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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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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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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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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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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 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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