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Work-around to VSTS Azure Key Vault Task ‘Access denied’ problem

Are you trying to use the Azure Key Vault task but recieving a message: “Access denied. Specified Azure endpoint needs to have Get, List secret management permissions on the selected key vault…”? I’ll show you how you get past this

Pre-requisites

  • Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) account
  • Azure account
  • Azure Key Vault setup in your Azure account with some secrets

The Problem

So you want to be good and avoid storing your secrets in your build or release steps. A great solution is to use Azure Key Vault. It’s pretty easy – you can setup something like this…

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Trouble is, when I ran it failed. I got a message Access denied. Specified Azure endpoint needs to have Get, List secret management permissions on the selected key vault…”???

The Microsoft document says something about setting up a service principal. It’s as clear as mud.

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Work-around

We can create a variable group. This will enable us to add the secrets and then re-use them in our release pipeline as variables.

  • Open VSTS
  • Click Build and Release
  • Click Library
  • Click + Variable Group

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  • Enter a variable group name
  • Select the Azure subscription and Key vault name
  • Click + Add to select one or more variables
  • Click Save. Follow any prompts

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To use the keys in your script, use the secret name.

In the example above I have​ ​SendGridEmailAPIKey. To use it in my tasks I would write $(SendGridEmailAPIKey).

By doing this globally you don’t need the individual Azure Key Vault entry

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