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Using slots with appservice for Continuous delivery – Azure DevOps

Azure deployment slots allow your web apps to function in different instances called slots. Slots are different environments accessed through a publically available endpoint. One app instance is always assigned to the production slot, where you can toggle between multiple app instances on demand. This could contribute to have your application always available and deploy different versions without a downtime.

In this scenario we will examine an appservice setup called gservice that has a staging slot.

This staging slot will be used to deploy the code first, then do some health checks and finally swap this slot on production. In this article I will explain only the release procedure. If you want to learn how to build an appservice check the article attached below.

In the initial setup the staging environment and also the production one are both on v1. Lets say that code is pushed on the repository and now the version of the code is v2.

The first thing to do in the deployment would be to deploy the code on staging slot. This is an important step.

The code should be always deployed to staging slot.

Then after the code deployment some health tests will follow. If everything goes as expected we will need to swap the slots.

The swap should be performed always from staging to production slot.

After those two steps on your release pipeline you will have your code published on the production app service and the staging slot will retain the previous build for failover and backup reasons.

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Creating Windows/Linux Web App terraform: (Site Name “” / Resource Group “”): web.AppsClient#CreateOrUpdate: Failure sending request: StatusCode=0 — Original Error: autorest/azure: Service returned an error. Status=

I was struggling to create an app service using Terraform with the error shown below. I could not find a way to resolve this as the error message was difficult to interpret.

Creating Windows/Linux Web App: (Site Name "" / Resource Group ""): web.AppsClient#CreateOrUpdate: Failure sending request: StatusCode=0 -- Original Error: autorest/azure: Service returned an error. Status=<nil> <nil>

The code for the service plan was simple enough and I was so confused about this behavior.

resource "azurerm_resource_group" "rg" {
  name     = var.resource_group_name
  location = var.resource_group_location

resource "azurerm_service_plan" "app_service_plan" {
  name                = var.app_service_plan_name
  location            = azurerm_resource_group.rg.location
  resource_group_name =
  os_type             = "Windows"
  sku_name            = "F1"


resource "azurerm_windows_web_app" "app_service" {
  name                = var.app_service_name
  location            = azurerm_resource_group.rg.location
  resource_group_name =
  service_plan_id =

  site_config {
    use_32_bit_worker = true

In order to resolve I enabled detailed debugging on terraform. As I was using Windows I used on powershell


and then I tried to run terraform apply again.

Terraform will provide detailed information about the running commands, so that I was able to determine the error.


AlwaysOn should be disabled as there is a conflict.

In the documentation of azure web app one can find that always on is disabled by default however it does not seem to be correct.

In order to resolve you should add the always_one variable to false.

  site_config {
    use_32_bit_worker = true
    always_on = false

Then you can run terraform apply again, and the resource will be created.

Enable debugging on terraform for your OS:


I perfomed a PR in order to correct the wrong documentation and it has been merged. As a result the documentation will be correct counting from the next deploy.

[Docs fix]Correct docs for resource azurerm_windows_web_app by geralexgr · Pull Request #17051 · hashicorp/terraform-provider-azurerm (