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HashiCorp Packer Packer is a really awesome modern tool for automating the process of provisioning images. This in conjunction with source control (preferably Git) and Vagrant can mean that your portable Hyper-V, VirtualBox or VMWare images are maintainable and immutable. Through provisioners, Packer can build in many different environments including cloud infrastructure. There's a lot of good documentation out there...
Docker: MSSQL Server Microsoft has created several images for MSSQL Server on Docker Hub. They have support for Windows and Ubuntu containers. It's very easy to customize these images with setup scripts, execute commands, or build a custom image. Pulling a Ubuntu 2019 SQL Server docker pull mcr.microsoft.com/mssql/server:2019-CU5-ubuntu-16.04 Pulling a Windows 2019 SQL Server docker pull mcr.microsoft.com/mssql/server:2019-latest DockerHub: Microsoft SQL Server GitHub: Azure Data SQL Samples...
Simulating Lag with Docker Containers I was building a Grafana dashboard with Docker Compose that would monitor a local service. I wasn't able to figure out if my calculations for the graph were correct because the latency was so low being that it was running in Docker Compose locally. I needed a way to proxy traffic to the service that...
Docker: NuGet Server Windows Server Core I've set up a NuGet Server on a Dockerized Windows Server Core IIS image. This is a multi-stage build that includes an MSBuild stage to compile NuGet Server (ASP.NET) and copy that into the final image. The Dockerfile installs useful utilities like Chocolatey and Vim. GitHUb: Docker NuGet Server Windows Core Also, if you're looking...
Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) I had some issues with Getting Azure AKS to work with PowerShell locally so I decided to document this. This post shows how I was able to get started using Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) with PowerShell. Azure provides a Kubernetes service that is capable of orchestrating Windows containers as well as Linux containers. This makes AKS...
Docker MSBuild I created an image specifically for building legacy ASP.NET code. This is publicly available on Docker hub and GitHub. You may pull it and use it at your own discretion. https://hub.docker.com/repository/docker/mrjamiebowman/msbuild GitHub: Docker MSBuild How to Use First, you'll want to make sure your local Docker daemon is running Windows Containers. Pulling the image with Docker is very easy... docker push mrjamiebowman/msbuild Once you have...
Kubernetes WordPress with Remote MySQL Access Deploying WordPress to Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) was a great exercise for me to learn and improve my Helm and Kubernetes knowledge. Bitnami has a Helm chart for WordPress on AKS. The most ideal way of doing this is to modify the Helm Charts to include an additional load balancer, but, the purpose of...
Docker: Jenkins Build Server on Windows Server Core Big fan of Jenkins! I've really enjoyed the flexibility that this CI server provides. While it's easy to run a Linux container with Jenkins and do .NET Core builds it's not possible to build traditional ASP.NET projects... unless you install Mono.. but I could never get that to work. After contemplating my...
Must Haves for the IT Professionals Over the years I've used some really cool devices and services and I find these all to be very useful tools that I personally must own. DeepCool So, I was a hacker party once and my friend was like, "You have to try this.". This product sits beneath your laptop while circulating air and improving the...
Must-Have Kubernetes Tools These are some must-have tools that can make working with Kubernetes significantly easier! These are my favorite tools that I use regularly that improve my workflow, security and troubleshooting abilities. kind This tool is phenomenal at creating local Kubernetes environments that run in Docker images. This is significantly easier to use than Docker's Kubernetes out of the box. It...
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