Using the VSTS Packer Task and Replace Tokens Task

In my post How to continuously deploy web application to Azure VM Scale sets using VSTS and Packer? shell script tasks were used to bake Azure VM image using packer and to Replace tokens for VM username and VM password in the ARM template parameter file. In this post we will replace these shell script…

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How to create an immutable Azure VM image for an application using packer and ansible

In this post I will discuss about how build immutable VM images using packer and ansible with latest application code baked in. In my subsequent post I discuss how we can combine this with Visual studio team services to create a continuous deployment pipeline to provision new Azure VM scaleset / or update existing VM scaleset based on…

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How to configure your Drupal 8 ARM template deployment to Azure creating new MySQL Servers (Master and Slave with replication)

This post discusses the parameter configurations needed when setting up a multi node Drupal deployment using the Drupal 8 VM scaleset (with GlusterFS and new MySQL servers) ARM Template. To create MySql Master and Slave pair this template uses the mysql-replication ARM template as a nested template. Managing the created MySql Servers : The Readme.md file of the mysql-replication template has…

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How to configure your Drupal 8 ARM template deployment to Azure using existing MySQL Server

This post discusses the parameter configurations needed when setting up a multi node Drupal deployment using the Drupal 8 VM scaleset (with GlusterFS and MySQL) ARM Template. Parameter values which need to be entered (sample values have been shown) : drupalVmSku: “Standard_D1_v2” (Size of the Drupal VMs) drupalUbuntuOSVersion: “14.04.4-LTS” (OS Version for the Drupal VMs) drupalAdminUser: “drupalAdmin”…

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How to move MySql database from AWS RDS to Azure ?

There are several ways to backup mysql databases, as shown at Mysql Backup and Recovery. In this post I have shown AWS RDS mysql backup using mysqldump utility, and restore to Azure using mysql command. This may not be the ideal way when you need to move very large databases. We need to first have…

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Custom VSTS / Slack integrations Part 2 ? Triggering VSTS builds from Slack

Triggering VSTS builds from slack This is part 2 of the blog post Custom integration of VSTS and slack . In this post we will look at how we can use VSTS – slack integration to trigger VSTS builds The implementation details for this bot integration can be found at https://github.com/maniSbindra/devOpsBot (Main application logic file…

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Why integrate Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) with Slack? How do I customize VSTS / Slack integrations?

Slack has had a phenomenal journey in terms of user acquisition and exciting developer community since its inception in Feb 2013. Slack is a perfect example of a company which is ‘Selling Innovation rather than just a product for Collaboration’. I was pretty amazed with its sleek design and capabilities and thought of playing around…

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