Just a quick note to reference the fact that I have updated my original post about how to download the Visual Studio 2008 and "Rosario" VPC's using a download manager. The changes I made are to reflect the fact that there is a brand new CTP of Visual Studio Team System code name "Rosario" available, and we refreshed the Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 VPC's to extend the expiration date. Of course Visual Studio 2008 is released now so you may not need the Beta 2 VPC's, but until we get the RTM VPC's online these VPC's can still be useful for training or evaluation purposes. I am told that new VPC's are on their way "very soon" but I don't have more details than that.
So why use a download manager? If you don't already use a download manager, especially for large (ok, ginormous!) downloads such as VPC's then I highly recommend it. Not only is the raw download speed much faster because of the simultaneous connection streams the download manager opens, but it's more robust as well, supporting auto-resume in the event that you lose your original connection. It's also nice to be able to queue multiple downloads at once.
For the full updated instructions please refer to my original post..
And here's the deck from the second session I presented at TechEd South Africa. This session was titled "DEV306: Visual Studio Team System Tips and Tricks." This was a new presentation I created for this conference. The idea of a "Tips and Tricks" tends to be a bit free-form so when I picked up this topic I decided to focus on the wealth of 3rd party and 1st party (Microsoft) utilities, documentation, add-ons, integrations, and other such resources to help people unleash the full potential of Visual Studio Team System. This talk was an hour but it was clear from preparing for this presentation that I could have easily filled an entire day (or more?) with this sort of content just because of the sheer ecosystem that has formed around Visual Studio Team System.
I have augmented the presentation by adding URL's in the speaker notes for each slide whenever there was a relevant resource worth linking to. Unfortunately to fit this presentation under my blog attachment limit I had to cut out some of the fun pictures. ;-)
Special thanks to Accentient for maintaining probably the best all-up list of Team System Widgets.