TimeStampServer – you had one job!

The important part of this blog post: Please make sure to upgrade to BcContainerHelper 1.0.18 or reconfigfure the timestampServer in your existing version.

December 30th 2020 we got a number of apps for validation failing due to a wrong timestamp signature. Some partners discovered this before submitting and filed an issue on github here, complaining about this error: “The timestamp signature and/or certificate could not be verified or is malformed.

I was enjoying a nice walk in the forest with my dogs, but my phone would reveal increased activity on github and emails from partners running into this strange issue.

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Run-AlValidation and Run-AlCops

On December 1st, I co-hosted a webinar about how people can make sure that their app passes AppSource Validation. Until now, I have always been preaching that people should run CI/CD and include AppSourceCop validation in their CI/CD pipeline, which is supported in the Run-AlPipeline function. But…, as I prepared for the session, it became evident that it would be really helpful to have a function, which basically does exactly the same as our validation pipeline.

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18 hours of no containerhelper…

Friday morning around 6am. I had just kicked off a few validation builds when they started failing. Failing builds can happen and typically there is a valid reason for this, but in this case – ALL builds was failing and looking in the logs I quickly realized that this problem was something different.

PowerShell Gallery was down, PowerShell Gallery had an outage and it took a stunning 18 hours before it was back online…:-(

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Multitenant sandbox containers changes behavior…

With the change to BcContainerHelper, sandbox containers became multitenant by default. This means that you have to remember the ?tenant=default in the WebClient and the “tenant” : “default” in launch.json.

The reason for this change was, that sandbox containers needs to feel and act like online tenants and online tenant are… – tenants. I did however miss out on one thing, which I was made aware of over the weekend.

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Troubleshooting Business Central on Docker

This blog post is not really a troubleshooting guide (although there is a small TSG at the end). It is more like a brain dump of what I have seen over time and how I would approach a trouble shooting session. I have divided it into 6 sections:

  1. Dockers worst enemy (just FYI)
  2. Installing Docker
  3. Installing BcContainerHelper
  4. Creating a Business Central container
  5. Keep the script, not the Container
  6. Frequently seen docker errors

Going forward, I will add a link to this blog post to all issues on https://www.github.com/microsoft/navcontainerhelper/issues, where the answer to the issue is in this blog post.

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Run-AlPipeline

WARNING: Very boring long blog post ahead…

Run-AlPipeline is a new function in BcContainerHelper. It has been in preview for a number of releases while being worked on, and a number of partners have already tried to use it. My apologies for changing things under your feet, but to my defense – I did write that the function was in preview.

With version 1.0.8 of BcContainerHelper, Run-AlPipeline is ready for real-life usage… (I think)

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One of these days…

Many years ago, I heard a joke:

3 people (a biologist, a mathematician and a developer) were in Africa on a Safari. They drive by a blue elephant. The biologist shouts out: “Look, there is a BLUE elephant.”. The mathematician states: “Right you are, there is ONE blue elephant”. The developer slaps his palm against his forehead and says: “Damn, there are blue elephants…

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