Top stories from the VSTS community – 2017.08.25

Willy-P. Schaub

Here are top stories we found in our streams this week related to DevOps, VSTS, TFS and other interesting topics.


  • DevOps: Connecting VSTS to Azure – Ken Muse
    In this post, I’m going to walk you through the black art of manually connecting VSTS to an Azure subscription to enable automated release and deployment pipelines.
  • Taking feedback – Brian Harry
    The topic I choose to focus on first is taking feedback. I start with it because it is one of the most important things in life – both personal and professional. I think it’s also on my mind because it’s review season at Microsoft and this is an intense time of giving and receiving feedback.
  • Creating a Temporary Visual Studio Environment – Ken Muse
    Sometimes you will find that you need a cloud environment for working on a project. Let’s see how easy this it is to create your own personal environment.
  • Understanding DevOps metrics – Charlie Shabe
    When choosing DevOps for a particular organization, a clear understanding of DevOps metrics tools and cycle is desirable. The role of DevOps is primary for better performance and output regardless of the target organization.
  • Adding Firewall Exceptions to an ARM Template – Travis Ellis
    You can disable individual rules in the firewall by going into the Azure portal. The problem with this approach is that our entire Azure infrastructure was built using Azure Resource Manager (ARM) templates.
  • The trouble with Agile thinking – Oliver Smith
    I work with numerous dev teams and clients in various industries and find that it is extremely challenging for many companies to function in an agile fashion. The trouble is that it is easy for people to talk about and use tools but it is extremely difficult to change behavior.
  • Software Testing Techniques – It’s As Simple As Black & White – Phil Edwards
    To explain the difference between Black Box Testing and White Box Testing, simply put, if you think about a car, you have two types of people, the driver (black box) and the mechanic (white box).
  • Getting Started with Git for Windows – Mickey Gousset
    Those of you that have been following me for a while know that I’ve grown up with VSTS/TFS.  So it has a very special place in my heart. That said, it’s obvious that Git has taken over the world, and I’ve finally accepted that I need to learn it. So here I am.

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  • 145 – Escaping the Cube Cage with Matt Honeycutt
    In this episode Greg and Martin chat about the latest TFS and VSTS news, provide some cool tips and tricks and, most importantly, have an awesome conversation with Matt Honeycutt about going independent and using VSTS for non-.NET Projects

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