Using an Azure Marketplace Image with Packer

Packer is a fantastic tool that lets you automatically build AMIs on AWS or machine images on Azure. It’s common to start from an operating system machine image published by Microsoft but sometimes you may want to try out (and eventually use) a marketplace image. If you’re not familiar with Azure Resource Group Templates or … Continue reading Using an Azure Marketplace Image with Packer

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Publish NuGet Package using VSTS Build Pipeline

Generating a nugget package during build is as simple as the following steps: Define the NuGet Specification Pack the NuGet Package Push the NuGet Package to your repository Now the implementation gets a bit tricky. Define the specification You will need to ensure that nuget.exe is in your path. It’s as simple as creating a … Continue reading Publish NuGet Package using VSTS Build Pipeline

OpsWorks + Windows: Alternate user identity execute support

A common scenario when configuring an environment is that certain elements of the scripts may need to be executed using a specific user’s credentials. If you’ve looked at the documentation for the various means of execution within Chef you might have noticed the “user”, “domain” and “password” parameters. The “powershell_script” action is particularly useful when … Continue reading OpsWorks + Windows: Alternate user identity execute support

Git + OpsWorks: Getting Organized

In OpsWorks, each "Layer" can be linked to its own repository. You can also specify a branch of your choosing. The terminology mapping between AWS, Git and Application Architecture can sometimes be a bit confusing and can lead to mal-configured OpsWorks stacks which can subsequently lead to OpsWorks being used inappropriately due to perceived technical … Continue reading Git + OpsWorks: Getting Organized

OpsWorks + Auto-scaling Windows Stacks

AWS has multiple ways of enabling Auto-scaling of EC2 instances. Two of which are Auto-Scaling Groups and OpsWorks. When setting up a stack in OpsWorks you’ll notice that you can add Load-based instances to scale the stack beyond the fixed instances you establish. The scale configuration that you specify on the below screen should be … Continue reading OpsWorks + Auto-scaling Windows Stacks