Cloud CI/CD with Visual Studio Team Services and the All New JFrog Artifactory Extension

JFrog Artifactory and Visual Studio Team Services

JFrog Artifactory is well acquainted with Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) and Team Foundation Server (TFS) and has provided integration to these Microsoft DevOps tools for quite some time. And as these technologies have moved forward, so has JFrog.

Out with the Old, In with the New

We’re THRILLED to announce the all new JFrog Artifactory Extension providing integration with VSTS and TFS. Make no mistake. This is not an upgrade of the old plugin (which is now deprecated); it’s a newly designed, newly developed extension that brings advanced repository management for Microsoft-based CI/CD pipelines – whether on-prem (with TFS) or in the cloud (with VSTS). Here are some of the things you get with it.

Consistent and Reliable Access to Build Dependencies

Using a Generic Download Task, you can download all your build dependencies through Artifactory. Since Artifactory is a proxy to remote public repositories and caches downloaded dependencies, it means that you are independent of both the network and the remote resource. If there are network issues, or the remote public repository goes down, your builds will continue to run since all the dependencies will still be available through Artifactory. As an added bonus, you can specify exactly where in Artifactory dependencies should be downloaded from, and where they should be downloaded to in the build environment using a convenient and easy file-spec notation. Here’s how it looks on VSTS:

Visual Studio Team Services Generic Download

Fully Traceable Builds

Complementary to downloading dependencies, you can upload generic builds to Artifactory, again using convenient file-spec notation to specify build artifacts and the Artifactory target repository. But that’s only what happens on the surface. Have you ever needed to reproduce a bug on a very specific build? When downloading dependencies and uploading build artifacts, the JFrog Artifactory extension collects exhaustive build information such as package versions, dependencies, system properties, environment variables, user information and more, and stores it locally during these two stages of your build. You can then publish this information along with your build when you upload it to Artifactory. All this information is like having a bill-of-materials at your fingertips making it easy to reproduce a build at any time. And there is a convenient link from the Visual Studio Team Services console to the corresponding build information in Artifactory.

Visual Studio Team Services and JFrog Artifactory Extension

Visual Studio Team Services and JFrog Artifactory

Build Promotion from a Visual Studio Team Services Pipeline

To support your artifact lifecycle, the JFrog Artifactory Extension lets you promote your builds in the cloud from one repository to another. Using this capability within a release pipeline gives you control over your artifact lifecycle, letting you promote builds as they pass through quality gates to corresponding repositories for QA, staging and finally, deployment to cloud production systems facilitating a fully automated release pipeline.

Wait…What Platform Are You Running On?

Well, it doesn’t really matter, since the JFrog Artifactory Extension supports Linux, MacOS and Windows build agents, so whatever platform you’re running on, you’re covered.

The Best Is Yet to Come

This is only the beginning. The new JFrog Artifactory Extension already helps you achieve faster generic builds, both in the cloud and on-prem with VSTS and TFS, but this was just the first release. In the forthcoming weeks, we will be adding more capabilities including support for Maven, NPM, NuGet, Conan and Docker builds, release management and more.

Keep your eyes peeled, keep your builds running.

The VSTS JFrog Artifactory Extension is now available on the VSTS Marketplace.

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