Running Home Assistant with Zigbee2MQTT on Synology NAS in containers

For those of you who are following me on Twitter, you might have seen my Philips Hue bridge was acting up in the past couple of months. Major bandwith usage, automations not being triggered at the appropriate times, and even the internet connectivity wasn’t working anymore. The bridge is also about 14 years old, so it might have been its time to shut down. A relative cheap solution would be to buy a new Philips Hue bridge and set that up. Read more →

Manage Azure Container Instances in Azure Functions based on running pipelines in Azure DevOps

In my previous post, I wrote how to create & host private build agents for Azure DevOps running in Azure Container Instances. One of the reasons for doing so is to eliminate creating build agent VM’s and performant pipelines for my side projects. But, of course, the build agents also need to be as cheap as possible. Azure Container Instances have per-second billing, which is excellent for build agent containers. Read more →

Create a private build agent using Azure Container Instances

I’ve been complaining for a while about how slow the hosted build agent in Azure DevOps is. The reason for this is simple, as it’s a shared, free, hosted agent. A solution for this is to host your agents, for example, via a virtual machine. I’m not a big fan of maintaining virtual machines, and then it struck me that we now have containers that are sort of the same but easier to manage. Read more →