Our September champion is Jeffrey Opdam, for his passion for the VSTS–Bot

We are pleased to introduce Jeffrey Opdam in our series of posts to recognise the champs of the Ranger community. He’s been nominated for his passion, commitment, and tenaciousness with the Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) Bot. Here are a few questions we asked Jeffrey: What do you have for breakfast, which fuels your passion…

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How do I report an extension issue effectively?

We’re all installing and evaluating extensions from the marketplace and often run into an issue that could be a missing feature, misinterpreted feature, or worse, a bug. How do you get support? It depends on the extension. You can typically click on Support (1) under Resources, or create a new Issue (2) if it’s an…

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Please uninstall our deprecated extensions!

Are you using one of these [partially] deprecated extensions from the marketplace? Print Cards 800+ installations remain. Deprecated since October 4th, 2016. Extension was deprecated aa the gap was filled by Agile Cards. Latest sample code can be found here. Folder Management 25k+ installations remain. Partially deprecated for Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) and Team…

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Why we’re using AWS, not Azure, to store our OSS releases

We’ve received the question “why are you storing your releases on AWS and not on Azure” for projects, such as the vsts-agent and ALM-Rangers/Migrate-assets-from-RM-server-to-VSTS. For example, when you’re downloading a release from either of these projects you’ll notice amazonaws in the download URLs, as highlighted below: Both projects, and others, are open source solutions (OSS)…

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Azure Function – Provisioning and configuring our Azure Function infrastructure

In our earlier article, Azure Functions – Prepare for continuous delivery, we began our series of blog posts on using Azure Function with Visual Studio 2017. We continue the automation of the creation and update of our Azure infrastructure, also known as provisioning. It’s important that we can recreate and configure our infrastructure in a…

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Azure Functions – Prepare for continuous delivery

As part of our research of using Feature Flags with VSTS extensions, we exposed our secure VSTS token based solution, implemented with Azure Functions to: Generate a hash Key by server-side To call the REST API of LaunchDarkly We’re dogfooding our own research outcome! We’re implementing the Azure Functions, backed by a CI/CD pipeline. In…

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Introducing the Visual Studio ALM Rangers – Jesse Powell

Who are you?  I have been with Microsoft for 11 years, all of them with Microsoft Consulting Services. During that time my focus has been both as an ALM coach, acting as build master, scrum master, or release manager for our high profile development engagements, and as a TFS/VSTS SME, overseeing and executing high impact…

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