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VirtualBox guest running IIS and supplying code via vBox sharedFolder

Update:  I would note that we ultimately abandoned this process in favour of running a copy task inside the VM.  To start we're using "robocopy dir1 dir2 /MIR /MT:8 /XD .vs" running every minute, but eventually we'll do something w. NTFS filesystem triggers.
You might have ended up with an error like this: Filename: \\?\C:\path\web.config
Error: Cannot read configuration fileThis is because IIS doesn't like the fact that it's attempting to access something that's been symlinked (IIRC, check google for specifics).  So, we need to trick it!!

I do not take credit for this, just posting up a script that should help.  This guy pointed me/others in the right direction:

I would note that we use an array for the IIS stuff because re-using code from other scripts is fun (bad practice, too!).  It was the fastest way for me to get this task…

Development workstation build: Packer/Vagrant/Virtualbox for an IIS/MSSQL environment

There are lot of other blog posts out there detailing this (see end of post for links), but I wanted to share my experience.

I started this project with the mandate as follows:
Find a way to make onboarding new developers simple and easy, plus we'd like a way to ensure that development environments are kept up to date.Seems like a good first task to get familiar with the systems!  The old process involved a lot of guesswork & fiddling, and generally took a few days at minimum.  There's an obvious business case to be made - especially when they plan on hiring ~15 developers this year (minimum 30 man-days of productivity lost, not counting the waste associated w. inconsistent environments).

I started with a few misconceptions, but eventually we had conversations around what should we be doing, rather than what do you want me to do.  One of the senior developers mentioned how a VM would go a long way to bringing stability, and after a chat everyone agreed.  Further, a VM would b…

PowerShell GET/POST to Bitbucket API

I guarantee there is a better way to do this, but it took me a while to find the powershell syntax to do GET/POSTing, so hopefully this helps save someone some time.  And yeah, I'm aware that it's saving the password variable in plaintext.  Something to consider for v2.
The idea behind this (partial) script is that you can get most of the pre-setup done automatically.  One of the issues I haven't resolved yet is automatically accepting the ssh prompts (tried pre-injecting stuff, bunch of other things, no luck).  Not a huge deal since the biggest issue is the POSTing of the ssh key to Bitbucket.
This is a small piece of a project to automagically set up a dev workstation from a bare machine.  I think I'll try to post all of the code up when it's done - seems to be a common issue.
Also, I am really starting to get annoyed w. Blogger's inability to do code snippets.  One of these days I'll fix it...or move to Github gists for everything... <#

New job, new tools

I have been shown a few new tools that are pretty neat...

cmder - great replacement for the command prompt, integrations w. other toolsMFA: DUO (pushes an accept/deny for JIRA/Confluence stuff)MFA: Authy (+ Chrome extension) for AWS MFABoxstarter & Chocolatey & AWS S3 & BitbucketAWS in generalGreenshot (replacement for snip tool/snagIt - free) And because we like automating this sorta thing: @powershell -NoProfile -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -Command "iex ((new-object net.webclient).DownloadString(''))" && SET PATH=%PATH%;%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\chocolatey\bin

cinst -y appName ... cinst -y lastappName

And you have boxstarter do a lot of that for you, handle restarts, Win updates, etc.  This is all googleable and somewhat old hat now, but still really amazing to see for the first time.  Complete game-changer.

One of my initial tasks is automating/streamlining the dev workstation config/setup.  At first I thought it was a bit h…