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  • Blog Post: More VSS to TFS Workshops this Month in MEL, SYD, BNE and Online

    Hot on the heels of my post on the Readify DevDay in Sydney , I got a note about even more VSS to TFS workshops (this time presented by Richard Angus from Enhance ALM). Topics include: The benefits of migrating to TFS A demonstration of the key features of TFS Pre-migration planning Hands-on walk through...
  • Blog Post: TFS for VSS Users - 1/2 day training in Sydney

    I got this note from Sarah Webb at Readify today - looks like a good way to spend half a day if you’re looking to move from Visual Source Safe to a more modern source control system (and get a heap of additional goodness thrown in) Readify Dev Day: TFS for VSS Users… Since 2005, Team Foundation Server...
  • Blog Post: Free training in Sydney May 19-21. Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0

    We’ve got a few seats left for some more great free training in Sydney next week – 19-21 May, this time on VS2010 and .NET 4.0. If you're interested in attending please email Shuk Chan . Begin Length Session Title Day 1 Visual Studio Team System 2010 8:30 AM 30 Registration and Breakfast 9:00 AM 45 Visual...
  • Blog Post: Ramp yourself up with Ramp Up

    I know, getting training budget is hard at the moment, but you really want to make yourself as employable as possible. Help is at hand (in fact, it’s only a mouse click away). There are, of course, a whole bunch of Virtual Labs you can do (for developers and for infrastructure people ). There’s also...
  • Blog Post: Content when you need it - Great training kits available

    I went to see the clever folk at Vivid Group yesterday. Being clever, they've already established an internal user group of sorts, but they're often looking for compelling content to deliver. Fortunately, I was able to point them to some great resources. The various Visual Studio Training Kits provide...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2008 Product Comparison Guide, v1.08

    ( ex ) VSTS Blogfather, Rob Caron , announced the availability of the Visual Studio Product Comparison Guide back in January. He's just announced the availability of the latest version of the guide (version 1.08). Ever wanted to know what's included in what version of visual studio? This is a great guide...
  • Blog Post: More VSTS2008 Virtual Images on MSDN

    Matt Nunn sent this round recently - a couple of additions to the many Virtual Images you can download and just start using. I would like to announce that just prior to the holiday season we posted new public VSTS 2008 VPC Images. There are 2 versions of the VPC available: · The first VPC is what...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 Readiness Events in Australia (and heaps more technologies too)

    Greg   beat me to it . The Australian Partner Readiness site has three great SQL2008 sessions listed SQL 2008 for Developers SQL 2008 BI - JumpStart SQL 2008 : IT PRO Admin : 1 Day JumpStart But that's just the start of it. Check these out: Application Platform & Windows Server 2008: 1 Day JumpStart...
  • Blog Post: New Visual Studio 2008 Virtual Labs

    Back in June and July, I did a series of posts about the great Virtual Labs that are available for you to jump right into with no download and no configuration requirements. I posted about labs for: Business Intelligence Microsoft Search Solutions for the Enterprise Security SQL Server 2005 Upgrade VSTS2005...
  • Blog Post: patterns & practices - Two new guides available - Team Development and Performance Testing

    As one of the pillars of Visual Studio Team System, I always talk about the guidance, both built into the system as process guidance and available as best practice from the patterns & practices team. There are two new guides available for download (or to purchase in hard copy). patterns & practices...
  • Blog Post: (fish)Bowling for TechEd

    Two new videos from the Virtual TechEd FishBowl . While you're at it, check out the BuilderAU video section for even more TechEd goodness. XNA Gaming Tools and Technologies XNA, Microsoft’s latest suite of game creation tools, is composed of industry-leading software, services, resources, and communities...
  • Blog Post: TeamPlain Evolved

    Brian Harry 's just announced the availability of the evolution of TeamPlain - Team System Web Access Power Tool (I love how we take a boring, long-winded name and change it into something snappy and memorable).
  • Blog Post: Team System Chat this Thursday August 2 - Now with APAC-Friendly Time

    This in my inbox today from David Kean: We have another two Team System chats this Wednesday – the second chat is later in the afternoon (Pacific Time) so that Asia and the Pacific (Australia, New Zealand, etc) can join us. Join members of the Visual Studio Team System product group to discuss features...
  • Blog Post: Learning Online with Virtual Labs - ASP.NET Virtual Labs

    Celebrate the new Financial Year with another great set of labs. ASP.NET Virtual Labs (from the MSDN Suite of Virtual Labs ) With ASP.NET you create richer Web applications with fewer lines of code. These virtual labs teach you about the innovations that debuted with ASP.NET 1.x and introduces you to...
  • Blog Post: Learning Online with Virtual Labs - Microsoft Visual Studio Team System Virtual Labs

    Today, Microsoft Visual Studio Team System Virtual Labs (from the MSDN Suite of Virtual Labs ) What's new in Visual Studio Team System Virtual Lab Express is the fastest and easiest way to test drive Microsoft products and the Virtual Lab environment. These are 30-minute hands-on overviews of some of...
  • Blog Post: What version of TFS am I Running?

    Chris Birmele , our (ostensibly neutral) VSTS Technical Specialist was complaining about not being able to work out what version (Beta, RC, RTM, SP1) and which Edition (Standard, Trial, Workgroup) of TFS was running on a machine. After consulting with VSTS MVP and all-round TFS guru, Anthony Borton ...
  • Blog Post: Sydney Business and Technology User Group First Meeting - it was HUGE!

    Last night I was fortunate enough to attend the inaugural meeting of the new Sydney Business and Technology User Group (or, as I like to refer to it, sbTug). Craig Bailey announced the group a week or so ago and I was very impressed with the great turnout of people from all over the community. The group...
  • Blog Post: Canberra VSTS User Group Rocks the House

    It's 8am and I'm sitting in the inaugural meeting of the Canberra VSTS User Group . The turn-out is amazing. Over 40 professionals are crammed into the room in the Canberra MS office. This is a sensational turn out. Kudos to Grant , Sean and Mitch . Grant kicked off with news, tips and tool of the...
  • Blog Post: New VSTS/TFS User Group in Canberra

    I got this note from Nils today. See you there! I’d like to make you aware of the new Visual Studio Team System user group! The purpose of the VSTS User Group is to form a community of practice for Canberra-based IT professionals interested in the use of Visual Studio Team System (VSTS) to support the...
  • Blog Post: Make and Mend Day - Installation, Configuration and Celebration

    I recently upgraded my Toshiba Tecra A7 to the RTM versions of Vista and Office 2007, and have been going through my list of things to install on a new machine to check that I haven't missed anything. In addition, I've been meaning to enable access to my TFS box via the internet for some time now, so...
  • Blog Post: Team System Chat Tomorrow

    If you're up at 5AM Sydney time tomorrow (9 Nov), Join members of the Visual Studio Team System product group to discuss features available in Visual Studio Team Foundation Server, Team Editions for Architects, Developers, Database Pros, and Testers. In addition, discuss what's new in the latest Community...
  • Blog Post: VSTS Resource Guide for Developers and Architects

    This is a centralised resource guide for developers and architects interested in evaluating Visual Studio Team System. Inside, you will find information and links to VSTS: Team Centers Home pages for the specific editions in VSTS Project Manager Software Architect Software Developer Software Tester Database...
  • Blog Post: Developer Tools Roadmap - Premier Account Briefing

    Update - Trouble seems to be publishing to FTP sites through my new ISA server at home. Presentation download links below. Yesterday, when I delivered back-to-back Premier Account briefings to around 120 folks, I promised that I'd post the presentation deck here today. The deck is here in PowerPoint...
  • Blog Post: Using TFS from Visual FoxPro

    Eric Lee , Product Manager for Team Foundation Server , has been in town for a couple of days after TechEd. Last night, he spoke at a special combined meeting of the Sydney VFP User Group and the Sydney .NET User Group . Eric give an introduction to Team Foundation Server, demonstrated the conversion...
  • Blog Post: Does this make me a Cabana Boy?

    [Update - fixed the DDLS link and added Cabana session titles for all sponsors] [Update 2 - changed Object Consulting's Session Title] Yesterday I posted that all the Developer Cabana Sessions were completely booked at TechEd less than 12 hours after they had been made available on CommNet. I pinged...
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