Create folders inside Branches in Azure Devops

To manage work, we need to create folders inside Branches. The key folders that can be created inside Branches are;

  • Features
  • Releases
  • Users

The main branch has to be in the root of repository. All working branches can be branch out from man into above folders;

Click on three vertical dots on main branch and create a working branch, feature/shahzad. You will see a folder and branch inside Branches. Very simple.

Here is the reference to article that will walk you through tf.exe and Git working for enforcing permissions;

Web Apps Performance Testing

Here are some of the tools that can be used to do web application performance testing;

ReadyAPI Performance
Keysight’s Eggplant
Apache JMeter
Rational Performance Tester
Testing Anywhere

What about Databases?

SQL queries in SSMS runs faster but they are slower in .NET application. One of the reason could be ARTHIABORT setting, read article below;


Proxmox alert configuration via gmail

A short list to configure Proxmox VE to send alert using Gmail account;

#--------- Proxmox email configuration -------------

# Install authentication libraries
apt-get install libsasl2-modules

Configure app passwords on your Google account

# Configure postfix
echo " <youremail><app-password>"> /etc/postfix/sasl_passwd

# update permissions
chmod 600 /etc/postfix/sasl_passwd

# hash the file
postmap hash:/etc/postfix/sasl_passwd

# check to to be sure the db file was create
cat /etc/postfix/sasl_passwd.db

# edit postfix config
nano /etc/postfix/

# google mail configuration

relayhost =
smtp_use_tls = yes
smtp_sasl_auth_enable = yes
smtp_sasl_security_options =
smtp_sasl_password_maps = hash:/etc/postfix/sasl_passwd
smtp_tls_CAfile = /etc/ssl/certs/Entrust_Root_Certification_Authority.pem
smtp_tls_session_cache_database = btree:/var/lib/postfix/smtp_tls_session_cache
smtp_tls_session_cache_timeout = 3600s

# reload postfix
postfix reload

# send a test emails
echo "This is a test message sent from postfix on my Proxmox Server" | mail -s "Test Email from Proxmox" <your-email>
date | mail -s “test” <your-email>

# Now, fix from name in email

# install dependency
apt update
apt install postfix-pcre

# edit config
nano /etc/postfix/smtp_header_checks

# add the following text
/^From:.*/ REPLACE From: pvetower-alert pvetower-alert@<your-email>.com

# hash the file
postmap hash:/etc/postfix/smtp_header_checks

# check the contents of the file
cat /etc/postfix/smtp_header_checks.db

# add the module to our postfix config
nano /etc/postfix/

# add to the end of the file
smtp_header_checks = pcre:/etc/postfix/smtp_header_checks

# reload postfix service
postfix reload

# send a test emails
date | mail -s “test” <your-email>



# steps reference list;

Intel NUC’s on edge – Case Study

Edge computing, the idea of having cloud-native resources at the edge of a network, is an emerging concept in IT, and it’s having an impact at fast food restaurant chain Chick-fil-A. The restaurant chain is also making use of the open-source Kubernetes container orchestration system and the concept of GitOps to help manage its edge deployments with a DevOps approach.

Read more here