Building it in the Cloud with Visual Studio Online

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So we recently started a new project at work, hosted on Azure. As part of the initial investigation, I stared poking around in the Azure Portal to see what new toys we might be able to play with.

One of the items under review is our source control, build and deployment tool-chain, which, frankly, is a bit outdated. Since Microsoft recently released an updated Build module for Visual Studio Online, I took the time for some further investigation.

With that in mind, let’s have a look at some of the new features, and how it can be leveraged to improve the build and deployment process.

This week, I’m looking at the Hosted Pool Build Controller

Hosted Build Controller

In the past, we have deployed and maintained our own VM’s for builds and deployment. The advantage of this is that all our source code lives on the internal network, and we are in full control of the entire build process.

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