DevOps

Gotchas when installing an Elasticsearch cluster on Azure

by Richard Kerslake

Elasticsearch is an open source distributed search server, based on Lucene. It provides full-text search via a RESTful interface and JSON documents. It is ideally suited for running on cloud platforms like Azure. This is not a step-by-step guide to using Elasticsearch and running it on Azure. I’m assuming you already have some basic knowledge […]


There’s a lot of documentation available around NuGet and how to create/publish packages, etc. But when I looked for a simple step-by-step guide on how to test a package locally, I couldn’t find any [...]


Last month I wrote a guest blog post for JetBrains; a detailed step by step guide for creating a custom TeamCity MetaRunner to notify NewRelic that a new deployment has occurred based on a case study I wrote earlier in the year called “From Chaos, Through Fear, To Confidence” which details an ALM and DevOps […]


Getting started with semantic logging

by Richard Kerslake

Semantic Logging A more traditional style of logging is to write a line of text for any significant event deemed worthy of recording. If there is an issue with the application which requires analysis of the logs, it largely requires someone to scan through the log files (of which there could be many) line by […]


Any person tasked with looking after a number of Windows Servers knows that Remote Desktop will only scale so far and that at some point you will need to turn to scripting to manage a server estate of any reasonable size. Two years ago I blogged “An Omega Geek’s Guide to Learning PowerShell“, so it […]


If you host ALM infrastructure in Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service, configuring email notifications can be a bit of a problem as you need a SMTP relay and there isn’t one available in the Windows Azure Fabric (to combat spammers), however, if you also use Office 365, you can use their public SMTP relay. […]


Reclaiming Space after updating to Windows 8.1

by Howard van Rooijen

If you’ve recently updated to Windows 8.1 you may have noticed you have significantly less space on your machine than before the upgrade. Little tell-tale sign is the presence of a Windows.old folder – which suggests that rather than installing a series of updates, 8.1 actually did a full install and migrated your 8.0 installation. […]


A Step by Step Guide to Automating TeamCity Backups

by Howard van Rooijen

Now that you’ve set-up your TeamCity environment, or migrated it from one machine to another, you probably want to make sure that if anything happens to the hardware you’ve installed it on, you can get back up and running quickly. Step 1: Configure Execute-TeamCityBackup.ps1 Execute-TeamCityBackup.ps1 (by Ivan Leonenko) is a great little script for calling the […]


If you’ve been using TeamCity for a number of years, there will come a time where the server it’s running on will reach its end of life and your TeamCity instance will need to be moved to a fresh server. As part of this migration process, you may decide to change OS from Linux to […]


Part 1 of the series talked about Different Branching Models. Part 2 covered GitFlow – a Branching Model for a Release Cycle and part 3 covered all the GitFlow Commands. In this final part of this series about adopting GitFlow, we’re going to cover how we can use the exciting new feature branching abilities of TeamCity 7.1 to allow […]