Fueling innovative software
July 15-18, 2019
Portland, OR

Deploying Windows apps with Draft, Helm, and Kubernetes

Jessica Deen (Microsoft)
4:15pm4:55pm Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Secondary topics:  Cloud Native
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Who is this presentation for?

  • Operations folks, IT pros, and developers, especially those curious about Windows containers




Jessica Deen walks you through two key workflows for Windows applications and containers—the lift and shift scenario and the modern .NET Core framework.

For the lift and shift scenario, you’ll start with a prebuilt traditional ASP.NET application in a container and learn how to do a simple, manual deployment to a hybrid Kubernetes cluster. In the second scenario, you’ll use the .NET Core framework on Windows and learn how to do a simple, manual deployment to the same hybrid cluster. Along the way, Jessica covers container-specific tooling including Draft and Helm for both scenarios that further simplifies the deployment process and shows you how to tie everything together with some simple DevOps and CI/CD.

Prerequisite knowledge

  • Firm knowledge of the Windows ecosystem
  • A basic understanding of containers (useful but not required)

What you'll learn

  • Understand current Windows container functionality
  • Learn deployment tools you can use today
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Jessica Deen


Jessica Deen is a senior cloud advocate for Microsoft focusing on Azure, containers, OSS, and, of course, DevOps. Previously, she spent over a decade as an IT consultant/systems administrator for various corporate and enterprise environments, catering to end users and IT professionals in the San Francisco Bay Area. Jessica holds two Microsoft certifications (MCP, MSTS), three CompTIA certifications (A+, Network+, and Security+), and four Apple certifications and is a former four-year Microsoft Most Valuable Professional for Windows and Devices for IT. In 2013, she earned her FEMA certification from the US Department of Homeland Security, which recognizes her leadership and influence abilities during times of crisis and emergency; in 2015, she received her POST Level 2 certificate, which made her eligible to apply to serve as a reserve Level 2 Peace Officer in the state of California—the certification expired in 2018 when she chose to focus on her engineering and advocacy career with Microsoft for the time. When she’s not doing something geeky, you can find her doing something active, most likely running out of breath at her local CrossFit gym. She also enjoys biking (motorcycles and/or bicycles), shooting, eating, reading, and hanging with her six-year-old rescue pup.