8 Feb 2017

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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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17 Nov 2016

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Presenting at the Microsoft Developer Event 2016 in Sydney

Yesterday, I had the privilege to be one of the presenters at a half-day developer event in Sydney, Australia. The event included an opening keynote by Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella who spoke about empowering developers to shape the future with an intelligent cloud platform and artificial intelligence. This was probably the biggest audience I have presented to to-date with over 1,300 developers registered to attend the event.  The focus of my presentation was DevOps using Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) and Team Foundation Server 2017 (TFS). Here are some links to more information on some of the topics I demonstrated.Agile...

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17 Nov 2016

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Microsoft Virtual Academy–Applying DevOps to your VSTS Extensions

Following the MVP Summit in Redmond last week, I got the opportunity to record a short training video for the great folk at Microsoft Virtual Academy. My presentation was the final part of a 3-part series covering creating VSTS/TFS Extensions.It was awesome to be able to present beside Donovan Brown, Senior DevOps Program Manager and Willy-Peter Schwaub, Visual Studio ALM Ranger Program Manager. While the video was only a short one, ~30 minutes, we still had a lot of fun recording it.The videos have not been published yet but I will update this blog post as soon as the links...

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8 Aug 2016

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A Raspberry Pi3 VSTS Build Light-Part 4, some finishing touches

In this fourth and final blog post on the Codify VSTS build light, I’d like to share some finishing touches I have applied to the build light to make it more robust for demonstrations as well as a little more portable.If you’ve not read my previous posts in this series you can find them here.A Raspberry Pi3 VSTS Build Light–Part 1, the hardwareA Raspberry Pi3 VSTS Build Light-Part 2, installing Windows 10 IoT CoreA Raspberry Pi3 VSTS Build Light-Part 3, installing the Codify VSTS Build Light softwareAfter completing the first three blog posts and taking the Codify VSTS build light...

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25 Jun 2016

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A Raspberry Pi3 VSTS Build Light-Part 3, installing the Codify VSTS Build Light software

In this third blog post in this series, I’ll walk you through getting the Codify VSTS Build light software installed and configured. I’m running Visual Studio 2015 Enterprise edition with Update 2 on my laptop but you can download and install  Visual Studio Code if you prefer. (It’s FREE) You’ll need the Universal Windows Platform Tools and Windows 10 SDK installed. If you don’t have this installed on your machine, you will be prompted to install it when you open the Codify Build Light solution. Getting the software I’m going to head over to https://github.com/Codify/build-light to download the software for the VSTS Build Light. ...

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15 Jun 2016

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DevOps using Visual Studio 2015 training in full swing

Some of the most exciting new features to arrive in Visual Studio Team Services and TFS 2015 have been the completely new Build system and the new Release Management capabilities built using the same technology. These are critical pieces to the DevOps puzzle for teams using VSTS or TFS as their ALM suite of choice. To help educate teams on how to adopt DevOps best practices using Visual Studio, I have written a course focused specifically on this outcome.  The new 3-day DevOps using Visual Studio TFS 2015 course has already been delivered several times and has received very positive feedback. We...

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13 May 2016

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A Raspberry Pi3 VSTS Build Light-Part 2, installing Windows 10 IoT Core

In this second part of this blog series, I’ll walk through setting up Windows 10 IoT Core on your Raspberry Pi 3.  Technically it’s more like setting up Windows 10 IoT Core on a MicroSD but that’s beside the point If you missed part 1 you can find it here. At the moment, the version of Windows IoT core for Raspberry Pi3 that includes the drivers for the on-board WiFi is only available to Windows Insiders. If you’re not already an insider, you can go and sign up. (It’s free.)   I am writing this in early May 2016, so this may...

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12 May 2016

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A Raspberry Pi3 VSTS Build Light–Part 1, the hardware

In this three part series, I’ll walk you through my experience creating a VSTS Build Light using a Raspberry Pi3 and an add-on board from the great folk at Codify, here in Brisbane, Australia. We’ll walk through setting up the hardware in this blog post. In the second blog post we’ll install Windows IoT Core on the MicroSD card ready to run on the Raspberry Pi 3. Finally in the third blog post we’ll setup our PC for building and deploying the Codify software onto the Raspberry Pi. We’ll configure the software to connect to our VSTS account and let it...

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10 Mar 2016

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New Build and Release Management course for TFS 2015

Team Foundation Server 2015 and Visual Studio Team Services offer a completely redeveloped build system and Microsoft is in the process of rolling out a new system for Release Management. I am pleased to announce a brand new course focusing on these technologies. This 2-day course focuses on building and releasing .NET applications using these new systems. It focuses on the new scriptable, cross-platform build system introduced in TFS 2015 and how to use it. The course briefly looks at the current version of Release Management for Visual Studio 2015 but then deep dives into Release Management vNext. Release Management vNext...

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17 Feb 2016

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Application Innovation Day – New Zealand

The inaugural Application Innovation Day roadshow is kicking off in Wellington and Auckland in just a couple of weeks.Register and come along to this free one-day event exploring cross-platform DevOps with Visual Studio. Learn how you can transition your software development approach to deliver higher business value in less time.See presentations from industry experts from Microsoft, Equinox IT, Wild Strait and Enhance ALM. I’ll be there providing a range of demonstrations on the latest tools and how they can drive success more frequently for your projects.Wellington 8:30am - 5:00pm Monday 29 February 2016 Cliftons Wellington Level 28, The Majestic Centre, 100 Willis Street Auckland 8:30am -...

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9 Nov 2015

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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.TFS 2015 Management packTFS 2013 Management packTFS 2012 Management packIf you’re using anything older than that, you seriously need to look at upgrading ASAP. ...

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17 Jul 2015

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VIDEO: A DevOps walkthrough using Visual Studio 2015

As part of the ANZ MVPs Tech Channel on Microsoft’s Channel 9 property, I have recorded a short video presentation titled “A DevOps walkthrough using Visual Studio 2015”. I’ve focused on two specific aspects of a good DevOps environment, namely Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery. The video focuses on the new build system introduced in Visual Studio Online and Team Foundation Server 2015. While the video was recorded using TFS 2015 in an on-premises scenario, most of the steps are directly applicable to Visual Studio Online and Windows Azure. Here’s a list of the things I covered in the video. Create a new...

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