Wanting to deploy a collection of .NET Core API's (microservices) using Azure DevOps I run into some challenges:
Having 10+ small API's, how should I setup the Release Pipeline? One pipeline with one "stage" for each API/application? Or a separate Pipeline for each API?
The API's are deployed to IIS on Windows Server. I'm using the FTP Task now but it's really cumbersome as the AppPool needs to be stopped, then the code is copied over, then the AppPool is started again. I know (non-disruptive) deployment on Azure with App Service is way easier with deployment slots, etc. but what tools can I use on a plain VPS with IIS on Windows Server?
How can I transform or inject the correct
appsettings.jsonvalues for each environment during Release using Azure DevOps? I could use Pipeline variables but they seem to be shared across the whole Pipeline, so I would need a separate Pipeline for each API then (see question 1). There's the task "Magic Chunks" but it doesn't handle arrays well (which is widely used for Serilog for example). Environment variables on the target machine would be an option, but the API's are deployed to IIS so how can I separate the environment variables per API (there could be the same keys with different values for multiple API's)?