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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First encounters with creating a Managed Kubernetes Cluster (AKS) on Azure

Yesterday Microsoft announced in this blogpost thatr the public preview for a Managed Kubernetes Cluster (AKS) is now available. I directly wanted to test this and followed the steps in the blog. They work but I ran into a few tiny errors which were easy to solve if you know where to look. First thing you […]

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Slides and Demos Techdays 2017

Last week I spoke on Techdays Netherlands. I had 3 sessions Docker beyond F5 Part 1- From Laptop to Cluster Docker beyond F5 Part 2 – Deep Dive with Alex Thissen Docker from Huh? to Wow! with Jasper Gilhuis Slides and Demos I’ve put all our material on Github. I even put the demo scripts  […]

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Speaking @ … Upcoming talks

There is a busy season for me as a speaker. I’ll make a short list here: 26 September – Fujitsu Hybrid IT Event Continuous Delivery 3.0, the next step 12-13 October – Techdays Netherlands Docker beyond F5 – From Laptop to Cluster Docker beyond F5 – Deep Dive Docker – From Huh to Wow  9 […]

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COPY failed when adding files to Docker container

This is a blogpost for myself. Because I don’t want to make the same stupid mistake again. And hopefully It might help you as well … I was preparing a demo to build a simple Docker Container. I used Visual Studio 2017 15.3 to create a new .NET Core Project, to which I added Docker […]

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Running a Linux VSTS Agent on Azure Container Instances

About 3 weeks ago, Corey Sanders (https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-azure-container-instances/) announced in his blog that Azure Container Instances is in private preview. I think that this new Azure service is very promising. In a nutshell, it is a hosted and managed Container cluster. The only thing you need to take care of is to create a container image […]

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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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