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Running a Linux SQL Server in a Docker Container

I just reinstalled my PC and needed a database for some simple work. I did not like the idea of installing a full SQL Server on my PC. Too heavy and takes too long. The I remembered that Microsoft recently announced that they can run SQL Server on Linux and they even have a Docker […]

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Running your ASP.NET Core application on Azure Container Service

While preparing for my Techdays session about “How ASP.NET Core and Docker will change the life of a Microsoft Developer” I was experimenting a bit with Azure Container Service and running my ASP.NET Core application on the ACS Cluster. Together with my colleague Alex Thissen and with some help of my Xebia Colleague Mark van […]

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Set up a Windows Docker host in Azure and connect from your local computer

A while ago I blogged about how to set up a Docker host without Visual Studio. Now, half a year later things have changed and so have some steps. Yesterday I spun up a new Windows 2016 machine (CTP5) from the Azure gallery and (of course) it did not work as expected. Containers were already […]

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How Docker will change Microsoft Development

Two months ago we (Xpirit) published a new edition of our Xpirit Magazine. In this magazine I wrote an article on how Docker will change Microsoft Development. In this blog post you will find the introduction. If you want to read the whole article, you can download the PDF of the article here . If you […]

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2 weeks full of highlights

Wow ! Normally I post about VSTS or TFS or just about some other techy stuff but my last 2 weeks were so packed with highlights, both personally and at Xpirit, I just wanted it to share with you. I’ll first give you the executive summary Personally I became ALM MVP for the 5th time […]

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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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Unattended install of a Visual Studio Team Services (a.k.a. VSO) Build Agent

A while ago I was looking at installing the VSTS build Agent on Linux and was searching for the possibility to uninstall it unattended. I was doing this because I wanted to run my agent in a Docker container and on startup I wanted to run a configured agent. I solved ths by using an […]

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Presentation on Dutch Docker Day

Last Friday I did a talk on Dutch Docker Day. Together with my colleague Alex Thissen We talked about “Dockerizing your ASP.NET Application on Windows and Linux”. We showed how you can use ASP.NET 5 to run cross platform in a Linux Docker Container, on a Mac and in an Windows Docker Container. The presentation […]

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Using OneGet PackageManager in Windows 10 and Windows 2016 Server Container

I am experimenting with OneGet, the new Powershell PackageManager for Windows. It is included in Windows 10 and in Windows Server Container and Windows Server 2016. The PackageManager is something I learned to appreciate when I was experimenting with Docker on Linux. There we use apt-get to get software from a web-repository and install this […]

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