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Distribute your blessed ARM templates with Universal Packages in Azure DevOps

There is a fine-grained balance between full autonomy of a team and arranging things on a more central level.  One of the things I talk about, when I talk about shifting to Rugged DevOps, is the use of blessed libraries, scripts and templates. As an example, if all your teams write their own logging library, you […]

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Where to start with DevOps Metrics?

Now that more and more teams and organizations are moving towards a DevOps way of working, I get asked the question “What should we measure?” a lot. To be very honest, I find this a very hard question. The main reason is that metrics are always a point of discussion and a trigger for behavior […]

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Growing your DevOps Mindset

Practicing DevOps successfully requires knowledge on hard skill areas such as continuous delivery and automated testing. But the most important part is creating a culture where people show courage, work on teambuilding, practice DevOps leadership and have a continuous improvement mindset. Developing these soft skills is hard. One of the reasons for that is that […]

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VSTS Rest API – Hard to find methods

This post does not have a lot of text, only an introduction. I use the VSTS Rest API quite a lot and the documentation is great, but not everything is documented or hard to find. In this post, I list some snippets that you can use to get even more out of the VSTS Rest […]

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Organizing the Global DevOps Bootcamp 2018

This year, on June 16th, 2018, we (Marcel de Vries (Xpirit), Mathias Olausson(Solidify) and me(Xpirit)) organized the second Global DevOps Bootcamp. I did a blogpost on Global DevOps Bootcamp 2017 earlier. This year we wanted to do it again and of course we aimed to make it a bit bigger. In 2017 we had 30 […]

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In a perfect world Devs do not need Ops

Originally posted at: https://xpirit.com/2018/04/06/in-a-perfect-world-devs-do-not-need-ops/ Together with my colleague Geert van der Cruijsen I wrote this article on DevOps and how Ops should be changed. This is an introduction to the Open Source library we are creating on Azure Security as Code. Purpose of this library is to maintain all Azure settings in code instead of […]

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Secure or Compliant? That is the question!

Compliance means conforming to a rule, such as a specification, policy, standard or law. Regulatory compliance describes the goal that organizations aspire to achieve in their efforts to ensure that they are aware of and take steps to comply with relevant laws, polices, and regulations. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regulatory_compliance) Within many organizations, compliance is a commonly used […]

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Setting up Sonatype Nexus 3 as your Windows Docker Container Registry

Currently I am working at Rabobank. Rabobank uses Sonatype Nexus as their artifact repository for all kinds of packages and also for Docker Containers. Since there are a few Microsoft .Net teams are moving towards Docker, the need for Docker containers arose as well. So we created a Windows Base container and tried to push […]

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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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