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  1. Re-think the new UI! It is awful!!!

    To be honest I am not sure why you changed your UI. Other than a bug when adding variables, it was fairly good. My suggestion is that you need to put a lot more time into your UI. The UI for version 4 is awful, sorry but it is and the version 3 was much easier to use. It took me an hour to figure out that what I thought was a table header for the variable list was how you add a new variable, was not clear it was an input form. You hide way too many things, took…

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      5 comments  ·  Setup/administration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      Hi Jason,
      Thanks for your feedback on the 4.0 UI overhaul. We had a few key aims as part of this release and one was to provide some consistency to the product. As I’m sure you have noticed, the save button was all over the place in the old (pre 4.0) Web Portal and was an issue of constant headache for our users. Moving all the actions to the 1 action bar at the top of a section felt like the right approach and so far has been met with positive comments by many users, despite the cheese move it may initially appear to be.

      One of our other goals was to provide an experience that scales well when our users are pushing octopus to its limits. Whether thats 1000’s of targets, steps or environments or just paragraphs of text that make up a description, we have had to consider…

    • Deployment Pipeline as Code

      I would like to see the "pipeline as code approach" applied to projects. The main idea is to be possible to define the process of a project using a yml file in a source code repository or package.

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        3 comments  ·  Setup/administration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Display Deployments Requiring Manual Intervention for a Release

        When viewing details for a particular release, we used to be able to see any active deployments that are currently awaiting manual intervention. It seems this is no longer visible in Octopus 4.0. In order to view this, we need to go back to a project's "Overview" to see any deployments that have pending intervention steps to approve. This complicates the workflow.

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          2 comments  ·  Deployment features  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          Nithin are you talking about in the release page? If so then the deployment status should already be visible, including if it's paused for manual intervention (icon looks like an eye). Could you log a ticket through supportoctopus.com along with screenshots so that we can investigate?

        • Make Azure steps runable from Tentacles.

          The building azure steps only support running on the Octopus Server.
          Please make it so we can run this from the Tentacles.

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          • Port Octopus to .NET Core

            Moving Octopus Server/Tentacle/Calamari to .NET Core would extend the reach of Octopus Server to other platforms.

            - List item 1
            - List item 2

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              5 comments  ·  Setup/administration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              We have put this task on hold as the .NET Core libraries do not yet have all the bits we need.

              We have however ported the following to .NET Core:
              - Octostache
              - Halibut
              - Octo.exe
              - Octopus.Client
              - Most of Calamari

              This means these tools can be used on Linux.

              We have also built https://www.icanhasdot.net/

              We may pick this item up in the future, one the platform matures.

            • Install Octopus Server on Linux

              I'm in a Linux/Mac shop where chef server is the next best thing. If only I could install the Octopus server on Ubuntu the world would be perfect.

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              • Support task on the tentacles

                It could be great to have a place where we can use the tentacles to do some tasks without creating a release.
                For example, in my release process I have the backup files and backup DB steps. I would like to be able to launch it without creating a release.
                I see it as a new tab "tasks" where you can configure some task as you do for the process and it will appear as a button on the different environment where this task is available.

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                  0 comments  ·  Deployment features  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Show date the deploy was successfully completed, not started

                  Currently the Dashboard shows when a deploy was initiated but it turns out what most of us want to know is when the deploy completed.

                  Suggestions:
                  * Add a Octo variable so we can choose whether to show initiated or completed date on dashboard
                  * Add a Step type that sets the date shown

                  Scenario:
                  * Multi-step deploy including a manual approval step
                  * A developer queues a deployment late Tuesday evening.
                  * The deployer has gone home and returns the next morning to approve the deploy.
                  => The Dashboard will show Tuesday evening and confusion ensues when the manager…

                  5 votes
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                  • Ability to do swing site deployment between staging and production role

                    We can deploy a release to staging and then promote it to production, it would be great if as part of the promote, we could swing the existing production deployment to staging and then promote the new release to production and also give an option to rollback to previous release.

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                      2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      This is a really interesting suggestion and topic. What I’m not sure about is exactly what Octopus would need to do.

                      Normally for these kinds of things, you deploy the site, then change the load balancer to send requests to the new servers (the swing).

                      What exactly does Octopus need to do? Should we automatically migrate the machines in the environment that we deployed to between the staging and production environments, and move the deployment to production too (or, should we just rename the staging and production environments?)

                    • Integrate smoke tests for post deployment

                      While we can run smoke tests by using the PostDeploy.ps1, such as running nunit.exe or something similar (frisby.js, etc), it would be great to have a way to integrate back into the dashboard (through the rest api?).

                      Related links:
                      http://help.octopusdeploy.com/discussions/questions/214-running-smoke-tests-after-deploy
                      http://help.octopusdeploy.com/discussions/problems/53646

                      http://jimblogdog.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/walk-thru-using-wolfpack-to.html

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                        15 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        Thanks for the suggestion and for voting everyone. I’d like to get feedback on where we should go with this.

                        There are a few things in Octopus that already help with this – first, it’s possible to package your NUnit tests and run them as part of a package test (we do this ourselves), or to write a PowerShell step that pings your website to see if it is online. So the actual process of performing the tests is pretty easy. Do we need to write more blog posts/documentation to show how it can be done?

                        The next part is viewing the test results – in Octopus 2.0 you can “attach” files to a deployment via PowerShell which are then uploaded and available on the deployment page.

                        Viewing NUnit results XML isn’t that nice though, so I guess it would be nice to be able to render those NUnit test…

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