Using Terraform Remote State in Azure

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Using Terraform Remote State in Azure

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Terraform state is a critical component of using Terraform. However, there are many risks involved when storing the state file locally on a computer. The state file can contain sensitive information about the infrastructure, such as keys and passwords. Saving them to an engineer's laptop is not a great long term solution. Also, as teams start utilizing Terraform and managing resources, they need a way to centrally store the state file so that everyone has access to run Terraform commands against the same infrastructure. Additionally, this centralized storage solution needs to have a system to prevent the same state file from being used simultaneously. This is why Terraform can be configured to use a remote state feature, where the state file is stored in a remote location, and a feature called state file locking is introduced. Remote state can be used with the native Azure Storage Account service.

In this lab, you will create a Storage Account and configure remote state for a Terraform Configuration.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lab you will be able to:

  • Understand how Terraform remote state works
  • Learn the benefits of remote state

Intended Audience

This lab is intended for:

  • Individuals studying to take the HashiCorp Certified: Terraform Associate exam
  • Anyone interested in learning how to use Terraform to manage Cloud Service Providers

Lab Prerequisites

You should be familiar with:

  • Cloud Services
  • DevOps
  • Basic understanding of Terraform state

The following course and lab can be used to fulfill the prerequisites:

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About the Author
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Luke currently serves as a Cloud Labs Developer at Cloud Academy. His background is infrastructure development using Terraform. He is an Azure DevOps Engineer Expert, Azure Administrator Associate, and HashiCorp Certified - Terraform Associate.

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