Handling “Open File – Security Warning”

It seems like a simple enough task. Use an Azure File share to store an executable and use a PowerShell script to execute the application on a new virtual machines. In practice, however, you might find that the executable is quietly failing to run. Running the executable on the server manually, the problem becomes apparent…

DevOps News From Connect(); 2017

The Microsoft Connect(); 2017 online event is nearly over, and so far we’ve heard lots of exciting news from Microsoft about Azure and changes to improve their support for DevOps.  In fact, DevOps has been a big part of the theme this year. So let’s recap some of the announcements that have been made… Azure…

Using SSH with Visual Studio Team Services

In April 2016, Visual Studio Team Services introduced support for using SSH to connect to Git repositories. Over the summer of 2017, Microsoft made a number of improvements to reduce latency and improve performance for Git connections. These changes take advantage of Azure Traffic Manager to route the traffic over the Azure Global Network. According…

Looking for top Azure Architects and DevOps Gurus to join our team

Like to help companies build great DevOps practices? Passionate about the cloud and really good at thinking on your feet? Do you want to work with one of the world’s top Microsoft Gold Cloud and Gold DevOps Partners? If this seems exciting, and you want to be among the best of the best, working alongside…

Creating First-Run ARM Templates

Azure Resource Manager (ARM) templates are a great solution for creating a repeatable environment. Using Infrastructure as Code (IaC) makes  it easy to manage configurations, avoid dependency issues, and prevent server drift. Using IaC also means that you can recreate the environment as often as necessary to ensure it remains consistent. This gets complicated when…

Installing VSTS Build Agents on macOS

If you’re doing Xamarin, macOS (OS X), or iOS development work you’ve likely discovered that you need a way to automate the build of your code from Visual Studio Team Services. If you’re not familiar with setting up a private build agent macOS, the installation instructions provided by Microsoft can be a bit confusing. This…