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Want to know what software is running on the VSTS Hosted Agent? Go here….

This is related to my previous post about installing things on my Private-Hosted agent that I use for my VSTS builds.

I have never had any issues using Microsoft’s Hosted Agents — my only issue is that I use up the 240 free build minutes (so utilise my own on-premises agent)

So there is a website that lists all the software that is installed on the machines that run the Hosted VSTS agents and it is here and is updated daily:


It has made me re-think my strategy about my on-premises builds — I have thought about splitting off my SSDT build steps into their own process — running on my agent and the other stuff running in Hosted.

However — one thing I did implement just recently was doing builds in parallel — which took my build from 34 seconds down to 9 seconds.

build in parallel

Now that might just be the tipping point for going back to Hosted VSTS Builds….



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Hamish is a Systems Management Specialist with a passion for efficient application deployment using DevOPs methodologies. He has 19 years IT experience in managing large scale databases SQL Server technologies. He has been managing SQL Server since SQL Server 2000 and pragmatic architectural design is his main focus in his current job. Educating and helping others learn is a driver for Hamish and he is a PASS User Group Leader, International speaker and a repeat guest lecturer at a local university.


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