Automate deployment and management in Microsoft Azure

At the heart of any continuous delivery practices is automation. If you still heavy manual process in you delivery process. Well to be frank, you are doing it wrong! There is no other way to say it.

There is no gray area when it comes to automation and continuous delivery (CD). Automation is at the core of continuous delivery

Continue reading

TFS performance data collection

I recently had a customer that asked “How can I tell if the proxy server would be a benefit to my offshore team”.  This is a good questions that needs data to compare the before and  after proxy. 

The first question is how to get the data.  You can run a get of a project in source control on a workstation at the remote location  and capture some general times.  A better method is to use the “_oi/_diagnostics/activityLog” log that is available.

Continue reading

What is a Software Delivery Pipeline and why do we need it

The build and release process is the backbone infrastructure of software development. While it may not be the coolest or hottest part of the software development process, it is a very necessary one. 

Why, you might ask?

Software delivery is about reduction of risk and waste, ROI on new features, and flow of value to our customers.  Yes, we have heard these definitions before, but how do these definitions really relate to our everyday lives? Continue reading

The 3 R’s in Continuous Delivery

We have all seen the latest buzzwords of Continuous Delivery over the last few years. The name “Continuous Delivery” gives a general idea of the practice: continuously deploying an application or code into a system. The word “continuous” does not provide the detail of what we are trying to achieve in the Continuous Delivery practices. This is where the 3R’s of Continuous Delivery come in: Reliable, Repeatable and Reusable. Continue reading

Finding and reducing TFS 2013 database size

Before I do an upgrade I always ask for the size of the TFS database set.  It provides me the information on how long an upgrade might take. The queries below, also provides information of attachments that might be taking up extra disk space.  By reducing the overall database set, the whole upgrade process will go faster. Plus, it is a good time to do some house cleaning.

Continue reading

TFS2013 Getting job status when using Attach/Detach upgrade method

If you use the Attach/Detach process to do an TFS 2013 upgrade, you don’t get progress status bar as you would using the Upgrade wizard.  If you have a large database upgrade to perform, it is good to see some type of progress  of the upgrade process.Below is some select T-SQL command that you can run to see what job is being executed.

Continue reading

TFS 2013 and SharePoint 2013 Excel Services

With TFS 2013 and SharePoint 2013 Enterprise version you can use the Excel Services to display a number of reports to the internal and external teams.  The Excel reports can provide management that instant view on how a project is progressing. Now a days, manager’s want to have quick real-time dashboard with meaningful data to view for decision making. For example, here are some common reports that can displayed.

Continue reading

TFS 2013 Tools list for 2014

Over the course of the last few months there have been some new updates to existing TFS tools and new ones created to help all of us administrate and manage our TFS environments.  I’ve put together a list of my favorites tools.  I’ll be add more to the list as this new year continues.   All of the download links are at in the each tool titles

Continue reading