Last week Microsoft introduced the Azure DevOps Service status portal which provides real-time insights into the current health of Azure DevOps regional feature status and provides additional details on specific events either current or historical.
When you go to the Azure DevOps Service status portal, the main dashboard shows you a 2-dimensional matrix mapping of the feature with geographic regions as shown below.
To see current or historical events, click on the Status History link where you can filter the results by service type, categories, severity and then date range:
Clicking on a particular event log will take you to the event log page which shows all details about the event, what was affected, when it was resolved, and then any workarounds that users can take if needed.
REST APIs will be coming soon for users looking to build automated solutions to watch the service status.
For service health updates relating to Azure’s global services, please refer to the Azure Status page.
During Azure DevOps build and release pipelines, you might have the need to consult the Azure DevOps REST API. This blog explains how you can easily perform the authentication that is required to call that REST API.
Enable OAuth Authentication
First of all, you need to check the option Allow scripts to the OAuth token. This enables scripts and other processes launched by tasks to access the OAuth token through the System.AccessToken variable. This setting is somewhere hidden in the Additional options of the Agent Job:
Use the OAuth token inside the script
Within a PowerShell script you can now retrieve the System.AccessToken variable and use it to authenticate against the Azure DevOps REST API. A simplified example:
This week Azure DevOps finally rolled out one of their most requested feature, a dark theme. I use dark theme for just about any app that supports it, so this is a welcome addition to Azure DevOps. Keep in mind that this is just a preview and is still being refined.
To switch to Dark theme, go to your Azure DevOps portal and click on your user dropdown menu in the top right corner. Then click on Theme menu item.
The theme options pane will then be displayed. Click on the Dark (preview) option to switch to the dark theme.
Voila! DevOps in Dark theme.
Switching to dark theme is a personal choice and is not something that is forced across your organization, which is nice. I recommend you give it a try and see for yourself.
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