8 Mar 2018


Global DevOps Bootcamp 2018, Brisbane, Australia


What is the Global DevOps Bootcamp?

The Global DevOps Bootcamp takes place once a year on venues all over the world. There wasn’t one last year for the inaugural event but I’m excited to be the organiser for the first Brisbane event in 2018. The Global DevOps Bootcamp is a free one-day event hosted by local passionate DevOps communities around the globe and centrally organized by Xpirit & Solidify and sponsored by Microsoft. This event is all about DevOps on the Microsoft Stack. It shows the latest DevOps trends and insights in modern technologies. It is an amazing combination between getting your hands dirty and sharing experience and knowledge in VSTS, Azure, DevOps with other community members.

What is the focus of the 2018 event?

From one release per month to multiple releases a day
-Applied modern release patterns and practices

This time the event is all about DevOps and improving your release cadence. It will help you understand the latest DevOps trends and insights in modern technologies that enable you to release multiple times per day. It is an amazing combination between getting your hands dirty and sharing experience and knowledge around VSTS, Azure, DevOps with other community members.

When, where and getting registered

The Global DevOps Bootcamp is held around the world on SATURDAY, 16th June 2018 starting at 10:00am and wrapping up at approximately 5:00pm.

The event will be held in the Microsoft office at Level 28, 400 George Street, Brisbane.

Spots are limited so REGISTER NOW (Via Eventbrite)


To help cover costs, the following organisations have kindly pitched in to help the local DevOps community. A HUGE thank you for helping get our event off the ground.

Platinum Sponsor


Gold sponsors



While attending the Microsoft MVP Summit in Redmond at the start of March, I had the pleasure of meeting many of the organisers running events in other countries.

A group of the Global DevOps Bootcamp 2018 organisers.

21 Sep 2017


Retrospective – DevOps using VSTS and Azure course

Last week I delivered the first run of my new DevOps using VSTS and Azure course in Kirkland, Washington. While my retrospectives are usually just for my personal improvement, I decided to start sharing my retrospectives to be more transparent. The public record of my goals to improve should also keep me focused on achieving those goals. As a secondary goal, this should also provide an insight into some of the work that goes into creating and evolving high-quality technical training courses.

What worked

  • Enthusiasm from the attendees was fantastic which gave the class an exciting feel over the 3 days.
  • While DevOps is focused on BOTH operations and developers, this is definitely a “DevOps for developers” course. Attendees for the first run of the course were exactly the target audience. I’ll need to ensure any promotion of the course continues to mention DevOps for developers.
  • Students had various levels of experience with both VSTS and Azure including participants who were taking the class in preparation for moving from on-premises TFS to VSTS.
  • Occasionally screenshots in the courseware were slightly wrong due to recent updates to either VSTS or Azure. Students were very understanding of this given the release cadence of the products in question. This will remain a concern for me as student expectations vary. I’m sure I’ll run across students who won’t be as understanding.
  • Based on the high number of questions asked during the course, the allocation of time for Q&A seems about right.
  • Having students sign-up in class for a new Microsoft Account, Outlook.com email, Dev Essentials account and Azure account went quite quickly and smoothly. Having students create these accounts for themselves allows them to continue using these resources after class with the lab work they did still in their account. They can choose to delete their lab work of course, or leave it in place while they learn and explore more. I’m convinced this is much better than requiring them to have an existing account as a course pre-requisite.

What didn’t work

  • For one exercise in the course, I planned on using the VSTS Demo Generator. Despite it working multiple times during course development, it failed during class and then in further testing. In all occasions, the VSTS accounts were completely new so there should not have been any reason for the utility to fail. I was able to work around this in class, but I know now I can’t rely on it.

[UPDATE Jan 2018] I have now used the VSTS Demo Generator tool for a few more courses and it appears to be working again. If you’ve not used it already, be sure to give it a go if you want to explore capabilities in VSTS with some sample data.

  • The course felt a little rushed towards the end of the last day.

What can I improve next time.

  • Now the first run is over, use the timings to better plan future deliveries so that it doesn’t feel rushed towards the end.
  • Change the lab exercise that used the VSTS Demo Generator to not rely on it for future runs. If I can isolate the reason for the failure, I will share that information with the team responsible for the tool to see if they can fix it.
  • Create a couple of extra demos to have on-hand should students ask how VSTS build & release could work with other Azure services. Eg. Azure Functions demo. Also have a more complex example of using Azure Resource Manager (ARM) templates should students enquire about this.

What’s next?

  • Having completed the first delivery in the US now, I’m partnering with DDLS to deliver this course in Australia next month. I’ve also had enquiries about delivering this as an in-house workshop for an organisation so that’s positive.
  • Continue to review the decision to add the Azure focus to the VSTS course and not the new TFS 2017 Build & Release course. While VSTS can deploy to either cloud or on-premises server, and TFS can deploy to either as well, I’ve chosen to group them this way for now and review.

21 Aug 2017


DevOps using VSTS & Azure training on 11th-13th September.

I’m getting excited about the upcoming first-run of my new DevOps using VSTS & Azure course which is coming up in less than 3 weeks. This new 3-day course has been developed to help teach attendees how to create modern build and release pipelines in Visual Studio Team Services, that target deployment to Azure.

The course features content from the latest updates to VSTS and is ideal for anyone wanting to plan, build, test, release, and measure modern business applications on the Microsoft technology stack.


The training is available either in-person in Kirkland, WA or you can attend via our remote classroom option from anywhere in the US or Canada.

More information…

21 May 2017


TFS 2017 – Adding reports to an existing team project

Something I’m finding more often lately are team projects created without the SQL Reports folder. While this may be your intention, usually I find people expected it to be created when the used the web based user interface in TFS 2017 to create their new team project.

if you look at the following screenshot, notice there is no mention of SQL Reporting Services?


Using this interface to create a new team project does not create the reports folder for your new team project. If you use Team Explorer in Visual Studio to create your new team project, the reports folder will be created and the default reports added.

So, how can we add the reports to an existing team project in TFS 2017?

Microsoft has provided a command line tool called TFSConfig that can do many things including create the reports folder for existing team projects.

To add the reports folder use the following steps.

  1. Log onto your TFS 2017 server
  2. Open a command prompt as an administrator
  3. Navigate to the C:\Program Files\Microsoft Team Foundation Server 15.0\Tools directory
  4. Enter the following command, entering the appropriate values for each parameter.

TFSConfig addprojectreports /collection:”http://tfsmain:8080/tfs/DefaultCollection” /teamproject:”Payroll” /template:”Agile”

The parameters shown above that you need to update are as follows.



/template:”Agile, Scrum, CMMI or a customised template if you’ve made one


That’s it. The command will report its progress and output to the screen and a log file as it goes. It generally takes 30-45 seconds to complete.

8 Feb 2017


DevOps training in Perth this week

After delivering my 3-day DevOps using Visual Studio TFS 2015 course in Seattle last week, it was off on a 16,680+km journey to Perth, Western Australia to deliver the course again this week for a partner. Fortunately the trip included a short 24hour break at home in Brisbane which was nice 🙂

I’ve got a great class of 6 students eager to learn how to best use Microsoft Team Foundation Server to deliver value to their clients as efficiently as possible.

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