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Azure Building Blocks: Simplifying Resource Deployment

The Azure Building Blocks project is a command line tool and set of Azure Resource Manager templates designed to simplify deployment of Azure resources. Users author a set of simplified parameters to specify settings for Azure resources, and the command line tool merges these parameters with best practice defaults to produce a set of final parameter files that can be deployed with the Azure Resource Manager templates.

Getting Started

Install the Azure Building Blocks using npm:

npm install -g @mspnp/azure-building-blocks

Then, author an Azure Building Blocks parameter file and run the azbb command line tool.


Full documentation for the command line tool and parameter file schema is available on the Wiki.


Azure Building Blocks parameters to deploy three identical VMs:

"type": "VirtualMachine",
"settings": {
    "vmCount": 3,
    "osType": "windows",
    "namePrefix": "test",
    "adminPassword": "testPassw0rd!23",
    "nics": [{"subnetName": "web"}],
    "virtualNetwork": {"name": "ra-vnet"}

The command line tool merges best practice defaults to the parameters as follows:

  • Enables diagnostics on all VMs
  • Deploys the VMs in an availability set
  • All VM disks are managed
  • OS is latest Windows Server 2016 image
  • Public IP created for each VM

To add a load balancer in front of the three identical VMs:

"type": "VirtualMachine",
"settings": {
    "vmCount": 3,
    "osType": "windows",
    "namePrefix": "test",
    "adminPassword": "testPassw0rd!23",
    "nics": [{
        "subnetName": "web",
        "isPublic": false,
        "backendPoolsNames": ["bp1"]
    "virtualNetwork": {"name": "ra-vnet"},
    "loadBalancerSettings": {
        "backendPools": [{"name": "bp1"}]


This project has adopted the Microsoft Open Source Code of Conduct. For more information see the Code of Conduct FAQ or contact with any additional questions or comments.