26 Jan 2016


Locked file when using MS WebDeploy and Azure Websites

I was demonstrating Release Management vNext today as part of a course I was delivering and I received the following error message which I had not seen before in this scenario.

Web Deploy cannot modify the file ‘Microsoft.CodeAnalysis.CSharp.dll’ on the destination because it is locked by an external process.

Release Error

I am using MS WebDeploy to deploy a sample application to an Azure web site which has been working perfectly well. It turns out the fix for this is pretty easy. I just needed to log onto the Azure Portal and restart the website to remove the lock on the file.


9 Nov 2015


Team Foundation Server 2015 Management Pack is available

For those organisations currently using Systems Center Operations Manager (SCOM) and managing TFS 2015 infrastructure, the Team Foundation Server 2015 Management Pack is now available for download.

If you’re still using older versions of TFS, there are management packs available for those as well.

If you’re using anything older than that, you seriously need to look at upgrading ASAP. Smile

5 Oct 2015


Speaking at CodeCamp NYC this Saturday–Tickets still available for just $10

This Saturday 10th October I’ll be presenting two talks at CodeCamp NYC. Held in the Microsoft Midtown offices, this is a great event with nearly 70 sessions to choose from during the day. Your $10 ticket gives you this all-day event with refreshments served, including breakfast, lunch, and beverages throughout the day.

These are the two talks I’ll be delivering.

Talk #1 – TFS Build 2015 – What every developer needs to know

Time: 1:00pm-2:15pm   Room: Ambassador

Talk #2 – Enhancing application quality using Visual Studio 2015 Enterprise

Time: 2:30pm-3:45pm   Room: Ambassador

When I’m not presenting you’ll find me at the QuickLearn stand. Stop by if you have any questions about these talks or about ALM/DevOps on the Microsoft platform.

QuickLearn Training are proud to be one of the sponsors of this great event. Make sure you drop our stand by to find out about our latest TFS 2015 training.

As I’m writing this, there are still tickets available if you’re in the New York area and would like to attend.


15 Sep 2015


Visual Studio 2015 – Brisbane launch event 21-Sep-2015


Join members of the Brisbane .NET users group and the QLD ALM Users Group for this special Visual Studio 2015 launch event.

In this special meetup, sponsored by Microsoft, you’ll see some of the new and improved capabilities of Visual Studio 2015. Learn about changes to the IDE as well and improvements to web and cloud development. You’ll also see what’s new for Windows 10 development before we wrap up the meeting.

Places are limited so please RSVP early so you don’t miss this event!


AnthonyBorton Anthony Borton

Anthony is an ALM consultant/trainer for Enhance ALM. He is a Microsoft Visual Studio ALM MVP and a Microsoft Certified Trainer. Details of his latest course can be found at http://vsdevops.com.au.

DamianBrady Damian Brady

Damian is a Microsoft MVP in Application Lifecycle Management and a co-author of the “Professional Team Foundation Server 2013” book from Wiley. He is a Solution Architect for Octopus Deploy.

DavidCook David Cook

David is a Senior Consultant at Readify where he provides technical leadership and agile development mentoring.



  Microsoft Brisbane Office, Lvl 28, 400 George Street


  Monday, 21st September 2015





15 Aug 2015


Presenting at VSLive Redmond and a special discount for VSLive New York


Earlier this week I have the privilege of presenting at the VSLive! conference held on the Microsoft Campus in Redmond. The event was held in the Microsoft Conference Center which is a venue I’ve been in many times over the past few years.

MS Conference Center

This was my first VSLive event and I was very impressed with how well organised the event was. If you’re in the US and considering attending a developer conference, this is certainly a good one to consider. They have 6 events running across the US this year so you can choose to attend the event at a convenient time/location.

I presented the following two talks.

  1. Enhancing Application Quality Using Visual Studio 2015 Premium Features
  2. Not Your Grandfather’s Build – A Look at How Build Has Changed in 2015

A friend in the audience managed to take this photo during one the talks. (Thanks Jim)


I’m off to present these two talks again at the VSLive event in New York at the end of September. If you’re planning on coming along and haven’t registered yet, make sure to use the discount available using the special offer below.

SPECIAL OFFER: As a speaker, I can extend $400 savings on the 4-day package. Register here: http://bit.ly/NYSPK03Home

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