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How to fix Azure DevOps library group permission errors

Are you trying to edit a variable group in an Azure DevOps Library, and getting the error “you do not have permission to create a variable group within library“? Continue on to find out how to rectify this issue. The problem Variable groups within Azure DevOps can have different permissions to your project settings. This […]

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Azure DevOps system variables now read-only

Azure DevOps provides a number of predefined system variables out of the box on hosted build agents. While these have officially always been read-only, informally you’ve previously been able to change the value of a predefined system variable by overwriting it in a pipeline task. However, as of the January 28 2020 DevOps release this […]

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How to retry a failed stage in Azure DevOps

One of the biggest limitations of Azure DevOps has until now been the fact that you can’t retry an individual stage or step in a pipeline if it fails. Instead, you’d have to retry the entire pipeline again and hope that the failed stage passes. As of September 2019, in most cases you can now […]

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What is Azure DevOps used for?

Azure DevOps is a Microsoft product that can be used as part of the software development lifecycle, to manage the delivery, development and release of software products. DevOps is a paid product (although there is a free tier available) that many software development companies use – particularly those within the Microsoft ecosystem. It used to […]

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How to generate an Azure DevOps pipeline status badge for README files

Microsoft has made it very easy to generate badge icons that you can use wherever you’d like, showing the status of your build and release pipelines in Azure DevOps. The icons – which are made available as images – can be generated for both build pipelines and release pipelines on the Azure DevOps website. They […]

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How to delete an Azure DevOps project

In this post we’ll look at how to delete an Azure DevOps project. First, you’ll need to login with your account to the DevOps portal. Choose the organisation that contains the project you want to delete from the left-hand sidebar, and then select the project you want to delete. Then, once you’re on the homepage […]

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Using key vault values from variable groups in Azure DevOps pipeline tasks

Earlier this week we had a post about how you can easily access secrets stored within Azure Key Vault in an Azure DevOps pipeline task, using the Key Vault Task. One other way you can achieve this same functionality is by using a variable group, and in this post we’re going to show you how. […]

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Accessing Key Vault secrets in an Azure DevOps pipeline task

In the post, we’ll take a look at one option for accessing Azure Key Vault secrets from within an Azure DevOps release pipeline. Want to secure your Azure DevOps application secrets in Key Vault? Find out how in ¬†our short e-book guide on Amazon Setting up your Azure Key Vault Before you can add the […]

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How to use variable groups in Azure DevOps

In a previous post looking at how to use Azure Key Vault to store secrets for a DevOps pipeline, we touched on variable groups and how they can be used. In this post, we’re going to dive a bit deeper into what a variable group is, how you can create one and how you can […]

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How to store Azure DevOps secrets in Azure Key Vault

Often when creating an Azure DevOps continuous integration/deployment pipeline there’s a need to store and use app secrets, such as client keys. While you can store secrets within Azure DevOps variable groups, an alternative approach is to use Azure Key Vault instead. Want to secure your Azure DevOps application secrets in Key Vault? Find out […]