Simple Credential Management for DevOps Database Release to Azure SQL Database

In working with Azure DevOps, one of the challenges is to ensure that our processes can connect to systems, but not unnecessarily disclose credentials. While performing deployments with an automated process, we often allow many people to access and change the pipeline, but we may not want everyone to be able to see the actual users or passwords.
In this article, we will look at one way to store and protect the credentials in a project. A future article will look at how we might do this across multiple projects.

The Release Pipeline

When we go to deploy code to