Build Automation Part 1: Overview and Pre-build Tasks

Series Index Build Automation Part 1: Overview and Pre-build Tasks Build Automation Part 2: Building and Packaging Build Automation Part 3: App Deployment Script Build Automation Part 4: Database and Report Deployments A recent major application release at work required various changes to our build and deployment process. Our continuous integration process was created probably…

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Compression Experiments In the Build and Deployment Process

In overhauling our build and deployment process for this release I wanted to use compression for a few tasks: Combining staged app files to deploy into a compressed archive Preferably a self-extracting executable archive (SFX) Extracting the deployment archive when running the deployment Creating backup zip files of the existing install before overwriting it There…

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Batch Download SSRS Reports with PowerShell

Lately our continuous integration process has encountered some errors with automatic SSRS report deployments to our Test environment when reports are merged to the appropriate branch. Unfortunately when this fails the process makes no attempt to re-deploy the reports on the next build. Those CI failures left me with a need to mass download the…

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