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ALMDO17 - DevOps Using VSTS & Azure 2017


Duration: 3 Days




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Course Description

​This 3-day course aims to help you achieve some of the key goals of DevOps namely reducing friction, increasing velocity and increasing value to your customers. The course starts by introducing DevOps and the Visual Studio 2017 product family. We’ll look at how you can reduce lead time using the Agile planning tools in Visual Studio with still aligning with Enterprise goals. Next we’ll look at how a number of features in Visual Studio 2017 including Code Clone Analysis, CodeLens and Code Maps can help you reduce technical debt and thereby help increase team productivity.

The course then looks closely at Continuous Integration (CI) using the new Team Build system introduced in the 2017 release. You’ll learn how to install and configure the Build infrastructure, create new Build Definitions as well as how you can customise your build workflows and create custom Build Tasks. Following on from CI, we focus on Continuous Delivery (CD) and how we can automate the deployment of our applications to different servers in a reliable and repeatable manner. As part of this we look at Continuous Testing (CT) including the remote execution of automated tests including UI testing once we deploy our application.

The course then looks at the benefits of PowerShell and the use of Desired State Configuration (DSC) to configure the machines where you’ll deploy your application components. The final modules of the course look at Release Management for Visual Studio and Application Insights. This course includes hands-on labs to reinforce practical skills and ensure you’re ready to use the tools on your return to your workplace.

Course Objectives

Course Audience

​This course is designed for .NET developers, TFS Administrators and Build masters. It is a hands-on look at various technologies rather than a high-level management overview.

Course Outline

Module 1 - Introducing DevOps and the Microsoft Visual Studio 2017 family
  • What is DevOps and why it is important?
  • DevOps goals
  • Overview of the Visual Studio 2017 family
  • Overview of product features
Module 2 - Agile planning
  • Overview of Agile planning tools
  • Shortening lead time
  • Managing a prioritised flow of work to the team
  • Enabling agility in your teams
Module 3 - Focus on Technical Debt
  • Unit testing and code coverage
  • Identifying code clones
  • Using CodeLens
  • Understanding your application using Codemaps
Module 4 - Overview of Build automation
  • Understanding the new 2017 Build infrastructure
  • Create Agent pools and installing Build Agents
  • How to scale your build infrastructure
  • Overview of non-Windows Build Agents
Module 5 - Configuring Build automation
  • Creating new build definitions
  • Running tests as part of your build
  • Creating templates from your builds
Module 6 - Build customisation
  • A lap around the available build tasks
  • Extending builds using scripts
  • Creating your own custom build task
Module 7 - Deploying to a Test Environment
  • Packaging your application
  • Using Build Tasks to deploy your application components
Module 8 - Automating Test Execution
  • Configuring your servers for remote test execution
  • Executing UI tests on your remote machines
  • Analysing test results
Module 9 - Introduction to PowerShell
  • What is PowerShell?
  • How can PowerShell help in DevOps?
  • Writing a PowerShell script
  • Using the PowerShell ISE
Module 10 - PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC)
  • Introduction to Desired State Configuration
  • Understanding WinRM, DSC resources and the local configuration manager (LCM)
  • Installing the DSC resource kit
  • Using DSC to prepare your servers
Module 11 - Overview of Release Management
  • Release Management for Visual Studio 2017
  • Creating environments and releases
  • Configuring approval workflows
Module 12 - Continuous learning
  • The importance of application analytics
  • Enabling Application Insights in your applications
  • Monitoring your application availability
  • Examining usage to make better decisions
  • Troubleshooting made easy

Course Prerequisites

​Attendees should be familiar with Visual Studio and the basic use of Team Foundation Server or Visual Studio Online.


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