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Running a VS Team Services (VSO) Build Agent in a Windows Docker Container

A while ago I wrote a post on how to run a Visual Studio Online (now called Visual Studio Team Services) Build Agent in a Docker Container on Linux. I got some good feedback on this post and now it is time to do the same trick again but only on Windows. Yes ! You […]

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Create a Windows Docker Host and connect to it without Visual Studio

I have been exploring Docker on Windows for a while because I think it is very promising that containers can run on the Windows platform as well. I’ve also written  a few posts already about Docker but this one is all about creating a Windows Docker Host on Azure and connect to it. Why does […]

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Running a Visual Studio Build vNext agent in a Docker container

Update: 27-10-2016 Take a look at the official Microsoft Docker Images on DockerHub that also contain a Build agent 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 […]

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FI_GIT

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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Programmatically promote your package quality with Release Views in VSTS

A short while ago, Package Management  in VSTS became publicly available. Agreed, the features in the initial version are not overwhelming, but the potential is very high. If you are not familiar yet, with Package Management in VSTS , I highly recommend you take a look at the documentation on the Visual Studio site, to […]

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Running a Linux SQL Server in a Docker Container

I just reinstalled my PC and needed a database for some simple work. I did not like the idea of installing a full SQL Server on my PC. Too heavy and takes too long. The I remembered that Microsoft recently announced that they can run SQL Server on Linux and they even have a Docker […]

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Order your VSTS Product Backlog based on the order within your Feature Backlog

I know, the title is crap but I just don’t know how to call it properly. Let me just give me the real life example. I have this pretty straightforward Product Backlog But I also have this feature hierarchy. Within the features I prioritize my Backlog items. The features also are ranked from most important to less […]

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Change VSTS release variables at queue time

When creating and queueing new build, a feature that I often use is the “allow change at queue time” checkbox next to the build variables Allowing me to change it at Queue time Sometimes you also want this for releases, but there is no such an option. However, you can do it, and it is described […]

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My Techdays sessions are online!

On October 4 and 5 the Techdays Netherlands were held in the RAI Amsterdam. I had the honor to be invited to speak (the 6th year in row). All sessions were recorded and published to Channel 9 Continuous Delivery 3.0 – The Next Step Link to Channel 9 Session Digital disruption is happening all around us. […]

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Shrink the physical size of an Azure Virtual machine VHD

At a customer I am helping to set up a pipeline to spin up a complete new environment every night. The environment consists of multiple machines. 2 of the machines are preconfigured and cannot be automated (not now at least) with ARM and DSC to create everything from code (which is of course the best […]

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Running your ASP.NET Core application on Azure Container Service

While preparing for my Techdays session about “How ASP.NET Core and Docker will change the life of a Microsoft Developer” I was experimenting a bit with Azure Container Service and running my ASP.NET Core application on the ACS Cluster. Together with my colleague Alex Thissen and with some help of my Xebia Colleague Mark van […]

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Copy files (and run tests) on a remote machine back to the VSTS build and release agent

This week I was working on a script, running in my VSTS release pipeline that executed Pester tests on a remote machine. Running Pester tests on the VSTS Build and Release Agent work fine with one the awesome tasks on the Visual Studio Marketplace, but this was about running the tests remotely AND getting the […]

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DockerWIndows

Set up a Windows Docker host in Azure and connect from your local computer

A while ago I blogged about how to set up a Docker host without Visual Studio. Now, half a year later things have changed and so have some steps. Yesterday I spun up a new Windows 2016 machine (CTP5) from the Azure gallery and (of course) it did not work as expected. Containers were already […]

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Set output variable in a Powershell VSTS Build Task

Currently I am building a pipeline that performs some actions on Azure. For example creating a Azure Storage Account. When doing this, I want to return some values from my Powershell script back into a variable of my Build Pipeline, so I can use this in another task. After some searching I finally found out how […]

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