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Deployment Projects

What is a deployment recipe?

The tool provides intelligent deployment recommendations that are tailored to your specific .NET application. The recommendation rules are defined in the deployment recipes. These recipes let you configure a pre-defined set of AWS resources related to your application such as IAM roles, virtual private clouds, load balancers, and more.

There is a built-in recipe for each supported project type. All recipe definitions are available on GitHub.

What is a deployment project?

What if your application uses additional AWS resources that are not included in the built-in recipe, such as Amazon DynamoDB tables or Amazon SQS queues? In this case, you can extend one of the existing recipes and create a custom deployment project to manage additional AWS resources and services.

Once you create and customize your deployment project, it will be displayed alongside the built-in recipes as a custom deployment option.

** Before:** The recommended deployment target is a built-in recipe for ASP.NET Core applications.


** After:** The recommended deployment target is a custom deployment project that manages a DynamoDB table in addition to the ASP.NET Core project.


Parts of a deployment project

A deployment project consists of two parts. For details, refer to the full reference guides below.

Creating a deployment project

To create a custom deployment project, run this command in the directory of the .NET project you wish to deploy. See deployment-project command for more details.

dotnet aws deployment-project generate --output <output-directory> --project-display-name <display-name>

The list of built-in recipes that are compatible with your .NET project will be displayed. Select the recipe that you want to customize, and a deployment project will be created in the --output directory.

Note: It is important to add your deployment projects to source control. If your deployment project has been deleted, you will not be able to re-deploy your application to the same CloudFormation stack.

Now you can begin customizing the deployment project. See our step-by-step tutorial for instructions.

Searching for deployment projects

When you run the dotnet aws deploy command, the tool searches for deployment projects anywhere underneath the solution (.sln) directory of project you are deploying. It also ensures that each deployment project is compatible with the .NET project being deployed.

To point to a deployment project that is outside the solution directory, use the --deployment-project switch to pass in the path of the deployment project to use. This is common when sharing deployment projects across multiple solutions.