Microsoft Techdays 2015 – Azure Deployment Pipeline in 25 minutes

29 05 2015

This year I’m a speaker at the Dutch Microsoft TechDays conference. I have two sessions (of 25 mins each) in which I talk about DevOps related topics.

The blogpost about the first session can be found here.

In this second session I show the audience that in a short amount of time and with very little effort, a deployment pipeline can be setup only using Azure VM’s, Visual Studio Online and Microsoft Release Management (connected to Visual Studio Online). Even one of the two Azure VM’s I need are created during the session.

Below you’ll find the resources I used or which are valuable when trying to achieve similar results;

You can find the slidedeck here and the bits I used can be downloaded here.

Microsoft Techdays 2015 – Getting started with PowerShell for Release Management

28 05 2015

This year I’m a speaker at the Dutch Microsoft TechDays conference. I have two sessions (of 25 mins each) in which I talk about DevOps related topics. The first one is “Getting started with PowerShell for Release Management”. It is a session which is actually targeted at Developers who are not yet familiar with PowerShell. PowerShell gets more and more important in a world where the boundaries between classic Development and Operations silos disappear. Developers will need to be more aware about the way their stuff needs to be deployed and Operations engineers need to cooperate with developers in order to provide an environment which works flawlessly.

That is the reason I like to talk about PowerShell, because it is already playing a big role in scenarios as described above.

The session is in Dutch, and so is the slidedeck… Nevertheless I wanted to provide some very useful links to get started with PowerShell and Microsoft Release Management

And last but not least:

Speaker @ Dutch Techdays 2015

6 05 2015

This year I will be speaking at the Dutch Techdays 2015. You can find me either on the stand of my employer (Delta-N) or on the Intel Innovation Platform. Both sessions will be about DevOps topics, read more on I will also be taking part in the “Ask me Anything” sessions. After Techdays, you’ll find a link to my slidedecks on this blog.

Hope to see you there!

Release Management – 0 minute timeout

29 12 2014

Although, for Release Management, Microsoft is focusing on agentless deployments, quite a lot of early-adopters are still bound to deployments using the Microsoft Deployment Agent. Debugging problems with these deployments is sometimes hard, because the error messages are not always descriptive for the actual problem. Read the rest of this entry »

Add permissions with TFSSecurity–The ultimate reference

29 07 2014

Originally posted on The Road to ALM:

Sooner or later, every TFS Administrator will face the challenge to set TFS Permissions with a script instead of the UI. When you start searching for this you will find TFSSecurity.

TFSSecurity is a command line tool and allows you to do all kinds of permissions activities. Adding groups, adding users to groups and setting permissions to artifacts in TFS. On of the hard things in TFS is the number of permissions you can set and the number of places where you can set them. You can find a list with all permissions in TFS on MSDN.

So, you have found TFSSecurity and you know what you want to set..Great ! Now you need to understand the TFSSecurity syntax. And that is, to say it nicely, very very hard.

To set permissions you need TFSSecurity /a+. The syntax of TFSSecurity looks like this

TFSSecurity /a+ Namespace Token…

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SDN June 2014 conference slidedeck – Be productive with Visual Studio Online in 30 minutes

10 06 2014

SDN_Logo_60This year -again- I presented at the (Dutch) SDN conference. Thanks to the visitors of my session!

The slidedeck of the session can be downloaded HERE. From this slidedeck, only a small part of the information provided in the session is visible. I did some nice demos on creating a build and publishing it to an Azure website within a few clicks.

Reporting on Test Cases

8 11 2013

For a customer I am creating reports related to Test Cases. In order to retrieve the data, I use the Tfs_Warehouse database (relational warehouse). For several situations, Microsoft has conveniently created SQL Server Views on top of the tables available in the database. For Test Cases the View “vDimTestCaseOverlay” is available. In my case however, this View had some “problems”…

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