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Cooper01
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Process for committing changes to a branch?

Let's say I have a feature branch, created from main. My updates for this feature include changes to a canvas app in a solution. Is there a way to automate the process of extracting the solution to source control when it's not in the main branch? I know how to create a pipeline to do this but when I create the pipeline I have to first select the branch. So is there any way to have a pipeline that points to a dynamic branch so I can run it on whatever branch I need to?

Ultimately I'd like to 

  1. Create the branch
  2. Complete dev work
  3. Add the work to the new branch
  4. Create a pull request and merge to main
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I think the challenge you are referring to is where you need your pipeline to point to an envrionment to unpack from depending on the branch you are running it on. 

When you run a pipeline you can select the branch - I then use a convention where I use a variable set that is named the same as the branch to provide the SPN etc. to use to connect to the corresponding environment that goes with that branch.
I then load that variable set using something like:

variables:
- group: branch-environment-${{ variables['Build.SourceBranchName'] }}

 

This way you can have a single pipeline that can be run on different branches and will pick up the environment details registered for that branch.

Hope this helps

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I think the challenge you are referring to is where you need your pipeline to point to an envrionment to unpack from depending on the branch you are running it on. 

When you run a pipeline you can select the branch - I then use a convention where I use a variable set that is named the same as the branch to provide the SPN etc. to use to connect to the corresponding environment that goes with that branch.
I then load that variable set using something like:

variables:
- group: branch-environment-${{ variables['Build.SourceBranchName'] }}

 

This way you can have a single pipeline that can be run on different branches and will pick up the environment details registered for that branch.

Hope this helps

Cooper01
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OMG. Have been running my pipelines from the editor and did not realize there was a Branch/tag ddl when you run it from the export list. I was mainly trying to avoid having to make developers spin up a new pipeline for each branch they create so I believe this solves the issue. Thanks @ScottDurow !!

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