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Running a Visual Studio Build vNext agent in a Docker container

With the introduction of the new build engine in Visual Studio Online and Team Foundation Server 2015, Microsoft also introduced real cross-platform build capabilities, The VSO-BuildAgent and tasks are both published as Open source on Github and allow you use and extend.any way you like. With the ability to run cross-platform builds, I wanted to […]

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Start with Visual Studio Release Management vNext–VS RM for Dummies

Team Foundation Server 2013 Update 3 came with Visual Studio Release Management vNext. vNext is, next to the deployments with agents, another way of doing deployments with VSRM. The most important thing in vNext is that you can do deployments to machines, without having to install an agent. This is because VSRM vNext uses Powershell […]

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A starters guide to Git for TFS GitWits…

When I started my development career way back in 1999, the first Source Control System I ever used was Visual SourceSafe. After a few years I switched to SVN for a while and I liked that. The, in 2005 came Team Foundation Server and I embraced it, including the Source Control of course. And since […]

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TFS as perfect tool for Scrum (Part 1) – Introduction in Scrum and TFS

This year I was invited again to present at Microsoft TechDays. This event is held every year in the World Forum in The Hague. This year I spoke about why TFS is the perfect tool for Scrum. My session was about how to use TFS as tool for Scrum. I talked about the different stages […]

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Using OneGet PackageManager in Windows 10 and Windows 2016 Server Container

I am experimenting with OneGet, the new Powershell PackageManager for Windows. It is included in Windows 10 and in Windows Server Container and Windows Server 2016. The PackageManager is something I learned to appreciate when I was experimenting with Docker on Linux. There we use apt-get to get software from a web-repository and install this […]

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Uploading a custom build.vNext task

Originally posted on Real ALM:
With the introduction of the new build.vNext build system in Visual Studio Online and TFS 2015 (currently in RC) creating a build definition has become a lot easier. There are already quite a lot of tasks available, that allow you to build, test and deploy your software from the build…

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Get started with Docker on Azure for Microsoft developers and/or Linux noobs

I said it earlier in a previous post. The world is changing. And especially the world of Microsoft Developers. In my post about modern tools I presented a list with tools that a developers must have in his toolbox. This list did not contain a lot of Microsoft tools. In the ALM space, and here […]

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Using Personal Access Tokens to access Visual Studio Online

People who use Visual Studio Online for a while are probably familiar with the alternate credentials. These are used when accessing the REST API or when using an external client for accessing your Git repositories. You configure your alternate credentials on your [My Profile] page and fill a username and password of your choice. Once […]

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Integrating TeamCity with Team Foundation Server – Part 2

In my previous post I introduced TeamCity as  an alternative build server to use in conjunction with Team Foundation Server. This post mainly focused on getting started with TeamCity and building sources coming from Team Foundation Server. At the end of this previous post I talked about the dependency of TFS artifacts with the TFS […]

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Integrating TeamCity with Team Foundation Server – Part 1

In this cross-platform world, where everything integrates with … well everything, it is not unusual to come across companies that use more than one system for their Application Lifecycle Management. Team Foundation Sever offers a great solution if it comes to ALM. Work Item Management, Build Management, Release Management etc. But there is more available […]

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Debugging a DSC script for Release Management

Originally posted on Real ALM:
When preparing a DSC script for deploying an application using Release Management it is often handy to test and debug that script locally. Nobody writes code that works the first time, right? However, you’ll quickly run into the fact that Release Management does some things slightly different than “vanilla” DSC…

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Slides from my sessions on TechDays 2015

Last week were the Dutch Microsoft TechDays 2015. For the 5th year in row I had the great honor to host 2 sessions. One about Continuous Delivery with the Microsoft Tooling and one about Git versus Team Foundation Version Control. Team Foundation Version Control versus Git: An Introduction In this session I talked about the […]

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Techorama

Build, Test, Deploy, Repeat – Slides from my Techorama session

Techorama is a new international developer conference that was born in 2014. It is a conference that is organized by 3 community-driven techies, Pieter Gheysens, Gill Cleeren and Kevin DeRudder and brings inspiring keynotes, deep-dive developer sessions, integration scenarios and best practices. All this goodness is professionally delivered by international speakers and local community rock […]

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Modern tools glossary

Maybe I am getting old, maybe I am too busy with other stuff but the number of frameworks, tools and utilities has seemed to grow exponentially over the last years. As a Microsoft developer from “the early” I usually only had to worry about a new version of Visual Studio, Team Foundation Server or a […]

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