Upcoming DevOps and Tech Conferences

Are you interested in learning about DevOps and the newest advances in technology? Do you want to challenge your development perspectives and current practices? Read this post from Premier Developer Consultant Brian Blackman to find an upcoming conference for you and your team to attend. All of us in software engineering are always looking for…


Container? Why not App Services?

In this post, Senior Premier Developer Consultant Casey Kriutzfield gives a walkthrough of deploying Linux Containers in Azure App Services. Containers have been popular lately, and Microsoft Azure has several products that are ready and able to serve your containers. Azure Kubernetes Service, Azure Container Instances, and Service Fabric are all great places to run…


Sharing Deployment Groups Across Team Projects in VSTS

Premier Developer Consultant Derrick Cawthon walks through how to share deployment groups across team projects in VSTS, so you can take full advantage of your infrastructure and maximize investment in cloud services. One of the many recent enhancements to VSTS (Visual Studio Team Services) is the adding of Deployment Groups back in 2017. However ever…


Monitoring Python Applications with Azure App Insights

In this blog post, Premier Developer Consultant Najib Zarrari walks through how to use Azure Application Insights to monitor web applications written in Python using the Flask framework. Read Najib’s blog post here to learn how to set up Application Insights, download and instrument a Python web application, create custom events and metrics in Azure,…


Safe On-Premises Releases Using VSTS

Read on to learn how Premier Developer Consultant Ilias Jennane addresses the idea of safe releases and incremental feature rollout for on-premises releases using Visual Studio Team Services. I have recently interacted with many customers that were clearly under the impression that they should only consider DevOps practices if they are doing Cloud development. So,…


Create Your First CI Pipeline in 10 Minutes or Less

In this post, Premier Developer Consultant Derrick Cawthon shares how to quickly create a continuous integration pipeline in VSTS, so teams can start pursuing their DevOps journeys. During your DevOps journey typically the first item you will want to do (after establishing a good process for the team) is setup a Continuous Integration (CI) build….


Continuous Delivery – Is it right for you?

This post is provided by App Dev Manager John Tran who explores the question: Is continuous delivery right for you? Coming from the operations world, I can’t count the number of times someone has come to me asking for a production deployment on a Friday afternoon. This would always give me chills, thinking of all…


DevOps for VMs with VSTS and Octopus Deploy

In this post, Premier Developer Consultant Jafar Jaffery shares insight into how to deploy web applications to virtual machines using Visual Studio Team Services and Octopus Deploy. You can use Octopus Deploy in conjunction with VSTS to deploy both on-premises or in the cloud in a repeatable and reliable way. Problem Statement The Development team just…


Microsoft Enhanced Application Support: Supporting Custom Applications

This post is provided by App Dev Manager Francis Lacroix who spotlights Microsoft Enhanced Application Support. Custom solutions provided by consultants can sometimes challenge the development groups inheriting them. Perhaps they do not have the skillset to support them and enhance them, or they do not have experience with the platforms the solution was built…


Microsoft Disaster Response: Another great reason to work for Microsoft

This post is provided by App Dev Manager Rich Maines who shares his experience volunteering with Microsoft Services Disaster Response. “When a disaster occurs, you’ve entered a “new reality,” says Lewis Curtis, director of Microsoft Services Disaster Response. It won’t be enough to simply restore your systems and applications to where they were before –…