Category Archives: Work

Powershell 101: Using Custom Powershell Objects for JSON Requests

For our blue/green deployments in Octopus Deploy, we created some custom Powershell cmdlets to talk to our A10 Thunder load balancer. The cool thing about our cmdlets is that it uses the A10’s nicely documented REST APIs to manipulate all … Continue reading

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Previewing Octopus web.config Transforms Via Offline Package Drops

  We Octopus Deploy at Mimeo. Lately, we’ve been doing a LOT of deployments with Octopus as teams migrate their apps off of our old fragile homebrew deployment system. The migration has allowed teams to cleanup years of questionable deployment … Continue reading

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I Didn’t Mean to Break It, Really. :(

Some people feel that the tester’s job is to break software, whereas the developer’s job for performing testing activities is to make sure software works. This dichotomy, or disconnect, can sometimes be fun. Like yesterday… At Mimeo.com, our ability to … Continue reading

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Oh snap – I denied “Everyone” permissions from my MSMQ

Yeah, so in a brilliant move today, an MSMQ on my QA box was accidentally destroyed maliciously when I set Deny permissions for “Everyone”. Oops. Luckily this StackOverflow response from user Houman saved my ass. Simply navigate to C:\Windows\System32\msmq\storage\lqs and … Continue reading

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AppFabric v1.1 Installer Hates You

[Blogging this because we’ve hit this a few times at work in the past 3 months] If all attempts for installing AppFabric v1.1 fail with the ever helpful 1603, look in your %TEMP%\AppServerSetup1_1_CustomActions(datestring).log file [where datestring is the last time … Continue reading

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Better Workaround for AppFabric Cache’s Tracing Hatred

As a follow up from my last post, here’s a simple extension method to forcibly restore the default trace listener every time you invoke an AppFabric Caching Administration Management cmdlet. It’s not the prettiest code, but it’s functional:

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AppFabric DataCacheServerLogManager Hates Your Trace.WriteLines

I like to fill my test code with TONS of logging. I log damn near everything because I hate it when the team has to waste time answering, “Can you get me a repro?” when we can just peruse the … Continue reading

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