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Visual Studio Online | Rasmus' Ramblings on IT and other stuff
Oct 132018
 

I’ve started working with Azure DevOps (previously known as Visual Studio Team Services – VSTS, previously known as Visual Studio Online…).

I’m using it to automated Azure deployments in some projects.

In our setup we have several different environments (dev, test, prod, etc.). Depending on the project, the environments are either Azure Resource Groups or completely different Azure subscriptions. In any case, we have created service principal accounts in our Azure Active Directory, that have the necessary Contributor roles to those subscriptions or resource groups, where they should be able to deploy resources.

The service principals have been added to Azure DevOps as Service Connections, so that we have a service connection for each project and environment.

We want to use a Release Pipeline for each project. Each Pipeline has a stage per environment.

Releases are triggered using package management (in these projects we don’t use VSTS for source control and build). Instead, our build server generates NuGet packages and uploads them to Azure DevOps package management, and this triggers the release process.

The Pipeline looks like this:

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Jun 232015
 

I have an Azure Cloud service which consists of web and worker roles. To make it quicker to update the cloud service whenever I’ve made changes to it, I want to deploy it from Visual Studio Online.

I already use VSO for source control for this project, and I have previously used the XAML based build process in VSO. Since I was going to move the project from one Azure account to another (from my play/test account to the business account), I decided to change the build process.

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Jun 192015
 

Visual Studio Online (VSO) has a new build system that will eventually replace the old XAML based system.

VSO now also lets you perform builds using an on-prem build agent (or one hosted in a VM on Azure etc.).

I haven not been able to find information about this, but I assume that using on-prem agents will not count against the VSO build minutes. I assume that running builds are “free” contrary to using hosted agents, where there are 60 minutes included in VSO, and then you have to pay for additional.

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