Rootconf 2017

On service reliability

Ensure reliable environments executing Operational Validation test on your production

Submitted by Ritesh Modi (@riteshm) on Feb 7, 2017

Section: Full talk of 40 mins duration Technical level: Intermediate Status: Rejected


DevOps and Infrastructure as code ae one of the hottest buzzwords in industry today. Infrastructure as code mandates that code that provisions environment should also undergo the same application lifecycle process as that of a business application. In this session, we will first provision a highly available environment on Cloud, deploy an application on top of them and then perform operations validation tests to ensure that the infrastructure is functional and working as expected. Operational validation is an important activity within release pipeline that provides confidence to teams that their production release is reliable and of good quality. Operations validation Tests executes a suite of tests on production environment to check if environment meets the demand of application and there is no drift in its configuration. Operations validation Tests provides appropriate insights on environment and application availability, reliability such that adequate proactive measures can be undertaken like rollback of release, fixing issues with new release etc. to provide high fidelity experience to end customers.


• What is Infrastructure as Code? (2 mins)

• What is Operational validation Tests(4 min)

• Why Operational validation Tests(3 min)

• Tools for conducting Operational validation Tests(3 min)

• Sample Operational validation script (5 min)

• Conduct Operational validation (13 min)

• Operational validation as part of Release pipeline (5 min)

• QnA (5 min)

Speaker bio

Ritesh is technology architect and Senior Technology Evangelist with Microsoft having 14+ years of experience in industry. He is a known Industry leader, published author and well know speaker at multiple national and international events. He’s an expert on Azure, DevOps, Bots, Cognitive, IOT, PowerShell, SharePoint, SQL Server and System Center. He has co-authored a book titled “Introducing Windows Server 2016 technical Preview” along with Windows Server team. He is currently writing a Book on DevOps to be published in march this year. He has spoken at multiple conferences including TechEd and PowerShell Asia conference and is a published author for MSDN magazine. He has more than a decade of experience in building and deploying enterprise solutions for customers. He blogs at and can be followed on Twitter @automationnext



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  • Philip Paeps (@trouble) 3 years ago

    I expect Rootconf attendees to be familiar with infrastructure as code and lifecycle management so you can probably largely skip those introductory bits and jump straight into the tools you’re using.

    I’m a bit concerned that this talk will be very heavy on “how to” and light on “why” and “what for”. It would be good if you could expand your draft slides with more focus on what your tools are good for and what problems they solve better than others.

  • Ritesh Modi (@riteshm) Proposer 3 years ago

    Thanks again for valuable feedback. As suggested, I have added more content to the slides and also instead of how, now am focusing more on Why and what part in the session. There will be lots of examples provided while speaking about conducting operational validation for different kinds of environments and applications.

    • Zainab Bawa (@zainabbawa) Crew 3 years ago

      We need the preview video to complete the review. Please record and upload it in the next two days.

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