Brian A. Randell
Husband. Dad of 2. Son. Brother. Developer. ALM/DevOps Consultant. MSFT MVP. Writer. Love fast cars & hard rocking music. ///M Power. Love cuddles with my kids.
Azure Pipelines Deep Dive
Here's some links from my workshop on June 3, 2020. Thanks for coming! Create an Azure DevOps Organization [https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/devops/organizations/accounts/create-organization?view=azure-devops] Azure DevOps Admin Getting Started [https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/devops/user-guide/project-admin-tutorial?view=azure-devops] Create an Azure DevOps
VSLIVE 2020 Las Vegas GitHub HOL
Mickey Gousset and I will be delivering a hands-on lab (HOL) at VSLIVE 2020 Last Vegas on Sunday, March 1, 2020 [https://vslive.com/Events/Las-Vegas-2020/Sessions/Sunday/HOL01-HOL-Better-DevOps-using-GitHub-for-Open-Source.aspx] . You must provide your own laptop computer (Windows or Mac) for this hands-on lab. Experience with C# coding and basic
Live 360! Two-Day HOL Pre-workshop Config
Sunday & Monday, November 17 & 18, 2019, will find myself and my buddy Phil Japikse in sunny Orlando, FL, delivering a two-day hands-on lab Building Modern ASP.NET Core Web Apps the Right Way with Azure DevOps in Two Days. You can find all details here [https://live360events.com/Events/Orlando-2019/
Staying Current with Windows 10-2019 Update
As I sit here in 2019 working, I'm updating a variety of real and virtual machines. And due to a number of issues (Native VHD boot aka "boot to VHD"), I'm still running older versions of Windows 10 and Server 2016. Thankfully, I'm not still running Windows XP. But I
Learn Lots in Las Vegas—VSLive! March 2018
As I get back to work after the core bit of the holidays, I've been refining my backlog. As a speaker and conference chair for VSLive!, I've got lots to do. Rocky [http://www.lhotka.net/weblog/], Andrew [https://about.me/andrewbrust], and I will be meeting soon to work
VSLive 2017 Redmond
VSLive [https://vslive.com/Events/Redmond-2017/Home.aspx]is currently happening in Redmond and I wanted to post some links from my talks. General Session: Amplifying Human Ingenuity with Microsoft AI with Paul Stubbs [https://aka.ms/paulstubbs] I'm going to show a few demos on using the Bot Framework.
Work with VSTS (or TFS) Work Items from Excel without installing Team Explorer
TLDR; If you just want the step-by-step on how to work with Excel and work items without installing Team Explorer, jump down to the Non-Developer's Short Guide to Using Excel with TFS/VSTS Work Items on this page. For years, if you wanted to work with Team Foundation Server (TFS)
A nice surprise - Thunderbolt 3 working in Server 2016
I've been a big fan of Thunderbolt since I got it on my first Mac. The idea of faster external storage was great. Add daisy chaining and I was in. As time as progressed, Thunderbolt 2 came out and I built a new PC using a Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD7 TH motherboard
Windows 10, Updates, and knowing what's current
Update 2018-01-01 I've been using this post myself as quick way to get to the downloads. There's a different link to pull down the Fall Creators Update bits: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4043454/windows-10-windows-server-2016-update-history Original Post Almost all of my client PCs and virtual machines run Windows 10.
How do you do File | New | SQL Server Database?
It used to be a no brainer. I'd fire up SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) and go to town. Or if SSMS wasn't installed, I would open up the Database Tools in Visual Studio. However, in 2006 I saw the light from the Dude [http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0003518/
Giving Feedback to Microsoft—Be Nice
The other day the subject of giving feedback to Microsoft about Visual Studio and Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) came up. This got me thinking about all the ways one can communicate with the folks that build many of the tools I use everyday. This post is going to focus
Azure N-Series–High Performance GPU in the Cloud
Last year, Microsoft announced [https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/building-the-intelligent-cloud-announcing-new-azure-innovations-to-transform-business/] their intent to offer high-end GPUs in Azure VMs: > Finally, to further boost the performance of our world-class cloud infrastructure, we today announced the N-series, a new family of Azure Virtual Machines with GPU capabilities. GPUs are ideal for