Azure App Service is a fully managed web application hosting platform. This platform as a service (PaaS) allows developers to focus on designing and building applications while Azure takes care of the infrastructure to run and scale.
Deployment slots: You can create a staging deployment slot where you can push your code to test on Azure. Once you are happy with your code, you can easily swap the staging deployment slot with the production slot.
Advantages of Azure App Service
- Continuous integration/deployment support
- Integrated Visual Studio publishing and FTP publishing
- Built-in auto-scale support (automatic scale-out based on real-world load)
You use Azure Automation State Configuration to make sure that the virtual machines (VMs) in a cluster are in a consistent state, with the same software installed and the same configurations.
PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC): PowerShell DSC is a declarative management platform that Azure Automation State Configuration uses to configure, deploy, and control systems. A declarative programming language separates intent (what you want to do) from execution (how you want to do it). You specify the desired state and let DSC do the work to get there. You don’t have to know how to implement or deploy a feature when a DSC resource is available. Instead, you focus on the structure of your deployment.
Local configuration manager (LCM): LCM is a component of the Windows Management Framework (WMF) on a Windows operating system. The LCM is responsible for updating the state of a node, like a VM, to match the desired state.