Let your Inline Powershell task fail

Tips and tricks Inline Powershell task VSTS, let your Task fail the build or release

Maximize how you use your VSTS build and release pipeline with Inline Powershell tasks. In this blog series ‘Tips and Tricks for Inline Powershell’, I will show simple samples on how to get more out of your pipelines. This blog post: Let your task fail. Continue reading “Let your Inline Powershell task fail”

Use VSTS Variables Inline powershell in build and release pipelines

Tips and tricks Inline Powershell task VSTS, use VSTS/TFS variables in your task

vsts-inlinepowershell-inlinepowershellMaximize how you use your VSTS build and release pipeline with Inline Powershell tasks. In this blog series ‘Tips and Tricks for Inline Powershell’, I will show simple samples on how to get more out of your pipelines. This blog post: Use VSTS Variables. Continue reading “Use VSTS Variables Inline powershell in build and release pipelines”

Test Azure deployments in your VSTS Release Pipeline

pesterWhen deploying Azure Resources you want to know if all resources are deployed as expected. To check if the resources are correctly deployed you can open the portal and visually inspect the deployed recourses or you can also run some powershell to validate the resources. Why not automate these checks and add them to your deployment pipeline. To validate the resources, I extended the Pester Build Task to connect to Azure. A test that checks the deployment of a VM can look like:

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Powershell Pester in a VSTS build pipeline

When you are developing Powershell scripts, creating some unit tests will help you in monitoring the quality of the scripts. Writing some tests will give you some assurance that your code still works after you make some changes. Writing Powershell unit tests can be done with Pester. Pester will enable you to test your Powershell scripts from within Powershell. It is a set of Powershell functions for unit testing Powershell. These functions will allow you to mock and isolate the Powershell code under test. When you want to integrate your unit test into your VSTS build pipeline, you need an build extension to run then in your build pipeline.
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Remove locks from Azure resources

Remove locks from azure resources to be able to change or delete them

In my previous blog post Lock Azure resources to prevent accidental deletion, I showed how to add a lock to a resource with an ARM template to protect it from accidental deletion. When you want to delete the resource, you first need to remove the lock. A lock cannot be removed with an ARM template. To remove the lock you can use:

  • Powershell
  • Rest API
  • Portal

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Restarting Azure VMs after encrypting the disks

When deploying Azure VMs with disk encryption you have to restart the VM. The disc encrypting part is an async process that finishes after the arm templates are finished. It can take up to and hour before the whole disk is encrypted. To make life easier I made a powershell script that checks the status of the encrypted disks and if the VM needs a restart:
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Deploy a Marketplace Linux VM with disk encryption using ARM templates

Protect your data at rest with disk encryption on Linux VMs and deploying them as Infrastructure as Code.

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VM with disk encryption

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Access Azure PAAS without internet access

Gerenate ARM NSG rules to allow access to an Azure Datacenter

In some Azure environments the organization limits the outbound internet traffic from their servers. There are scenarios where you need to access Azure PAAS services (blob storage, or Azure SQL database etc.). You have to block the access to the internet and enable access to the Azure IP ranges Microsoft reserved for a specific Azure datacenter. To be able to access the service I made a script that will generate the Network Security Groep Rules in ARM format to give access to Azure services.
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Using the Inline PowerShell VSTS task

Run PowerShell in a VSTS pipeline from a textbox

The Inline PowerShell VSTS task enables you to execute PowerShell from a textbox within your build or release pipeline. You can run a PowerShell script on you agent or on Azure. The task can be installed from the Marketplace.
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Parallel deployment with Azure PowerShell VSTS Release Tasks

Running Azure PowerShell commands in parallel to speed up your deployments

Making better software starts with shortening the time it takes to get feedback. The less time between you start an action and its result, the bigger the chance you will do anything with the feedback. Faster is better!
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