Deploy Entity Framework Core Migrations from a DLL

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[Updated 3/29/2017 — Added a bash version of this script for deploying EF Core Migrations from Linux.] Entity Framework Migrations let you deploy incremental updates to a target database.  With Entity Framework Core (EF Core) this is done from the command line by going to the directory that contains your Entity Framework entity and migration code, […]

A Non-Terrible Workaround for the Dreaded EF Core Migration FileLoadException Diagnostics Problem

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In my Entity Framework Core Migrations walkthrough, I showed a workaround for an exception when you add a migration.  If you ran “dotnet ef migrations add” on a netcoreapp1.1 project, you’d get the following exception. System.IO.FileLoadException: Could not load file or assembly ‘System.Diagnostics.DiagnosticSource, Version=4.0.1.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=cc7b13ffcd2ddd51’. The located assembly’s manifest definition does not match the […]

TFS Build / Release Configuration Utilities: Edit app.config, web.config, appsettings.json, and XML

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When you’re working automated builds and automated releases, you frequently need to edit configuration files like app.config, web.config, and appsettings.json. Well, I wrote a command line utility to do this and I figured I’d share.  I’ve got a version that is an .exe that can be used on a Windows build agent and I’ve got a version that’s written […]

“How do I update my TFS2017 build agents?”

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I got a question recently asking how to make sure that your on-premise Team Foundation Server 2017 build agents are up to date.  If you’ve installed a bunch of build agents over time, you’ll notice that when you go to download the bits, that the version number sometimes changes.  They generally stay up to date […]