A request from many partners have been to be able to automatically submit apps to AppSource Validation from their DevOps setup. The Ingestion API for Partner Center supports all offer types in AppSource and can be used to submit updates to Business Central apps to AppSource.Continue reading
Category Archives: BcContainerHelper
As mentioned in this blog post, the Invoke-ScriptInBcContainer has undergone some serious changes in BcContainerHelper 3.0.9, which just shipped.
This blog post will describe some details about how this function works.
The function takes a containerName, a scriptblock and an argument list as parameters and will execute this scriptblock inside the container.Continue reading
Major improvement when invoking scripts in Containers…
I recently learned that some partners have had had issues when running build pipelines on Azure DevOps with multiple DevOps agents on the same host using Containers with process isolation. 1-2 years ago, we did a number of fixes to support multiple agents on the same host, and I thought that had fixed things, but apparently this was not true.
Hopefully the fixes, which are going into BcContainerHelper today will fix this once and for good.Continue reading
Lately we have been seeing an increasing number of people having difficulties creating Docker containers on multiple host OS’. Since Thursday, I have been diving into error reports on GitHub, looking in Telemetry and had some partners helping out trying various tests to see what the result of various changes would be.Continue reading
Telemetry in BcContainerHelper 3.0.0
BcContainerHelper 3.0.0 just released and as something new, you will see this message when importing the module:
BcContainerHelper emits usage statistics telemetry to Microsoft
What does that mean? Can you avoid that? Who can access the emitted telemetry data? How? Can you use telemetry for troubleshooting? Can you use telemetry for other things?
This blog post will try to answer these questions.Continue reading
An update to the ARM templates
It’s been a while since I last blogged about the ARM templates. Mostly because they just live a life of their own and just works. An average of 20 times a day, some partner somewhere in the work is using https://aka.ms/getbc to create an Azure VM with Business Central running in a container (or one of the other ARM templates) directly from a browser. On top of this are all the partners who are automating the process of creating Azure VMs with a PowerShell script. A few things are changing, but functionality stays the same.Continue reading
Restoring your online Business Central database locally
1½ years ago I wrote a blog post called Mounting a database from my online environment using SQL Server on the host. This blog post explains exactly the same thing, just end 2 end and much easier to understand (I hope), using artifacts and some new functions in BcContainerHelper.Continue reading
Managing secrets in your scripts
Most people have tried it. You are writing a script, which connects to a service using a user name and a password or you are using a Shared Access Service token to access insider builds from Microsoft and you just put the “secret” values right there in your source code. After all – it is only you who can access the data on your computer right? and you will of course remember to mask out these secrets if you ever need to share the script…
Well some times we forget and some times hackers to get access to files on your computer and suddenly you might have leaked data or secrets to public places, which you shouldn’t – or sometimes we don’t even realize that we have exposed a secret.Continue reading
NavContainerHelper doesn’t work anymore…
With a total of over 300000 downloads, NavContainerHelper is no more. As of this weekend, NavContainerHelper cannot be used to create containers anymore. There has been a lot of blog posts here on my blog and others that indicated that this day would come and now it is here… – all specific images are gone and with those all the “old” generic images, which was used by NavContainerHelper.
I will contact PowerShell Gallery to get the entry removed.
RIP NavContainerHelper, Long Live BcContainerHelper.Continue reading
Running Business Central in Docker using SQL on the host
This is not my first blog post about how to use SQL Server on the host, but it is definitely the one describing the easiest way to do it. With the latest version of BcContainerHelper you can (with one Run-BcContainer command) create a container which uses SQL Server on the host as database engine for the container.Continue reading