Deploying to SQL Server with Entity Framework Core - Will it Deploy? Episode 3

Rob Pearson

Rob Pearson

February 24, 2018 • 2 mins

Welcome to another Will it Deploy? Episode where we try to automate the deployment of different technologies with Octopus Deploy. In this episode, we're trying to deploy a Microsoft SQL Server database using Entity Framework Core migrations to an Amazon Web Services (AWS) virtual machine (VM).


Tech Stack

Our app is a quote generator called Random Quotes. The application is pretty simple but it allows us to illustrate how to deploy database changes and updates.

SQL Server logo

Kudos to our marketing manager Andrew who has been learning to code and built the first cut of this app. Great work!

Deployment Target

Amazon web services logo


So will it deploy? Yes it will! Our deployment process looks like the following.

Octopus deployment process

Then we add the following steps to successfully deploy our database changes and web app.

  • Octopus Deploy a Package step to copy our database scripts to our database deployment target
  • Octopus Community Contributed step template - SQL - Execute Script File to execute our Entity Framework Core migration script agaist our SQL Server database.
  • Octopus Deploy to IIS step to deploy our ASP.NET Core web application

This project uses the following variables to store our app settings, database connection details and web app configuration.

Project variables

This episode's GitHub repo contains all the resources and links used in this video.


We hope you enjoyed this episode as we have many more in the works! If there's a framework or technology you'd like us to explore, let us know in the comments.

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