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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DevOps sticker or (temporary) tattoo?

You’ve probably seen Donovan’s definition of DevOps and the associated sticker by now. While reviewing the where are we in Donovan’s [from 0 to DevOps] world post, I asked Donovan which seven (7) points we should tattoo on our forearms to guide us with DevOps transformations. Here’s the list he gave me, with overviews and…

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Developing Custom Artifacts for DevTest Labs: Tips and Tricks

In Getting started with DevTest Labs Custom Artifact Development we covered getting your development environment established.  Now we’ll dive into some general tips and tricks you can use to improve your development experience as well as aid you as you build and debug your artifacts. Platform-Agnostic Tips and Tricks Extracting your Azure Resource Manager Template…

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Artifacts and guidance for Azure DevTest Labs

We are pleased to announce that the team, spearheaded by Derek Keeler and Josh Garverick, has achieved their goal. They set out to investigate how to extend the lab and complement the gallery by adding a few missing artifacts to engage with the vibrant artifact community. Artefacts on Azure/azure-devtestlab You can access, use, and enhance…

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Getting started with DevTest Labs Custom Artifact Development

As a part of a recent Rangers project, our team of experts set out to develop custom artifacts for use with DevTest Labs.  Some of the great contributions that have been assimilated into the azure-devtest-labs GitHub repo include: Install Google Chrome (Esteban) JDKs for Linux (Darren) Set up Web Deploy server (Martin) Install Sublime Text…

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Library of tooling and guidance solutions (aka.ms/vsarsolutions)

A library of out-of-band tooling and practical guidance, extensions,  and community solutions, complementing our publications (aka.ms/vsarpublications). You can get information about new features and bug fixes included in the releases here. Extensions | Guidance and Tooling | Community Solutions | Retiring Guidance and Tooling | Deprecated Solutions Extensions Library of Visual Studio and Visual Studio…

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