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Dec 24, 2018

Today’s episode of the Azure DevOps Podcast is featuring Roopesh Nair, a Principal Lead Program Manager at Microsoft. He has over 20 years of experience in custom software. And at Microsoft, he works on the release capabilities in Azure Pipelines. Roopesh is incredibly passionate about DevOps and enjoys working with customers.


In this episode, Roopesh gives an overview of the capabilities within Azure DevOps in terms of deploying software, gives his recommendations on how to quickly get started with Azure DevOps and the best package to start out with, and offers guidance on how to package applications so they work well with the release capabilities. He also gives a bit of a sneak preview into some of the work he and his team are currently working on around deployment and experimentation services!


Topics of Discussion:

[:42] About today’s episode with Roopesh Nair.

[1:39] Roopesh talks about his personal journey and how he found himself at Microsoft.

[3:07] The most interesting change Roopesh has observed since coming to Microsoft.

[5:13] Roopesh talks about the transition from WPF to web-based.

[7:02] Roopesh gives an overview of the capabilities within Azure DevOps in terms of deploying software.

[13:35] Roopesh’s recommendation for how to get started quickly with Azure DevOps.

[14:47] A word from Azure DevOps Podcast’s sponsor: Clear Measure.

[15:15] Roopesh gives his recommendations for the best package to start with and offers his guidance for how to package applications (so they work well with the release capabilities).

[17:22] Are any of the services or groups deploying anything using Windows Containers?

[18:15] Roopesh’s guidance for listeners getting started (literally this month!).

[18:53] Features Roopesh’s team is working on in terms of experimentation services.

[21:41] What they’re planning on in other spaces for deployment.

[24:47] Are there any release hub examples listeners can look at as a reference?

[26:21] When does Roopesh think that the YAML configuration will be ready?

[26:52] How Roopesh sees deploying software will be like in the future.

[28:08] Are there capabilities in the release hub that are aimed at database integration?

[32:00] The tool Roopesh’s team uses internally to execute their directory of files.

[34:06] What Roopesh recommends listeners follow up on to learn more.


Mentioned in this Episode:

Azure DevOps

Azure Pipelines

Buck Hodges on the introduction to Azure DevOps Services - Episode 001


Azure DevOps Projects

Clear Measure (Sponsor)

Service Fabric

Windows Containers

Azure Container Registry

SQL Server

Azure Cosmos DB

Azure Blob Storage



ReadyRoll (SQL Change Automation)

34:24 resource mentioned here


Want to Learn More?

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Follow Up with Our Guest:

Roopesh Nair’s LinkedIn
Roopesh Nair’s Twitter