Link to set global build retention policy for TFS Build and Release

by Xavier Dilip Kumar 23. July 2017 00:06

Links:

Team Services: https://<account>.visualstudio.com/_admin/_buildQueue

TFS 2017: http://<TFS Server>/tfs/<Collection Name>/_admin/_buildQueue

TFS 2015 Update 3: http://<TFS Server>:8080/tfs/<Collection Name>/_admin/_buildQueue

TFS 2015 RTM: http://<TFS Server>:8080/tfs/<Collection Name>/_admin/_buildQueue#_a=settings

Tags:

TFS | TFS 2015 | TFS 2017 | VNext Builds | VNext Release

“Powershell to rollback” task in Release Management Utility tasks from Visual Studio Marketplace

by Xavier Dilip Kumar 2. July 2017 02:37

Explanation:

The “Powershell to rollback” task in Release Management Utility tasks from Visual Studio Marketplace was working fine in TFS 2015 instance but stopped working after upgrading TFS 2017 instance.

Exception:

2017-06-27T11:57:58.0160646Z ##[debug]inlineScripe = Write-Host 'Rollback logic goes here as a powershell script'
2017-06-27T11:58:58.0327321Z ##[debug]Getting Personal Access Token for the Run
2017-06-27T11:58:58.2046532Z ##[debug]Calling http://TFSServer:8080/tfs/Collection/Team project/_apis/release/releases/213/environments/641/tasks?api-version=2.1-preview.1 using obtained PAT token
2017-06-27T11:58:58.2983878Z ##[debug]Could not obtain release tasks status
2017-06-27T11:58:58.2983878Z ##[debug]Error
2017-06-27T11:58:58.2983878Z The page you are looking for is currently unavailable.
2017-06-27T11:58:58.2983878Z Page not found.
2017-06-27T11:58:58.2983878Z More information about this error
2017-06-27T11:58:58.2983878Z Page not found.
2017-06-27T11:58:58.2983878Z Things you can try:
2017-06-27T11:58:58.2983878Z Refresh the current page
2017-06-27T11:58:58.2983878Z Go back to the previous page
2017-06-27T11:58:58.2983878Z Sign in as a different user
2017-06-27T11:58:58.2983878Z Submit feedback to Microsoft about this error
2017-06-27T11:58:58.2983878Z Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server
2017-06-27T11:58:58.2983878Z © Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

Solution:

The API version in the script Runpowershellwithtaskcontext.ps1 located at “<Agent Directory>\tasks\Rollback\1.1.2\” related to “Powershell to rollback” task, must be updated with the corresponding TFS 2017 API version after the upgrade.

Change the api-version from api-version=2.1-preview.1 to api-version=3.0-preview.2 in the script Runpowershellwithtaskcontext.ps1 located at “<Agent Directory>\tasks\Rollback\1.1.2\”

Tags:

TFS 2017 | VNext Release

Unable to find the specified file during Vnext release management download artifacts task

by Xavier Dilip Kumar 6. February 2017 00:49

Exception:

An error occurred during download: System.IO.FileNotFoundException: Unable to find the specified file

Explanation:

This exception may occur while the release trying to download the build artifacts which has long path.

Workaround:

Reduce the length of the path and try again

Tags:

VNext Release

How to perform a rollback on the deployment\target server(s) using TFS Vnext release management?

by Xavier Dilip Kumar 5. February 2017 21:51

Explanation:

  • Install Release Management Utility tasks extension
  • Write a PS script to capture the tasks execution result in a XML file


Note: Sample script to get the tasks execution result is available at Release Management Utility tasks extension site.

  • Add “Deploy: PowerShell for rollback” task and configure the task to execute the above mentioned PS script.
    Add "Deploy: Windows Machine File Copy" task and configure the task to copy the generated XML file to deployment\target server(s)
  • Write a PowerShell script to parse the generated XML file and perform the rollback activates based on the tasks execution result.
  • Add "Deploy: PowerShell on Target Machines" task and configure the task to execute the above mentioned PS script on deployment\target server(s)

Note: Make sure you enable “Run Always” control option for the mentioned tasks.

Tags:

VNext Release

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