Create infrastructure for Azure WebJob using PowerShell

Azure infrastructure for Azure WebJob consists from following resources:

  • App Service Plan – scalable cluster of web servers
  • Web App – hosting environment running on App Service plan
  • Storage Account – stores data about Azure WebJob execution
  • Application Insights – monitoring

All there resources can be created using following PowerShell script:

param
(
    $resourceGroup = $(throw "Resource group is required"),
    $location = "westeurope"
)

$resourceGroupLower = $resourceGroup.ToLower()

New-AzResourceGroup -Name $resourceGroup -Location $location -ErrorAction Stop

New-AzAppServicePlan -Name $resourceGroup -ResourceGroupName $resourceGroup `
    -Location $location -Tier Basic -WorkerSize Small -NumberofWorkers 1 -ErrorAction Stop

New-AzWebApp -Name $resourceGroupLower -ResourceGroupName $resourceGroup `
    -Location $location -AppServicePlan $resourceGroup -ErrorAction Stop

New-AzStorageAccount -Name $resourceGroupLower -ResourceGroupName $resourceGroup `
    -Location $location -SkuName Standard_LRS -Kind StorageV2 -ErrorAction Stop

New-AzApplicationInsights -Name $resourceGroup -ResourceGroupName $resourceGroup `
    -Location $location -Kind web -ErrorAction Stop

PowerShell script has following parameters:

  • $resourceGroup – resource group name
  • $location – location name with West Europe as default value


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Deploy Azure WebJob using PowerShell

There are many posts on thema of Azure WebJob deployment using PowerShell. But I try to find the most simple solution possible and it is using the combination of PowerShell and Azure CLI.


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Following PowerShell script deploys Azure WebJob:

param
(
    [string] $buildOutput = $(throw "Directory with build output is required"),
    [string] $resourceGroupName = $(throw "Resource group name is required"),
    [string] $webAppName = $(throw "Web app name is required"),
    [string] $webJobName = $(throw "Web job name is required"),
    [string] $webJobType = "triggered"
)

$currentDir = (Get-Item .).FullName
$tempDir = "$currentDir\Temp"
$webJobDir = "$tempDir\App_Data\jobs\$webJobType\$webJobName"

New-Item $webJobDir -ItemType Directory
Copy-Item "$buildOutput\*" -Destination $webJobDir -Recurse
Compress-Archive -Path "$tempDir\*" -DestinationPath ".\$webJobName.zip"
Remove-Item $tempDir -Recurse -Force

az webapp deployment source config-zip -g $resourceGroupName -n $webAppName --src "$webJobName.zip"

PowerShell script has following parameters:

  • $buildOutput – Azure WebJob build output, in my case it is bin\Release\net472 folder
  • $resourceGroupName – Azure resource group name
  • $webAppName – Azure Web App name running on Azure App Service
  • $webJobName – Azure WebJob name
  • $webJobType – Azure WebJob type (triggered/continuous)

PowerShell creates temp directory and copy build output to the temp directory. The key part here is to use defined directory structure App_Data\jobs\$webJobType\$webJobName to deploy Azure WebJob to valid directory in Azure WebApp. Then create ZIP archive and remove temp directory. Then deploys Azure WebJob using Azure CLI command az webapp deployment to Azure.

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Azure WebJobs or how to migrate Windows Service to Azure

Some time ago I solved problem how to migrate solution consisting from ASP.NET MVC website, Microsoft SQL Server DB and Windows Service to Microsoft Azure.


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Migration of website and DB is straightforward, but migration of Windows Service can be realized different ways. Purpose of Windows Service was act as runtime for execution of scheduled jobs using Timer, which run every 60 seconds to execute scheduled jobs as can be seen in source code:

public partial class JobSchedulerService : System.ServiceProcess.ServiceBase
{
    private Timer timer;

    protected override void OnStart(string[] args)
    {
        timer = new Timer();
        timer.Elapsed += OnTimer;
        timer.Interval = 60 * 1000;  // 60 seconds
        timer.AutoReset = false;
        timer.Start();
    }

    protected override void OnStop()
    {
        timer.Stop();
    }

    private void OnTimer(object sender, ElapsedEventArgs e)
    {
        JobExecutor.ExecuteScheduledJobs();
    }
}

JobSchedulerService execute JobExecutor.ExecuteScheduledJobs() method every 60 seconds. I found 3 options how to migrate this component into Azure infrastructure:

1. Azure Virtual Machine

Pros

  • No code changes in Windows Service required
  • The same deployment method as at on premise solution

Cons

  • Price of Azure VM

2. Azure Cloud Service

Pros

  • Scalability

Cons

  • Price of Azure Cloud Service
  • Complex code changes required

3. Azure WebJob

Pros

  • No price of Azure WebJob because it is part od Azure App Service

Cons

  • Minimal code changes required

Due to cost I decided for Azure WebJob. Transformation of Windows Service to Azure WebJob is simple. I created Azure WebJob project with the following implementation of Program and Function classes:

public class Program
{
    static void Main()
    {
        var host = new JobHost();
        host.Call(typeof(Functions).GetMethod("ExecuteJobs"));
    } 
}

public class Functions
{
    [NoAutomaticTrigger]
    public static void ExecuteJobs()
    {
        JobExecutor.ExecuteScheduledJobs();
    } 
}

Then I created ZIP package from build output and uploaded it to Azure Portal with WebJob type Triggered and CRON schedule “0 * * * * *” to execute every 60 seconds.

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