With a good foundation of the basic to work from. We now can go deeper into DSC authoring phases. The authoring phase is the first part of a two-part phase. The Pull and Push modes is the second phase that deserves a blog post on its own.
In the last post, we talked about PowerShell and DSC at a technical level. In this blog post, I wanted to cover the challenges and bottlenecks that I see within companies as the code enters the build, test and release process (BTR process). To be clear, I am not talking about the practices of how to perform build, test and release. What I am referring to is configuration drift, which is the change from a baseline to a new configuration state. Continue reading
In today’s PowerShell Powerbit, we are going to look at the Desired State Configuration (DSC) foundational technologies in more detail. When learning anything new, like PowerShell or DSC, defining and understanding the foundational technologies and acronyms are essential. Continue reading
In the last Powerbits post, I talked about the basics of PowerShell and how it’s the foundational building block for DSC. In this post we will be covering the required installations for DSC and how to connect to Azure. Continue reading
With all the latest Microsoft releases it’s apparent that PowerShell and Desire State Configuration (DSC) is at the core of build, releases, and configuration management. If you have not learned PowerShell, now is the time to get on board. DSC is a recent practice that was released in early 2013. The DSC uses PowerShell’s core features as its foundational building blocks. Continue reading
At the heart of any continuous delivery practices is automation. If you still heavy manual process in you delivery process. Well to be frank, you are doing it wrong! There is no other way to say it.
There is no gray area when it comes to automation and continuous delivery (CD). Automation is at the core of continuous delivery
I recently had a customer that asked “How can I tell if the proxy server would be a benefit to my offshore team”. This is a good questions that needs data to compare the before and after proxy.
The first question is how to get the data. You can run a get of a project in source control on a workstation at the remote location and capture some general times. A better method is to use the “_oi/_diagnostics/activityLog” log that is available.
Before I do an upgrade I always ask for the size of the TFS database set. It provides me the information on how long an upgrade might take. The queries below, also provides information of attachments that might be taking up extra disk space. By reducing the overall database set, the whole upgrade process will go faster. Plus, it is a good time to do some house cleaning.
Over the course of the last few months there have been some new updates to existing TFS tools and new ones created to help all of us administrate and manage our TFS environments. I’ve put together a list of my favorites tools. I’ll be add more to the list as this new year continues. All of the download links are at in the each tool titles
I have put together a quick reference on are the default Work Item Type (WIT) each TFS version. This is very handy when you need are doing a upgrade to a new TFS version and need to know what template type you have.