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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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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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Get started with Docker on Azure for Microsoft developers and/or Linux noobs

I said it earlier in a previous post. The world is changing. And especially the world of Microsoft Developers. In my post about modern tools I presented a list with tools that a developers must have in his toolbox. This list did not contain a lot of Microsoft tools. In the ALM space, and here […]

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Happy New Year to all my readers !

Happy new year ! Every year I receive a nice overview of all my activity on my blog. This year I wanted it to share with you! Thanks for reading! I hope to bring you more goodness about ALM, Scrum and TFS in 2014 ! Here’s an excerpt: The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors […]

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How to set up networking for your Hyper-V (TFS) machine

Since a few months I am the happy owner of a great laptop with SSD. Because I am running Windows 8 I can have the possibility to use Hyper-V on my local machine and that’s….Let’s say….GREAT !! Now that I have this possibility, I run my TFS demo machine on my Hyper-V host. Because I […]

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Using Config Transformation for easier (Azure) Development

Visual Studio 2010 has this nice feature for config transformations. When adding a new build configuration you also get the possibility to add a web.[Configuration].config file which contains specific settings for that specific configuration. When using the publish function, the transformation uses pretty slick XSLT transformations to update the web.config with the settings you specified […]

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Removing speaker notes from PowerPoint

It is not really ALM related but man…I am so glad I know this feature that I really want to share it here. When I speak at seminars or conferences, people always ask you for the slides. I always have a lot of notes in my slides that I don’t want to be shared. Usually […]

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Unit Test Deployment files not found in VS2010

When writing Unit tests, it is sometimes useful to use specific files for a specific Unit test. With help of the TestContext object in a Unit test class you can easily deploy files along with your Unit Tests. Everytime a Unit test is executed, the file(s) is published to an output Directory. This file can […]

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