Azure Cloud

Azure Resource Group

AWS has been my cloud provider for many years. I have used it to host .NET applications, SQL Server databases, and other services like email, storage, queues. I have gained valuable experience in this platform but it’s time to play with Azure. In this post, I want to share how to create resource groups and their benefits.

First, let’s create a resource group. After you login to the Azure portal, click on Resource groups on the left menu. Now click on the Add button and enter a valid resource group name, select a subscription and location. For this example, I’m using dev-resource-group, pay-as-you-go, and South Central US to create my resource group.

A resource group is a container that hold resources like web sites, storage, databases in a group so we can manage them as a single unit. I like to think of resource groups as my dinner plate. I use a plate to hold my food (meat, vegetables, desert, etc) and once I’m done eating I can throw away the plate along with any food that is left.

Now let’s add a new app service. Click on App Services link on the left menu and click add. In the web apps section, select WordPress on Linux and click Create button. Enter required fields and make sure you select resource group created in the previous step.

Just to verify that our resource group is associated with our new wordpress site, click on Resource groups again and select the resource group. I see 3 items associated with my resource group: app service, azure database for mysql server, and app service plan.

Let’s create a new app service. Choose web app, create, and add all required fields. Make sure you select the same resource group from previous step. In the OS section, I select Docker and configure your container.

Now our resource group has a total of 4 items in it. These items belong to my dev environment and now I’m ready to delete this environment since I no longer need it. Select the resource group and click on the 3 dots and select delete resource group.

Type the resource group name and click on Delete button. After a few minutes, the 4 items associated with our resource group will be deleted along with our resource group. As you can see, resource groups allows us to group resources in a cohesive way so we can manage these resources in a better way. I have seen resource groups for different environments like dev, test, and production. Once you are done with your resources, just delete the resource group and it will save you a lot of time and effort.