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  1. One of my deployments installs an MSI that can require a restart. At the moment I have it failing the deployment if the error code from the installer indicates a restart is required. When the deployment fails, I manually restart the machine, then restart the deployment manually. Ideally it would be nice if I could ask Octopus to restart and resume the deployment from within the powershell script. I can pull the MSI out into its own NuGet pkg but I'm still left with being unable to restart the machine and resume the deployment as part of the Octopus deployment…

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  2. Currently, if you have a variable containing other nested variables, and you set the value of the nested variable from a powershell script using Set-OctopusVariable, the value of the containing variable will not be modified.

    If you want a web.config appsetting, for example called SiteUrl to be set, you would have to set the SiteUrl variable directly in the Powershell PreDeploy.ps1 script.

    You could not, for example have a SiteUrl variables defined in Octopus as #{SiteHost}/#{SitePath} and then set SiteHost or SitePath in a Powershell script using Set-OctopusVariable.

    Firstly, it is not particularly dicoverable that this is happening.

    Secondly, it…

    7 votes

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  3. It would be useful to be able to set the value of octopus variables as part of the octo.exe create-release command.

    In our case, we would like to use some values from the build server in our web configuration (branch name). We are currently able to work around this by including the branch name in the package name (we could alternatively write it to a text file in the package), parsing it out using a regex and setting an octopus variable using a powershell script but it it cumbersome and fragile. Additionally, variables set from powershell scripts cannot be used…

    11 votes

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  4. It would be more convenient to store XML transformation files in octopus project's configuration, not in source code hence it:

    • pollutes source code
    • pollutes destination folder
    • divides configuration info as configuration info is stored in several places instead of one.
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  5. When creating a new release the Release Notes field is empty.

    The way that we use Octopus, when someone is making a Release it is their job to manually copy across all the checkin comments (from Team City) for all the build versions since the last Release was made.
    One per bullet (using markdown) so we get a nice list.

    Sometimes a checkin comment doesn't need to go in the release notes, or it needs to be elaborated, ... no worries. That is part of the manual job.


    So what this idea is about is: how wonderful it would be…

    11 votes

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  6. CCtray the Cruise Control.Net Notfication Tray tool is a tool that polls a well known xml format and displays notifications on success or failure of builds. Team City now supports this format out of the box, and deployments in octopus actually follow a similar state pattern, where you could notify of a deployment by environment that is currently running, and report on the result of the deployment as success or failed.

    5 votes

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  7. Currently we have a couple ways to deploy. A main deploy which deploys our entire system 20 components (a service, website, etc) in one release. And adhoc deploys, deploys one component at a time. It would be nice to have a component view versus a release view the main point would be to show the state of each component and what version they are on.

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  8. We've been migrating a legacy solution to use octopus deploy, and have quite a few configuration files to manage, some in config format, others just xml or plain text.

    It would be useful to, alongside variables, be able to store complete files that follow the same rules as variables when scoped at deployment, that are then delivered with the nuget package to the tenticle at deployment time and are available in the target folder.

    Right now we're working around this by using the PreDeploy.ps1 script to download a zip file from a web server that contains the environment specific configuration…

    6 votes

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  9. I use a SQL Project in Visual Studio using SQL Data Tools, it would be nice to be able to deploy to SQL using the DACPAC file it creates, as it can update the database using that file

    23 votes

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  11. Some of our projects live on shared servers, and run under different users for isolation. It would be good to be able to choose which user a nuget deployment/powershell script runs under so we can protect against mistakes/malicious code in our powershell deployment scripts.

    119 votes

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  12. For example, if an integration/selenium step has failed, it's nice to know the number of tests that failed. In order make this generic, having special messages in the build log (similar to how Teamcity does things http://confluence.jetbrains.com/display/TCD7/Build+Script+Interaction+with+TeamCity#BuildScriptInteractionwithTeamCity-ReportingMessagesForBuildLog) would be very helpful!

    2 votes

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  13. It would be nice to have a Role dashboard.
    Eg. application 1 = role 1 and an overview where all applications (roles) will be shown in a grid

    7 votes

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  14. Have an optional view of the dashboard (or a separate page) that pivots on version number. We have a lot of environments, and it gets hard to quickly view the dashboard and see which environments are out of date and don't have the same version. Having a list of Project->Version->Environment would help

    1 vote

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  15. I have 30+ steps in my project. It would be great to be able to bulk change the nuget package version for each version drop down list.

    3 votes

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  16. We've just moved our service over to use TopShelf. Previously it used its own installer. In PostDeploy.ps1 we woudl then run installutil with teh service as an argument to install the services and message queues.

    Now we don't need the installer inside the service anymore because TopShelf does that for us.

    The problem is then how to get the deployment to uninstall the service successfully when it has no cencept of uninstalling the currently deployed installation using the artifacts of that deployed installation.

    I have to try to uninstall the previous deployment using the new deployment artifacts. This is causing…

    20 votes

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  17. 14 votes

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  18. User Group administration is cumbersome.

    On the group administration screen add the ability to select multiple users at once instead of typing in user names.

    On the user profile page show the groups a user is a member of. Administrators should be able to add users to groups from the profile page.

    4 votes

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  19. When viewing a Release, I would like to be able to clone the Release into a new Release. The variables, package versions, etc. of the new Release would be set to the same values as the original Release.

    This would help support hotfix scenarios, where we have the previous Release saved, and want to deploy just a single updated package. Right now I basically create a new Release and manually set all of the package versions to the existing values. The manual method doesn't allow me to copy the older set of variables though.

    17 votes

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  20. Currently the option is to use a userid and password to connect with the nuget package feed. It would be great to not enter username and password but use the same api key used to push the packages into Myget.org to retrieve them

    11 votes

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