Define Your Lambda Target Infrastructure

Updated 2 months ago by Michael Cretzman

Once you've added a Lambda Service to your Application, you can define Environments where your Service can be deployed. Within an Environment, you specify the following in an Infrastructure Definition:

An Environment can be a Dev, QA, Production, or other Environment. You can deploy one or many Services to each Environment by creating an Infrastructure Definition in the Environment for each Service.

In this topic:

Before You Begin

Step 1: Create an Environment

The following procedure creates an Environment for the Lambda Service type, as set up in Add Lambda Functions.

  1. In your Harness Application, click Environments. The Environments page appears.
  2. Click Add Environment. The Environment dialog appears.
  3. In Name, enter a name that describes the deployment environment, for example, Lambda.
  4. In Environment Type, select Non-Production.
  5. Click SUBMIT. The new Environment page appears.

Step 2: Define the Lambda Infrastructure

You must define one or more Infrastructure Definitions for the Environment.

A Harness Infrastructure Definition defines the AWS VPC, subnets, and security groups to use for the Lambda deployment.

To add the Infrastructure Definition:

  1. In the Harness Environment, click Add Infrastructure Definition. The Infrastructure Definition dialog appears.
    The Infrastructure Definition dialog appears.
  2. Enter a Name that will identify this Infrastructure Definition when you add it to a Workflow.
  3. In Cloud Provider Type, select Amazon Web Services.
  4. In Deployment Type, select AWS Lambda. This expands the Infrastructure Definition dialog to look something like this:
  5. Select Use Already Provisioned Infrastructure, and follow the Define a Provisioned Infrastructure steps below.
If you are using a configured Harness Infrastructure Provisioner, instead select Map Dynamically Provisioned Infrastructure, and then select the provisioner. The settings below are for Use Already Provisioned Infrastructure.

Define a Provisioned Infrastructure

The Infrastructure Definition dialog's lower section defines settings similar to the ‑‑role and ‑‑vpc-config options in the aws lambda create-function command. For example:

$ aws lambda create-function --function-name ExampleApp-aws-lambda-Lambda-my-function \
--runtime nodejs8.10 --handler index.handler --zip-file lambda/function.zip \
--role execution-role-arn \
--vpc-config SubnetIds=comma-separated-vpc-subnet-ids,SecurityGroupIds=comma-separated-security-group-ids

To fill out the Infrastructure Definition dialog's lower section:

  1. In Cloud Provider, select the AWS Cloud Provider you added in Connect to AWS for Lambda Deployments.
After your Cloud Provider selection, the remaining drop-down lists take a few seconds to populate. Later, some fields will again take a few seconds to repopulate based on your selections in other fields.
  1. In IAM Role, select IAM role that AWS Lambda assumes when it executes your function.
  2. In Region, select the AWS region where your function will be used.
  3. In VPC, to connect your function to a VPC to access private resources during execution, select the VPC. If you do not select a VPC, then the function executes in "non-VPC" mode.
Lambda runs your function code securely within a VPC by default. However, to enable your Lambda function to access resources inside your private VPC, you must provide additional, VPC-specific configuration information that includes private subnet IDs and security group IDs. AWS Lambda uses this information to set up elastic network interfaces (ENIs) that enable your function to connect securely to other resources within your private VPC. For more information and guidelines, see Configuring a Lambda Function to Access Resources in an Amazon VPC or Configuring a Lambda function to access resources in a VPC from AWS.
  1. In Subnets, select the subnet IDs for the subnets (within the VPC) where the Lambda function will access resources. AWS recommends that you choose at least two subnets for Lambda to run your functions in high availability mode.
  2. In Security Groups, select the security group ID(s) for the Lambda function. When you set a VPC for your function to access, your Lambda function loses default Internet access. If you require external Internet access for your function, make sure that your security group allows outbound connections, and that your VPC has a NAT gateway.
  3. Enable Scope to Specific Services, and use the adjacent drop-down to select the Harness Lambda Service you created in Add Lambda Functions.
Scoping is a recommended step, to make this Infrastructure Definition available to any Workflow or Phase that uses your Lambda Service.

When you are done, the dialog will look something like this:

  1. Click Submit. The new Infrastructure Definition is added to the Harness environment.

Option: Provision the Lambda Infrastructure

With Harness, you can use a CloudFormation template to provision the Lambda infrastructure. For more information, see Map an AWS Lambda Infrastructure.

Option: Override Service Settings

Your Environment can overwrite Service Config Variables, Config Files, and other settings. This enables you to maintain a Service's native settings, but change them when the Service is used with this Environment.

For more information, see Override a Service Configuration.

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