Azure Functions and Serverless Computing

In my previous blog post, WebJobs in Azure with .NET Core 2.1, I briefly mentioned Azure Functions. Azure Functions are usually small (or somewhat larger) bits of code that run in Azure and are triggered by some event. Azure takes complete care of the entire infrastructure of your Functions making it a so-called serverless solution. The…

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Visual Studio Team Services – Creating a build pipeline (Part 6)

In part 1 a basic Azure Web App website was built and deployed using VSTS Build and Part 2 illustrated how additional files could be included when building a web project.  Part 3 demonstrated how Gulp could be added to the VSTS Build  pipeline.  In part 4 Load Testing was added to the build pipeline and part 5 added slots…

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Why Configuring Service Endpoints In Visual Studio Team Services Is A Good Thing

The entire DevOps story with the Microsoft Stack is expanding its reach to more and more services and with an ever-growing set of advanced features. During this article, I will cover the benefits and ways to configure Service Endpoints within either Visual Studio Team Services and Team Foundation Service, in order to create a highly…

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Visual Studio Team Services – Creating a build pipeline (Part 5)

In part 1 a basic Azure Web App website was built and deployed using VSTS Build and Part 2 illustrated how additional files could be included when building a web project.  Part 3 demonstrated how Gulp could be added to the VSTS Build  pipeline.  In part 4 Load Testing was added to the build pipeline.  This post will explore adding…


Visual Studio Team Services – Creating a build pipeline (Part 4)

In part 1 a basic Azure Web App website was built and deployed using VSTS Build and Part 2 illustrated how additional files could be included when building a web project.  Part 3 demonstrated how Gulp could be added to the VSTS Build  pipeline.  This post is an introduction to bringing in Load Testing to the build pipeline.  Performance…


Visual Studio Team Services – Creating a build pipeline (Part 2)

In part 1, a basic Azure Web App website was built and deployed using VSTS Build.  In this post, Application Insights will be explored including modifying the build process to only include the Azure website activity.  The intention is not to repeat what has been provided in other resources, for example those in the references…

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Visual Studio Team Services – Creating a build pipeline (Part 1)

In a series of posts, some of the features available in Azure and Visual Studio Team Services will be explored.  The posts will use an Azure Web App website as a practical illustration, and many of the features shown are relevant to other types of Web Apps and components in Azure. VSTS Build is an excellent…

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IoT Hub – Visual Studio Team Services Deployment & Continuous Integration

I had this question the other day about ARM deployment. We were talking about deploying IoT Hub using deployment scripts. Until then, I had deployed resources purely with code. This is easily performed with the Azure Resource Manager SDKs. Keeping it all in code libraries seemed right for a coder, but I soon realised the…

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Visual Studio Team Services: Azure Web App Deployment failure – ERROR_FILE_IN_USE

As part of a VSTS Release, an Azure Deployment task was failing due to a locked library file preventing the task from modifying the file.  The actual error message is shown below: ##[error]Web Deploy cannot modify the file ‘NewRelic.Profiler.dll’ on the destination because it is locked by an external process. In order to allow the…

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Azure Content Spotlight – Azure Performance Test for Web Apps and Mobile Apps

Welcome to another Azure Content Spotlight! These articles are used to highlight items in Azure that could be more visible to the Azure community. The Performance Test is a great new feature for determining how an Azure Web App will perform under pressure by simulating workloads. This feature is in preview and is being developed…

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