The blog of Richard Fennell

This is the blog of Richard Fennell, I am a Microsoft MVP for Developer Technologies and the CTO of Black Marble Ltd a Microsoft Gold Partner based in the North of England. Black Marble specialises in Integration projects using the Azure/Microsoft stack. I blog mostly on the subject of DevOps using Azure DevOps and GitHub.
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More on when Azure DevOps variables are available in pipeline runs

Introduction I have previously blogged a good deal on Azure DevOps variable evaluation, see here and here, but the saga continues… When variables exist Today I realised, something I guess should have been obvious, that when you manually queue a run, pre-defined variables such as $(Build.SourceBranchName) are not available until the pipeline is compiled and starts running. This is because though there is a value in UI branch combo but this value is not in $(Build....

July 11, 2024 · 3 min · Richard Fennell

Checking out Git submodules when Azure DevOps Protected Access to repos is enabled

The Issue Whilst working on an Azure DevOps YAML pipeline for a solution that used Git Submodules we hit a problem with the checkout of the repo and submodule using the YAML jobs: - job: 'Build' steps: - checkout: self submodules: true It got the main Git repo, but failed with the following error git submodule sync git --config-env=http. submodule update --init --force Submodule 'Library' ( registered for path 'Library' Cloning into 'D:/a/1/s/Library'....

July 10, 2024 · 2 min · Richard Fennell

So my Azure DevOps TF30063 error was down to DNS again

The Issue I recently upgraded a clients Azure DevOps server from 2019 to 2022. This required a new application tier VM due to the change in supported versions of Windows Server between the two versions. Unfortunately, the client’s developers had always accessed the old Azure DevOps Server using the VMs FQDN, as opposed to a DNS managed alias. Hence, given they wanted to minimise change, the plan was to create a DNS Alias so they could continue to use the same URLs and TFVC workspaces mappings....

July 9, 2024 · 2 min · Richard Fennell

Where has the staging URL PR comment generated by my GitHub Actions workflow gone?

The Issue Last week I noticed that the staging URL that is normally output as a comment was missing from new GitHub PRs. Previously, this URL was added automatically by the Azure/static-web-apps-deploy GitHub Action for PRs in our Hugo based websites. After a bit of digging, I noticed a warning message in the logs of the Action that said: … Done Zipping App Artifacts Uploading build artifacts. Finished Upload. Polling on deployment....

July 2, 2024 · 2 min · Richard Fennell

Don't call your Azure DevOps YAML Deployment stage 'deployment' - strange things happen

Just a little reminder, probably to my future self, to not call your Azure DevOps YAML Deployment stage ‘deployment’. If you forget you can expect to waste plenty of time, like we did last week, with environment agents not picking up queued jobs with no diagnostic logging messages to give you a clue as to what is going on. This issue has been reported on StackOverflow where it was pointed out that the official documentation used ‘deployment’ as the stage name....

July 1, 2024 · 1 min · Richard Fennell