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Azure functions - Deployment notes

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There are different ways for deploying Azure Functions:

Visual Studio

  1. download the Azure Function publish profile file (.pubxml)
  2. import it: right click on project –> Publish –> New –> Import Profile
  3. deploy the app: right click on project –> Publish –> select the profile –> press [Publish]

Azure pipelines


Compile for ZipDeploy (mode I) : MSBuild + ArchiveFiles

Output: $(build.artifactStagingDirectory)/BasicFunctionsZD.zip
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- task: VSBuild@1
    solution: '**/BasicFunctions.csproj'
    msbuildArgs: '/p:DeployOnBuild=true /p:DeployDefaultTarget=WebPublish /p:WebPublishMethod=FileSystem /p:DeleteExistingFiles=True /p:publishUrl="$(build.artifactStagingDirectory)\BasicFunctionsZD"'
    platform: '$(buildPlatform)'
    configuration: '$(buildConfiguration)'
- task: ArchiveFiles@2
    rootFolderOrFile: '$(build.artifactStagingDirectory)/BasicFunctionsZD'
    includeRootFolder: false
    archiveType: 'zip'
    archiveFile: '$(build.artifactStagingDirectory)/BasicFunctionsZD.zip'
    replaceExistingArchive: true

Compile for ZipDeploy (mode II): dotnet publish with autozip

Output: $(Build.ArtifactStagingDirectory)/CmdBasedFunctionZD/CmdBasedFunction.zip

- task: DotNetCoreCLI@2
  displayName: 'Publish the project - CmdBasedFunction'
    command: 'publish'
    projects: '**/CmdBasedFunction.csproj'
    publishWebProjects: false
    arguments: '--no-build --configuration $(buildConfiguration) --output $(Build.ArtifactStagingDirectory)/CmdBasedFunctionZD'
    zipAfterPublish: true


- task: AzureFunctionApp@1
    azureSubscription: 'subscription_name'
    appType: 'functionApp'
    appName: 'appname'
    package: '$(System.ArtifactsDirectory)/**/BasicFunctionsZD.zip'
    deploymentMethod: 'auto'

Example: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/modules/deploy-azure-functions/4-deploy-azure-function


ZipDeploy breaks traditional Visual Studio publish from profile

After deploying from DevOps Pipeline, the traditional WebDeploy from Visual Studio hangs with errors like:

2>An error occurred when the request was processed on the remote computer.
2>Could not find file 'D:\home\site\wwwroot\App_Offline.htm'. 

This is because DevOps task AzureFunctionApp@1 sets the Funtcion App to configuration to run-from-package:


Delete the entry if you need to deploy from Visual Studio via WebDeploy.

Create a local .zip file for ZIP deployment

The output zip must start from the files insiede abc folder and must not have an inside folder ‘abc’. The option abc\* solve the issue.

dotnet publish BasicFunctions -c Release -o _temp\abc
powershell Compress-Archive _temp\abc\* _temp\abc.zip -Force

Publish & Download artifacts

Note: if you use the old PublishBuildArtifacts and get the artifact with DownloadPipelineArtifact, you’lle get this misleading warning.

##[warning]Please use Download Build Artifact task for downloading Build Artifact type artifact. 

It should be “use the new PublishPipelineArtifact instead of PublishBuildArtifacts in the source pipeline”.

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