Octopus Deploy - Schedule a deployment at a given time using Azure Functions

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Octopus Deploy - Schedule a deployment at a given time using Azure Functions

At SMEx Digital we have a distributed Scrum development team with resources in Australia and South Africa. Typically at the start of the day in Australia, the QA resource logs into Octopus deploy and pushes that latest version from Dev to QA to perform integration tests, as there would be new commits coming overnight from the team in South Africa.

So to save the tester roughly 10 minutes each morning waiting for environments to be deployed to QA, I decided to automate this process using Octopus Deploy and Azure Functions

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SSRS - Find out which reports area being used (handy for migrating only the useful reports to a new server)

At SSW, we are currently migrating our SQL Server Reporting Services 2008 R2 reports to our new SQL Server Reporting Services 2016 server.

If you haven't decided to make the move to SSRS 2016 you should check out What's New in Reporting Services (SSRS). The main features we care about are:

  • Better Portal
  • Mobile Reports
  • PowerBI integration
  • Better HTML5 report rendering

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Consolidating NuGet Package versions

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Consolidating NuGet Package versions

One of my pet peeves is having differently versioned NuGet packages across my projects. Previously I would just dig around in the packages.config of each project and check if the versions are consistent and install the right versioned package. Never again!

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