Image / Subscription management for you Dev/Test Lab Environments

A Dev/Test Lab normally doesn't exists out of one VM. Probably it will have multiple VM's, some are Azure default Images some are custom made images. Also a Dev/Test Lab won't be used by a single team, but more teams will probably use and reuse the Dev/Test Lab artifacts. A Dev/Test Lab will probably not exist in on Azure Subscription, certainly not a MSDN subscription.  But, will be exist out off multiple subscripting in an Azure Enterprise Enrolment. This all needs to be controlled, managed so teams can work fast and flexible, reuse each others work without loose control of the moving artifacts and, for certain, without loosing grip of the costs. (see image:  Azure Dev/Test cos... [More]

Versioning : Dev/Test Lab Management in the Cloud.

A Dev/Test environment evolves overtime. It evolves due changes on different sites of its lifecycle. It can have changes due to architectural refactoring on the development site, but it also evolves due to OS updates, hardware updates and other configuration artifacts updates. To keep close to the immutable systems pattern is a must to have a proper versioning configuration for your Dev/Test Lab Environments. Some thoughts and practices. Dev/Test Lab Artifacts. A Dev/Test Lab Environment not only contains the definition (ARM for Azure) but also scripts (PS), packages and images (default Azure or custom made images). A GIT repo for example can host the scrip files, resource and environment ... [More]

Software License for Dev/Test Lab management on Azure.

Having a proper strategy and agreements with software vendors how licenses are used will speed up te [More]

Azure Dev/Test Lab on Azure Management Knowledge needs.

The knowledge and expertise for creating dev and test labs spans multiple knowledge areas. From Cloud knowledge which contain building images and writing scripts for provisioning, till making the proper decision when to use and create the Dev/Test infrastructure and what is the needed infrastructure, what does it contain to make a viable validation of the application under test. The needed knowledge can be grouped in to three categories. Dev/Test Lab knowledge categories. Based on expertise and usages the Azure Dev/Test Lab Management Knowledge needs can be organized in three groups. Every group comes in play at a different time, is used once or many times and uses different tools. Azure In... [More]

Dev/Test Lab Management on Azure, what is your test infrastructure

Before you can start using a Dev/Test Lab on Azure you have to think about what is in the lab. It can be a complete production environment (not that obvious) or just a single machine with an app and everything in between.   Example Enterprise Dev/Test Infrastructure. From lower left, a datacenter with databases and an erp system. The ERP system is connected with the cloud data layer via a queue and some internal Apps. Identity in both environments are the same via AD replication. the data tier has a high available SQL server connected with several internal API’s (1,2 and 3) and external API’s which are consumed by the high available App for internal users. A common Dev/Test infrastr... [More]

Overrule the 1 minute lock screen company rule … without a dirty hack.

An annoying thing: you are reading a nice article and sudden the company policy jumps in with a lock screen. Request a longer timeout because you are a slow reader probably won’t make it this century. So I use ‘presentation mode’… a nice easy no hack solution to override the company rule. Go to C:\Windows\System32\PresentationSettings.exe and switch it on.   Happy slow reading,

Run your Automated UI Tests on the new Microsoft Edge Browser… #Windows10

Not everyday a new browsers sees the market. Tomorrow Microsoft will launch Windows 10 with the new Edge Browser. From zero to a serious market share, I think. At least such a big market share that you want to use your Test Automation investments also to this new Edge browser. Microsoft is supporting this with a WebDriver, which can be used by most test automation frameworks. Play with the Webdriver. For example you investments in Selenium test automation can be reused.  Selenium is already updated for the Edge driver (see github). Not in the Nuget Packages yet, so you have to build it yourself…   Happy testing…

HTTPClient Authentication for Visual Studio Online Personal Access Token.

With the 7 July release of Visual Studio Online (Card colors and personal access tokens – Jul 7) the capability of Personal Access Tokens is available. A Personal Access Tokens gives just a bit more granular control over what an external system can do on you behave with Visual Studio Online. Amount of days, VSO resources and VSO accounts. To make your system use this token actually nothing special has to be done. Before you had the UserName Password, now you have nothing, pat for you authentication. So you HTTPClient can stay the same (0 changes :-) : only the calls to it are different: HttpClient client = GetVSOClient(userid, password); or HttpClient client = GetVSOClient(“”,... [More]

Gitflow and VSO branch policies use them together.

Gitflow is great, it supports you and your team members in following a proper flow for branches and commits. See A successful Git branching and a successful Git branching model. Also happy Jakob Ehn made a Gitflow Visual Studio extension for VS2015, which is very useful. Visual Studio Branch policies are great too, it helps you and your team members to control the quality of a branch. VSO branch policies are release in May, see: Build preview, updated backlog navigation, branch policies, and more... – May 15    ‘Enabling branch policies will require changes to be submitted using pull requests.’ Using them together is great, but … GitFlow mainly executes on the loca... [More]

Visual Studio Online Wunderlist extension on GitHub

With the joining of Wunderlist with Microsoft an obvious scenario falls in place, a connection between Visual Studio Online and Wunderlist (team tasks versus personal tasks). Take carefully planned Team activates in Visual Studio Online with you, by putting them together with your daily tasks in Wunderlist, ideal for the busy programmer.  With this idea a weekend project has started. I already planned (on my Wunderlist task list :-) to learn more about the Visual Studio Online extensibility model.  This is an overview video of the functionality.   On GitHub you can find the sources. For the implementation I mainly used the VSO examples together with the Wunderlist ... [More]

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