Multi-environment deployments for Compiled C# Azure Functions with VSTS Release Management

This post covers an approach you can use to deploy compiled C# Functions using the tooling available in Visual Studio 2017 and various Build and Release Management Tasks contained in Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS). Note that this post discusses deploying to the v1 Functions runtime platform. I was lucky enough to speak with Damian … Continue reading Multi-environment deployments for Compiled C# Azure Functions with VSTS Release Management

Provide non-admin users with read-only access to Service Endpoints in VSTS

I am currently transitioning some work to another team in our business. Part of this transition has been to pre-configure various Service Endpoints in Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) to provide a way for the new team to deploy into target Azure environments without the team necessarily having direct or privileged access into those Azure … Continue reading Provide non-admin users with read-only access to Service Endpoints in VSTS

Easy Release Versioning for .Net Projects using Azure DevOps and TFS

Versioning. Here we are. Again. Over the years I have always worked hard to make versioning a foundational piece of every CI / CD solution I've setup. Reliable, logical versioning becomes key to long-term maintenance and troubleshooting efforts, and whatever you can do to make it a "no-brainer" is worth it (your future self will … Continue reading Easy Release Versioning for .Net Projects using Azure DevOps and TFS

Continuous Deployment for Docker with Azure DevOps and Azure Container Registry

I've been watching with interest the growing maturity of Containers, and in particular their increasing penetration as a hosting and deployment artefact in Azure. While I've long believed them to be the next logical step for many developers, until recently they have had limited appeal to many every-day developers as the tooling hasn't been there, … Continue reading Continuous Deployment for Docker with Azure DevOps and Azure Container Registry

Moving from Azure VMs to Azure VM Scale Sets – Runtime Instance Configuration

In my previous post I covered how you can move from deploying a solution to pre-provisioned Virtual Machines (VMs) in Azure to a process that allows you to create a custom VM Image that you deploy into VM Scale Sets (VMSS) in Azure. As I alluded to in that post, one item we will need … Continue reading Moving from Azure VMs to Azure VM Scale Sets – Runtime Instance Configuration

Moving from Azure VMs to Azure VM Scale Sets – VM Image Build

I have previously blogged about using Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) to securely build and deploy solutions to Virtual Machines running in Azure. In this, and following posts I am going to take the existing build process I have and modify it so I can make use of VM Scale Sets to host my API … Continue reading Moving from Azure VMs to Azure VM Scale Sets – VM Image Build

Secure your Azure DevOps Release Management Azure VM deployments with NSGs and PowerShell

Note: since originally authoring this piece Microsoft has built secure deployments into the platform using Deployment Groups which you should go and read about. Read on if you're interested in how you can do this without that feature. One of the neat features of Azure Pipelines Release capability is the ability to deploy to Virtual … Continue reading Secure your Azure DevOps Release Management Azure VM deployments with NSGs and PowerShell

Inviting Microsoft Account users to your Azure AD-secured VSTS tenant

I've done a lot of external invite management for VSTS after the last few years, and generally without fail we'll have issues getting everyone on-boarded easily. This blog post is a reference for me (and I guess you too) to understand the invite process and document the experience the invited user has. There are two … Continue reading Inviting Microsoft Account users to your Azure AD-secured VSTS tenant

Per-environment config value tokenization for Azure Web Apps using VSTS Release Management

For the majority of the last ten years I've been working with delivery of solutions where build and deployment comes from some centralised location. When Microsoft made InRelease part of TFS as Release Management, I couldn't wait to use it. Unfortunately in its state at that time the learning curve was quite steep and the … Continue reading Per-environment config value tokenization for Azure Web Apps using VSTS Release Management