Creating Explicit Dependencies

In some cases, you can have dependencies between your resources, such as when you need certain parts of your environment to exist before you can deploy other parts of the environment. For example, if you want to create a new project as part of a deployment, you need to ensure that the project is created before you add any resources to it.

You can specify these dependencies using the dependsOn option in your configuration files or templates. When you add the dependsOn option for a resource, Deployment Manager creates or updates the dependencies before creating or updating the resource.

You can create dependencies between base types that are part of your deployment, either in the configuration file, or in the templates that you use for the deployment. You cannot set a dependency on template files or composite types.

For background information on base and composite types, see the Types Overview.

Before you begin

Creating dependencies

To add a dependency to a resource, add a metadata section that contains a dependsOn section. Then, in the dependsOn section, specify one or more dependencies.

In the following example, to make a-special-vm dependent on the creation of two persistent disks, add the metadata and dependsOn sections for a-special-vm. Then, add the dependencies for each persistent disk.

In the same deployment, you must define the persistent disks that are dependencies. In this example, the disks are persistent-disk-a and persistent-disk-b:

- name: a-special-vm
  type: compute.v1.instances

    - persistent-disk-a
    - persistent-disk-b

- name: persistent-disk-a
  type: compute.v1.disks

- name: persistent-disk-b
  type: compute.v1.disks

In this deployment, Deployment Manager creates persistent-disk-a and persistent-disk-b before creating a-special-vm.

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