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  1. There are sets of common steps that we very often want to "bookend" all of our deployments with. One concrete example would be: sending out a Manual Intervention to confirm when all servers are confirmed live before stamping a new deployment in NewRelic.

    Right now, everyone has to bake these steps into their own projects by adding the Manual Intervention step followed by the NewRelic Deployment Stamp step. If it were possible to create what I would call "Composite Step Templates" then I could define a reusable step template that was made up of other step templates. That way, instead…

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  2. There should be the possibility to create project templates which can be chossen when creating a new project. This should then not only copy everything, but keep the reference to the template. So when something is changed in the template, all projects based on this template should be updated as well.

    Steps coming from a template should not be editable in a subproject, but there should be the possibility to disable a specific step in a specific project.
    Also there should be the possibility to add other steps between "template steps" to customize the process.

    Teamcity has a simillar model.

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  3. 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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    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…

  4. Currently you can throttle the number of package aquisitions and the number of machines which will run steps in parallel.

    We see issues whereby too many steps run on the same machine causing out of memory issues.

    Can you please add configuration to limit the number of steps running in parallel on a single machine

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