Release Notes

Information about new features and changes, fixes, and improvements in Armory Continuous Deployment-as-a-Service.

7 Dec 2023

AWS Lambda alias creation

When you specify an alias in a trafficManagement block, CD-as-a-Service creates your function’s alias if it doesn’t already exist in AWS.

28 Nov 2023

Support for AWS Lambda

Armory CD-as-a-Service now supports deploying to AWS Lambda. Orchestrate your Lambda function release across multiple AWS Accounts, ensuring they are always tested in staging, then leverage canary deployments in production.

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2023 Sept 29

Pipeline graph is now available when deploying to a single target

Certain functionality, such as trigger nodes and the ability to redeploy an old version, are only available on the pipeline graph. With this change these features are available when deploying to a single target.

2023 Sept 15

New on the deployment graph: Deployment triggers with source context

We’ve added a new element to the deployment graph called a Trigger Node which explains how a deployment was triggered by displaying the source system, initiating person, and trigger type. This allows anyone on the team to immediately know the source of a deployment, including who triggered it, and how it maps back to a pull request or commit.

When triggering from GitHub, additional source details will appear on the Trigger Node: PR title, PR number, commit SHA, branches, and in the event of a push tag trigger, the associated tag. Each element in the Source section is a deep link back to GitHub.

If context variables were passed with the trigger, they will appear in a Context Variables section on the Trigger Node.

Trigger Nodes will automatically show up on your deployment pipelines. Customers who have already configured a GitHub Action will need to adjust the workflow token permissions in their configuration to view the full set of Source Context information. This can be accomplished by adding a permissions block to your workflow, and adding a token to the GitHub action’s env block.

Refer to the updated documentation pages for more information:

  contents: read
  pull-requests: read
  statuses: read
# Add GH_TOKEN to env in the cli-deploy-action step
- name: Deploy
    GH_TOKEN: '${{ secrets.GITHUB_TOKEN }}'
  uses: armory/cli-deploy-action@main

2023 Aug 29

Connected clusters available as deploy targets in the wizard

Use already connected clusters to set up deployments for your new applications using the wizard. Earlier, using the wizard to set up new applications forced you to install a new Remote Network Agent (RNA), which was not ideal if you already had your cluster connected, leaving you with the option of creating a new deployment file using our docs. CD-as-a-Service enables you to select an already connected cluster when setting up a new application via the wizard and easily onboard new applications. Additionally, we have streamlined RNA installation experience, making it easier to choose between various installation options. The updated RNA install experience is currently live within CD-as-a-Service setup.

2023 Aug 04

Developer Hub is live - central locations for all the CD-as-a-Service resources

The new Developer Hub provides a central location for all the resources you need to get started with Armory CD-as-a-Service. The hub includes links to documentation, tutorials and release notes.

Additionally, the CD-as-a-Service documentation for has been revamped with new and updated content to help you get started with Armory CD-as-a-Service. Navigation is now structured to make it easier for you to find the relevant content.

2023 July 21

CLI v1.15.3 returns exit code 3 when there is an ongoing deployment

The Armory CLI now returns exit code 3 when there is an ongoing deployment. CD-as-a-Service allows only 1 deployment to be in progress for an application. Previously, the Armory CLI would print an error message for ongoing deployments, but would return with an exit code 0. This made it harder to determine if the deployment was successfully started or rejected because one was already in progress. We have improved the behavior, as well as improved the error message formatting.

2023 July 14

Can now recreate the deployment object when deploying

Historically Armory CD-as-a-Service has managed replica sets when deploying a Deployment object, and once deployment was complete there was no Deployment object in cluster. With this change we can now deploy the deployment object as well so that existing runbooks (e.g. restarting a deployment object) can be run on it if desired.

To enable this functionality<

Add the following configuration block to your application’s deploy.yml:

  keepDeploymentObject: true

2023 June 05

View Kubernetes Manifests on deployment graph screen

Easily view the Kubernetes manifests deployed using CD-as-a-Service from within the UI. Previously, understanding which manifests were deployed in a deployment required tracking down the manifest files in your source control repository. However, now you can conveniently access and review the manifests directly within the CD-as-a-Service UI. This feature simplifies the process of identifying potential issues with Kubernetes manifests that may not meet your expectations.

To view the Kubernetes resource manifests, simply click on the “View Deployment Config” link on the deployment graph page. Then, select the “Kubernetes Manifests” tab to access and review the manifests.

Log in and Sign up using your Google and GithHub account

You can now sign up and log in for CD-as-a-Service using your Google or GitHub credentials. With our latest update, it’s easier than ever to create an account or log in. Simply click on the “Login with Google” or “Login with GitHub” buttons, and you’re all set! No more manual data entry required.

For users who have previously created an account using a username and password, you can now use the social sign-on option to access your existing account.

Note: If you are using an external Identity Provider (e.g., Okta, Google Workspace), please ensure that you use your accounts configured with the external Identity Providers.

2023 June 01

New system-provided context variables are now available

Several new armory-provided context variables are now available for use in your web-hooks and automated canary analysis configuration.

{{ armory.namespace }} - this variable will inject the namespace to which a target is deploying.

{{ armory.accountName }} - this variable will inject the name of the account to which a target is deploying.

{{ armory.environmentName }} - this variable will inject the name of the target to which you are deploying.

{{ armory.applicationName }} - this variable will inject the name of the application that you are deploying.

These configuration variables can be useful when passing this information into a web-hook to simplify web-hook configuration for certain use-cases by reducing the need for custom context variables.

2023 April 07

Added ability to redeploy old version

It is now possible to easily redeploy any old version, by clicking the ‘redeploy this version’ button, and choosing which environments you want to redeploy to. This can be used for rolling back days or weeks after a version has been fully deployed to production. This option will not be available for older deployments, but is for all future deployments.

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View deployment configuration

It is also now possible to view the configuration of a deployment in the pipeline for easier reference. This is useful for helping new users see how existing deployments are configured. This option will not be available for older deployments, but is for all future deployments. Watch demo

Updated login look and feel

The sign-in experience now has an updated look and feel.

2023 April 03

Can now pass url from Expose Service to Webhook

When defining a webhook, it can now pass the URL of any services exposed using the expose service step to the webhook. This can be used to run automated tests against the exposed service.

Here is an example that passes the exposed url for the service ‘potato-facts-internal’ into a github actions workflow:

- bodyTemplate:
      inline: |-
        { "event_type": "checkLogs", "client_payload": {
            "callbackUri": "{{armory.callbackUri}}/callback", "service":"{{	armory.preview.potato-facts-internal}}"
      - key: Authorization
        value: token {{secrets.github_token}}
      - key: Content-Type
        value: application/json
    method: POST
    name: Integration_Tests
    retryCount: 3

2023 March 29

Add Descriptions and context variables to deployments

Remove the burden of pre-existing knowledge when looking at application deployments. With descriptions, you can add context about the application within the deployment. You can add things like application owners, link to source control repository, link monitoring dashboards and more. Adding descriptions to deployments can be done simply by adding a description field in the deployment manifest and providing it a string value.

description: |
    This is a deployment for the sample application. Github link:
  foo: bar

Additionally, it is now possible to define context variables in the deployment file. The context variables are accessible from within webhooks and canary analysis. It is still possible to pass context variables at runtime using the --add-context flag in the CLI.

Read Add New Context Variables at Deploy Time for more information.

2023 March 14

Added Ability to Expose an External Preview URL for any Deployed Kubernetes Service

We’ve added support for creating service previews.

Armory can now leverage its remote network agent to expose a preview URL for any Kubernetes service it deploys. CD-as-a-Service can generate a cryptographically secure URL for applications developers. This url can be shared with teammates and stakeholders who need to review the deployed functionality. This enables developers access to deployed services on-demand without a dependency on other teams to set up networking.

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To enable a preview service for your deployment, add an expose service step to your canary or blue/green strategy:

- exposeServices: # step name
           services:     # list of services to expose. Service must be included in the manifests being deployed.
           - potato-facts-internal
           - potato-lies-internal
           ttl: # Optional. Sets lifetime of the exposed service preview. After that period service preview automatically expires. Max lifetime cannot exceed 24 hours, Min is 1 minute, default is 5 minutes.
             duration: 30
             unit: MINUTES # SECONDS, MINUTES or HOURS 

See Configure a Temporary Preview Link to a Deployed Service for more info.

2023 Feb 05

New Get Started Experience

Getting started with CD-as-a-Service is now easier than ever. The new user’s onboarding experience sent them into the configuration page, which was slightly confusing. Users are now taken to a dedicated wizard like setup experience. This allows them to easily deploy the sample application and get started with deploying their own application without having to learn a new YAML structure.

2023 Feb 04

Canary Deployments Can Now Use Istio Service Mesh

CD-as-a-Service now supports using the Istio service mesh, which allows you to implement precise control over the exact percentage of traffic received by the next version of your app. When you use a pod-ratio canary strategy, you can only approximately control the correct traffic split. When you use Istio, however, you can achieve fine-grained traffic control over your canary deployments.

To integrate Istio with CD-as-a-Service, add the traffic management block as a top-level field in your deployment config file and provide the Istio resource names.

Check out Configure Traffic Management With Istio for more information.

  - targets: [staging]
      - virtualService:
          name: istio-sample-vs
          name: istio-sample-dr

2023 Jan 14

Can now deploy any Kubernetes Manifest

You can now deploy any Kubernetes manifest, including CRDs for Operators without needing a deployment object.

CD-as-a-Service has historically only supported deploying manifests alongside an object of Kind Deployment. Now, Armory can deploy any set of Kubernetes manifests, not just those with Deployment objects. This enables some new use cases, such as:

  • Armory can deploy CRDs for operators such as Argo Rollouts or CrossPlane. This allows Armory to orchestrate cross-cluster deployments of software that is using an Operator within the cluster.
  • This also allows deploying standalone workloads that are not deployment based, such as CronJobs or StatefulSets using CD-as-a-Service.

You do not need any extra configuration to start with deploying operators and other Kubernetes manifests. Simply specify the paths to your Kubernetes resource in the manifests section of your deploy yaml and deploy using the CLI or GitHub Action.

When deploying manifests that do not contain and Deployment object, the ‘Strategy’ will be ignored. You can still use beforeDeployment constraint for manual approvals and other actions. When deploying to an operator use web-hooks in an AfterDeployment constraint to add operator-specific logic that waits for the operator to finish processing the updated CRD.

Known issues

Objects of Kind ‘Custom Resource Definition’ must be deployed before objects of the kinds they create.

2023 Jan 04

Invoke webhooks without needing a callback

You can now use webhooks asynchronously during deployment. Until now, using webhooks required a callback for the deployment to continue or rollback, which was not ideal for use cases like event streaming. webhooks now has an optional boolean field disableCallback. When you set this field to true, CD-as-a-Service does not wait for the callback to continue deployment.

The following is a sample configuration for defining an asynchronous webhook:

  - name: Sample_Integration_tests
    method: POST
    disableCallback: true
      - key: Content-Type
        value: application/json
      inline: &gt;-
          "callbackUri": "{{armory.callbackUri}}/callback",
          "success": true
    retryCount: 3

        - setWeight:
            weight: 20
        - runWebhook:
            name: Sample_Integration_tests

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