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  • Brian Harry's blog

    How to purchase VS Online

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    Brian Keller interviewed James Rice (he's on our business team) for Channel 9 about how to purchase Visual Studio Online. This may clear up any uncertainty you have. http://aka.ms/HowToBuyVSO Brian
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    Stakeholder license is live

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    About 6 weeks ago, I announced a plan to make some licensing changes to VS Online and Team Foundation Server that would make it easier for more people to participate in the development process. A few weeks ago, we did part 1 by enabling Test Hub access...
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    Sending email to a Team Room

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    Here's a very cool way to use our new VS Online extensibility (that will be available in TFS V.Next) to enable sending an email to a Team Room. Our new REST, OAuth and Service Hooks support can be used in countless creative ways. http://blogs.msdn...
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    Retrospective on the Aug 14th VS Online outage

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    We had a pretty serious outage last Thursday all told it was a little over 5 hours. The symptoms were that performance was so bad that the service was basically unavailable for most people (though there was some intermittent access as various mitigation...
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    ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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    Well, today was my turn to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge .  This morning I was tagged by both Adam Cogan and Scott Guthrie.  Tempting as it is though, I’m not doing it twice   I don’t know if it’s typical, but Adam challenged me to...
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    Visual Studio Online Update - Aug 18th

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    Yesterday I rolled out the release notes for our sprint 69 deployment.  Check out the updates! P.S. the outage we had last Thursday was *not* caused by the rollout of updates (or, at best only tangentially so).  I’m hoping to get the outage...
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    Visual Studio “14” CTP 3 available

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    Today we released CTP of our next major Visual Studio release.  You can look in the release notes to see what is in it.  You can also read about the highlights on John’s post . There’s no startling new improvements in this CTP but lots of nice...
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    VS Online outage last week

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    Let me start by apologizing for the pretty horrific outage we had last week.  I’ve been silent on it because I was on a “last family vacation” in Europe before my oldest son goes off to college.  Buck Hodges and others have been working hard...
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    VS/TFS 2013.3 (Update 3) released

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    Today we released the final version of Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 and Team Foundation Server Update 3. You can get the update using the link below. Note that the link includes both the Visual Studio & TFS downloads (among other things) if you expand...
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    A white frog?

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    I was out doing chores on my farm yesterday morning and ran across something surprising (to me, at least).  By the pig pen, we have an electric fence charger and it is covered by buckets.  For some reason I don’t understand (my wife did it)...
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    Explanation of July 18th outage

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    Sorry it took me a week and a half to get to this. We had the most significant VS Online outage we’ve had in a while on Friday July 18th. The entire service was unavailable for about 90 minutes. Fortunately it happened during non-peak hours so...
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    The rest of the story (about sand)

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    A month ago I wrote about our newly enabled capability to measure quality of service on a customer by customer basis .  In that post I mentioned that we had actually identified a customer experiencing issues before they even contacted us about them...
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    Visual Studio Online Update – July 21

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    Today we began deployment of our sprint 68 work. There’s a bunch of really good stuff there. I say “begun” because deployment is a multi day event now as we roll it out across instances. Everyone should have the updates by tomorrow ...
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    Upcoming VS Online Licensing Changes

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    Through the fall and spring, we transitioned VS Online from Preview to General Availability. That process included changes to branding, the SLA, the announcement of pricing, the end of the early adopter program and more. We’ve been working closely...
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    Visual Studio “14” CTP 2 Available

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    I’m not going to make too big a deal about this because there’s going to be tons of them between now and when VS “14” ships.  But we shipped another CTP today and you can learn more about it here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudio/archive/2014...
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    TFS Adoption at Microsoft – July 2014

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    Years ago, I used to do monthly updates on TFS adoption at Microsoft.  Eventually, the numbers got so astronomical that it just seemed silly so I stopped doing them.  It’s been long enough and there’s some changes happening that I figured it...
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    TFS Upgrade Improvements in TFS 2013.3

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    I’ve talked about this before but something happened today that got me thinking about it again.  One of the necessary components of the rapid release cycle we are on for VS and TFS is an easy and seamless upgrade process.  All through the 2012...
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    VS/TFS 2013.3 (Update 3) RC

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    Today we are releasing Visual Studio 2013 and Team Foundation Server 2013 Update 3. Download Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 RC Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 KB article Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 RC release notes You’ll find a complete list of download links...
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    Visual Studio Online Update - July 1

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    This week we are deploying our sprint 67 updates. We've started on a set of small changes to the Agile Project Management experience and you'll see the first of them in this sprint's release notes: http://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/news/2014-07-01-vso...
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    Are customers a bag of sand?

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    I sometimes use an analogy to a bag of sand.  I use it to refer to treating something in the aggregate.  Each grain of sand can be inspected for mineral content, density, porosity, size, color, etc. but usually we just talk about how much of...
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    The effect of Updates

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    There was a question on one of our internal aliases today about version to version improvements in our test capabilities.  One of the program managers in that area wrote a response that really caught my eye.  Primarily because it seems like...
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    Use of SQL 2014 with TFS 2013

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    We’ve certified TFS 2013 (and its subsequent updates) to work with SQL 2014. However, there’s a hitch. Because TFS 2013 shipped before SQL, the license than grants the right to use it with SQL Server only allows SQL Server 2012. Starting July...
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    Visual Studio Online Update – June 10

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    It’s time for our sprint 66 deployment already!  Over the next couple of days the update will be rolling out across accounts.  The big news in this update is Pull Requests for Git repos.  Pull requests are a workflow often used with Git...
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    VS/TFS 2013.3 CTP 2 is now available

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    Today we released the second preview (CTP) of VS/TFS 2013 Update 3.  You can download it here . That I know of, there’s not much in the way of new features over and above what I listed in CTP1 .  The changes are mostly bugs fixed and features...
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    Team Foundation Server on Azure IaaS Guidance

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    Over the last year, I’ve run across numerous customers who are looking for cloud benefits but aren’t ready to go to VS Online – for any number of reasons.  I asked the Ranger team to put together some guidance on helping people make this decision...
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