staging ...
• You can scale up
instance groups
simply by clicking
the desired plan
of the new deployment process
• Azure Marketplace
• Point and click deployment of vanilla Sitecore environment
• No technical skills required
• BYOL onl...
• ARM (Azure Resource Manager) templates are an
Azure standard using JSON
• Delivered by Sitecore as a starting point for ...
• PowerShell 4.0
• the latest Azure PowerShell CmdLets installed
• .NET Framework 4.6
• A running MongoDB instance
• https...
• A set of modules that provide cmdlets to manage Azure
• Used to create, test, deploy, and manage solutions and services
...
• Use the PowerShellGet module https://www.powershellgallery.com/
• Set-ExecutionPolicy -ExecutionPolicy AllSigned
• More ...
• Inject your mongoDB connection strings into the ARM template
parameter file
• Enter a username and a password for your S...
Are you ready for take off?
• I have shown you a straight forward deployment directly from
Visual Studio – in a real production scenario you would inv...
• Only use geo-replication if you are concerned about an Azure
Data Center going offline – default uptime is very high
• Y...
• Web Apps has a max of 8 cores & 14 Gigs of RAM
• Azure Search has a limit of 1000 fields per index
• Azure SQL has a lim...
• Entire architecture should be stateless
• Cannot install additional software on a server
• No access to registry
• Limit...
• Web Apps
• Application Insights
• Azure Search
• Azure SQL
• Azure Redis Cache
• mongoDB
• Traffic Manager
Standard S2
S...
Azure Resources
• Azure App Service/Web Apps
• Azure SQL
• Azure Search
• Application Insights
• Redis Cache
ARM Templates...
On the road to the ultimate Sitecore setup
• Blog on Azure Cloud Services – deprecated!
http://sitecore.robhabraken.nl/index.php/2229/sitecore-azure/
• First blog of...
• Sitecore 8.2.1 on Web Apps blog post about all I’ve shown here
(early December)
• The Ultimate Continuous Delivery for S...
• Azure Marketplace
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/marketplace/
• ARM Templates
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-
us/docu...
• Azure SQL Geo-Replication
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/sql-
database-geo-replication-overvie...
• Web Apps
https://channel9.msdn.com/events/Build/Build-Tour-2016-
Toronto/Web-Apps
• Application Insights
https://channel...
• App Service Limitations
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-
us/documentation/articles/azure-subscription-service-
limits/#ap...
• Azure Redis limitations
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/details/cache/
• App Insights limitations
https://azur...
• Introduction to Remote Debugging on Azure Web Sites
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/introduction-to-remote-
debug...
• Set up staging environments for web apps in Azure App Service
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-
us/documentation/articles/...
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The sildes of my presentation on the Sitecore User Group Netherlands meetup on December 7th 2016, hosted by Colours in Den Bosch, presenting and demoing the provisioning of Sitecore into Azure using Azure Web Apps. Note that these slides do not contain the demo itself. For the demo, view the recording of the presentation or read my blog post, both accessable via https://www.robhabraken.nl

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Sitecore 8.2 Update 1 on Azure Web Apps

  1. 1. Rob Habraken | Technical Manager, Consultant & Sitecore MVP
  2. 2. to Azure Web Apps
  3. 3. from version 8.2 Update 1 Sitecore will support Azure App Service Web Apps! The current estimation is that this update will come available early November. After a few delays, 8.2 Update 1 was launched on December 5th This presentation and demo is mostly based on my early access preview, everything is rather new and we’re still learning :-) Marketplace and ARM templates became available yesterday
  4. 4. Familiarity of Windows Built on .NET, Sitecore uses the technology that your IT department already knows. Infinite scalability Easily scales up and down as demand changes.* Rapidly deploy Sitecore on Azure without worrying IT. Speed to market The only enterprise- grade cloud Microsoft Azure ensures that Sitecore® Experience Database™ is secure. Always on Never miss a beat; always be there for your customers. Interoperability Integrates seamlessly with your existing back-end systems and marketing investments. Accident protection Reliable and redundant copies of your data and automatic failover protection. Pay-as-you-go Only pay for the power and capacity you’re using.* *Customers will need to ensure the proper number of content delivery servers from Sitecore to meet scaling requirements.
  5. 5. Virtual Machines Cloud Services Web Apps Azure hosting options Control Support of legacy apps Ease of management Agility • Web Apps is the new PaaS standard with more agility & easier to manage • Web Apps were previously marketed as a SaaS solution, but is now considered to be PaaS • Sitecore is using additional SaaS services to complete the installation Azure Module Sitecore 8.2-1
  6. 6. • Cloud Services had the Azure Module (now deprecated), but required a lot of custom configurations and additional work in your solution • It is more work to get Sitecore 8.2.1 up and running locally then deploying it to the Cloud in Azure Web Apps • Sitecore now provides boilerplate provisioning scripts for all different seats (xP1, xP2, xM1etc.) and also gives sizing advices for all services and instances
  7. 7. • Custom deployment • Deployment takes 20 ~ 45 minutes per instance • No automatic scaling without third party services • Doesn’t support all modules (WFFM, EXM) • Cumbersome maintenance • Out of the box provisioning & default deployment techniques • Deploy once per server type • Scaling is an easy native Azure feature • Will (eventually) support all Sitecore modules • Very easy to maintain & monitor Cloud Services Web Apps
  8. 8. • Custom deployment • Deployment takes 20 ~ 45 minutes per instance • No automatic scaling without third party services • Doesn’t support all modules (WFFM, EXM) • Cumbersome maintenance • Out of the box provisioning & default deployment techniques • Deploy once per server type • Scaling is an easy native Azure feature • Will (eventually) support all Sitecore modules • Very easy to maintain & monitor Cloud Services Web Apps
  9. 9. Sitecore using Web Apps
  10. 10. Web Apps Separate Web Apps to host the web site roles (CM, CD, Processing etc). Each Web App is placed in its own App Service Plan to enable it to scale separately. Azure Search Sitecore uses Azure Search as its default search engine. Azure Search is a fully managed search-as-a-service that offers scalable full-text search. Application Insights Used for all Health Monitoring needs, like searching for all Sitecore logs, performance counters & custom telemetry. No local log files anymore! Azure SQL Sitecore uses Azure SQL to store all of its content and analytics databases. Databases can be split across management and delivery database servers. mongoDB The collection database (MongoDB) is the primary storage for all analytics information and the registry of contacts and engagement automation states. Use a VM hosting mongoDB or use mLab. Azure Redis Cache Sitecore uses Azure Redis Cache as its default session state backend, used to store information from active visitors to be used by the content delivery and personalization process.
  11. 11. Delivery ServersVisitors Authors Management Servers Content Management Databases Health Monitoring Content Delivery Databases Processing Servers Search Collection Database Session State Reporting Database Reporting Servers
  12. 12. • Per instance group you can manually scale out already deployed instances (no extra deploy required) • No config diffs between instances possible
  13. 13. • Scale on metrics using a defined min & max amount of instances • Always deploy to a single instance in an empty staging slot and scale out afterwards
  14. 14. • You can scale up instance groups simply by clicking the desired plan
  15. 15. of the new deployment process
  16. 16. • Azure Marketplace • Point and click deployment of vanilla Sitecore environment • No technical skills required • BYOL only (Bring your own license), you cannot buy via Marketplace • ARM Templates & Web Deploy packages • PowerShell based deployment of vanilla or customized Sitecore environment • Technical skills required • Both: deploy customizations overtop
  17. 17. • ARM (Azure Resource Manager) templates are an Azure standard using JSON • Delivered by Sitecore as a starting point for your own custom provisioning • Enables you to define one or more Azure resources including dependencies between deployed resources • Can be used for initial provision or as continuous deployment • Use Web Deploy and DACPAC packages to setup site & databases
  18. 18. • PowerShell 4.0 • the latest Azure PowerShell CmdLets installed • .NET Framework 4.6 • A running MongoDB instance • https://dev.sitecore.net/Downloads/Sitecore_Experience_Platfor m/82/Sitecore_Experience_Platform_82_Update1.aspx • https://github.com/Sitecore/Sitecore-Azure-Quickstart- Templates
  19. 19. • A set of modules that provide cmdlets to manage Azure • Used to create, test, deploy, and manage solutions and services • Offers same tasks as the Azure Portal, such as creating and configuring cloud services, virtual machines, virtual networks, and web apps. • Addition: This week Sitecore released an Azure Toolkit with Sitecore CmdLets to provision environments & create WDPs
  20. 20. • Use the PowerShellGet module https://www.powershellgallery.com/ • Set-ExecutionPolicy -ExecutionPolicy AllSigned • More info on https://azure.microsoft.com/en- us/documentation/articles/powershell-install-configure/ • And simply run the following commands: # Install the Azure Resource Manager modules from the PowerShell Gallery Install-Module AzureRM # Install the Azure Service Management module from the PowerShell Gallery Install-Module Azure
  21. 21. • Inject your mongoDB connection strings into the ARM template parameter file • Enter a username and a password for your SQL Azure databases • Point the PowerShell script delivered by Sitecore to the correct ARM template and its parameter file • Enter a • name for your resource group • the location you want to provision Sitecore in • your Azure Subscription ID • Run the PowerShell script
  22. 22. Are you ready for take off?
  23. 23. • I have shown you a straight forward deployment directly from Visual Studio – in a real production scenario you would involve Continuous Integration tooling like TeamCity, VSTS, Octopus Deploy, but that is out of scope of this demo • If you would create a WDP package and store that, you would have a nice recovery plan, together with the ARM scripts you can automatically re-provision and deploy your whole environment
  24. 24. • Only use geo-replication if you are concerned about an Azure Data Center going offline – default uptime is very high • You can use all integrations separately & in combination with on premise too (like AI, Search, Redis, SQL) • Or you can use your own alternative of any of these integrations by patching them in the corresponding config (you don’t have to use them) – like Solr instead of Azure Search • Consumption based licensing is recommended for moving to Azure Apps • Staging slots do not count in the server based license model
  25. 25. • Web Apps has a max of 8 cores & 14 Gigs of RAM • Azure Search has a limit of 1000 fields per index • Azure SQL has a limit of 1TB per database • Check limitations of required Azure resources upfront • You might end up having to use an IaaS equivalent
  26. 26. • Entire architecture should be stateless • Cannot install additional software on a server • No access to registry • Limited .NET Framework Drawing APIs • Shared disk among all App Service Plan instances
  27. 27. • Web Apps • Application Insights • Azure Search • Azure SQL • Azure Redis Cache • mongoDB • Traffic Manager Standard S2 Standard Standard S1 Standard S2 Standard C1 Use service like mLab Default
  28. 28. Azure Resources • Azure App Service/Web Apps • Azure SQL • Azure Search • Application Insights • Redis Cache ARM Templates • XP1 • XM1 • xDB1 Azure Marketplace • XM1 (Nov 2016) • XP1 (Jan 2017) Azure Resources • Azure Search Improvements • Application Insights Improvements ARM Templates • XP1-5 • XM1-5 • xDB1-5 Also on the Azure Marketplace Supported Products • Sitecore Commerce • WFFM • FxM • SxA • ExM Enhancements • Application Compatibility Sitecore 8.2 Update 1 Sitecore 8.2 Update X Sitecore 8.3
  29. 29. On the road to the ultimate Sitecore setup
  30. 30. • Blog on Azure Cloud Services – deprecated! http://sitecore.robhabraken.nl/index.php/2229/sitecore-azure/ • First blog of my series on Azure Web Apps http://sitecore.robhabraken.nl/index.php/2407/an-introduction- to-sitecore-on-azure-web-apps/
  31. 31. • Sitecore 8.2.1 on Web Apps blog post about all I’ve shown here (early December) • The Ultimate Continuous Delivery for Sitecore Web Apps • Building and setting up a showcase development environment with fellow Sitecore devs, which we will share in the community
  32. 32. • Azure Marketplace https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/marketplace/ • ARM Templates https://azure.microsoft.com/en- us/documentation/articles/resource-group-authoring- templates/ • Web Deploy packages https://www.iis.net/learn/publish/using-web- deploy/introduction-to-web-deploy
  33. 33. • Azure SQL Geo-Replication https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/sql- database-geo-replication-overview/ • Azure Search Capacity Planning https://azure.microsoft.com/en- us/documentation/articles/search-capacity-planning/ • MongoDB Replication https://docs.mongodb.com/manual/replication/
  34. 34. • Web Apps https://channel9.msdn.com/events/Build/Build-Tour-2016- Toronto/Web-Apps • Application Insights https://channel9.msdn.com/events/Visual-Studio/Connect- event-2015/603 • Azure Search https://channel9.msdn.com/events/Visual-Studio/Connect- event-2014/421
  35. 35. • App Service Limitations https://azure.microsoft.com/en- us/documentation/articles/azure-subscription-service- limits/#app-service-limits • Azure Search limitations https://azure.microsoft.com/en- us/documentation/articles/search-limits-quotas-capacity/ • Azure SQL limitations https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/sql- database-resource-limits/
  36. 36. • Azure Redis limitations https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/details/cache/ • App Insights limitations https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/app- insights-pricing/#limits-summary • Azure Products availability by region https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/regions/services/
  37. 37. • Introduction to Remote Debugging on Azure Web Sites https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/introduction-to-remote- debugging-on-azure-web-sites/ • Troubleshoot a web app in Azure App Service using Visual Studio https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/app-service-web/web-sites- dotnet-troubleshoot-visual-studio#remotedebug • Debugging an Azure cloud service or virtual machine in Visual Studio https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/vs-azure-tools-debug- cloud-services-virtual-machines#debug-a-cloud-service-in-azure
  38. 38. • Set up staging environments for web apps in Azure App Service https://azure.microsoft.com/en- us/documentation/articles/web-sites-staged-publishing/ • Azure Web App sandbox https://github.com/projectkudu/kudu/wiki/Azure-Web-App- sandbox

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