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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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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Publish symbols to Azure File Storage with the VSTS Hosted Agent

A while ago I migrated a lot of builds to the Visual Studio Team Services Hosted Agents. This works great. We reduced the number of build servers and agent on-premises and can now easily scal up and down. But .. as it goes… there is always that next thing on the list. In my case […]

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Slides & Demos from Techorama 2017

Today I spoke on Techorama on Containerized Delivery with VSTS and Docker. Abstract With Continuous Delivery 3.0, I introduced the concept of rethinking what you do instead of optimizing what you have. Containers are a very important concept in this new way of thinking. Instead of delivering your application on a server, you can also store your […]

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REST call to get all tasks in your VSTS account

This time, a small and simple post. I was working on a solution to get all tasks used in multiple build definitions. When you get the Build Definition with the REST API, you see a reference to the tasks by it’s GUID. But the displayname, group etc, is not displayed there. There is no documentation […]

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Using VSTS Package Management as a private Chocolatey Gallery

For information how to set up a private Powershell repository on VSTS check this post I just blogged about how to use VSTS Package Management as a private Powershell repository. But here was another need that I had. I wanted a private Chocolatey gallery as well. So I did some more investigation and foudn that […]

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Using VSTS Package Management as a private Powershell Gallery

For information how to set up a private Chocolatey repository on VSTS check this post Let me start by saying that I really like VSTS package management. Earlier I blogged about Release Views and I also like the integration with the whole build/release eco system. That said, I was quite annoyed when I noticed that I […]

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Only trigger a release when the build changed

I created a Build task for this purpose as well. Check it out here!  Back in the early days, when we used XAML builds in TFS (wow that seems like ages ago!), we had the possibility to NOT execute a build when nothing changed in the source code repository. This checkbox “Build even if nothing has changed” […]

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The first Global DevOps Bootcamp !

Maybe some of you are familiar with Global Azure Bootcamp. This yearly global event is hosted by many communities throughout the world and is a great success. As a fanatic DevOps adept, I wanted to do something similar but around DevOps. And…I am proud to present that on June 17th, the first Global DevOps Bootcamp […]

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Trigger Release Pipeline only for Scheduled builds

Currently I am working on some build and release pipelines to deploy some websites automatically. I have some CI builds running, and some scheduled buils that are deployed automatically. This works fine, but there is some waste in the process. My CI build is the same as my scheduled build, with 1 major difference. I do […]

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Installing a VSTS Build agent on Mac OSX

Today I needed to install the VSTS Build Agent on a Mac Mini in the office so we can build the IPhone App. The great part of the new build infrastructure in VSTS is that it is Cross Platform and we CAN do that. Just download the agent and run the command provided in the interface. […]

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Migrate a complete Git Repository from TFS to VSTS

I am migrating some Git repositories from a TFS server to VSTS. Moving a Git repo including all the history is very simple fo course. Since Git is a Distributed Source Control repository. But I always forget the syntax of moving the “complete” Git repository at once. With all the branches, tags etc. So here […]

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