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  1. We are working on making the Add Step functionality much better. The idea is to show built-in steps, community step templates (from http://library.octopus.com/) and custom step templates in one central location. Please let us know what you think by leaving your comment below.

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  2. Add RO attribute/flag to variable set to prevent accidentally changes of it. Or even develop extended permissions linked to username, groups etc. For example in our Octopus environment we have default variable set in library for special package and I'm afraid if somebody will change it accidentally and it will affect to whole related projects where it will be used

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  3. Currently there are a few feeds that support v3 NuGet feeds. Octopus currently does not support linking directly to the JSON file. Please add votes and feedback on why you would like this supported by the few feeds that currently do.

    Please note that this is not about Octopus updating its NuGet library to support things like SemVer 2.0 which is planned. This is strictly when you add an external feed to retrieve external packages.

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  4. When working with the deployment process I sometimes find that I have to do something in a step that might not be standard, for example setting a temporary user on the "create app pool" step. It would then be great to be able to ad a note to the step describing what is done and why.

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  5. When working with library variable sets used in many projects with many steps it is cumbersome to figure out where a given variable is used.

    When updating a deployment process, certain tasks become very difficult, such as:
    -Renaming or deleting a variable
    -Checking validity of a newly-updated variable value across all usages

    With a "find all" feature these tasks would be much simpler (plus I'm sure there would be wider-reaching benefits).

    139 votes

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    Happy to announce we’ve added a usage tab to the variable set page in 2019.5.4, where you can view which projects and releases are using a variable set. While this does not cover all suggestions below, we are confident that this goes a long way to solving the problem.

    Finding the usages of individual variables is something that is a lot more complex than it sounds, and we are unlikely to implement. Many variables usages are embedded in strings, or even in files sourced from packages, meaning any results we displayed would be incomplete.

    If you think we’ve misinterpreted this suggestion, please raise a new suggestion with a bit more detail about the use case, and let us know in the comments below.

  6. Currently the automatic release creation feature does not resolve variables when looking if a package is used in a project set for automatic release creation. You can only use package IDs with static names.

    It would be great if you could use variables in the package ID and have them resolved when the package is pushed.

    Source: http://help.octopusdeploy.com/discussions/problems/28069

    82 votes

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  7. At the moment when editing a step, you can specify which environments it is to be run in. Selecting no environments means that the step will run in all environments. There's no way to specify that a step should run in no environments.

    If I have a problematic step and I'd like to take it out of use temporarily while I work on it, I'd like to disable it somehow, maybe with a checkbox on the process page.

    Source: http://help.octopusdeploy.com/discussions/problems/23854

    302 votes

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    Released  ·  Paul Stovell responded

    Hi, thanks for voting on this suggestion. Good news: we’ve added the ability to disable deployment steps in Octopus 3.5.5. I can’t believe it took us this long!

  8. Run the Octopus server completely on top of PaaS offerings. You could use a Web App site extension to install/run the server (an HttpPlatformHandler might be an easy way to utilize the existing windows service executable), an Azure SQL database for the backend, and a blob storage account could be your NuGet package repository.

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  9. It would be nice if I could clone steps inside processes. For example if I want to deploy two nuget packages, I need to create one step to deploy a nuget and again create another step to deploy a nuget, instead of just cloning it. It's a waste of time!

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  10. I want to use template-all model, where all projects consists only of step templates, to provide central management of deployment process. But when i modify step template, I need to manually go into every project and into step and click "update".

    I think it would be better to use TeamCity model, where template can only be inherited and not changed inside project, or cloned from template if changes needed. Or provide the ability to one-click update all steps that uses the template (even better ask for it after click on Save button).

    I'm going to end up with 30+ projects,…

    262 votes

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  11. It would be better from a UX perspective if the Project Groups were collapsed by default on the Dashboard. We have 50+ projects and I spend most of my time scrolling down to the bottom of the screen which becomes tiresome.

    The ability to filter by status (Failed, Waiting) would also be useful.

    12 votes

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  12. I regularly use nested variables to minimise the number of variable changes I must make between environments. Consider something like this:

    data source=#{Database.Server};initial catalog=#{Database.Name};#{Database.Auth};

    This allows me to just specify simple variables for the DB server, the DB name and the type of auth being used, without having to construct a connectionstring every time (and probably making the odd mistake).

    It would be great if I could see the fully-evaluated variables when i click "Show variables" on a release - or at least have a switch between the raw variables and evaluated variables.

    2 votes

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  13. We deploy to a sub app on the site for our Web services with the major/minor version number in the URL to allow for easy side by side deployments. We don't deploy every version to a new URL because of the volume of builds we get for dev/testing etc. and we like to give a friend URL out to 3rd parties that use them.

    e.g. https://MyWebService.com/v1.2/MyService.svc

    currently we have custom powershell to update the IIS location in predeploy, we hard set it to something like "MyIIS.Site/v1.2", would be good if we could get the specific number using variables and use…

    11 votes

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  14. I know you have the ability to hide and show environments on your dashboard but my colleagues and I still find it very messy and hard to navigate.

    Please would you consider rolling all environments up as a default; something like the mock-up below?

    104 votes

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  15. We would really like to have an option to leave bindings alone in IIS if they already exist.

    I configure a single binding as a templated deployment step. I would like octopus to automatically create the IIS app and bindings in the event the app pool and website doesn't exist - but if it does already exist I'd prefer it not to reconfigure the bindings.

    This is useful when we create website aliases for production environments which don't fit the normal QA and UAT environment setup (but they happen to use the same steps).

    Best would be a checkbox:

    "Overwrite…

    61 votes

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  16. It would be nice to have the option to reorder step template parameters just like one can reorder the environments.

    Right now step template parameters are displayed in the same order they have been created. If one does not pay attention to the order at that time then I can only export the json string, change the parameter order, delete the step template and reimport my modified version.

    Also if a step template is modified at a later time and parameters are added or removed, then the order of the parameters might be now incorrect. Imagine that I want to…

    67 votes

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  17. It would be great to see Python listed as a script step. Python is heavily utilized in the infrastructure space, AWS, F5, Citrix, VMware and will help to drive full automation further up the stack.

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  18. 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.

    11 votes

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  19. Via @DotNetWise (https://github.com/OctopusDeploy/Issues/issues/1157)

    Retention policy helps you to cleanup the mess, but it could possible destroy your live releases.

    You DO want to apply retention policy on live servers, but not for those releases you know there are being used / live etc.

    Hence, add the ability to lock a release, so it won't be deleted by the retention policies.
    Later on, I could unlock it and it will go away on when the next retention policy is being applied.

    16 votes

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  20. Is there a way to make a step skippable by default?

    I know the request might sound strange, but we're run into a scenario where a step may need to be run in certain scenarios. Obviously the user could skip the step by hand each time, but considering the default is to run each step, we're trying to avoid a scenario where someone doesn't look and just runs the default. This would make it very apparent that the step isn't run (as it will be marked as skipped) and force the user to look into it with more detail.

    Odd…

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    Released  ·  Paul Stovell responded

    Thanks for voting on this. I think that the “channels” feature we added in 3.3 is a solution to this scenario – you could set up channels like “major release (all steps)” and “tiny bugfix (run 1 step)”.

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