Deploying a Web Deploy Package to AWS ElasticBeanstalk

AWS provide an extension to Visual Studio to make interacting with your AWS services easy, including deploying to a Beanstalk environment, which is the recommended way of deploying to a Beanstalk.

This works great, and if you are able to, you should obviously use the recommended approach, but there may be times you don’t have the extension available, or already have a build system setup to use Web Deploy packages. As far as I can tell the Beanstalk just uses MsDeploy packages under the hood, making it easy to deploy these without the extension!

1. Create a Package

If you don’t already have a Web Deploy package, create one. This is simple in Visual Studio, open your Web Application, right click on the Web Application project and select Publish.

This will open the Publish Web dialog:


Select Custom, and give your profile a name (for example the beanstalk environment name). On the Connection screen, update the Publish method to Web Deploy Package.

Deploy2Enter Default Web Site for the Site name, and choose a location on your machine to create the package.

Check the Settings are correct on the next screen, confirm your publish location on the Preview screen, and then click Publish.

Navigate to the folder where the package was created, you should see 5 files, the only one of interest for this case is the ZIP file.


2. Deploying the package

Browse to your environment in the AWS Management Console

Deploy3Select Upload and Deploy.


Deploy4Choose the ZIP file created earlier, and give this version a label (these should be unique amongst labels used for this application).

Clicking Deploy will start the deployment of the code to this environment, you will be able to monitor the logs in the Console to the status of your deployment.

If everything goes to plan you should see a message in the logs saying “New application version was deployed to running EC2 instances.”.

Next Steps

Just as you can automate these steps using the AWS Visual Studio Toolkit and the Deployment Tool command line program, these steps can be automated

The package can be created using MSBuild and the Package target.

The deployment to AWS can be automated using either the CLI tools, or Powershell tools and the following methods


Minimum configuration to use codedeploy with .NET MVC in AWS

trying codedeploy for the first time in AWS and looking for a minimum to get going? Using code deploy in aws needs 3 minimum steps

  1. install codedeploy agent on targets instances
  2. setup appconfig.yml file to direct how codedeploy will work, where it will deploy using agents etc
  3. setup codedeploy on console to trigger push to target.

to setup codedeploy agent on target instance where you wish to deploy code, please use following commands (for windows server as we are targetting mvc over IIS web server)

Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned
Import-Module AWSPowerShell

PS C:\Users\Administrator> powershell.exe -Command Set-AWSCredentials 
-AccessKey 'xxxxx' -SecretKey 'xxxx' Initialize-AWSDefaults

(there are better ways to do this but just going with this for demo)
New-Item –Path "c:\temp" –ItemType "directory" -Force
powershell.exe -Command Read-S3Object -BucketName bucket-name 
-Key latest/codedeploy-agent.msi -File c:\temp\codedeploy-agent.msi
-AccessKey 'xxxxx' -SecretKey 'xxxxxx'
c:\temp\codedeploy-agent.msi /quiet /l c:\temp\host-agent-install-log.txt
powershell.exe -Command Get-Service -Name codedeployagent

bucket-name represents one of the following:

  • aws-codedeploy-us-east-1 for instances in the US East (N. Virginia) region
  • aws-codedeploy-us-east-2 for instances in the US East (Ohio) region
  • aws-codedeploy-us-west-1 for instances in the US West (N. California) region
  • aws-codedeploy-us-west-2 for instances in the US West (Oregon) region
  • aws-codedeploy-ca-central-1 for instances in the Canada (Central) region
  • aws-codedeploy-eu-west-1 for instances in the EU (Ireland) region
  • aws-codedeploy-eu-west-2 for instances in the EU (London) region
  • aws-codedeploy-eu-central-1 for instances in the EU (Frankfurt) region
  • aws-codedeploy-ap-northeast-1 for instances in the Asia Pacific (Tokyo) region
  • aws-codedeploy-ap-northeast-2 for instances in the Asia Pacific (Seoul) region
  • aws-codedeploy-ap-southeast-1 for instances in the Asia Pacific (Singapore) region
  • aws-codedeploy-ap-southeast-2 for instances in the Asia Pacific (Sydney) region
  • aws-codedeploy-ap-south-1 for instances in the Asia Pacific (Mumbai) region
  • aws-codedeploy-sa-east-1 for instances in the South America (São Paulo) region

If the AWS CodeDeploy agent is installed and running, after the Get-Service command call, you should see output similar to the following:

Status   Name                DisplayName
------   ----                -----------
Running  codedeployagent    CodeDeploy Host Agent Service

use the below code to make a simple appconfig.yml file and place it in the root if the zip file along with entire publish code. Make sure you published your code using file system option and not the web deploy that is used for beanstalk deployments.

just upload this zip to s3 and use codedeploy to push the file to target.

version: 0.0
os: windows
– source: \
destination: c:\inetpub\wwwroot\

my final zip file structure looked like this and it worked successfully.



List all azure resources in a csv / excel

Run the following code to list all the azure resources under all of your resources.

# settings
$defaultPath= "c:\Temp\azureresources.csv"
$csvDelimiter= ';'
# set azure account
# receive all subscriptions
$subscriptions= Get-AzureRmSubscription
$subscriptions| ft SubscriptionId, SubscriptionName
# select azure subscriptions that you want to export
"Please enter subscription ids (comma separated, leave empty to use all subscriptions)"
$subscriptionIds= read-host
if([String]::IsNullOrWhiteSpace($subscriptionIds)) {
    $subscriptionIds= @($subscriptions| select-ExpandPropertySubscriptionId)
elseif($subscriptionIds.Contains(',')) {
    $subscriptionIds= $subscriptionIds.Split(',')
    $subscriptionIds= @($subscriptionIds)
# configure csv output
"Enter destination path - leave it empty to use $defaultPath"
$path= read-host
if([String]::IsNullOrWhiteSpace($path)) {
    $path= $defaultPath
if(Test-Path$path) {
    "File $path already exists. Delete? y/n [Default: y)"
    $remove= read-host
    if([String]::IsNullOrWhiteSpace($remove) -or$remove.ToLower().Equals('y')) {
"Start exporting data..."
foreach($subscriptionIdin$subscriptionIds) {
    # change azure subscription
    # read subscription name as we want to see it in the exported csv
    $subscriptionName= ($subscriptions| Where { $_.SubscriptionId -eq$subscriptionId}).SubscriptionName
    $subscriptionSelector= @{ Label="SubscriptionName"; Expression={$subscriptionName} }
    $tagSelector=  @{Name="Tags";Expression={ if($_.Tags -ne$null) { $x= $_.Tags | %{ "{ `"" + $_.Name + "`" : `"" + $_.Value + "`" }, "}; ("{ "+ ([string]$x).TrimEnd(", ") + " }") } }}
    #get resources from azure subscription
    $export= Get-AzureRmResource| select *, $subscriptionSelector, $tagSelector-ExcludeProperty"Tags"
    $export| Export-CSV$path-Delimiter$csvDelimiter-Append-Force-NoTypeInformation
    "Exported "+ $subscriptionId+ " - "+ $subscriptionName
"Export done!"
If you want to run this script in scheduler, then you need to save azure profile so that the script can pick it up. Run the following commands
Save-AzureRmProfile -Path “c:\temp\azureprofile.json”
After checking if the file exists, the following (line 7 of the previous script) should load the azure profile:
Select-AzureRmProfile -Path $azureProfilePath