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Start blogging with Jekyll, GitHub and Netlify

Utkarsh Shigihalli on Dec 10, 2018

I thought I will write a small blog post on how we host this blog. This is a JAMstack site, meaning what you see is just JavaScript, (no) APIs and Markup. We host this blog for free using Jekyll and Netlify. We also love the fact that we get to write blog posts in markdown files - commit the file and within few min your post is live!. Sounds interesting? Let me explain in detail.

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Slide Deck - Azure Operations Management Suite

Tarun Arora on Nov 25, 2018

Continuous Monitoring for DevOps with Azure Operations Management Suite​ slides from my talk at the London Microsoft DevOps meetup in November 2018…

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How I built a dashboard in Azure Portal to track Gitflow feature branches

Utkarsh Shigihalli on Nov 4, 2018

GitFlow is one of the popular branching strategies if you using Git version control. Most of the teams I have worked with generally are very satisfied using it. With fixed branch names, pull requests for code reviews, teams find that it fits very nicely with their day to day workflow. In this blog post, you will see how I built a useful dashboard in Azure portal to track whether teams following Gitflow strategy (especially their topic branches) as they should, giving teams an easy way to track stale branches and keeping their branches neat and tidy.

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Installing ASP.NET Core Site Extension for Azure App Service Using ARM template

Utkarsh Shigihalli on Oct 25, 2018

Site Extensions add functionality to your Azure App Service and they can be added to various other resources like Azure Function app. You can easily browse and add these site extensions from the portal by going to “Extensions” tab from your “App Service”. However, when you are automating everything with Azure DevOps, you will want to do everything via as part of resource provisioning. Using ARM templates this can be automated easily. In this small blog post we will see how to install ASP.NET Core Extensions for you Azure App Services. The ASP.NET Core extension provides additional functionality for ASP.NET Core on Azure Websites such as enabling Azure logging.

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How to enable Azure Hybrid License to save 40% on your Windows License Cost...

Tarun Arora on Oct 18, 2018

Are you using Windows virtual machines in Azure? Do you have any Windows Server Datacenter virtual machines on-premise? If the answer to the first two questions is a yes, readon as you could be eligible to save 40% in compute cost for your virtual machines in Azure! Enterprises starting their digital transformation journey find it hard to justify the ramp up in the cost during the swing period of migrating services to cloud. The Azure Hybrid Benefit helps you get more value from your Windows Server licenses and save up to 40 percent on virtual machines.

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Provisioning Sitecore environment with Azure DevOps on Azure PaaS

Utkarsh Shigihalli on Oct 15, 2018

The Sitecore Experience Platform (XP) is a popular and powerful Content Management System (CMS) used by many organizations. The digital experience software comes in various configurations based on the enterprises requirements. In this post we will see how we can provision a brand new Sitecore environment on Azure PaaS using Azure Pipelines.

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Monitor unhandled exceptions in your VS Marketplace task extensions using Sentry

Utkarsh Shigihalli on Oct 9, 2018

If you develop build tasks for Azure DevOps, I am sure one thing you miss is the ability to get a detailed error report when your task fails due to exceptions. Your tasks in a regular CI/CD pipeline would just fail due to various reasons - wrong inputs provided to the task, your logic not handling a customer-specific scenario or some really unknown reasons. So once you released your extension to the marketplace you only have to rely on your users to report any issues in your build/release tasks. In this post, we will see how we can use Sentry to report errors in our extensions.

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Continuous build and deployment of Visual Studio extensions using Azure Pipelines

Utkarsh Shigihalli on Sep 27, 2018

Visual Studio extensions are great to extend and add additional features/enhancements to the Visual Studio IDE. Unfortunately, until now there was no better way to implement a proper CI/CD for your Visual Studio extensions. In this blog post I will show you how you can setup continuous build and deployment for your Visual Studio extensions.

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Working with Azure Key vault using NodeJS

Utkarsh Shigihalli on Sep 18, 2018

This is quick post on how to work with Azure Key vault using npm package for Azure Key vault. In this post we will see how we can authenticate to Azure Key vault using azure service principal. We will then write secrets to the keyvault and add few tags to the secret.

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GitLab Integration for Azure Pipelines extension

Utkarsh Shigihalli on Sep 12, 2018

This is an extension for Azure DevOps, which integrates GitLab with Azure Pipelines. With this extension, you will be able to download the sources from a GitLab repository (using clone command) and use downloaded sources in Azure Pipelines. The extension comes as an artifact source in Release Management and also has a Build task to download sources in your build pipeline.

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