In the last couple of weeks I’ve had to copy a bunch of Azure WebApps and Functions from one Azure Tenant to another. I hadn’t had to do this for a while and went looking for the quickest and easiest way to accomplish it. As with anything cloud based, things move fast. Some of the methods I found were too onerous and more complex than they needed to be. There is of course the Backup option as well. However for WebApps that is only available if you are on a Standard or above tier Plan. Mine weren’t and I didn’t have the desire to uplift to get that feature.

Overview

In this post I show my method to quickly copy an Azure WebApp from one Azure Tenant to another. I cover copying Azure Functions in another post. My approach is;

  • In the Source Tenant from the WebApp
    • Download the Automation Scripts for the WebApp
    • Using Kudu take a backup of the wwwroot folder
  • In the Target Tenant
    • Create a new Resource from a Template
    • Import the Deployment Automation Scripts from above
    • Modify for any changes, Resource Group, Location etc
    • Use Zip Push Deploy to upload the wwwroot archive and deploy it

Backing up the WebApp in the Source Tenant

Open your WebApp in the Azure Portal. Select Automation Script
WebApp Deployment Script
Download the Automation Script
Save Deployment Script
Select Advanced Tools
Kudu Adv Tools
Select the Site Folder then on the right menu of wwwroot select the download icon and save the backup of the WebApp.
Download WWWRoot Folder 3.png
Expand the Deployment Script archive file from the first step above. The contents will look like those below.
Expand the Deploy Script Archive.PNG

Deploy the WebApp to another Tenant

In the Azure Portal select Create a Resource from the top of the menu list on the left hand side. Type Template in the search box and select Template Deployment then select Create. Select Build your own template in the editor. Select Load File and select the parameters.json file. Then select Load File again and select the template.json file. Select Save.
Load Parameters then Template JSON Files
Make any changes to naming, and provide an existing or new Resource Group for the WebApp. Select Purchase.
New Template Deployment - Change Parameters
The WebApp will be created. Once completed select it from the Resource Group you specified and select Advanced Tools. From the Tools menu select Zip Push Deploy.
Tools Zip Push Deploy
Drag and drop the Zip file with the archive of the wwwroot folder you created earlier.
Drop WebApp ZipFile Export via Kudu
The zip will be processed and the WebApp deployed.
Deployed WebApp
Selecting the App in the new Tenant we can see it is deployed and running.
App Running.PNG
Hitting the App URL we can see that is being served.
Deployed App.PNG
This WebApp is the Microsoft Identity Manager User Object Report that I detailed in this post here.

Summary

In less that 10 minutes the WebApp is copied. No modifying JSON files, no long command lines, no FTP clients. Pretty simple. In the next post I’ll detail how I copied Azure Functions using a similar process.
Keep in mind if your WebApp is using Application Settings, KeyVaults, Managed Service Identity type options you’ll need to add those settings, certificates/credentials in the target environment.

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