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That didn’t go to plan: The end of the road for Azure Blueprints

That didn't go to plan: The end of the road for Azure Blueprints

In July 2023, Microsoft announced that Azure Blueprints would be deprecated and would be replaced by Deployment Stacks and Template Specs. This announcement came as a surprise to many, as Azure Blueprints was a relatively new service that had been heavily promoted by Microsoft.

There are a few reasons why Microsoft may have decided to deprecate Azure Blueprints. One reason is that the service was complex and difficult to use. Blueprints required users to have a deep understanding of Azure resources and policies, which made them a barrier to entry for many users.

Another reason for the deprecation of Azure Blueprints may be that the service was not as widely adopted as Microsoft had hoped. Despite being heavily promoted, Blueprints only had a small user base.

Why Azure Blueprints failed

There are a few reasons why Azure Blueprints failed to gain traction with users.

  • Complexity: Blueprints were complex to create and manage. Users needed to have a deep understanding of Azure resources and policies in order to create effective blueprints.
  • Lack of flexibility: Blueprints were not very flexible. Once a blueprint was created, it was difficult to change it. This made blueprints difficult to use for complex deployments.
  • Limited integration: Blueprints did not integrate with other Azure services very well. This made it difficult to use blueprints to deploy and manage complex environments.

What to do if you are using Azure Blueprints

If you are currently using Azure Blueprints, you should start migrating to Deployment Stacks and Template Specs as soon as possible. Microsoft has provided a migration guide to help users migrate their blueprints to Deployment Stacks and Template Specs.

Deployment Stacks and Template Specs are newer services that are designed to be simpler and more flexible than Azure Blueprints. Deployment Stacks allow users to deploy and manage multiple resources at once, while Template Specs allow users to define reusable templates for deploying Azure resources.

What does the future hold for Azure Blueprints?

Azure Blueprints will be deprecated on July 11, 2026. After that date, the service will no longer be available. Users who are still using Azure Blueprints after that date will need to have migrated to Deployment Stacks and Template Specs.

Conclusion

The deprecation of Azure Blueprints is a sign that Microsoft is moving away from the complex and inflexible approach to deployment and management that Blueprints represented. Deployment Stacks and Template Specs are simpler and more flexible services that are better suited for the needs of most Azure users.

person using Template Specs to define a reusable template for deploying Azure resources

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The image of the Azure Blueprints logo at the beginning of the article helps to visually identify the topic of the article. The image of Deployment Stacks and Template Specs in the paragraph about what to do if you are using Azure Blueprints helps to illustrate the two services that are replacing Azure Blueprints. The image of a person using Deployment Stacks to deploy a complex Azure environment helps to illustrate how Deployment Stacks can be used to simplify the deployment of complex Azure environments. And the image of a person using Template Specs to define a reusable template for deploying Azure resources helps to illustrate how Template Specs can be used to simplify the deployment of Azure resources.

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