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    Writing ARM Templates in YAML

    Posted by Justin Yoo on 07 August 2018

    CICD, JSON, VSTS, ARM Templates, Testing, Pester, Blog, Technology, YAML

    In my previous post, ARM Template Lifecycle Management: DOs and DON’Ts, I recommend to consider YAML for ARM template authoring. In the post, I also suggest using yarm to convert YAML to JSON and/or vice-versa. However, yarm is not that easy to use because it has to be deployed to Azure or, at least, it has to be run...

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    Testing ARM Templates with Pester #2 – Azure CLI

    Posted by Justin Yoo on 11 July 2018

    Architecture, VSTS, ARM Templates, Azure PowerShell, Testing, Pester, Blog, Technology, Azure CLI

    In my previous post, Testing ARM Templates with Pester #1 – PowerShell, I showed how to test behaviours ARM template deployment without actual deployment. At the end of the post, I also briefly mentioned how we can integrate this testing into our CI/CD pipeline. However, I was actually asked many times how I did it on

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    Azure API Management CI/CD Best Practices

    Posted by Grant Samuels on 13 April 2018

    Azure API Management, Continuous Integration, Microsoft, VSTS, ARM Templates, Article, Technology

    Introduction

    Azure API Management is a great product that we often use on customer solutions. It is an extremely effective way to provide a layer of abstraction between your callers and back-end APIs, and provides centralised governance across your API surface.

     

     

    However, one of the most common questions from our...

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    How to automate Project Build numbers in VSTS

    Posted by Matt Corr on 30 November 2017

    CICD, Team City, VSTS, Blog, Technology

    If you have migrated over to VSTS (or TFS 2017) from TeamCity, you may have a noticed a useful feature missing.

    Now VSTS defaults the build number format to a revision number in the format similar to as shown below.

    So whats the problem?

    This is fine if you are happy with an incrementing number across all projects....

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