Using Windows Machine File Copy (WinRM) VSTS extension

Implementation of the original Windows Machine File Copy task is based on Net Use Command and Robocopy. This command makes use of the SMB (server message block) and the Netbios protocol on port 139 or 445. Although by default this should be always supported in Intranets, it may be that due to the network restrictions […]

XL Deploy and TFS 2015 – Building, Importing and Deploying Packages

Recently XebiaLabs released a build task for Microsoft Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) and Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2015 that facilitates the integration of the vNext build pipeline with their product, XL Deploy. The new build task is capable of creating a deployment archive (DAR package), importing it to an instance of XL Deploy, and […]

Passing values between TFS 2015 build steps

Introduction It may happen that you need to pass or make available a value from one build step in your build definition, to all other build steps that are executed after that one. It is not well documented, but there are two ways of passing values in between build steps. Both of the approaches I […]