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Terraform Cookbook

By : Mikael Krief
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Terraform Cookbook

By: Mikael Krief

Overview of this book

HashiCorp Configuration Language (HCL) has changed how we define and provision a data center infrastructure with the launch of Terraform—one of the most popular and powerful products for building Infrastructure as Code. This practical guide will show you how to leverage HashiCorp's Terraform tool to manage a complex infrastructure with ease. Starting with recipes for setting up the environment, this book will gradually guide you in configuring, provisioning, collaborating, and building a multi-environment architecture. Unlike other books, you’ll also be able to explore recipes with real-world examples to provision your Azure infrastructure with Terraform. Once you’ve covered topics such as Azure Template, Azure CLI, Terraform configuration, and Terragrunt, you’ll delve into manual and automated testing with Terraform configurations. The next set of chapters will show you how to manage a balanced and efficient infrastructure and create reusable infrastructure with Terraform modules. Finally, you’ll explore the latest DevOps trends such as continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) and zero-downtime deployments. By the end of this book, you’ll have developed the skills you need to get the most value out of Terraform and manage your infrastructure effectively.
Table of Contents (10 chapters)

Using the remote backend in Terraform Cloud

Throughout this book, we have discussed the backend and its importance for storing and sharing the Terraform state file.

In the Protecting the state file in the Azure remote backend recipe in Chapter 6, Provisioning Azure Infrastructure with Terraform, we had a concrete case of this when we set up and used a backend in Azure (using Azure Storage). However, this recipe can only be applied with an Azure subscription. The different types of backend listed at mostly require you to purchase platforms or tools.

One of Terraform's primary features is that it allows you to host a Terraform state file in a managed service, which is called a remote backend.

In this recipe, we will learn how to use the remote backend in Terraform Cloud.

Getting ready

The prerequisite for this recipe (as for all the others in this chapter) is that you have an account on Terraform Cloud (