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Creating an Azure Container Registry Service Connection in Azure DevOps with your own ServicePrincipal

A while ago, I blogged about creating an Azure Container Registry Service Connection in Azure DevOps, using the UI. In short, when you don’t have direct permission on the Azure subscription, the UI in Azure DevOps blocks you from creating a service connection, because there is no manual way of doing that. My previous post […]

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Pushing to an Azure Container Registry from Azure DevOps

Azure DevOps is full of great wizards and helpers to make life of the developers easy. One of them is setting up a service connection to an Azure Container Registry. When you go to the Service Connections of your Azure DevOps project and create a new Docker Registry Connection, it gives you a nice dialog […]

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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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