Deploy assets by using Azure Pipelines

You can use the Dynamics Lifecycle Services (LCS) Asset Deployment task in Microsoft Azure DevOps to automate the deployment of assets that are stored in the Asset library in Microsoft Dynamics Lifecycle Services (LCS) to specific environments. However, this task has the following limitations that you should consider:

  • The task is available only in Releases pipelines.
  • The deployment of software deployable packages to production environments can't be automated.
  • Software deployable packages can't be deployed to build environments.
  • Commerce Cloud Scale Unit (CSU) extension packages and e-commerce packages can't be deployed to local business data environments on-premises.

Note

Commerce Cloud Scale Unit (CSU) Extension or e-Commerce Package can be deployed to production, UAT or Sandbox environment using the Dynamics Lifecycle Services (LCS) Asset Deployment

This article assumes that you have a working knowledge of Azure Pipelines.

Note

Before you can add these steps to a pipeline, the Dynamics 365 finance and operations Tools extension for Azure DevOps must be enabled and installed in the Azure DevOps account. For more information about how to install an extension for an organization, see Install extensions.

Dynamics 365 for Finance + Operations (on-premises) package deployment

Starting with version 0.2.1239020 of the Dynamics 365 finance and operations tools extension, it is possible to deploy packages to local business data environments on-premises. You should use at least version 3.* of the Dynamics Lifecycle Services (LCS) Asset Deployment task. You will then be able to select Software deployable package for on-premises environments under the Type of asset field.

Note

The entire pipeline run will take more than one hour, so you shouldn't use the free Microsoft-hosted agents as they will timeout.

Dynamics 365 Commerce Cloud Scale Unit (CSU) extension and e-Commerce package deployment

Starting with version 3.*, the Dynamics Lifecycle Services (LCS) Asset Deployment task supports deploying Commerce packages. A new field type called Type of asset has been added to select the Commerce package deployment type. The values available for this field are:

  • Software deployable package - Finance and Operation environment deployment (default value)
  • Commerce Cloud Scale Unit Extension - CSU Extension package deployment
  • e-Commerce Package - e-Commerce environment deployment.

Selecting either the Commerce Cloud Scale Unit Extension - CSU Extension package deployment or e-Commerce Package - e-Commerce environment deployment options will override previous deployments. If you have multiple CSU extensions packages, then all CSU packages must be merged as one package for deployment.

Make sure that MSAL.PS is installed

Versions 2.* and later of the deployment task require availability of the MSAL.PS PowerShell library. A task is available to automatically install the tools during pipeline execution. This task can be added anywhere in the stage before the deployment task. For more information, see Add the MSAL.PS install task to a pipeline.

Add the task to a pipeline

To add the task to the build of your YML or Classic pipeline, search the task list for Dynamics Lifecycle Services (LCS) Asset Deployment. If your target environments include self-service environments, be sure to select task version 1.* or later.

The following table describes the options that are available for this task.

Input name Mandatory Description
LCS Connection Yes Select or create a service connection to LCS. For more information, see Create an LCS connection in Azure Pipelines.
LCS Project ID Yes Enter the ID of the project in LCS that contains both the asset to deploy and the target environment. You can find the project ID at the end of the URL of your project's dashboard.
LCS Environment ID Yes Enter the ID of the target environment. The environment ID is a globally unique identifier (GUID) that you can find on the environment's details page, under Environment Details > Environment ID.
LCS File Asset ID Yes Enter the asset ID of the software deployable package to deploy. The asset ID is a GUID that you can find in the Asset library. Select the row of the asset that you want to deploy, and then, under Additional Details, look in the Asset ID field. Typically, this ID comes dynamically from other pipeline steps, such as the Dynamics Lifecycle Services (LCS) Asset Upload task.
Type of asset Yes Select the type of asset to be deployed to the environment in LCS. Options are Software deployable package - finance and operations environment deployment, Software deployable package for on-premises environments - Finance + Operations (on-premises) environment deployment, Commerce Cloud Scale Unit Extension - CSU Extension package deployment, and e-Commerce package - e-Commerce environment deployment.
Commerce Cloud Scale Unit Name No Enter the name of the Commerce Cloud Scale Unit environment, you can find the environment name in the environment's details page, under Environment FEATURES > Commerce > Manage > Commerce deployment & setup > Commerce scale units. If the package type is selected as Commerce Cloud Scale Unit Extension then the value for the field Commerce Cloud Scale Unit Name is mandatory.
e-Commerce Environment Name No Enter the name of the e-Commerce environment, you can find the environment name in the environment's details page, under Environment FEATURES > Commerce > Manage > Commerce deployment & setup > e-Commerce. If the package type is selected as e-Commerce Package then value for the field e-Commerce Environment Name is mandatory.
Name for the update Yes Enter the name that is shown for the update in the environment history in LCS.
Wait for Completion Cleared (No) Use this check box to instruct the task to wait until the deployment of the asset has either succeeded or failed. If it's cleared (No), the task will only start the deployment. If the task is instructed to wait, a pipeline time-out might occur during long-running deployments. For more information about time-out options, see Timeouts.

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