Author: Ravikanth

Session Slides: Tests Driven PowerShell Learning using PSKoans

At today’s Bangalore IT Pro and PowerShell Bangalore User Group (PSBUG) event, I had the opportunity to showcase the PSKoans module by Joel Sallow. This module has a set of Pester tests that you have to fix as you proceed in your efforts towards mastering PowerShell. I have found this method engaging and decided that I must show this to the community. After this session on PSKoans, I did live coding and streamed it live on Twitch (and did not realize that it was without audio :((). I fixed a function in my PSWindowsAdminCenter module and added a new function.

Speaking at PowerShell Conference Europe 2019

PowerShell Conference Europe is scheduled happen in Hannover, Germany from June 4th to 7th 2019. I am happy that two of my sessions are accepted and I will be there! The PS Conf EU team published a list of sessions and the agenda. Here are the session abstracts that got accepted. We trust in the community! 50% of the pull requests in the PowerShell GitHub repository are from the community! No kidding. This alone speaks a lot about the strength and talent in the PowerShell community. Apart from these pull requests, there are several hundreds of community developed PowerShell modules in the open source that are used by another several hundreds or thousands of people. This session show cases some very useful PowerShell modules developed by the community by demonstrating real-world use cases. Designing a distributed, flexible, and secure operations validation framework for test-in-production (TiP) Performing Operations and diagnostics validation is a very important aspect of agile infrastructure development and monitoring. While the core principle of operations and diagnostics validation is about writing tests that …

Session Slides: Experts Live India – PowerShell Data as File System

I had the opportunity to speak at the inaugural edition of Experts Live India 2019 over the weekend. It was a great experience. The organizers did a great job even when there were teething facilities issues that plagued the event right from the start. I had planned only for one session at the event but as some international speakers could not make it to the event, I was asked to take up one more session and I chose to show the audience SHiPS module. Hierarchical data can be read as a file system in PowerShell using SHiPS open source module. In this session, I walked the audience through what are providers and what is the advantage of implementing PowerShel providers using the SHiPS module.   Once again, the slides do not contain great deal of information since I wanted to make this more of a demo based session. The demo scripts are available at https://github.com/rchaganti/Presentations/tree/master/ExpertsLiveIN2019/PSDataAsFileSystem.

Session Slides: Experts Live India – Azure at the command line

I had the opportunity to speak at the inaugural edition of Experts Live India 2019 over the weekend. It was a great experience. The organizers did a great job even when there were teething facilities issues that plagued the event right from the start. My first session was on Azure at the command line. In this session, I walked through both Az CLI 2.0 and Az PowerShell modules and explained the differences to help the audience choose the right tool for their job. The slides do not contain a huge deal of information as I preferred showing the audience a good demo to understand the differences.   The demo scripts are available at https://github.com/rchaganti/Presentations/tree/master/ExpertsLiveIN2019/AzCommandline.  

Azure CLI 2.0 Cookbook

As I moved into the PowerShell space and started focusing only on Microsoft platform, I lost touch with the Unix and Linux world. However, when I started using Azure CLI 2.0, I just fell in love. It re-introduced me to shell scripting world which I loved a lot. While working my way towards mastering Azure CLI 2.0, I wrote quite a few shell scripts for managing various Azure Services. This triggered the thought that I can easily make them as recipes and write a cookbook to show how to use those recipes while explaining the concepts of Azure CLI and shell scripting. I sat on this for a while but I, finally, had the time to complete an outline and start working towards publishing the content. I will be self-publishing this on leanpub.com and I have not decided on a price yet. There is a landing page that you can visit and indicate your interest and propose a price point as well. I will make the pricing public once I have at least 3 to 4 chapters …

Speaking at Experts Live India – Azure at the command line – Choosing the right tool!

Experts Live is coming to India and the inaugural edition is happening on 19th January 2019 in Hyderabad India. The organizers have worked really hard and the content lineup shows that. There are several international speakers and product team members from Microsoft coming to speak at this event. My session will be around management of Azure services at the command line. There are multiple tools available for this purpose and each have pros and cons. In my session, I will walk through these options and provide my views on choosing the right tool for your task at hand. Registration for the event is open and it is free! If you plan to be around at the conference, please drop by and say hi. Let us discuss Azure Command line management.  

Azure DevOps Server – Performing Unattended Single Server Deployment

In the last part of this series, we looked at how to use the web installer to download the media content to a local folder. The method to download the bits applies to both full and express editions of the Azure DevOps Server. Once we have the installer bits, we can use unattended methods to perform the complete install of Azure DevOps Server. And, that is the subject of today’s post. There are different installation methods that are supported (source: docs.microsoft.com). Single server A single-server deployment is the easiest deployment, because the application tier and data tier are on the same machine. Dual servers A dual-server deployment, with separate application and data tiers can provide better performance for larger teams and teams with heavier usage. Multiple servers This type of deployment, which involves multiple application and data tiers, often provides better performance for larger teams and teams with heavier usage. By using more than one server, you improve high availability and disaster recovery ability. Today, we will look at the single server installation method and …

Azure DevOps Server – Downloading Setup Media Using Web Installer

Azure DevOps Services shouldn’t be anything new unless you were living under a rock. Azure DevOps Services is a cloud service that includes features that enable collaborative code development. This is a very useful cloud service. I really started liking how the Azure Pipelines are created and used. The overall integration is super powerful. But, a few enterprises or users would still love to have in-house or on-premises version tools that enable collaborative development. To this extent, Microsoft announced the availability of first release candidate (RC) of Azure DevOps Server 2019. The Azure DevOps Server delivers the Azure DevOps Services optimized for customer who prefer to self-host the same on-premises. The RC1 version of AzureDevOps Server 2019 is a free evaluation download. Once the Azure DevOps Server hits the RTM milestone, you will have to purchase the license. There is also a free version. It is called Azure DevOps Server Express. This can be installed on your laptop as well and supports up to five users. This express installation can be upgraded to the Azure DevOps …