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    Ever since Terraform was first launched by HashiCorp, infrastructure teams have been quick to leverage its functionality. Because deploying infrastructure via code became so much easier and error-free. This surely became a great way to deploy new infrastructure with custom configurations, but what about managing cloud infrastructure that is already defined?

    Can Terraform be used to make changes to them? Or can it be used to deploy the same configurations to new environments? It maybe possible, but it’s not the preferred approach anyone follows.

    Unfortunately managing existing resources is slightly complicated with Terraform. You will have to do a terraform-import and define a resource block in terraform configuration with complete resource metadata. This however is a complex process where you have to manually apply the import command for all resources that belong to a project.

    Terraformer - Convert existing Infrastructure to Terraform Files (IaC)

    Terraformer, a CLI tool developed by Waze SRE and made open-source soon after, became quickly popular because of its capabilities of overcoming these challenges.

    How does it work?

    Terraformer can do the reverse of what Terraform does. With Terraformer, you can generate tf/json and tfstate files (terraform files) based on your infrastructure’s existing configurations. The same can be done to your existing Squadcast resources too. Follow this guide to use Terraformer with Squadcast: https://developers.squadcast.com/terraform/tutorial/how-to-use-terraformer/

    This is beneficial mainly for customers or users who have initially configured their Squadcast account using our API or Web UI. They can indeed use Terraformer to generate Terraform state files based on their account’s configuration. And they can continue to use Terraform going forward to manage their resources via IaC (Infrastructure as Code).

    Benefits (or advantages) of using Terraformer

    1. Read only permissions: Terraformer requires just the RO permissions. So there is no risk of changing existing infrastructure configurations
    2. Fast deployment: The use of VMs, storage buckets, PaaS resources, etc., in complex distributed architectures has made it difficult to quickly deploy resources. Leveraging IaC for the same can help you deploy complex infrastructures including Squadcast resources to multiple environments in just seconds
    3. Error free: The use of ‘Terraform import’ can lead to minor issues and downtime because of manual intervention. The use of Terraformer (IaC) automates manual tasks and reduces the risk of error to a great extent
    4. Cost: The use of Terraformer can help teams spend less time migrating existing infrastructure to their cloud environment, and more time to focus on critical tasks. This reduces the overall cost significantly

    Implementation - How to use Terraformer with Squadcast?

    To generate Terraform files for your existing Squadcast configuration, you can use our Squadcast implementation of Terraformer.

    Download Terraformer binaries

    You can either go to the following URL and download the appropriate binary for your OS: https://github.com/SquadcastHub/terraformer/releases

    Or you can run one of the below commands from the terminal to download the appropriate binaries:

    On MacOS:

    <p>CODE: https://gist.github.com/ShubhanjanMedhi-dev/6a87e97b9b3e6f51a5e10444c7984f58.js</p>

    On Linux:

    <p>CODE: https://gist.github.com/ShubhanjanMedhi-dev/04939c43c27a4127bf36858e9efb6351.js</p>

    On Windows:

    <p>CODE: https://gist.github.com/ShubhanjanMedhi-dev/74ab6830dbefb0f0318d25af5a39c258.js</p>

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    Configure the binaries

    Go to the downloaded folder and run the below command to make the binary executable:

    <p>CODE: https://gist.github.com/ShubhanjanMedhi-dev/cf65b597ec02603b700c55854f14f18d.js</p>

    Move this executable to /usr/local/bin by running the below command:

    <p>CODE: https://gist.github.com/ShubhanjanMedhi-dev/ca432132b90327a7ede11d641e82ac40.js</p>

    Setup Terraform

    Create a new directory in your home folder. Inside this directory, create a new file called versions.tf and add the following code:

    <p>CODE: https://gist.github.com/ShubhanjanMedhi-dev/1a262364cbb0f8c53bf47e1e2a096046.js</p>

    And then initiate Terraform by running the following command:

    <p>CODE: https://gist.github.com/ShubhanjanMedhi-dev/f5e9e9364584d2f284d4fd79057f953b.js</p>

    Generate Terraform files

    Use Terraformer to import resources:

    <p>CODE: https://gist.github.com/ShubhanjanMedhi-dev/bc42f22ead6e8af98d91a7cd8ddaa075.js</p>

    This will create a new generated folder with all terraform files (including statefiles) based on the previous command.

    Update “version” and add “source” in newly autogenerated “provider.tf” file

    Go to /generated/squadcast/<RESOURCE_NAME>/<REGION>/provider.tf

    Add source = "SquadcastHub/squadcast" to squadcast inside required_providers

    Update version in required_providers by removing .exe (Windows users only)

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    Update “terraform_version”

    First change path to this directory by running the following command:

    <p>CODE: https://gist.github.com/ShubhanjanMedhi-dev/eea548afd63efadca2a23868c3f744ac.js</p>

    And then run the following command:

    <p>CODE: https://gist.github.com/ShubhanjanMedhi-dev/f20b7ac1c026daf62263e06e9f4f58e8.js</p>

    Use Generated files with Terraform

    Update generated files as per your requirement and apply the changes using following commands:

    <p>CODE: https://gist.github.com/ShubhanjanMedhi-dev/2d71a381c49ec95e97bbf45dcbe7bb5b.js</p>

    Now you’re good to go! In just a few simple steps you’ve converted your entire Squadcast configuration into Infrastructure as Code. You can now use this code file to manage all resources on Squadcast such as adding users in bulk, defining roles to users, deploying the entire configuration to another environment, and much more.

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    Maximize efficiency with Terraformer: Manage Squadcast resources via IaC

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    Dec 23, 2022
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    Ever since Terraform was first launched by HashiCorp, infrastructure teams have been quick to leverage its functionality. Because deploying infrastructure via code became so much easier and error-free. This surely became a great way to deploy new infrastructure with custom configurations, but what about managing cloud infrastructure that is already defined?

    Can Terraform be used to make changes to them? Or can it be used to deploy the same configurations to new environments? It maybe possible, but it’s not the preferred approach anyone follows.

    Unfortunately managing existing resources is slightly complicated with Terraform. You will have to do a terraform-import and define a resource block in terraform configuration with complete resource metadata. This however is a complex process where you have to manually apply the import command for all resources that belong to a project.

    Terraformer - Convert existing Infrastructure to Terraform Files (IaC)

    Terraformer, a CLI tool developed by Waze SRE and made open-source soon after, became quickly popular because of its capabilities of overcoming these challenges.

    How does it work?

    Terraformer can do the reverse of what Terraform does. With Terraformer, you can generate tf/json and tfstate files (terraform files) based on your infrastructure’s existing configurations. The same can be done to your existing Squadcast resources too. Follow this guide to use Terraformer with Squadcast: https://developers.squadcast.com/terraform/tutorial/how-to-use-terraformer/

    This is beneficial mainly for customers or users who have initially configured their Squadcast account using our API or Web UI. They can indeed use Terraformer to generate Terraform state files based on their account’s configuration. And they can continue to use Terraform going forward to manage their resources via IaC (Infrastructure as Code).

    Benefits (or advantages) of using Terraformer

    1. Read only permissions: Terraformer requires just the RO permissions. So there is no risk of changing existing infrastructure configurations
    2. Fast deployment: The use of VMs, storage buckets, PaaS resources, etc., in complex distributed architectures has made it difficult to quickly deploy resources. Leveraging IaC for the same can help you deploy complex infrastructures including Squadcast resources to multiple environments in just seconds
    3. Error free: The use of ‘Terraform import’ can lead to minor issues and downtime because of manual intervention. The use of Terraformer (IaC) automates manual tasks and reduces the risk of error to a great extent
    4. Cost: The use of Terraformer can help teams spend less time migrating existing infrastructure to their cloud environment, and more time to focus on critical tasks. This reduces the overall cost significantly

    Implementation - How to use Terraformer with Squadcast?

    To generate Terraform files for your existing Squadcast configuration, you can use our Squadcast implementation of Terraformer.

    Download Terraformer binaries

    You can either go to the following URL and download the appropriate binary for your OS: https://github.com/SquadcastHub/terraformer/releases

    Or you can run one of the below commands from the terminal to download the appropriate binaries:

    On MacOS:

    <p>CODE: https://gist.github.com/ShubhanjanMedhi-dev/6a87e97b9b3e6f51a5e10444c7984f58.js</p>

    On Linux:

    <p>CODE: https://gist.github.com/ShubhanjanMedhi-dev/04939c43c27a4127bf36858e9efb6351.js</p>

    On Windows:

    <p>CODE: https://gist.github.com/ShubhanjanMedhi-dev/74ab6830dbefb0f0318d25af5a39c258.js</p>

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    Configure the binaries

    Go to the downloaded folder and run the below command to make the binary executable:

    <p>CODE: https://gist.github.com/ShubhanjanMedhi-dev/cf65b597ec02603b700c55854f14f18d.js</p>

    Move this executable to /usr/local/bin by running the below command:

    <p>CODE: https://gist.github.com/ShubhanjanMedhi-dev/ca432132b90327a7ede11d641e82ac40.js</p>

    Setup Terraform

    Create a new directory in your home folder. Inside this directory, create a new file called versions.tf and add the following code:

    <p>CODE: https://gist.github.com/ShubhanjanMedhi-dev/1a262364cbb0f8c53bf47e1e2a096046.js</p>

    And then initiate Terraform by running the following command:

    <p>CODE: https://gist.github.com/ShubhanjanMedhi-dev/f5e9e9364584d2f284d4fd79057f953b.js</p>

    Generate Terraform files

    Use Terraformer to import resources:

    <p>CODE: https://gist.github.com/ShubhanjanMedhi-dev/bc42f22ead6e8af98d91a7cd8ddaa075.js</p>

    This will create a new generated folder with all terraform files (including statefiles) based on the previous command.

    Update “version” and add “source” in newly autogenerated “provider.tf” file

    Go to /generated/squadcast/<RESOURCE_NAME>/<REGION>/provider.tf

    Add source = "SquadcastHub/squadcast" to squadcast inside required_providers

    Update version in required_providers by removing .exe (Windows users only)

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    Update “terraform_version”

    First change path to this directory by running the following command:

    <p>CODE: https://gist.github.com/ShubhanjanMedhi-dev/eea548afd63efadca2a23868c3f744ac.js</p>

    And then run the following command:

    <p>CODE: https://gist.github.com/ShubhanjanMedhi-dev/f20b7ac1c026daf62263e06e9f4f58e8.js</p>

    Use Generated files with Terraform

    Update generated files as per your requirement and apply the changes using following commands:

    <p>CODE: https://gist.github.com/ShubhanjanMedhi-dev/2d71a381c49ec95e97bbf45dcbe7bb5b.js</p>

    Now you’re good to go! In just a few simple steps you’ve converted your entire Squadcast configuration into Infrastructure as Code. You can now use this code file to manage all resources on Squadcast such as adding users in bulk, defining roles to users, deploying the entire configuration to another environment, and much more.

    Squadcast is an incident management tool that’s purpose-built for SRE. Get rid of unwanted alerts, receive relevant notifications and integrate with popular ChatOps tools. Work in collaboration using virtual incident war rooms and use automation to eliminate toil.

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    What you should do now
    • Schedule a demo with Squadcast to learn about the platform, answer your questions, and evaluate if Squadcast is the right fit for you.
    • Curious about how Squadcast can assist you in implementing SRE best practices? Discover the platform's capabilities through our Interactive Demo.
    • Enjoyed the article? Explore further insights on the best SRE practices.
    • Schedule a demo with Squadcast to learn about the platform, answer your questions, and evaluate if Squadcast is the right fit for you.
    • Curious about how Squadcast can assist you in implementing SRE best practices? Discover the platform's capabilities through our Interactive Demo.
    • Enjoyed the article? Explore further insights on the best SRE practices.
    • Get a walkthrough of our platform through this Interactive Demo and see how it can solve your specific challenges.
    • See how Charter Leveraged Squadcast to Drive Client Success With Robust Incident Management.
    • Share this blog post with someone you think will find it useful. Share it on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Reddit
    • Get a walkthrough of our platform through this Interactive Demo and see how it can solve your specific challenges.
    • See how Charter Leveraged Squadcast to Drive Client Success With Robust Incident Management
    • Share this blog post with someone you think will find it useful. Share it on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Reddit
    • Get a walkthrough of our platform through this Interactive Demo and see how it can solve your specific challenges.
    • See how Charter Leveraged Squadcast to Drive Client Success With Robust Incident Management
    • Share this blog post with someone you think will find it useful. Share it on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Reddit
    What you should do now?
    Here are 3 ways you can continue your journey to learn more about Unified Incident Management
    Discover the platform's capabilities through our Interactive Demo.
    See how Charter Leveraged Squadcast to Drive Client Success With Robust Incident Management.
    Share the article
    Share this blog post on Facebook, Twitter, Reddit or LinkedIn.
    We’ll show you how Squadcast works and help you figure out if Squadcast is the right fit for you.
    Experience the benefits of Squadcast's Incident Management and On-Call solutions firsthand.
    Compare our plans and find the perfect fit for your business.
    See Redis' Journey to Efficient Incident Management through alert noise reduction With Squadcast.
    Discover the platform's capabilities through our Interactive Demo.
    We’ll show you how Squadcast works and help you figure out if Squadcast is the right fit for you.
    Experience the benefits of Squadcast's Incident Management and On-Call solutions firsthand.
    Compare Squadcast & PagerDuty / Opsgenie
    Compare and see if Squadcast is the right fit for your needs.
    Compare our plans and find the perfect fit for your business.
    Learn how Scoro created a solid foundation for better on-call practices with Squadcast.
    Discover the platform's capabilities through our Interactive Demo.
    We’ll show you how Squadcast works and help you figure out if Squadcast is the right fit for you.
    Experience the benefits of Squadcast's Incident Management and On-Call solutions firsthand.
    We’ll show you how Squadcast works and help you figure out if Squadcast is the right fit for you.
    Learn how Scoro created a solid foundation for better on-call practices with Squadcast.
    We’ll show you how Squadcast works and help you figure out if Squadcast is the right fit for you.
    Discover the platform's capabilities through our Interactive Demo.
    Enjoyed the article? Explore further insights on the best SRE practices.
    We’ll show you how Squadcast works and help you figure out if Squadcast is the right fit for you.
    Experience the benefits of Squadcast's Incident Management and On-Call solutions firsthand.
    Enjoyed the article? Explore further insights on the best SRE practices.
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