The RTM version of the Visual Studio 2013 ALM virtual machine and hands-on-labs / demo scripts are now available!
You can also find a consolidated list of all of the ALM virtual machines here: http://aka.ms/ALMVMs.
Updated November 26, 2013: This blog post is obsolete now. The fix referenced below has been resolved in the RTM version of the Visual Studio 2013 ALM Virtual Machine.
I have received several reports from people about the InRelease Preview Hands-on-Lab I published as part of the Visual Studio 2013 Preview ALM Virtual Machine not always working correctly. The most common symptom was that the release workflow would timeout during the “Build Web Sites” step. After investigation we determined that this was a bug in the InRelease Preview which will be fixed for RTM. In the meantime, there is a simple fix for getting the InRelease hands-on-lab working in the Visual Studio 2013 Preview ALM Virtual Machine. The steps are below and have also been published to the Hands-on-Lab document.
InRelease Preview Bug Fix:
1. Log in as Julia. All user passwords are P2ssw0rd.
2. Launch the InRelease Console by double-clicking on the desktop shortcut.
3. Click Configure Paths | Servers then double-click on VSALM to open the server properties window.
4. Change the IP Address Type to Gateway, then Save & Close the window.
Note: User Ralph Jansen reported in the comments that he had to wait a few minutes after booting his virtual machine before the “IP Address Type” radio button became active. Depending on the speed of your hardware your situation might be similar.
5. You may now proceed with the exercises in this lab.
I’m sorry to everyone who hit this bug. Hopefully this allows you to fully experience InRelease and understand how it might help you with release management in your organization.
When we shipped the Visual Studio 2013 ALM Virtual Machine earlier this month we were still in the process of finalizing one of the hands-on-labs / demo scripts. This work is done and you can now access Agile Planning and Portfolio Management with Team Foundation Server 2013.
If you are not yet familiar with the agile planning tools introduced in Team Foundation Server 2012, you should start with Exercise 1 of this lab. In this exercise you will learn how these tools can be used to help a small team manage their backlog, break work down into iterations, and track this work using a task board.
Exercise 2 introduces the new agile portfolio management capabilities introduced in Team Foundation Server 2013. These capabilities allow you to “scale agile” across your entire organization by providing you with a hierarchy for your backlog. This means that I can have several smaller teams sprinting together to achieve related objectives, and I can track that work in either a top-down or bottom-up manner.
Finally, Exercise 3 will show you a few of the ways that Team Foundation Server 2013 allows individual teams to maintain some autonomy in the way they work without requiring core process template changes on the shared team project that you might be using across the entire organization. Features such as the Kanban board and work item tags can be customized on a per-team basis to adapt to the individual needs of those teams.
We hope you enjoy this new lab, and as always your feedback is welcome.
In my job, I get talk to people every day who are excited about the new and improved capabilities of Team Foundation Server 2013. I have talked to several organizations who are already running Team Foundation Server 2013 Preview in production, which is great. But for some organizations, upgrading to pre-release software on their production servers can be a bit scary. If you are interested in upgrading to Team Foundation Server 2013 and you don’t want to wait until RTM, we are here to help.
Team Foundation Server 2013 Upgrade Weekend is happening September 13-15 (Friday – Sunday). During this weekend, Microsoft experts will be standing by after hours to provide no-charge assistance for Team Foundation Server 2013 installation, configuration, and upgrades. If you are interested in taking advantage of Upgrade Weekend, please visit http://aka.ms/TFSUpgradeWeekend. This brief survey will pre-register you to take advantage of the Upgrade Weekend offer and will help us to appropriately staff engineering and support resources. If you don’t yet have a profile on Microsoft Connect you will need to complete a brief Connect registration profile prior to accessing the survey. This survey will remain open until September 6th.
Here are just a few reasons to consider upgrading to Team Foundation Server 2013:
Of course, you don’t have to wait until Upgrade Weekend to try Team Foundation Server 2013 or any of the rest of the products in the Visual Studio 2013 family. You can download previews of these products today from http://aka.ms/GetVS2013. All of these products have “go live” licenses which means you can run them in production and perform your day-to-day development activities with them. You can also contact Microsoft Support if you need assistance.
Updated November 26, 2013: The RTM version of this content was posted today. This replaces the Preview version.
The Visual Studio 2013 RTM ALM Virtual Machine is available for download along with 4 hands-on-labs / demo scripts which introduce some of the new ALM capabilities which have been added in this release. In a future iteration of this VM we will be migrating all of the hands-on-labs and demo scripts and sample apps from the Visual Studio 2012 ALM virtual machine.
You can download and install Visual Studio 2013 (including Team Foundation Server 2013, .NET Framework 4.5.1, etc.). But if you would like a faster way to understand what is new for application lifecycle management in this release, this virtual machine is pre-configured with all of the necessary software and sample data for you.
Some important notes about this virtual machine:
This virtual machine is configured with:
There are 4 hands-on-labs for you to take a scripted approach towards learning this content. These labs double as demo scripts in case you want to show off these features to others:
New features in Visual Studio 2013:
If you are looking for even more hands-on-labs and demo scripts, be sure to check out our other ALM virtual machines at http://aka.ms/ALMVMs.
Links to the files above are included in the download set below, so you don’t have to follow the individual links above if you plan on batch downloading all of the files in this set.
Downloading the virtual machine and labs: I suggest using a download manager for these files since they are very large. My download manager of choice is Free Download Manager. You can use your own favorite download manager, but you may need to adapt the instructions below as appropriate.
1. Download and install Free Download Manager. This utility provides: - Auto-resume support for interrupted downloads. - Multiple simultaneous download streams for (usually) a much faster download experience. - As the name implies, it's completely free. 2. Select the URL’s below and copy (CTRL+C) them to your clipboard. ###Start - Do Not Include This Line### http://download.microsoft.com/download/B/C/8/BC8558E1-192E-4286-B3B0-320A8B7CE49D/Agile Planning and Portfolio Management with Team Foundation Server 2013.docx http://download.microsoft.com/download/B/C/8/BC8558E1-192E-4286-B3B0-320A8B7CE49D/Embracing Continuous Delivery with Release Management for Visual Studio 2013.docx http://download.microsoft.com/download/B/C/8/BC8558E1-192E-4286-B3B0-320A8B7CE49D/Getting Started with Git using Team Foundation Server 2013.docx http://download.microsoft.com/download/B/C/8/BC8558E1-192E-4286-B3B0-320A8B7CE49D/New Collaboration Experiences for Development Teams using Team Foundation Server 2013.docx http://download.microsoft.com/download/B/C/8/BC8558E1-192E-4286-B3B0-320A8B7CE49D/VisualStudio2013.RTM.ALM.part01.exe http://download.microsoft.com/download/B/C/8/BC8558E1-192E-4286-B3B0-320A8B7CE49D/VisualStudio2013.RTM.ALM.part02.rar http://download.microsoft.com/download/B/C/8/BC8558E1-192E-4286-B3B0-320A8B7CE49D/VisualStudio2013.RTM.ALM.part03.rar http://download.microsoft.com/download/B/C/8/BC8558E1-192E-4286-B3B0-320A8B7CE49D/VisualStudio2013.RTM.ALM.part04.rar http://download.microsoft.com/download/B/C/8/BC8558E1-192E-4286-B3B0-320A8B7CE49D/VisualStudio2013.RTM.ALM.part05.rar http://download.microsoft.com/download/B/C/8/BC8558E1-192E-4286-B3B0-320A8B7CE49D/VisualStudio2013.RTM.ALM.part06.rar http://download.microsoft.com/download/B/C/8/BC8558E1-192E-4286-B3B0-320A8B7CE49D/VisualStudio2013.RTM.ALM.part07.rar http://download.microsoft.com/download/B/C/8/BC8558E1-192E-4286-B3B0-320A8B7CE49D/VisualStudio2013.RTM.ALM.part08.rar http://download.microsoft.com/download/B/C/8/BC8558E1-192E-4286-B3B0-320A8B7CE49D/VisualStudio2013.RTM.ALM.part09.rar http://download.microsoft.com/download/B/C/8/BC8558E1-192E-4286-B3B0-320A8B7CE49D/VisualStudio2013.RTM.ALM.part10.rar http://download.microsoft.com/download/B/C/8/BC8558E1-192E-4286-B3B0-320A8B7CE49D/VisualStudio2013.RTM.ALM.part11.rar http://download.microsoft.com/download/B/C/8/BC8558E1-192E-4286-B3B0-320A8B7CE49D/VisualStudio2013.RTM.ALM.part12.rar http://download.microsoft.com/download/B/C/8/BC8558E1-192E-4286-B3B0-320A8B7CE49D/VisualStudio2013.RTM.ALM.part13.rar http://download.microsoft.com/download/B/C/8/BC8558E1-192E-4286-B3B0-320A8B7CE49D/VisualStudio2013.RTM.ALM.part14.rar http://download.microsoft.com/download/B/C/8/BC8558E1-192E-4286-B3B0-320A8B7CE49D/VisualStudio2013.RTM.ALM.part15.rar http://download.microsoft.com/download/B/C/8/BC8558E1-192E-4286-B3B0-320A8B7CE49D/VisualStudio2013.RTM.ALM.part16.rar http://download.microsoft.com/download/B/C/8/BC8558E1-192E-4286-B3B0-320A8B7CE49D/VisualStudio2013.RTM.ALM.part17.rar http://download.microsoft.com/download/B/C/8/BC8558E1-192E-4286-B3B0-320A8B7CE49D/Working with the Visual Studio 2013 ALM Virtual Machine.docx ###End - Do Not Include This Row In Your Selection### 3. Launch the user interface for Free Download Manager (either from the Start Menu or via the system tray icon if FDM is already running). 4. Click File -> Import -> Import List of URLs from Clipboard. 5. When prompted for a download group, accept the default and click OK. 6. You are now free to minimize Free Download Manager while the files download. By default, they will be saved to c:\downloads. 7. Expand the files and self-extracting RAR set and see the “Working with…” document for more instructions.
I hope you will enjoy this content as a way of learning how Visual Studio can help you improve your team’s overall application lifecycle management capabilities. If you have suggestions for how to improve this virtual machine and set of demos / hands-on-labs please let me know. Remember to check out our previous ALM virtual machines at http://aka.ms/ALMVMs to learn about other ways in which Microsoft is delivering tooling for application lifecycle management.
I am frequently asked how to perform formal requirements management with Team Foundation Server. There are a few partners who provide solutions in this space which integrate directly with Team Foundation Server. inteGREAT by eDev Technologies has been the most popular with my customers. They provide a great set of requirements management solutions which are all very well integrated with Team Foundation Server.
A few months ago, I started working with eDev Technologies to help them build out a solution for creating an inteGREAT demo and training environment using my ALM virtual machine as a starting point. I’m pleased to say that they have now delivered everything you need to install a trial copy of inteGREAT into my virtual machine and use that with a set of four hands-on-labs which showcase their requirements management solutions.
To get started, visit their web site here. Once you fill out the form with your contact information you will be taken to another page which contains everything you’ll need to download and configure this experience. If you encounter any problems along the way, please contact email@example.com.
Yesterday at TechEd North America we announced that Visual Studio 2013 and Team Foundation Server 2013 will be shipping later this year. A preview will be available on June 26, and that preview will have a “go live” license so that you can use it in production if you’d like.
Brian Harry posted a nice overview of the new ALM capabilities we announced yesterday.
Brian and I also delivered a foundational session at TechEd which goes deeper into these capabilities. We spent most of our time in demos so that you can get a real sense for what will be shipping in the preview. I hope you enjoy it.
Given the growing list of virtual machines we have published to showcase various application lifecycle management scenarios, I created this blog post to be a permanent location you can bookmark any time you want to find the latest and greatest. An easy-to-remember URL for this page is http://aka.ms/ALMVMs.
Visual Studio 2013 ALM Virtual Machine and Hands-on-Labs / Demo Scripts Last Update: November 26, 2013 This virtual machine is based on the RTM release of Visual Studio 2013 and includes hands-on-labs / demo scripts which showcase the new ALM capabilities introduced in this release.
Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 ALM Virtual Machine and Hands-on-Labs / Demo Scripts Last Updated: April 17, 2013 This is the primary ALM virtual machine which demonstrates many of the scenarios introduced in Visual Studio 2010/2012 for application lifecycle management. This includes project management, source control, developer productivity and collaboration, testing, lab management, and IntelliTrace.
Team Foundation Server 2012 and Project Server 2013 Integration Virtual Machine and Hands-on-Labs / Demo Scripts Last Updated: April 17, 2013 This VM highlights the integration scenarios which are possible between Team Foundation Server and Project Server which allow development teams to automatically synchronize the status of their projects with a centralized project management office (PMO).
Team Foundation Server 2012 and System Center 2012 Operations Manager Integration Virtual Machine and Hands-on-Lab / Demo Script Last Updated: February 7, 2013 This VM highlights the integration scenarios which are possible between System Center 2012 Operations Manager and Team Foundation Server 2012 which allow operations teams to easily surface incidents from production in a rich, actionable way for developers to quickly diagnose these problems.
The Visual Studio 2012 ALM virtual machine and corresponding hands-on-labs / demo scripts were updated to include Visual Studio 2012 Update 2.
You can download everything from the usual location here.
I am pleased to announce the availability of a new virtual machine which demonstrates the integration of Team Foundation Server 2012 with Project Server 2013. This integration scenario was first introduced with Team Foundation Server 2010 and Project Server 2010, but this virtual machine was updated to showcase this integration scenario using the latest software releases.
This integration enables the Project Management Office (PMO) to see a consolidated view of the progress and resource availability across all software development projects in Team Foundation Server. Software teams using Team Foundation Server can choose to manage their projects using a formal process or an agile process and flow their status and schedule updates into Project Server and Project Managers can preview changes as they flow in, track the work at a high-level and provide live updates to their stakeholders.
This virtual machine is pre-configured with this integration along with sample data and several walkthroughs (which can either be used as self-paced hands-on-labs, or demo scripts to present these capabilities to others). The following instructions should make it easier for you to batch download all of the files required for this release.
Downloading the virtual machine and associated files: I suggest using a download manager for these files since they are very large. My download manager of choice is Free Download Manager. You can use your own favorite download manager, but you may need to adapt the instructions below as appropriate.
Once you have downloaded the release, extract it to a directory by running the EXE. The document “Working with the Project Server 2012 and Team Foundation Server 2012 Integration Virtual Machine.docx” provides more details about how to load this virtual machine within Hyper-V, and how to activate the operating system to get a full 180 days of usage from this virtual machine. After 180 days from the time you first boot the virtual machine it will expire. If you need additional time you can re-extract a fresh copy of the virtual machine, or restore to a Hyper-V snapshot if you took one at a time prior to booting it up for the first time.
After you have successfully setup this virtual machine within your Hyper-V environment you can begin using the walkthroughs to learn more about the scenarios enabled by this integration. Those walkthroughs are also included in the list of files above as Word documents, and are numbered 1-4. It is recommended, though not required, that you complete these labs in the order they are numbered. You should also consider using Hyper-V snapshots prior to following the steps in a walkthrough so that you can roll back to an earlier snapshot if you would like to complete a walkthrough multiple times, or if you make a mistake. DemoMates If you want to learn about this integration but don’t have time to download the virtual machine, you can use the following DemoMates. DemoMates are useful for being able to “click through” the scenarios above without needing to download and run the virtual machine. Online DemoMates:
Offline DemoMates: (installed locally on your computer)
I hope you enjoy this content. If you have suggestions for how to improve this virtual machine and set of demos / hands-on-labs please let me know.