Automation

Avoiding Complex Octopus Deploy Variables

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Octopus Deploy has a very smart system of variable management that allows you to scope variables to machines, environments, steps, roles – and to store variables in projects and in shared library sets. It is so flexible, you could make your life very miserably if you don’t make things as manageable as possible. Scope Octopus […]

Automation

Highlight Versions on Octopus Deploy Dashboard

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Unless you enjoy carefully comparing numbers, the Octopus Deploy Dashboard is a bit of a pain when it comes to seeing what version is one what environment. What follows is a terribly hacky trick you can use to colourise the version numbers on the dashboard (a feature that I imagine will eventually become a graceful […]

Automation

Intermittent Replication Issue – Distribution Agent Failed to Create Temporary Files

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This will seem like a strange issue, because everything will work perfectly well for a period of time – but then it will all go wrong and you’ll get an error such as: Error messages: The distribution agent failed to create temporary files in ‘C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\110\COM’ directory. System returned errorcode 5. (Source: MSSQL_REPL, […]

Automation

DataDog Interactive Monitor Report

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There are two competing fundamental needs for web operations… reducing false alarms, and ensuring you never miss a real incident! Here is a useful DataDog feature that you might not be using and that can help out a great deal in finding that magical balance-point between these two competing needs… interactive monitor reports. You can […]