Bicep: Azure Administration with a New Command Line Tool

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In the realm of cloud computing, Microsoft Azure continues to evolve, offering more efficient and user-friendly tools for administrators and developers alike. One of the latest additions to this toolkit is Bicep, a domain-specific language (DSL) designed to simplify the deployment and management of Azure resources. This article explores what Bicep is, its benefits, and how it is used in Azure administration, providing examples and use cases to elucidate its functionality.

What is Bicep?

Bicep is an open-source, declarative DSL that offers a more succinct and readable syntax for authoring Azure Resource Manager (ARM) templates. Developed by Microsoft, Bicep aims to address the complexities and verbose nature of JSON-based ARM templates, making cloud resource deployment more approachable and maintainable. With Bicep, administrators and developers can define and deploy Azure resources with greater ease and clarity.

Key Features of Bicep

  • Simplified Syntax: Bicep reduces the complexity of ARM templates, offering a cleaner, more intuitive codebase.
  • Transparent Abstraction: Bicep compiles down to standard ARM template JSON files, ensuring full compatibility with existing Azure services and tooling.
  • Modularity: Bicep supports modularization, allowing for the reuse of code across different deployments, which enhances maintainability and reduces duplication.
  • Integration: Seamlessly integrates with Azure DevOps and GitHub Actions for continuous integration and continuous deployment (CI/CD) workflows.

How Bicep Enhances Azure Administration

Bicep improves the Azure administration process by making it faster and more intuitive to deploy and manage Azure resources. Here are some examples and use cases:

Example 1: Deploying a Storage Account

With Bicep, deploying a basic Azure Storage account is as simple as writing a few lines of code:

resource storageAccount 'Microsoft.Storage/storageAccounts@2021-04-01' = {

name: 'mystorageaccount'

location: 'eastus'

sku: {

name: 'Standard_LRS'


kind: 'StorageV2'


This code snippet demonstrates Bicep's simplified syntax for defining a storage account, specifying its name, location, SKU, and kind.

Use Case: Automated Resource Deployment

Bicep can be used to automate the deployment of a complex environment consisting of multiple interconnected Azure services, such as virtual networks, virtual machines, and databases. By leveraging Bicep's modularity, an administrator can create reusable modules for each service type, streamlining the deployment process and ensuring consistency across environments.

Example 2: Integrating with CI/CD Pipelines

Bicep integrates with Azure DevOps and GitHub Actions, enabling the automated deployment of Azure resources as part of CI/CD pipelines. For instance, a Bicep file can be committed to a GitHub repository, and a GitHub Action can be configured to automatically deploy the resources defined in the Bicep file whenever changes are pushed to the repository.


Bicep represents a significant advancement in the realm of Azure administration, offering a more efficient and user-friendly approach to defining and deploying Azure resources. By simplifying the authoring of ARM templates and enhancing the modularity and readability of infrastructure-as-code, Bicep enables administrators and developers to focus more on building solutions rather than wrestling with complex syntax.

For those interested in mastering Bicep and leveraging its full potential in Azure deployments, Eccentrix offers two trainings that can help you grasp that bicep knowledge: The Microsoft Certified: Azure Fundamentals (AZ900) and the Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate (AZ104). These courses are designed to provide an introduction and then a deep dive into Bicep's features and best practices, equipping participants with the skills necessary to streamline their Azure administration workflows.